Democrats are throwing stuff off their sinking boat, but they are rowing hard. Much depends on the public’s actions over the next few days. Please:
2. Call 202-224-3121 and ask for the office of Senator Blanche Lincoln from Arkansas and urge a no vote or you will support her opponent Senator Gilbert Baker. Use Baker’s name to prove you know what you are doing. In fact, you can contribute to Baker and e-mail or fax the receipt to Lincoln. His website is www.SenatorGilbertBaker.com.
3. Call 202-224-3121 and ask for Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska and thank him for his principled opposition to federal funding of abortion and for his promise to filibuster the bill because the Senate has included federal funding for abortion.
4. Visit ReverseTheVote.org and contribute to the building effort to pressure key House Democrats into changing their vote if Obamacare escapes the Senate.
5. Join Docs4PatientCare.org.
The disarray among the Democrats over the death of the public option is important, but the proposed vast expansion of Medicare as a consolation prize is fiscal suicide for the country and senators like Byron Dorgan and Kent Conrad must know this. Voting for this bill will be a betrayal of their long standing commitments to budget sanity and everyone in North Dakota will realize that.
The abortion debate may sink the bill in the Senate if Ben Nelson follows through on his commitment, and perhaps even Bob Casey Jr. will as well as the Senate bill is a massive public funding of abortion.
And if any senior citizens had yet to be convinced that AARP sold them down the river, or any doctor that the AMA had failed them completely, the proposed expansion of Medicare should remove all doubt. The Democrats didn’t get a public option so they seem to be settling for the bankrupting of the federal government and the destruction of doctors’ income via the growth of Medicare reimbursement schedules to the most important source of doctor income, the 55 to 65 year old demographic.