|Policy Patriots -
What have you accomplished?
Because of your efforts against
ObamaCare all the Republican Senators stayed the course.
About two dozen of them were potential votes for
something like the Reid bill.
Where are we now?
The Senate and House bills have to be
reconciled and then go back for a vote in the Senate and
House. Right now, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are
talking with each other about how to reconcile the
differences between the two bills. We are hearing that
there may not be a formal conference committee, because
of all the procedural hurdles to appoint conferees,
including likely Republican opposition and various
time-consuming matters pertaining to congressional rules
There could be some sort of "informal"
conference committee, bypassing congressional rules,
where a few Senate and House Democrats literally write a
new bill (taking pieces from each of the House and
Senate passed bills). Both chambers of Congress would
have to approve the new bill. By and far the quickest
way to the President's desk is for the House of
Representatives to simply pass the Senate-passed bill.
That would avoid a conference committee altogether. But
there is a lot of push - back from House liberals
(including Reps. Rangel, Waxman, Miller, and so forth).
Your cost for the Senate bill
- lots of Christmas gifts under their tree!
Here is what the Obama Administration
gave away to get the bill passed - this is your
money and it was not listed as part of the cost of the
Senate bill! And, we thought those Senators
were standing up for what they believed in. Here is what
This is adapted from a
Dana Milbank column
in The Washington Post:
The Louisiana Purchase: $100
million in extra Medicaid money for the Bayou
State, requested by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.).
The Cornhusker Kickback: $100
million in extra Medicaid money, this time for
Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.).
Omaha Prime Cuts: Nebraska's Nelson
won a "carve out" provision that would reduce
fees for Mutual of Omaha and other Nebraska insurers.
Con: $100 million
meant for a medical center in Connecticut for Sen.
Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.)
Gator Aid: Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Flo.)
secured a grandfather clause will allow
Floridians to preserve their pricey Medicare Advantage
program from cuts imposed in the other states.
Handout Montana: Sen. Max Baucus
(D-Mont.) secured Medicare coverage for anybody
exposed to asbestos - as long as they worked in
a mine in Libby, Montana.
Iowa Pork: Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa)
won more Medicare money for low-volume hospitals
of the sort commonly found in Iowa.
Dakota Payoff: Sens. Byron Dorgan and
Kent Conrad, both North Dakota Democrats, will enjoy a
provision bringing higher Medicare payments to
hospitals and doctors in "frontier counties" of
states such as - let's see here - North Dakota!
Hawaii Aloha: Hawaii, with two
Democratic Senators, will get richer payments to
hospitals that treat many uninsured people.
Wolverine Bonanza: Michigan, home of
two other Democrats, will earn higher Medicare
payments and some reduced fees for Blue Cross/Blue
What socialism means in Vermont: Sen.
Bernie Sanders is getting larger Medicaid
payments for his state (neighboring
Massachusetts will get some, too).
Learn more details by visiting this
Republican Study Committee (RSC)
Write your Senators and House members.
They are counting the number of letters, so you are
making a difference. So far, they have received over
440,000 letters from our Policy Patriots, and over 9,500
calls. Remember, 2010 is an election year and
one third of the Senate
and the full House is up for re-election. The
message is: you work for me! Go to the Action
Army now! Let them know they work for you with your
Do not try to call this week!
Many of you have tried to call and the
Senate telephones are not being answered. Apparently,
they do not want to hear from us, so let's wait until
next week when the staffers are back in the offices.
The NCPA maintains a wealth of
educational and resource material including better
alternatives to government-run health care:
John Goodman's Health Care Plan:
Health Care Solutions:
Five Steps to a Better Health Care System:
Dr. John Goodman's Blog - Current, up-to date
information on the debate:
Heartland Institute's Health Care Solutions:
Thank you again for your support and
for fighting against government-run health care. This is
a fight worth fighting and we will win one way or
National Center for Policy Analysis