Health Care

Health Care Reform: Reconciliation - Pelosi Style...

Published March 1, 2010, 10:42 am EST

by Diane W. Collins


Nancy PelosiSpeaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi continues her mission to pass Health Care Reform as she pushes to get the votes she needs in the House. Procedure for reconciliation is being scrutinized by the Republicans and conservative pundits. Where Pelosi may have the upper hand is in knowing the order in which bills are passed through Congress is not what makes them law... when the President signs them does.


Why is this important? Should Pelosi get the votes in the House to pass the Senate Health Care Reform bill (which is the first step toward reconciliation) she has the ability to "hold" the passed bill on her desk and not send it to the President for his signature. Meanwhile, the Senate is working simultaneously to pass a reconciliation bill. All the Democrats have to do is make sure the Health Care Reform Bill is signed by the President thirty (30) seconds before the Reconciliation bill. Once again, laws don't become laws until the President signs them.


This is what Republicans need to face and defeat. Sticking your head in the sand doesn't get the job done. Stop Pelosi from getting the votes in the House or Reconciliation will be reality. This would permanently change health care in the United States establishing it as a government run program... higher taxes, increased spending and what many conservatives view as the end of quality care.


Addition Mon., March 1, 2010, 12:44, CST


Yes, as Fox News has reported, Alan Frumin is the Senate Parliamentarian and he does have the role of defining procedure, however, the President of the Senate, (VP Joe Biden) is not bound to accept what the Parliamentarian rules. So, nothing's changed. Stop Pelosi from getting the votes...


Addition Saturday, March 6, 2010, 1:12 CST


Dick Morris's List of Vulnerable Congressman - Contact these guys!

Below you will find the representatives listed by state that Dick Morris calls those most vulnerable to Nancy Pelosi's strong arm tactics. These are the representatives who voted for the original House Health Care Reform bill (which was much more liberal than the current Senate bill. Pelosi is "breaking arms" to pass the Senate bill in the House so Health Care Reform can move to reconciliation in the Senate.


Pelosi Strategy? To the House members: Pass the Senate Health Care Bill even though you don't like it. The bill will be changed through reconciliation in the Senate. As far as the sacrifice (your political career)... Hey, you already voted for health care in the House. Republican's will crucify you in local elections anyway...


TO CALL: Go to Dick Morris's list for representatives' phone numbers (both local and in Washington, DC.)


TO EMAIL: The most powerful email to a congressman is one from a constituent in his own district. Check to see if your representative is on the list. Contact all your friends and send them the link to this page so they can weigh-in too. Then email your representative and tell them to vote "NO!" on this Health Care Reform Bill and to start over. You can contact your representative via email. It's easy. Just have your zipcode + four digit extention ready to go! (If you need suggestions on what to write, here's my letter. (PDF) Feel free to copy it.)


Contact Your Representative



Mitchell, Harry E., Arizona, 5th

Giffords, Gabrielle, Arizona, 8th

Kirkpatrick, Ann, Arizona, 1st



McNerney, Jerry, California, 11th



Salazar, John T., Colorado, 3rd



Himes, Jim, Connecticut, 4th



Grayson, Alan, Florida, 8th



Foster, Bill, Illinois, 14th



Hill, Baron, Indiana, 9th



Schauer, Mark, Michigan, 7th

Peters, Gary, Michigan, 9th



Titus, Dina, Nevada, 3rd



Shea-Porter, Carol, New Hampshire, 1st


Bishop, Timothy, New York, 1st

Hall, John J., New York, 19th

Owens, Bill, New York, 23rd

Arcuri, Michael A., New York, 24th

Maffei, Daniel B., New York, 25th



Pomeroy, Earl, North Dakota, At-Large



Driehaus, Steve, Ohio, 1st

Kilroy, Mary Jo, Ohio, 15th

Space, Zachary T., Ohio, 18th



Dahlkemper, Kathy, Pennsylvania, 3rd

Murphy, Patrick J., Pennsylvania, 8th

Carney, Christopher P., Pennsylvania, 10th

Kanjorski, Paul E., Pennsylvania, 11th



Spratt, John, South Carolina, 5th



Perriello, Tom, Virginia, 5th



Mollohan, Alan B., West Virginia, 1st

Rahall, Nick, West Virginia, 3rd



Kagen, Steve, Wisconsin, 8th




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