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Use HCANt's tool to tell your rep what a bad bill this is (and stick it to Jason Rosenbaum)


Tell 'em Jason Rosenbaum sent ya.

NOTE Hat tip, Hipparchia.

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Submitted by WRhouse on

or how I re-wrote their message:

"Representative Murphy,

BY voting YES to health INSURANCE deform, you have cast your vote for keeping money flowing to the insurance industry. Your vote made a difference for me and for all of America's families, by keeping actual HEALTH CARE (not insurance) REFORM from happening.

Your vote is about helping insurance companies survive and growing our economy. It's about making Insurance reform unaffordable for me, my family, and my neighbors. It's about maybe, EVENTUALLY ending denials of care and making medical decisions based on how much money i can afford to spend on INSURANCE, deductibles,and Co-Pays. It's about giving us a choice, unless you're female - in which case you get second-class treatment and no choice unless you've got the money to afford it.

I don't thank you for standing up for the insurance companies and not fighting for me. As a constituent, I will remember this vote in November."

I should have probably been more coherent, but boy am I pissed at this crappy SENATE bill, (remember the sucky reconciliation bill still has to pass the Senate)

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Submitted by DCblogger on

her statement is up
still pushing the public option sparkle pony

Submitted by jawbone on

coming from HCAN't just be counted as pro-Obama's BHIP-PPP? Not even clicked open?

Plus, I have a Repub rep with a sinecure for life here in one of the wealthiest counties in the country. (It still has pockets of serf affordable housing.)

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Submitted by DCblogger on

no one reads this mail
they will go to the weekly mail report as just a number pro or con
some offices are sophisticated to note how many emails came from which pressure group

Pressure groups have web tools so that they can accurately measure the impact they have had.
for example, if dcblogger posts a link to someone's congressional office, we have no way to know whether anyone acted on it or not. But if he had a web tool that let you do this not only could we measure how many emails we generated, we could harvest those emails and store them by congressional office. So not only do we know how many responded to our call to action, we know which congressmen they contacted, so we know who's district they live in.
and we can email them and hit them up for money, for our organization, or some politician we are supporting.

incidentally, federal law prohibits senators and congressmen from transferring constiutent email to their campaign data base. and yes, that rule is very strictly enforced.

mail is crucial, especially in the early part of the legislative process, but no one should put anythought into it. Just one polite sentence. Save your eloquence for letters to the editor.

I have lived in the DC area almost all my life. I have had many friends who worked on the hill. I know how politicians operate.

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Submitted by gqmartinez on

Do you know that you won't be pooled in with a great big giant "Thank you" rather than have your disapproval noted? Don't they usually just send in a list of names/emails?

Much better to contact your reps directly than one of these stupid, useless forms. Also, this generates traffic which gives them more credibility. Just like they boycott/censor us, we should do the same with them. We should *never* visit some of these sites if we want to discredit them.

Why does the left keep giving fucking credibility to these sites because it seems like a "cool", "nifty" thing to do something like this. Grrrr.

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Submitted by illusionofjoy on

Then again, we "little single payer advocates" could be seen as poisoning the well by infiltrating their masturbatory web toys. What was it they said about not reading the fine print? The same could be said of political staffers not reading the content of these forms once submitted. They'll be caught off guard by how little love they actually get in November (and I'll be laughing).

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Submitted by lizpolaris on

I've spent a bit of time looking over the major media outlets to see if there's any coverage whatsoever about the actual content of the bill which passed AND the content of the 'fixes' which passed.

Of course, all I found was a bunch of who won/who didn't win, woohoo/boohoo stuff. There was a page with which reps voted which way.

One of the political blogs has a list of '10 good things about the bill.' Although, it didn't note exactly how far in the future each of the 10 things is - IIRC 3 of them are immediate but that's only my guess (mandate is immediate, no preexisting conditions for kids 19 or under is immediate, and kids 27 or under are covered on their parents' policy - I think that's immediate). The rest are all 2012 if not 2014 (if subsequent legislation doesn't negate all of it anyway). However, it would be nice to see if what I remember of this year's confusing bill muddle is correct.

And who knows what's in the 'fixes.' One article said it has changes to college tuition? Wha?

So - anybody have a link to actual info on Health Whatever Bill and sidecar fixes? I got nuthin' and I looked around a bit.

Submitted by jawbone on

could raise rates of parents who put their grown children on their family plans...saw one place which said yes, they can. But not definitive source that family plan rates can change.

Evening news had some cursory explanations, but no detail.

Should be some better analysis soon....right?

Submitted by jawbone on

CNN article:

For the next four years, until the SHOP Exchanges are set up, businesses with 10 or fewer full-time-equivalent employees earning less than $25,000 a year on average will be eligible for a tax credit of 35% of health insurance costs. (Companies with between 11 and 25 workers and an average wage of up to $50,000 are eligible for partial credits.)

SHOP Exchanges, you ask? Well, it appears there may be more than one type of exchange for insurance, if the name inidicates anything. One for small businesses, another for individuals???

By no later than 2014, states will have to set up Small Business Health Options Programs, or "SHOP Exchanges," where small businesses will be able to pool together to buy insurance. ("Small businesses" are defined as those with no more than 100 employees, though states have the option of limiting pools to companies with 50 or fewer employees through 2016; companies that grow beyond the size limit will also be grandfathered in.)

This sounds crazy! No wonder exchanges will be too small to pose any real competition!

But, who knows what details lurk in the pages of the mishmash bill + reconciliation.

Submitted by lambert on

Thereby automatically discriminating against the poor and working class, who have worse access to the Internet and worse skills.

But there can be a lot of money for the "creative class" building the sites, mining personal data to deny care, and so forth. Yay!

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Submitted by sisterkenney on

Found alot of scary things happening around the "wellness" incentive stuff in our Health Ins package this past year. People were getting phone calls, and their personal info was being quoted to them by a secretary of the company, stuff like "well, you're on anti-depressants', etc. Can't imagine what else these for-profit monsters can do with all of that now that they have all these "controls" on them.