Health Care Reform

Gibbs: "This Is the Week" ObamaCare Gets Passed

Andrew Roth - March 15th, 2010

Call Your Representative Now!

Andrew Roth - March 15th, 2010

The fight to defeat ObamaCare begins and ends this week.

Today, the House Budget Committee will mark up the bill.  The Rules Committee is then scheduled to meet on Wednesday.  The bill would move to the House floor after that.  A final vote could happen by Friday or even during the weekend.

Part of the Democrats’ strategy is to frame passage of ObamaCare as inevitable in order to weaken the opponents’ resolve, but they still don’t have the votes!  So we must make our voices heard.  Please call your lawmaker today and urge them to vote NO on the bill. 

The Capitol Hill switchboard is (202) 224-3121.  Just ask for your lawmaker’s office and they will connect you.

The Hill newspaper has a whip list and is updating it throughout the day with any and all changes.  If all Republicans vote NO as expected, then Democrats can only afford 37 defections and still be able to pass the bill  (39 Democrats voted against the original bill).

Defeat is within our grasp.  Don’t let this week go by without saying that you did something to stop this monstrosity of a bill.  Call your lawmaker now!

New Poll: Strong Opposition to ObamaCare

Andrew Roth - March 15th, 2010

A recent poll conducted by the Polling Company on behalf of Independent Women’s Voices offers up some pretty strong numbers against Obama.  From the Wall Street Journal:

The survey consisted of 1,200 registered voters in 35 districts represented by members who could determine the outcome of the health-care debate. Twenty of those members voted for the House bill in November but now may be reconsidering. Fifteen voted against the bill but are under tremendous pressure to change their vote.

The survey shows astonishing intensity and sharp opposition to reform, far more than national polls reflect. For 82% of those surveyed, the heath-care bill is either the top or one of the top three issues for deciding whom to support for Congress next November. (That number goes to 88% among independent women.) Sixty percent want Congress to start from scratch on a bipartisan health-care reform proposal or stop working on it this year. Majorities say the legislation will make them and their loved ones (53%), the economy (54%) and the U.S. health-care system (55%) worse off—quite the trifecta.

Seven in 10 would vote against a House member who votes for the Senate health-care bill with its special interest provisions. That includes 45% of self-identified Democrats, 72% of independents and 88% of Republicans. Three in four disagree that the federal government should mandate that everyone buy a government-approved insurance plan (64% strongly so), and 81% say any reform should focus first on reducing costs. Three quarters agree that Americans have the right to choose not to participate in any health-care system or plan without a penalty or fine.

Get Ready for a Healthcare Showdown

Andrew Roth - March 12th, 2010

It looks like the Democrats are going to do the unthinkable.  Get ready for a bare-knuckle fight starting next week.  From the POLITICO:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told her members Friday to brace themselves for a climatic health care vote as early as next week, warning them to clear their schedules for next weekend and promising to stay in session until the landmark vote, people present at the meeting told POLITICO. President Barack Obama has postponed an overseas trip until March 21, and Pelosi said, "I am delighted the president will be here for the passage of the bill. It will be historic."

Pelosi: House Has Votes for Health Care Bill

Andrew Roth - March 11th, 2010