REAL Progs Stand With House Progressive Women and FIGHT!
by ludwigvan, Sat Dec 26, 2009 at 05:16:48 AM EST
"The Senate health care bill is not worthy of the historic vote that the House took a month ago,"
"Supporters of the weak Senate bill say "just pass it -- any bill is better than no bill. I strongly disagree," she wrote. "It's time that we draw the line on this weak bill and ask the Senate to go back to the drawing board. The American people deserve at least that." - Representative Louise Slaughter.
Now theres a woman who will not back down in a fight.
Why is it that its always women who fight hardest for us when it comes to protecting America's families and Health Care reform?
Well, two more House leaders - who just happen to be female - have stood up to join Congresswoman Slaughter in her fight for a better health care bill and all REAL progressive should stand up for and with them as they battle the vested interests that the White House didnt dare to.
Reps. Lynn Woolsey of the Progressive Caucus and Barbara Lee of the Congressional Black Caucus have announced their support for the House product, demanding a public option in the merged bill.
On the eve of a historic health care vote in the Senate, liberal Democrats in the House have launched a full-throated defense of the public option -- a sign of battles to come when party leaders try to meld the two bills.
"Now that the Senate is poised to pass its version of a health care reform bill, it is time to turn to reconciling it with the House legislation," California Reps. Barbara Lee and Lynn Woolsey said in a joint statement Wednesday. "For Congress to achieve true health care reform we must have a meaningful conference process that integrates both bills into the best possible piece of legislation for the American people."
But it's clear that they're not going to roll over, as some senators have suggested they should.
"We look forward to working with the House and Senate leadership to ensure that the final legislation provides affordable and comprehensive health care to people who need it."
Woolsey and Lee's top priorities are familiar: the public option ("If the bill requires people to buy health insurance, there must be a public option to bring down costs"), better affordability in the form of more generous subsidies, stronger insurance regulations (including repeal of the industry's anti-trust exemption), the employer mandate ("If individuals are required to buy insurance, employers should be required to provide it."), and financing through wealth taxes and not the excise tax on high-end (often Union negotiated)insurance plans.
And people, where is the outrage over the elimination of the funding mechanism that Obama talked about non stop as the way to pay for this bill? Remember Obama said he was going to fund HCR subsidies with a special tax on the super rich? But somehow - instead of that - we're left with a tax on Union negotiated health plans? SAY WHAT?! And some of you - so called "progressives" dont think this bill needs any changes?!
The sad truth is, this is a wealth care bill -- not a health care bill.
It truly amazes me that there are ANY professed "progressives" at this site who actually think that helping the House progressive caucus get the best bill possible is a bad and or dangerous thing.
These "enablers" of the recent White House sell outs to big Pharm and big Insurance tell real progressives that we must shut up and back this bill, because if we don't - we must have
"no conscience " and be willing to "let hundreds of thousands of Americans die" because we dare to stand up for those brave Members of Congress, who unlike this White House, are willing to stand up and fight the vested interests who want to kill REAL health care reform.
They pretend that if we help Louis Slaughter and other Progressive House Members fight for what is right - we will be doing some great wrong.... wha?
I am very disappointed to see that these people put their ultimate allegiance to supporting the White House over progressive ideals. During Xmas week (conveniently when few Americans were watching) - the White House sold us out on both the senate HC bill and another bill to allow drug imports that would have saved consumers $100 billion bucks. (That progressive dream they gave away in trade for a gift from the Pharm lobby of a $150 million given to fund Obama's media war chest) The paid for cynicism behind these actions is the opposite of the grass roots idealism for health care reform that the left has been fighting for - for decades.
The pressure in the final round, just like we have seen to date will be on progressives to continue to capitulate.
Remember - to actual progressives, the biggest compromise was to give up our goal of single payer system and for this, we got nothing back for giving up and sacrificing our well loved child to these corporate Molochs.
The hand wringing enablers will do or say anything so this health care fiasco can be promoted as a "victory". They say this sell out of a Bill is a "take it or leave it" situation, an either/or proposition. Thats NOT how congressional bill writing works folks!
There are two separate bills heading over to the conference committe - where this fight is just starting. Some on this blog demand that we just shut up and do what the big boys want and be thankful that theyre letting us get anything at all.
Real progressives say HELL NO!
By the way, Progressives should be demanding that the conference be on CSPAN, open to view - just like Obama promised over and over again - how Health care would be negotiated and then never, ever did.
Obama on the campaign trail:
But here's the thing. We're going to do all these negotiations on C-SPAN.
The American people will be able to watch these negotiations so if they start seeing a member of Congress who is carrying the water for the drug companies instead of for their constituents.....
Open this. Transparency. You will hold me accountable, you will hold Congress accountable. That's how we'll get welfare... uh health care reform passed
Sign the petition at Yes We Still Can. Lets help these women - fight the good fight - in the conference committee !
The YesWeStillCan.org petition has been signed by over 600 Obama campaign staffers, 40,000 Obama volunteers, and 60,000 Obama donors.
Let the Rahm enablers pretend that this bill is good enough. For them any victory is a big victory and thats what its REALLY about to them.But real progressives know better, this battle isnt about "winning' - its about helping and protecting American workers and their families...
This fight aint over yet! Not even close!!
LETS GET READY TO RUMBLE!!!