03/11/10 Health Care LAST CHANCE

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Pelosi: “We have to pass the health care bill so that you can find out what is in it”
–Nancy Pelosi needs 216 “Yes” votes to pass the Senate’s healthcare reform bill in the House.  As long as the House Republicans stand united, 38 Democrat “No” votes will be needed to defeat the bill. 
–President Obama has asked the House to vote by Thursday, March 18th.
–The bill being voted on in the House, which would be signed by Obama if passed, is the Senate bill, which includes abortion funding, an individual mandate, a public option in disguise, increased taxes, and more, (See http://blog.heritage.org/2010/03/08/what-the-house-would-have-to-swallow-in-the-senate-bill/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Morning%2BBell
–Any “fixes” to the bill would have to be passed by the Senate after passage and are by no means guaranteed.
–There is talk that mandated  health care is unconstitutional and could derail President Barack Obama’s  health care reform. But three constitutional law experts say that scenario is unlikely. See  http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/12291
The Bill must be defeated now.
Call and fax your representatives - at all their offices – repeatedly
Talking points/ email

Sign the Declaration of Health Care Independence

Sign the “Keep Abortion Funding Out of Health Care” petition
See  Senate bill cannot be fixed if House votes for it
Any House member who votes for the Senate bill, based on promises of later “fixes,” is virtually certain to be voting for federal funding of abortion.

Stop Speaker Pelosi From Getting 216 Votes 

(Read online at  http://www.takebackmedicine.com/action-center/stop-speaker-pelosi-from-getting-216-votes.html  )
Nancy Pelosi needs 216 “Yes” votes to pass the Senate’s healthcare reform bill in the House.  As long as the House Republicans stand united, 38 Democrat “No” votes will be needed to defeat the bill.  President Obama has asked the House to vote by Thursday, March 18th.  TheWSJ  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703701004575113292688090292.html takes a detailed look at the math behind the possible upcoming vote.

Targeted House Members:
1) According to Representative Tom Price, M.D., the Democrats that need to be targeted are the 37 Democrats who voted “No” last year and 31 others who voted “Yes” but are still considered undecided or are particularly vulnerable this time around.  Dr. Price recommends visiting   http://www.nrcc.org/CodeRed/targets/  for a list of these targeted members including links to obtain their contact information.  
Tell them to “VOTE NO.”
(39 Democrats voted “No” last year, however Rep. Massa has resigned and Rep. Griffith changed parties and is now a Republican.) 

2) The Hill has published a list (http://thehill.com/homenews/house/85693-whip-watch-the-hills-survey-of-house-dems-positions-on-healthcare-)  of 24 Democrats who are a “Firm No, Leaning No, or Likely No” and 80 who are “Undecided.”  Please thank the “No” votes for making the right decision and tell the undecideds to do the right thing and “vote NO.”
Those on The Hill list marked with an “*” voted for the Stupak anti-abortion amendment last November.  They need to be reminded that “the Senate bill cannot be fixed if the House votes for it.”    The Capitol Switchboard is: (202) 224-3121.  Call and tell the operator which office you would like to be connected to. More contact information can be found at http://www.contactingthecongress.org/ and http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW_by_State.shtml .

3) Also the Tea Party Patriots have a target contact list that includes district contact information. 

EVENTS            See  /events  for more events.

Patriots of Southeast Michigan Planning Meeting
Thursday, March 18       5:30 pm
At the Club House at The Orchards, 3600 Townsquare Blvd., Carleton.  All welcome!  
Campaign Committee For Michigan Conservatives - Workshops
Saturday, March 13,  2-4  PM

Triumph Academy,  3000 Vivian Road,  Monroe
We will have workshops and information on how you can join with us and Americans from all around our great country in restoring our Great Nation we are so fortunate to live in.
This is the first of four consecutive workshops
Presented by Campaign Committee for Michigan Conservatives.

Take the Town Halls to Washington
beginning March 9 and ending March 31, 2010


Michigan Activist Events

Experts See Few Constitutional Hurdles Currently Impeding Federal Health  Care Takeover
By Tom Gantert    March 9, 2010
The federal government has many options to mandate health care for every American, whether or not it is declared unconstitutional or not, some constitutional law experts say.

While forcing Americans to get health insurance may ultimately be decided by  the United States Supreme Court, the federal government has many other tools  to implement its policies, said Richard Hardy, chair of the Political  Science Department at Western Illinois University.

A recurring topic on conservative talk radio shows has been that mandated  health care is unconstitutional and could derail President Barack Obama’s  health care reform. But three constitutional law experts say that scenario is unlikely.
More   http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/12291

Pelosi: “We have to pass the health care bill so that you can find out what is in it”  – Video and text
Also: “This legislation alone will create 4 million jobs, about 400,000 jobs very soon,” and “So proud that President Obama is taking the message so forcefully to the American people!”

ObamaCare to “Rip This Nation to Pieces”
 Brian Darling           March 8, 2010
Congressman Eric Massa (D-NY) gave us a glimpse into the inner workings of  the House Democrat Caucus.  Massa voted against ObamaCare when it came up in  the House last year.  He alleged on a New York radio station that he is  being forced out of Congress because of his stance on ObamaCare.  Aside from the validity of the allegations against him, Massa gives us a glimpse into a fight within the Democrat Caucus on the political viability of the President’s health care reform proposal.  Massa shows us that there are some Democrats pleading with Speaker Pelosi (D-Ca) to back away from ObamaCare.

Mark Steyn: Obamacare worth the price to Democrats
By Mark Steyn         March 5, 2010
Once the state swells to a certain size, the people available to fill the ever-expanding number of government jobs will be statists – sometimes hard-core Marxist statists, sometimes social-engineering multiculti statists, sometimes fluffily “compassionate” statists, but always statists.
The short history of the post-war welfare state is that you don’t need a president-for-life if you’ve got a bureaucracy-for-life: The people can elect “conservatives,” as the Germans have done and the British are about to do, and the Left is mostly relaxed about it because, in all but exceptional cases (Thatcher), they fulfill the same function in the system as the first-year boys at wintry English boarding schools who, for tuppence-ha’penny or some such, would agree to go and warm the seat in the unheated lavatories until the prefects strolled in and took their rightful place.

Republicans are good at keeping the seat warm. A bigtime GOP consultant was on TV, crowing that Republicans wanted the Dems to pass Obamacare because it’s so unpopular it will guarantee a GOP sweep in November.

OK, then what? You’ll roll it back – like you’ve rolled back all those other unsustainable entitlements premised on cobwebbed actuarial tables from 80 years ago? Like you’ve undone the federal Department of Education and of Energy and all the other nickel’n'dime novelties of even a universally reviled one-term loser like Jimmy Carter? Andrew McCarthy concluded a shrewd
analysis of the political realities thus:

“Health care is a loser for the Left only if the Right has the steel to undo it. The Left is banking on an absence of steel. Why is that a bad bet?”

Indeed. Look at it from the Dems’ point of view. You pass Obamacare. You lose the 2010 election, which gives the GOP co-ownership of an awkward couple of years. And you come back in 2012 to find your health care apparatus is still in place, a fetid behemoth of toxic pustules oozing all over the basement, and, simply through the natural processes of government, already bigger and more expensive and more bureaucratic than it was when you passed it two years earlier. That’s a huge prize, and well worth a midterm timeout….
More  http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/health-237719-care-government.html
See also

Dead Legislation Walking
March 9, 2010
Another day, another stream of health care fantasy from the White House.

What the House Would Have to Swallow in the Senate Bill
March 8th, 2010
Heritage analysts have conducted some extensive research and analysis of the provisions of the giant Senate bill. If the House passes the Senate bill and it goes to the President’s desk for signature, it then would become the law of the land. For all intents and purposes, the legislative debate would then be over.

Regardless of Administration or Senate leadership promises to “fix” the new law (the Senate bill) through the Budget Reconciliation process, there are no guarantees. Any “fixes”-if they did come about-would have to survive another round of Senate floor action. So it is worth recalling what the Senate bill would mean for Americans were it to become law.
The list and more http://blog.heritage.org/2010/03/08/what-the-house-would-have-to-swallow-in-the-senate-bill/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Morning%2BBell

Representative Mike Rogers (R – MI). on Health Care – video


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