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Virginians Want Webb and Warner to Fight for a Public Option

by: KathyinBlacksburg

Tue Feb 23, 2010 at 11:48:08 AM EST

(Note: This post has been updated and slightly edited.)

With the list of those Senators urging a fight FOR the public option growing (now 23), Senators Warner and Webb should take note of both a new TPM article and a new poll.  It turns out that Virginia voters want them to fight harder for a Medicare-like public option. Scroll down in the second link to find the really interesting responses.

KathyinBlacksburg :: Virginians Want Webb and Warner to Fight for a Public Option
This may give Webb pause because, according to TPM, he waited only 15 minutes after Scott Brown's (R-MA) recent victory, to urge that Dems to hold off on health care until Brown was seated.  This had the unfortunate effect of implying hc reform in general, and the public option in particular, might (or should?) be deferred altogether. It is not clear why Webb would do such a thing.  But had Dems acted in a more timely manner, instead of dragging wrangling on for over a year, perhaps we'd have real reform by now.  Instead hyper-caution and timidity by Dems has cost us dearly.  That cost is born by the millions without coverage at all, the millions going into debt and bankruptcy due to health care bills, and the rippling effect of all of this on the economy.

That's not the "Born Fighting" we are used to and expect from Senator Webb, especially when it comes to populist causes.  If ever there were a populist cause, it is affordable health care for everyone, including a Medicare-like (or real Medicare) option.  The health insurance and health care industry have shown they cannot be trusted to continue without significant change and workable re-regulation.

The tired arguments against the public option continue to fall.  It would be cheaper (overhead is lower--only 6% for Medicare), more efficient, more effectively, better organized, and more reflective of a true American value--caring about others (our families, our friends and our fellow Virginians and Americans. This is a value we have lost in the current, failing health care and health insurance system, which seeks relentlessly profits over patients.

Please call Senators Warner and Webb today. Everyone deserves affordable health care in America.  That will only happen with a real public option.  A mandate, with huge penalties for not subscribing, can only be fair when balanced with a public option.

Sen. Mark Warner's online email form is here.  Call him at

459A Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-2023
Fax: 202-224-6295

Senator Webb's online email form is here

Washington, D.C.
248 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-4024
Fax: 202-228-6363

Toll Free Number

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It's not accurate to say he told Dems to forget
about the public option.  What he said was that the Senate should wait until Brown was seated.  As far as I can tell Webb has never made a public statement about the public option.  I wrote and called his office last week urging him to support the public option in light of the Anthem controversy in California and received a reply acknowledging my e-mail, but still not stating his position on the issue.

I could have
worded it better.  In fact his urging the delay had the effect of making all reform less likely, including the P.O.  But I should have said his statement had the effect of backing away from it, not that he directly stated as much.  See updated version above.  Thanks for the correction.

"One person, one vote" died at the hands of SCOTUS, January 21, 2010

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Had Democratic
timidity not stalled out progress, we would have had reform long before Brown was elected.  And Senator Webb may have misinterpreted what Brown's election meant.  MA voters put him in the Senate for jobs and the economy, not because of health care.

"One person, one vote" died at the hands of SCOTUS, January 21, 2010

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I'd also like them to not
promote drilling for oil off the coast of Virginia against US Navy recommendations.

I guess we can't have everything we want.

is pro business and wants to promote the "unity bi partisian" agenda. Webb is pretty much the "military/defense" guy. I can't see either of them going for a public option.

We will never get a progressive in either of these seats so we are stuck with them.

You'd think
that with a military background, Webb would promote a public option seeing as he had one during his service.  

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Note that you might want to mention some improvments needed
the WH proposal still has:
--a huge (increased) penalty for not buying insurance.  The president's proposal includes an increasing penalty, which rises to 2.5 % of income by 2016.  
--A Middle class tax on family insurance plans.  The WH proposal raises the threshold from 23,000 a year to 27,500 a year.  But many families will find that amounts over this are taxed 40%.  So families are punished because insurers have high prices for the packages families need. The time-frame for implementation is pushed back to 2018, but the threshold will likely be reached by many families by then.
--The WH proposal still coddles Big Pharma by protecting it against negotiated pricing, drug re-importation and generics going to market on the traditional timetable, rather than a drug-friendly patent extension.

--There's a restriction on a woman's right to choose.
--And there is no public option.

Tell Warner and Webb that these flaws must be fixed at reconciliation.

"One person, one vote" died at the hands of SCOTUS, January 21, 2010

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