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Its not just the Tea Partyer’s…..The Democratic Left is now threatening to go after Dem’s who stripped the ‘Option and Abortion ‘ from the Healthcare Bill…

It’s been a rough first week after the healthcare vote for conflicted Democrats, and much of it is coming from their side of the aisle.

Over the last five days, potentially vulnerable members have drawn primary challenges, big-name liberal opposition, the wrath of abortion-rights groups and unions and blowback from crucial voting blocs.

It’s become clear that, whether they voted yes or no, there wasn’t a great choice for a lot of them on Sunday.

Elizabeth Shipp, the political director at NARAL Pro-Choice America, said incumbent members are now in the crosshairs. Her group endorsed a primary opponent to anti-abortion-rights Democrat Bart Stupak (Mich.) on Wednesday and said more are “definitely” on the way.

“To almost quote the vice president, ‘This is a big deal,’ ” Shipp said.

It remains to be seen whether any of the members are at risk in their primaries, but the enthusiasm from the left in the days since the vote has been notable.

Stupak’s primary has taken off alongside other Democratic efforts to take down Reps. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.), Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.), Mike McMahon (D-N.Y.) and Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.). Liberal activists have also recalibrated their efforts to go after Reps. John Barrow (D-Ga.) and Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.).

Stupak learned Wednesday that his challenger would be supported by NARAL and Planned Parenthood — the first time they have joined forces in the seven years Shipp has been at NARAL.

More……..

If this gains ground….Daniel might get his wish of getting the House back……

March 26, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , | 3 Comments

Its not just the Tea Partyer's…..The Democratic Left is now threatening to go after Dem's who stripped the 'Option and Abortion ' from the Healthcare Bill…

It’s been a rough first week after the healthcare vote for conflicted Democrats, and much of it is coming from their side of the aisle.

Over the last five days, potentially vulnerable members have drawn primary challenges, big-name liberal opposition, the wrath of abortion-rights groups and unions and blowback from crucial voting blocs.

It’s become clear that, whether they voted yes or no, there wasn’t a great choice for a lot of them on Sunday.

Elizabeth Shipp, the political director at NARAL Pro-Choice America, said incumbent members are now in the crosshairs. Her group endorsed a primary opponent to anti-abortion-rights Democrat Bart Stupak (Mich.) on Wednesday and said more are “definitely” on the way.

“To almost quote the vice president, ‘This is a big deal,’ ” Shipp said.

It remains to be seen whether any of the members are at risk in their primaries, but the enthusiasm from the left in the days since the vote has been notable.

Stupak’s primary has taken off alongside other Democratic efforts to take down Reps. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.), Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.), Mike McMahon (D-N.Y.) and Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.). Liberal activists have also recalibrated their efforts to go after Reps. John Barrow (D-Ga.) and Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.).

Stupak learned Wednesday that his challenger would be supported by NARAL and Planned Parenthood — the first time they have joined forces in the seven years Shipp has been at NARAL.

More……..

If this gains ground….Daniel might get his wish of getting the House back……

March 26, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , | 3 Comments

Who’s in play: House health-care vote….link to the full list…..

From the Washington Post……..

How members voted on health-care legislation Nov. 7, where they stand now and who is still undecided.

THIS TIME

With four vacancies, Nancy Pelosi needs to round up 216 votes for a majority instead of 218. If the remaining Dems voted the same as they did Nov. 7, the vote would be 216-215

◼ Republican  ◼ Democrat      Needed to pass: 216

[Chart]

LAST TIME Needed to pass: 218
Thirty-nine Democrats broke with their party and voted no. One Republican voted yes, but is on the record as saying he will vote no this time around.

[Chart]

Link for the entire list of House members and their vote……

March 17, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , | 2 Comments

Who’s in play: House health-care vote….link to the full list…..

From the Washington Post……..

How members voted on health-care legislation Nov. 7, where they stand now and who is still undecided.

THIS TIME

With four vacancies, Nancy Pelosi needs to round up 216 votes for a majority instead of 218. If the remaining Dems voted the same as they did Nov. 7, the vote would be 216-215

◼ Republican  ◼ Democrat      Needed to pass: 216

[Chart]

LAST TIME Needed to pass: 218
Thirty-nine Democrats broke with their party and voted no. One Republican voted yes, but is on the record as saying he will vote no this time around.

[Chart]

Link for the entire list of House members and their vote……

March 17, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , | 2 Comments

Kucinich climbs on board for the Healthcare Bill……

[ Rep. Dennis Kucinich walks away from Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland Monday. He accompanied President Obama to Strongsville, Ohio, where he spoke about healthcare reform. ]

Nothing like a ride on Air Force One to change your mind, huh?

Fineman: Kucinich a Yes on Healthcare Reform

by Jonathan Singer, Tue Mar 16, 2010 at 08:53:27 PM EDT

Via National Review online editor John McCormack and The Hill reporter Jordan Fabian, Howard Fineman apparently reported tonight that Ohio Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich, previously a no on healthcare reform, will vote aye. If this report pans out — and we should know for certain by tomorrow morning, when Kucinich is slated to hold a press conference — the Democrats would have their first announced no-to-yes switcher on healthcare reform. The goal of 216 is looking increasingly achievable for Nancy Pelosi.

The Dog thought he saw the aircraft wink……he, he, he

March 17, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , , , | 4 Comments

Hispanics and Latino’s may try to leverage their Healthcare Bill vote…….

The Dog posted up that Hispanics and Latino’s where having a Demo in D.C. soon and that they are feeling a bit betrayed by the Obama Administartion which gave a sort of promise thta they would work  on a compromise immigration legislation that would try to address the needs of long term immigrants….legal and Illegal that are in the United States…..on to see the Governemnet actually step up action against the two groups……

The groups feel now is the time to strike when the Healthcare Bill has everyones attention…..and they will not accept banning immigrants medical treatment benefits from the Healthcare Bill……

Unlike abortion, immigration has flown beneath the radar, and almost seemed to vanish altogether as House Democrats have wrestled with how to accept a Senate healthcare bill far different from the one they passed in November.

But immigration remains just as explosive an issue and carries the same potential to derail the entire healthcare endgame, a number of Democrats said.

“It’s still one of those issues that’s out there,” said Rep. Xavier Becerra (Calif.), the Democratic Caucus vice chairman and the only Hispanic member of House leadership.

Since last fall, Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) members have kept quiet, at least publicly, about their objections to the immigration provisions in the Senate bill.

The Senate language would prohibit illegal immigrants’ buying healthcare coverage from the proposed health exchanges. The House-passed bill isn’t as restrictive, but it does — like the Senate bill — bar illegal immigrants from receiving federal subsidies to buy health insurance.

Hispanic Democrats say they haven’t moved from their stance that they will not vote for a healthcare bill containing the Senate’s prohibitions.

They claim that while it may be politically popular in some parts of the country to ban illegal immigrants from using their own money to buy coverage, it is not good policy. Illegal immigrants will, one way or another, need medical attention in the United States, and it would be cheaper and more humane to provide them coverage if they pay for it. Otherwise, they will seek treatments in the nation’s emergency rooms, effectively increasing medical costs.

“I don’t think the landscape has changed dramatically from where it was before,” Becerra said.

More…….

March 11, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Health, Healthcare, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , | 4 Comments

Hispanics and Latino's may try to leverage their Healthcare Bill vote…….

The Dog posted up that Hispanics and Latino’s where having a Demo in D.C. soon and that they are feeling a bit betrayed by the Obama Administartion which gave a sort of promise thta they would work  on a compromise immigration legislation that would try to address the needs of long term immigrants….legal and Illegal that are in the United States…..on to see the Governemnet actually step up action against the two groups……

The groups feel now is the time to strike when the Healthcare Bill has everyones attention…..and they will not accept banning immigrants medical treatment benefits from the Healthcare Bill……

Unlike abortion, immigration has flown beneath the radar, and almost seemed to vanish altogether as House Democrats have wrestled with how to accept a Senate healthcare bill far different from the one they passed in November.

But immigration remains just as explosive an issue and carries the same potential to derail the entire healthcare endgame, a number of Democrats said.

“It’s still one of those issues that’s out there,” said Rep. Xavier Becerra (Calif.), the Democratic Caucus vice chairman and the only Hispanic member of House leadership.

Since last fall, Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) members have kept quiet, at least publicly, about their objections to the immigration provisions in the Senate bill.

The Senate language would prohibit illegal immigrants’ buying healthcare coverage from the proposed health exchanges. The House-passed bill isn’t as restrictive, but it does — like the Senate bill — bar illegal immigrants from receiving federal subsidies to buy health insurance.

Hispanic Democrats say they haven’t moved from their stance that they will not vote for a healthcare bill containing the Senate’s prohibitions.

They claim that while it may be politically popular in some parts of the country to ban illegal immigrants from using their own money to buy coverage, it is not good policy. Illegal immigrants will, one way or another, need medical attention in the United States, and it would be cheaper and more humane to provide them coverage if they pay for it. Otherwise, they will seek treatments in the nation’s emergency rooms, effectively increasing medical costs.

“I don’t think the landscape has changed dramatically from where it was before,” Becerra said.

More…….

March 11, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Health, Healthcare, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , | 4 Comments

Victoria Kennedy watched the Healthcare vote from the Senate in D.C….and gives her thanks….

This was the scene after the vote…….

Moments after the vote, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry embraced her on the third floor off the chamber.

“I’m so happy for you,” Kerry said, hugging her.

“I’m so happy,” Kennedy said.

In the reception room off the chamber, which became the site of an impromptu celebration, Kennedy stood in what was effectively a receiving line, getting hugs from Sens. Barbara Mikulski, Chris Dodd, and others.

“You all did such a phenomenal job,” Kennedy told them. “He’s smiling. You made history tonight.”

Sens. Chuck Schumer and Tom Harkin arrived moments later. “Where’s Vicky?” Schumer asked before enveloping her in a hug .

“I feel fantastic,” Kennedy told a small group of reporters. “This is an enormous victory.”

Kennedy then moved to just outside the chamber, where she and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid shared a hug.

from Politico Live Pulse…..

December 21, 2009 Posted by | Family, Government, Healthcare, Law, Politics | , , | Leave a comment