On Tuesday night the House Rules Committee released the Manager's Amendment to HR 3962, the "Affordable Healthcare Act for America". This starts the 72-hour clock for consideration of the legislation which means a vote could occur as early as Saturday morning.
It is important to note that the 72-hour layout period is not standard operating procedure in DC. A coalition of members of both parties pushed for this added measure of accountability. This period allows all members, the media and the public the opportunity to review the bill instead of passing huge pieces of important legislation with no layout in the middle of the night like Delay and his cronies did.
The District-By-District analysis is the best weapon against your anti-healthcare opponents that I've ever seen. Any candidate for Congress should memorize these numbers and quote them frequently.
Still a tough vote for lots of Texas Democrats. We need to make sure it is a tougher vote for Texas republicans who choose the insurance companies, healthcare management degree graduates and HMOs over middle class families..
Moving forward towards November 2010, it is imperative that we arm ourselves and supporters with this information, communicate it frequently, and shutdown misinformation before it can become "fact-like".
Support our delegation by writing letters to the editor, messaging your friends on Facebook, emailing your fantasy football buddies, etc. This is a tough vote that could cost us some seats unless we all dig in and fight shoulder-to-shoulder to breakdown the lies and promote the cause that healthcare reform is necessary AND affordable.