The HELP Committee needs HELP

By Nyceve

mcjoan at Daily Kos has a clear and excellent diary about the machinations going on at the Senate HELP Committee. Here’s the very frightening take home message mcjoan received from a contact on the Hill:

“We’re still hearing conflicting things, but there is a very real danger that the HELP committee is considering going ahead without putting a public option in the bill, making it necessary to add the public option in via amendment as opposed to protecting it from being stripped. This would stack the deck against the public option and make it much more likely we couldn’t get the votes in committee to add it at all, or would have to weaken the public option to get it passed. Bottom line, going forward without a public option in the bill is like starting the game down by 10 points.”

If you ask me, this is like fighting George Foreman with one arm tied behind your back.

So you’ve got to get on the phones, especially to the so-called Democrats on the HELP committee. Here’s all the contact information, courtesy of mcjoan. Call, baby, call.

Tom Harkin (IA): (202) 224-3254
Barbara A. Mikulski (MD): (202) 224-4654
Jeff Bingaman (NM): (202) 224-5521
Patty Murray (WA: (202) 224-2621
Jack Reed (RI): (202) 224-4642
Bernard Sanders (I) (VT): (202) 224-5141
Sherrod Brown (OH): (202) 224-2315
Robert P. Casey, Jr. (PA): (202) 224-6324
Kay Hagan (NC): (202) 224-6342
Jeff Merkley (OR): (202) 224-3753


Sen. Dodd needs some special attention because as mcjoan says, “Sen. Dodd, [who] is Kennedy’s standard-bearer on this one.”

Tell Dodd a robust public option must be included in the draft that goes to markup: Tel: (202) 224-2823 | Fax: (202) 224-1083.

PS: And Harry Reed, who’s supposed to be on our team, is confusing the issue even further with his call for Nonprofit Community Health Plans. Call Harry and demand that he stay focused on the public option.

1 comment

maryagnes on June 18, 2009 at 1:45 PM says:

I made these calls at 8am CDT on Thursday, June 18. Unfortunately, the lines did not seem very busy. I think its VIP that we MAKE THESE CALLS!!! I also called my senators, who both support the public option, to thank them. They seemed happy to hear from me, so you may want to add your supportive senators to your personal call lists.

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