You may have already seen themedia reports that the budget is a done deal, and health care reconciliation is included.They are wrong. It is not yet a done deal, and we need you to ACT TODAY to stop it.Democratic leadership has agreed, but the actual conference report is not written by leadership, but by the specific conferees on the conference committee:
Kent Conrad (D-N. Dak.)
Patty Murray (D-Wash.)
Judd Gregg (R-N.H.)
John Spratt (D-S.C.)
Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.)
Allen Boyd (D-Fla.)
Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)
Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas)
If your senator or representative is on the committee, it is imperative that you send them a message today urging them to keep health care out of reconciliation. They are meeting THIS AFTERNOON, so time is of the essence. By far the most important two are Kent Conrad and Allen Boyd, Democrats who have been skeptical about using reconciliation.
If you know anyone in North Dakota or Florida's second district (Tallahassee, Panama City) please forward them this urgent email immediately!
Reconciliation isa trick, a procedure designed for deficit reduction being misused to jam through a government takeover of health care with only 20 hours of debate, no amendments, and just 50 votes instead of the usual 60. This trick will silence Republicans and centrist Democrats, and allow a radical leftist planin which government takes away control of health care from patients and doctors, andrations care by denying it to people judged by bureaucrats to be too old or too sick to justify the cost. For more explanation, listen to my podcast on this: http://kerpen.hipcast.com/rss/kerpencast.xml