12 Nov

Battle for healthcare reform moves into Senate

So, in the wake of the U.S. House’s narrow passage last week of healthcare-reform legislation, and after some obvious spin from the right wing announcing the House’s bill would be ‘dead on arrival’ in the Senate, what’s really next in the fight for healthcare reform?

According to a report on CNN, the next step is for the Senate to vote to begin debate. And there are indeed a few hurdles to be overcome before that ‘vote to begin debate’ can happen. The article states:

Democrats need 60 votes to pass the motion to start debate. While there are 60 members in the Democrats’ coalition, Ben Nelson, a moderate Democrat from Nebraska — says he hasn’t decided which way he’ll vote, and won’t until he sees the actual bill.

In fact, no one has seen the Senate health care bill yet. Reid won’t release the legislation until he knows the cost of the bill.

So, the Senate’s consideration of healthcare reform remains on hold, for a few days anyway. Read CNN’s full article, and stay tuned for more information and possible next steps.

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10 Nov

To all veterans: Thank You, from the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee

U.S. FlagToday, Nov. 11, is indeed Veteran’s Day. And on this day, the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee extends its sincere thanks to all veterans, in recognition of their sacrifices.

For those in harm’s way today, especially those in Iraq and Afghanistan, the FCDCC wishes you a safe and speedy return home!

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29 Oct

U.S. House presents healthcare reform bill that includes a public option

Breaking news, as reported in the L.A. Times:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, unveiling the House’s plan for a compromise on healthcare legislation today, said the bill would offer new insurance for tens of millions of Americans and lower costs for those who already have coverage.

The plan represents a compromise among various interests in the House, the speaker said. It also will lead to a planned House vote and position House leaders for negotiations with Senate leaders crafting their own plan.

Pelosi maintained that the House leadership’s compromise would make healthcare more affordable for the middle class and more secure for seniors. The bill offers health insurance for an additional 36 million Americans, she said — offering coverage for 96% of all citizens — and its cost over 10 years, under $900 billion, would not increase the federal budget deficit.

The article states that a vote on the bill is expected to happen in the next two weeks. The full article is available on the L.A. Times website.

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26 Oct

Sen. Reid now backing inclusion of a public option

From CNN and other news sources:

The contentious debate over health care took a new twist Monday as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced his decision to craft legislation including a public insurance option allowing states to opt out.

Reid, a Nevada Democrat, has been melding legislation from the more conservative Senate Finance Committee and the more liberal Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. The Health Committee included a form of the public option in its bill; the Finance Committee did not.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has insisted that the House of Representatives will pass a health care reform bill including a public option.

President Obama is “pleased that the Senate has decided to include a public option for health coverage,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in a written statement.

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22 Oct

Concerned constituents make more than 300,000 phone calls Oct. 20 supporting healthcare reform

From our friends at Organizing For America:

As you know, we set a big phone-call goal: 100,000 calls to Congress placed or committed to in a single day by OFA supporters and allied organizations. By 2:30 p.m., you had crushed it. So, we gulped and said let’s go for 200,000, not knowing what would happen. But the calls just kept pouring in — keeping phones ringing off the hook in congressional offices in D.C. and your representatives’ district offices around the country.

Then, OFA supporters gathered in more than 1,000 living rooms and community centers from Macon, Georgia to Missoula, Montana. You called hundreds of thousands of key voters in your community and got them to agree to call Congress and speak out for reform, too. President Obama joined in at a call party in New York — and he had some amazing words of support for the folks like you who make this movement possible.

President Obama added his support to the effort as well, saying:

I want to recognize the folks in this room — and folks watching online — who are helping us to do exactly that. And I want to thank all the Organizing for America volunteers for making calls, knocking on doors, and keeping up the fight. You know why this is so important. … We are nearing the finish line — and with your help, we’re going to cross it

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