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idisVA
10:35 AM on 03/15/2010
The ad is not being fair with the Speaker. It is not true that the public option is in her hands because the support of some of those cited in the ad are luke warm, at best. I cannot see Senators Warner and Webb supporting the public option. I believe Pelosi when she says there aren't enough votes for the public option. Let us concentrate on getting the necessary vote to pass the Senate bill and the fixes thereafter.
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Ruh17
10:46 AM on 03/15/2010
Yes, I can't wait for healthcare reform Part D. Putting off needed improvements worked really week for Medicare didn't it?
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jwredd
10:33 AM on 03/15/2010
Wow, you really can't say the word " Arianna " around here can you?
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10:35 AM on 03/15/2010
Right, especially if there's any negativity involved.
10:39 AM on 03/15/2010
Forget negativity or positivity.
You can't get past Ar --- before it's scrutinized, sanitized and garbagized.
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screechingllama
Can You Still Have Fun?
01:01 PM on 03/15/2010
CHECK OUT WHAT ANOTHER ARIANNA, ARIANNA PACKARD (of Dave Packard, of Hewlett-Packard) just wrote about Carly Fiorina. Blistering. Enlightening.
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screechingllama
Can You Still Have Fun?
10:32 AM on 03/15/2010
Nancy already delivered a public option bill. Pass the current bill (the reality one) and then we can see if the Senators will grow a pair for the public option. Then we'll all get on board, but until then this effort is misguided.
10:30 AM on 03/15/2010
Can they later add the PO as a amendment? or does it have to be include in the original bill? If yes then get the original thru then add PO as amendment.
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stopthemadness69
We The People or We The Corporations?
10:38 AM on 03/15/2010
The senate wants it to come from the house because they do not want any amendments at all on either side. If the house does not put it in the reconciliation package and then the senate adds it by amendment the bill would then have to back to the house to be voted on again. This just gives republicans yet another chance to eat up time with another round of amendments in the house.
Nancy and Harry are beginning to look like a brother and sister fighting over who's turn it is to walk the dog. It does not matter who did it last, the dog still needs to be walked, now.
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dblshell
St. George to the crazies
10:26 AM on 03/15/2010
'Nuff said! Let's get it in the package where it belonged in the first place! And let any senator who votes it down go on record for that vote.

That's why we have the ballot box.
10:25 AM on 03/15/2010
Obama ACTIVELY wants a public option prevented because his corporate donors have instructed him that way.
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harobamason
its a new day
10:45 AM on 03/15/2010
link?
10:24 AM on 03/15/2010
This is what a real progressive organization does! MoveOn has people picketing Dennis Kucunich here in Cleveland for having integrity and sticking to his guns. I'm done with capitulators. My support goes to organizations and politicians who demonstrate actual principles and backbone. If you punish integrity you end up with liars.
10:27 AM on 03/15/2010
Call the collaborators, not capitulators.
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stopthemadness69
We The People or We The Corporations?
10:43 AM on 03/15/2010
So is it your opinion that the current bill will not help anyone? It will help me. It will help people I know who right now have been told "no insurance for you". It will help children it will help seniors and it saves the country over 100 billion the first decade and almost a trillion the second decade. This bill will help at least 30 million of our fellow americans. Have we really become so selfish that we would step on those 30 million just because we wanted a better, different or more progressive bill?
11:53 AM on 03/15/2010
It is my opinion that the White House made a deal with the insurance industry to kill any competition and that the Democrats in Congress are lying through their teeth when they claim to support a public option. The votes are therte for it and if you are a Democrat and pledged to support it you should be held to that pledge.

It is also my opinion that if everyone is forced by law to purchase private insurance with very little regulation and no competition that the industry will still use every loop hole to increase profit margins by denying care just as they have done in the past. I believe people are being suckered by politicians who are only thinking of campaign contributions from the Insurance industry.
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fishretired
10:23 AM on 03/15/2010
I'm from SF and say bye bye to Nancy Pelosi AND Obama without a public option. I think it is imperative to the success of the party.

Will you really stand in its way?
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evekendall
10:22 AM on 03/15/2010
If we do not end up with a public option, the blame should be laid squarely at President Obama's feet. I did think that Nancy was going to fight for it, but I guess I was wrong. Apparently, she has decided to do the president's bidding. With the numbers as close as they are right now, if he wanted it, we would get it. The evidence is clear.
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Womanvoter4Obama
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10:21 AM on 03/15/2010
I was hoping for single payer..at the very least public option. I hope this ad does something. I doubt it will but I'm hopeful.
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darr
10:36 AM on 03/15/2010
It will do something if every one of us goes to the site and signs the petition and gives three dollars. WHIP IT, WHIP IT GOOD!!
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Womanvoter4Obama
Opting out of badges=good decision
03:45 PM on 03/15/2010
Darr..that's what I say..WHIP IT!
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dizmo4
10:21 AM on 03/15/2010
Right now there are 44 Senators signed on to vote for public option through reconciliation. They don't have the votes.
Sen. Durbin promised to TRY to get the PO through the Senate IF the House included. Promising to try real hard is complete BS. The House isn't going to move unless there is a public letter with 50 Senators promising in no uncertain terms to vote for the Public Option ( most likely a Medicare expansion).

The fixes that will need to be applied to the current bill ( removing the earmarks for Landreiu, Nelson, modifying the excise tax, etc.) are important and shouldn't be held up in the Senate.
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stopthemadness69
We The People or We The Corporations?
10:45 AM on 03/15/2010
Last I heard Landreiu is keeping her deal for LA due to the hardship the state still faces after Katrina. Almost all of their districts are disaster areas.
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bthechangeyouseek
01:34 PM on 03/15/2010
We all wish the government would have done its job with Katrina years ago. Today, people are upset because something is being done for the area. Maybe it's the context.
10:19 AM on 03/15/2010
"In today’s Senate bill, regular people will be forced to select a private health insurance plan on poorly regulated exchanges with a confusing array of packages. This will allow care providers, hospitals, and drug makers to get away with charging much higher prices than if the government directly provided the insurance through Medicare, and enriches completely unnecessary private health insurance middlemen. The system will heavily subsidize the health care industries in this incredibly wasteful structure, costing taxpayer’s hundreds of billions of dollars." John Walker, FDL
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jwredd
10:26 AM on 03/15/2010
Seems like that's the price we pay for being terrified of the dreaded "socialism" in this country.
10:18 AM on 03/15/2010
Rahm was right about you FR!