Here's what I know, we need it, it's over due. But is the bill doing it, or just playing more games to screw everyone over even more?
Why isn't anyone arguing facts? For now it's just meaningless noise, Even there E-mail trying to get me motivated and yet no fact. Motivated for what?
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2009 18:50:33 -0500 To: John Sokol From: President Barack Obama firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-to: email@example.com Subject: Where we standJohn --
Early this morning, the Senate made history and health reform cleared its most important hurdle yet -- garnering the 60 votes needed to move toward a final vote in that chamber later this week.
This marks the first time in our nation's history that comprehensive health reform has come to this point. And it appears that the American people will soon realize the genuine reform that offers security to those who have health insurance and affordable options to those who do not.
I'm grateful to Senator Harry Reid and every senator who's been working around the clock to make this happen. And I'm grateful to you, and every member of the Organizing for America community, for all the work you have done to make this progress possible.
After a nearly century-long struggle, we are now on the cusp of making health insurance reform a reality in the United States of America.
As with any legislation, compromise is part of the process. But I'm pleased that recently added provisions have made this landmark bill even stronger. Between the time when the bill passes and the time when the insurance exchanges get up and running, insurance companies that try to jack up their rates do so at their own peril. Those who hike their prices may be barred from selling plans on the exchanges.
And while insurance companies will be prevented from denying coverage on the basis of pre-existing conditions once the exchanges are open, in the meantime there will be a high-risk pool where people with pre-existing conditions can purchase affordable coverage.
A recent amendment has made these protections even stronger. Insurance companies will now be prohibited from denying coverage to children immediately after this bill passes. There's also explicit language in this bill that will protect a patient's choice of doctor. And small businesses will get additional assistance as well.
These protections are in addition to the ones we've been talking about for some time. No longer will insurance companies be able to drop your coverage if you become sick and no longer will you have to pay unlimited amounts out of your own pocket for treatments that you need.
Under this bill families will save on their premiums; businesses that would see their costs rise if we don't act will save money now and in the future. This bill will strengthen Medicare and extend the life of the program. Because it's paid for and gets rid of waste and inefficiency in our health care system, this will be the largest deficit reduction plan in over a decade.
Finally, this reform will extend coverage to more than 30 million Americans who don't have it.
These are not small changes. These are big changes. They're fundamental reforms. They will save money. They will save lives.
And your passion, your work, your organizing helped make all of this possible. Now it's time to finish the job.
President Barack Obama
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Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2009 07:13:16 -0800 From: "Campaign for Liberty" firstname.lastname@example.org To: John Sokol Subject: We Can Still Stop ObamaCare
December 22, 2009
Dear C4L Member,
While millions across the country gather with family and friends on Christmas Eve, the Senate may be working overtime to take away even more of our freedoms by voting on Harry Reid's health care scheme.
Campaign for Liberty activists from across the country have been burning up the phone lines in key states to alert thousands of Americans to this threat, but every liberty-minded person across America needs to call their senators immediately and repeatedly.
Click here to find contact information for your senators.
You see, I'm afraid the media is doing the bidding of the Senate leadership and the White House by giving the impression this fight is over with the corrupt deals cut in the last few days.
As you probably know, Senate Democrats like Joe Lieberman and Ben Nelson who were holding out have apparently been bought off with our tax dollars.
But no matter what Democrat leadership wants you to think, this battle is far from over. There are several things Senate Republicans can and must do to delay a Senate vote until the last minute this week -- and force Congress to go home without passing a final version through both houses.
First, there are a couple more procedural votes in the coming days that require 60 senators to pass, including a cloture vote on debating the overall bill. Secondly, even if the Reid bill passes, it only takes one Republican legislator to filibuster and delay sending conferees to the joint House and Senate conference to resolve differences between the two chambers.
Such tactics could push this debate further into the New Year and provide us with more time to take action. And fellow Patriots, it is by no means assured that the House and Senate bills - which are vastly different in key areas - can be reconciled.
But for now, we must focus on doing everything we can to stop the Reid bill before it clears the Senate. Then we can go into the Congressional recess knowing that we are in for the fight of our lives to stop the House and Senate from agreeing on a bill to send to President Obama's waiting pen.
Click here to find contact information for your senators.
Legislators will be hearing from plenty of their constituents in the coming days as people from all over the political spectrum unite in opposition to this bill.
Some will push for even more government power. Make sure your voice - a voice for freedom - is heard loud and clear this week.
For several months, we have fought a complete government takeover of health care with an intensity the establishment was not expecting. Now it's time to once again show them we are not backing down just because they say the fight is over. It is not, and you and I CAN still stop nationalized health care - but only if we continue to act now and in the coming days and weeks.
Turn up the pressure! Call, email, and fax Congress right away.