Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Let’s move those Senators who are on the fence!
by Charlie Leck

According to counts by Democracy for America and Open Left, there are 45 U.S. Senators prepared to vote for health care reform that includes a public option. There are more than another dozen who say maybe.

These are Senators who are watching the polls and are not swayed by the phony, staged shows that have been put on at recent “town-hall meetings.”

I’m going to list here for you the Senators who have said they’ll vote for the public option bill. If they are from your state, email them a thank you. Then I’ll list for you those Senators who are on the fence and saying “maybe” to this question. They are watching the polls and trying to see which way the wind is blowing. If these are you Senators, you need to communicate with them and ask them to support real health care reform that includes a public option.

If we can get four (4) -- just four -- more Senators to commit to voting for a public option, then we might be able to give our President back his courage.

These are the key Senators, who have said maybe and on whom we should concentrate:
Baucus (MT)
Conrad (ND)
Wyden (OR)
Carper (DE)
Tester (MT)
Lincoln (AR)
Nelson (FL)
Warner (VA)

Our President is starting to waver and some experts say he’ll come back to the public option legislation if he can see he has a favorable count in the Senate. The House of Representatives is not a problem. A public option bill can pass there.

Those Senators who have said they’ll vote FOR a public option:
Boxer (CA)
Feinstein (CA)
Bennet (CO)
Udall (CO)
Dodd (CT)
Kaufman (DE)
Isakson (GA)
Akaka (HI)
Inouye (HI)
Harkin (IA)
Burris (IL)
Durbin (IL)
Kennedy (MA)
Kerry (MA)
Cardin (MD)
Mikulski (MD)
Levin (MI)
Stabenow (MI)
Franken (MN)
Klobuchar (MN)
McCaskill (MO)
Hagan (NC)
Dorgan (ND)
Shaheen (NH)
Lautenberg (NJ)
Menendez (NJ)
Bingaman (NM)
Udall (NM)
Reid (NV)
Gillibrand (NY)
Schumer (NY)
Brown (OH)
Merkley (OR)
Casey (PA)
Specter (PA)
Reed (RI)
Whitehouse (RI)
Johnson (SD)
Webb (VA)
Leahy (VT)
Sanders (VT)
Cantwell (WA)
Murry (WA)
Feingold (WI)
Kohl (WI)
Rockefeller (WV)

Those Senators who are on the fence (maybe):
Begich (AK)
Lincoln (AR)
Pryor (AR)
Carper (DE)
Nelson (FL)
Bayh (IN)
Landrieu (LA)
Snowe (ME)
Baucus (MT)
Tester (MT)
Condrad (ND)
Nelson (NE)
Wyden (OR)
Warner (VA)
Byrd (WV)

If you are a supporter of a public option in health care and your Senator is on the fence, please communicate your wishes to him/her.

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