72 Hours and Counting: Healthcare Reform is coming

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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.

72-hour amendment & summary

District-By-District healthcare analysis

Majority Leader’s Clearinghouse for Healthcare Information

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.


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  1. Thanks so much for the post and the link
    In my home district (7) in Houston

    In Congressman Culberson's district, the Affordable Health Care for America Act will:

    • Improve employer-based coverage for 537,000 residents.

    • Provide credits to help pay for coverage for up to 140,000 households.

    • Improve Medicare for 80,000 beneficiaries, including closing the prescription drug donut hole for 8,100 seniors.

    • Allow 16,600 small businesses to obtain affordable health care coverage and provide tax credits to help reduce health insurance costs for up to 14,600 small businesses.

    • Provide coverage for 82,000 uninsured residents.

    • Protect up to 500 families from bankruptcy due to unaffordable health care costs.

    • Reduce the cost of uncompensated care for hospitals and health care providers by $266 million.

    And yet my U.S. House Rep is passionately opposed to HCR.

    Where is the Texas press and media on this?

    The sound of silence is as usual deafening.  

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