Monday, November 23, 2009

Sign our petition to Harry Reid: Reconciliation = Majority Rule

During debate in the Senate this weekend, a handful of corrupt Democratic senators like Blanche Lincoln and Mary Landrieu, who have taken big donations from insurance companies, promised to vote against health care if it included a public option.[1]
If Harry Reid can't get them in line for a simple procedural vote, then he can use "reconciliation" and call for a majority vote on the public option.  Otherwise, Harry Reid is using his power as Majority Leader to allow a handful of corrupt senators thwart the democratic process.  We can't let that happen.

Let Harry Reid know the public option rests on his shoulders.  Click here to sign our petition:http://action.firedoglake.com/reconciliation


We know who the corrupt Democrats are working for -- the insurance companies want to kill the public option once and for all.  Goldman Sachs expects insurance stocks to rise by 59% in 10 years if there is no public option, but drop by 36% if there is one.  That's what happens when nobody likes your product.  Their fat profits depend on being the only game in town.[2]
The American people understand that.  That's why 72% support a public option, to end insurance monopolies, increase competition and control the crushing burden of health care costs for American families.[3]  A majority in the Senate understands that, too -- that's why 51 have said they will vote for a bill with a public option.[4]
It comes down to a simple question: will Harry Reid allow for majority rule?  Or will he let corrupt members of his own caucus block a majority of the public and Congress who want a public option?

Sign our petition to Reid: whip the corrupt ConservaDems into line, or use reconciliation to give Americans what they want and pass a public option. 


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ALL PRISONERS HAVE IT, ALL ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY PERSONNEL HAVE IT, ALL SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN HAVE IT, ALL EX-PRESIDENTS HAVE IT, ALL GOVERNORS HAVE IT - WHY DON'T ALL AMERICANS HAVE IT?  IT IS SHAMEFUL THAT OUR SOCIETY EVEN HAS TO DISCUSS SUCH A BASIC RIGHT OF CITIZENSHIP!

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As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.