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Today’s single payer post: House Health Subcommittee

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HR 676, Medicare for All, is currently before the House Health Subcommittee. Of the 33 members of the Health Subcommittee, 6 are cosponsors of HR 676: Edolphus Towns (NY-10), Eliot L. Engel (NY-17), Jan Schakowsky (IL-9) (one of the favorites to succeed Obama as senator from IL, should he prevail in his presidential campaign), Hilda L. Solis (CA-32), Anthony D. Weiner (NY-9), and Tammy Baldwin (WI-2).

The remaining Democrats are Chairman Frank Pallone, Henry Waxman (CA-30), Bart Gordon (TN-6), Anna Eschoo (CA-14), Gene Green (TX-29), Diana DeGette (CO-1), Lois Capps (CA-23), Tom Allen, candidate for Senator from Maine, Mike Ross (AR-4) Darlene Hooley (OR-5), Jim Matheson (UT-2), and John D. Dingell (Ex Officio, in his capacity as Chair of the House Energy & Commerce committee)

The Republicans are Nathan Deal (challenged by Jeff Scott), Ralph Hall (challenged by Glenn Melançon), Barbara Cubin (from Wyoming, apparently has no challenger), Heather Wilson, who is running for Senate, ( Martin Heinrich is the Democratic candidate for her seat), John B. Shadegg (challenged by Bob Lord), Steve Buyer (challenged by Nels Ackerson), Joseph R. Pitts (challenged by Bruce Slater, the only Democratic challenger in Pennsylvania to specifically endorse HR 676! This is a pivotal race!), Mike Ferguson (challenged by Linda Stender), Mike Rogers (challenged by Bob Alexander), Sue Wilkins Myrick (challenged by Harry Taylor), John Sullivan (not clear who the Democratic challenger is), Tim Murphy (challenged by Steve O’Donnell), Michael C. Burgess (challenged by Ken Leach), Marsha Blackburn (not clear who the Democratic challenger is) and Joe Barton, TX (Ex Officio, in his capacity of ranking member of the Energy and Commerce committee) challenged by Dr. Ludwig Otto.

This is what lobbyists do, they zero in on the relevant committees, learn about every member and their districts. We can use the internet, blogs, and distributed research to do the same thing. Those who created the 2008 race tracker have handed us a fabulous resource. We can use it to zero in on members of relevant committees and learn the districts and the challengers.

My hope is that some of our readers will take the information in this post, and take it to the next step and start tracking these races and posting about them, either at the Mighty Corrente Building or their local blog.

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Submitted by gob on

It's unclear from his web page, which mentions only "universal health care", but he was at the forum I went to a couple of weeks ago, and my notes indicate that I understood him to be supporting HR676. I'm going to try to contact his office today and get a statement. Maybe I was careless in my note-taking.

Thanks for the pointer to the race tracker!

Update: the person who answered the phone at O'Donnell's office says, yes, he supports HR676. I suggested they update their web page, and offered my services as a volunteer. Not my district, but right next door.

Always one for lost causes, that's me. The district looks pretty Republican, unfortunately.

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Submitted by DCblogger on

even the most Republican district is vulnerable in a year like this.