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Politico: House Health Care Bill Passes Out of Energy and Commerce Committee

We were told that neither the House nor the Senate will vote on a bill before the August recess. Technically you could say the House has as HR 3200 has passed out of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Be sure to contact your congressmen and/or congresswomen over August and tell them to vote NO when it comes up for a floor vote. If your representative has a health care town hall be sure to attend so you can tell him you oppose the bill and why. We have to keep up the heat:

Democrats moved one step closer to their long-sought goal of providing health care to millions of uninsured Americans on Friday after their bill cleared a critical House committee.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the legislation, 31-28, on Friday after liberals and conservatives on the panel broke a two-week deadlock that threatened President Barack Obama's top domestic priority and reached a loose accord that allowed Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) to move the bill out of his committee. Five Democrats voted against the bill, and no Republicans supported it.

Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), the former committee chairman whose father first proposed universal health care 60 years ago when he was a member of the House, said it was a proud moment for the committee.

"I was extremely honored to vote in favor of H.R. 3200, the 'America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009,'" Dingell said. "H.R. 3200 is a strong piece of legislation that will meet the challenges facing American families, business, and government resulting from the crushing costs of health care."

The legislation would require all Americans to secure health care and sets aside subsidies to help lower- and middle-income households do so. The bill also establishes insurance exchanges and creates a system of government-sponsored coverage to help lower the price of insurance. And the overhaul would dramatically revamp laws that govern the insurance, medical and pharmaceutical industries.

On the other hand, your representative may not be so keen on having a town hall. It seems House Dems' constituents are becoming quite unruly. They don't like being dictated to by elites in Washington who exempt themselves from the laws they apply to the masses.


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Comments (14)

Why are people wasting time... (Below threshold)

Why are people wasting time on health care laws when Obama has never proven he's a natural born citizen? NO BIRTH CERTIFICATE = NO PRESIDENT. What could be more important than knowing if the PRESIDENT IS REALLY KENYAN? We need one of our OWN KIND in the White house - President Palin we need you now!

Dude, I suggest you are bar... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

Dude, I suggest you are barking up the wrong tree. But then you knew that. John, our resident trolls are smarter than than that. Even if what you say is true, and it may well be, with Democrats in control of Congress what do you think they would do about it. We can not even get an indictment against Black Panthers on video breaking the law. Obama said he would have the most transparent administration. That is becomming true. Most people can see right through them.

My congress critter, Parker... (Below threshold)

My congress critter, Parker Griffin, is hiding.


He will not schedule any meetings with constituents, hold a town hall meeting, go on talk radio or give interviews to the local TV stations or newspaper while Congress takes its 'vacation' this August.

Then again as a 'Bluedog Democrat' that has voted the party line 90% of the time its no small wonder.

He's a one term lapdog that can already read the writing on the voters next ballot.

Mine has.had one scheduled ... (Below threshold)

Mine has.had one scheduled for August 1 at 3PM. Be interesting to see if he shows.

Now finally bill has passed... (Below threshold)

Now finally bill has passed...

Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.)... (Below threshold)

Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) - he's so proud.

Yeah, Dingellbat. You've got a lot to be proud of in that Democratic controlled "workers paradise" you run in Michigan. Uh, what's your unemployment rate again? I hear your state is losing population by the hour. When do you folks plan on erecting a wall to keep people IN?

Moby sockpuppet cleanup in ... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Moby sockpuppet cleanup in aisle 1.

Gmac, I think you should su... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Gmac, I think you should suggest to any of your neighbors who want to meet with Griffin to go to his home and demand to discuss issues with them. Do it in a legal fashion.

To the constituent of Parke... (Below threshold)

To the constituent of Parker Griffin,
I am also a "constituent" of lame duck Parker Griffin. He has been served his pink slip and should be packing his boxes. He will not get another chance to be Pelosi's pet project.
We will send someone to take his place who WILL WORK FOR US. I'm so grateful that those in our District understand the importance of "vetting" our candidates and making them understand who is boss BEFORE sending them.

Les,I live down the ... (Below threshold)

I live down the street from Griffin. You may be aware that a "group" of us have regularly visited his office here. We've constantly called his D.C. office and many of us are known by name by his staff there. He is AFRAID of his constituents here. Let him hide. He did have a "townhall" during his last visit home. We were there. But we were not invited. We were not even told of it. It was not even publicized. But we found out about it anyway. When a constituent must hunt down a Representative, it is a sorry thing. Forget Griffin. He has become irrelevant just within 8 months. Much like Obama. Pelosi is in trouble, Dodd is in trouble, Waxman and Reid are in trouble; in jeopardy of losing their seat. And it's a great thing. Americans are waking up and not a second too soon. But we must continue to fight because there are many more who need to get their head out of the sand and must do so within weeks. We must defeat this healthcare bill. This will deal a blow to Obama and the Democrats. A huge victory for the American people and for Liberty.

Good job Lea. You are doing... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Good job Lea. You are doing exactly what our representative republic needs. Keep moving.

When will the myopic fear m... (Below threshold)
Scare Crow Thrasher:

When will the myopic fear mongers take an open and honest look at how the for profit system we have in place is wrecked. When Hillary first tried this one on she spent 11 months touring the country to get opinions from all the interested parties and tried to come to a consensus. The result was self interested parties did all they could to derail anything and everything. Only then did she go behind closed doors to find a solution.
Then we met Thelma and Louise on our TV's telling us we would not be able to choose our own doctors, we would be caught in a bureaucratic SNAFU, there would be rationing, health care costs would skyrocket etc. etc. So the fear mongers won the day and what did we get? Unafordable health care, $850 per month for a family of four. Insurance company bureaucrats who care more about the profit for their company than they do about whether or not you get the treatment you need. Doctors who spend more time fighting for treatments than they do actually treating. Hmos who only let you choose from their lists of Doctors in their network. Change jobs,lose your insurance. Get sick and not keep up with the premium lose your insurance. Have a pre existing condition don't get the job.
You think for profit companies can do a better job? Enron, Worlcom, Aurthur Anderson, the road home debacle in New Orleans. get a grip. They have had twenty years and we have a disaster. Families who took second morgages to pay the bills and went bankrupt anyway. Unafordable medications, confusing plans that you don't know how messed up they are until you try to use them. Go ahead have a heart attack then fight your insurance behemoth for coverage and have another one. If the HMO is lucky the second one will just kill you.
The health of our nation is not a commodity to be traded on the open market.

These politicians voted Aga... (Below threshold)

These politicians voted Against the Nathan Deal Amendment, that would Prevent Health Care Benefits to Illegal Aliens. Simply put--it's not their BLOODY MONEY! So what! Do they care if taxpayers have to foot the behemoth bill, for anybody who snubs our laws and enters a sovereign country called America? The nationwide parasites are --CHEAP LABOR--businesses who could care less, because they pile up enormous profits. The corporate hierarchy have been having a field day--FOR DECADES. A foreign national gets hurt, their service manager or whoever the underling is, drives the maimed person and relinquishes any responsibility by dumping them on the emergency hospital entranceway. BINGO! nothing to pay!

Perhaps Americans should find some old shoddy clothes, no shave, no haircut and enter every emergency room in our country in the millions? Speak a lot of gibberish and carry no identification with a small splinter in their finger, a touch of a fever or any minor condition. By federal law the hospital will have an emergency on a--EMERGENCY. I am afraid Americans have been Lemmings going over a proverbial cliff, since who knows when? We just keep paying and paying even more to the IRS, to support--ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. Try getting free health care in any other country, other than societies in the European Union? A FAT CHANCE! We are literary being taxed to death, to give welfare to the business overlords. These legislators have already tried to weaken E-Verify, local police action 287(g) and now unwinding the 1986 Simpson/Mazzoli enforcement law--which worked, but again was never enforced.

Even our Democrats who are trying to engineer health care for every American---INCLUDED 20 PLUS ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AND THEIR LARGE FAMILIES. Here are 29 Judas Iscariot's, who sold the American people out--for a lot more than 13 pieces of silver? HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS EVERY YEAR. Capps (D-CA), Eshoo (D-CA), Harman (D-CA), Matsui (D-CA), McNerney (D-CA), Waxman (D-CA), DeGette (D-CO), Murphy (D-CT), Castor (D-FL), Rush (D-IL), Schakowsky (D-IL), Braley (D-IA), Sarbanes (D-MD), Markey (D-MA), Dingell (D-MI), Stupak (D-MI), Pallone (D-NJ), Weiner (D-NY), Butterfield (D-NC), Space (D-OH), Sutton (D-OH), Doyle (D-PA), Gordon (D-TN), Gonzalez (D-TX), Green (D-TX),Welch (D-VT), Christensen (D-VI), Inslee (D-WA) and Baldwin (D-WI). I'm afraid I would be banned if I used the right epithet, when leaving a comment for these so called lawmakers?

These are the betrayers of--ALL--taxpayers. These 29 traitors gave illegal immigrants the right to pilfer your billfold and purse, while they sit in their Washington office collecting their 6 figure salaries. REMEMBER THEM AND THROW THEM OUT! DEMAND NO AMNESTY! NO FAMILY UNIFICATION KNOWN AS CHAIN MIGRATION! BUILD THE ORIGINAL FENCE! NO MORE HEALTH CARE OR ANY OTHER KIND OF BENEFITS FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. CLOSE THE BORDER AND STATION THE NATIONAL GUARD. $2.5 TRILLION DOLLARS, JUST IN RETIREMENT BENEFITS? Learn uncorrupted facts at NUMBERSUSA. For myself and family! I am for any health care re-organization, as long as it doesn't smell of copious profiteering and corruption, like the majority of private insurers do?

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Where can I get the exact w... (Below threshold)
Ed Morris:

Where can I get the exact wording of final amended version of HR3200 voted on by House Energy and Commerce Committee?






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