Damaging MSM story threatens tomorrow's Senate healthcare vote

just say no, healthcare, abortion.jpgTwo points to pull from this morning's RedState.com alert:

1) We must call senators today, because we can't tomorrow, a Saturday.

2) The message must be that a vote for cloture, to begin debate, is a vote for the bill. Members must vote "NO" tomorrow.

I'm surprised Roll Call issued this study...

There is a study out today that is damaging to the Democrats efforts to pass health care in the Senate.

On Saturday, when constituents cannot contact their Senators' offices because they'll be closed, the United States Senate will vote on a cloture motion to debate the health care legislation.

This is important - a vote in favor of cloture on the motion to proceed (a parliamentary issue) is, in effect, a vote for the health care legislation.

Why? Because Harry Reid has enough votes to pass the health care legislation by a simple majority, but he does not have the 60 votes necessary to proceed to debate, any Senator voting for cloture is voting for the health care plan.

Roll Call reports that according to the Congressional Research Service, "[a] study of Senate voting patterns shows the chamber has approved more than 97% of all bills subject to a cloture motion to begin debate - a finding that could undercut Democratic efforts to paint a key health care vote on Saturday as procedural."

In fact, "since 1999 the Senate has approved 97.6% of all bills when lawmakers first voted to begin debate."

Some Senators, like Blanche Lincoln of AR, want the health care legislation to pass, but know politically she would lose if she voted for it. So unless pressure is brought to bear on her and others, she may vote "yes" on cloture for the motion to proceed and then try to hide behind a no vote later.

We cannot let that happen. Call your two Senators all day today and demand they vote no on the motion to proceed. The phone number to call is 202-224-3121.


Yes, the far right's plan for health reform- for the uninsured and uninsurable to beg for care and file bankruptcy when they can't pay for treatment is far superior.

Posted by: Bystander at November 20, 2009 7:48 AM

I think the health insurance industry should pay Jill a million dollars as their most dedicated lobbyist.

Posted by: Bystander at November 20, 2009 7:52 AM

Bystander, I wish. But sadly, in the words of U2:

And you give yourself away
And you give yourself away
And you give
And you give
And you give yourself away

Posted by: Jill Stanek Author Profile Page at November 20, 2009 8:05 AM

And Jesus said, "And I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life. But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.*” Mk 10:29-31 NLT

Posted by: Ed at November 20, 2009 8:23 AM

Rock on Jill!

Posted by: Ed at November 20, 2009 8:25 AM

Hi Jill,

Just look at it this way. Once some people make up their minds, they don't want to be confused with the facts.

Posted by: Mary at November 20, 2009 8:25 AM

Hey Bystander: I'm uninsured. Have been for a year. It sucks.

That said, I'll be damned if I'm going to get my health care at the expense of the pre-born, the elderly and the disabled. This bill doesn't provide universal care; it just shifts which people aren't included to a voiceless, less visible demographic.

Nothing virtuous or admirable about pushing for that.

Posted by: Steve at November 20, 2009 10:30 AM

Called my senators! Have you?

Posted by: carla Author Profile Page at November 20, 2009 11:18 AM

BS is still handing out BS as usual I see. Don't worry BS can talk about compassion for the poor all he (not sure if BS is a she but I will use he) wants but as long as he promotes baby killing don't bother to argue. Wonder how many babies has he has saved from mutilation and death or held as Jill did while they took their last breath after a botched abortion. Just wonder how much time, money, counseling, GED classes, job-training, parenting classes, childbirth classes, baby equipment, adoption service referrals, maternity home referrals, caring, sharing and access to prenatal care has he provided FREE to poor, unwed mothers over the years. No, guilt-trip BS does not work on prolifers.

Posted by: Prolifer L at November 20, 2009 11:40 AM



Posted by: MaryRose at November 20, 2009 11:57 AM

Just wondering, which 6 percent of Americans will not be covered by the Senate bill ( as reported by the CBO)?

Does anyone know if illegal immigrants are covered under the Senate bill?

There are some who say that shortly after a healthcare bill is passed, Obama will give amnesty to illegals, thereby increasing the cost. True?

Posted by: Janet at November 20, 2009 12:50 PM

I read (and forwarded the article) on LifeNews that parents of special needs children would see higher taxes (for? on? )their FSAs (which they sometimes use to help pay for tuition for special education). Is that good? No, it sounds a little anti disabled to me.

Posted by: LizFromNebraska at November 21, 2009 7:49 AM

Liz, the mantra of the pro-aborts for children with special needs like Trig Palin:


If they don't they will be punished into paying more in taxes. I never imagined this would happen in our country and I am praying it will not but if God does not change the hearts and minds of the US Senate our country will go the way of the pro-death liberals. May God help us.

Posted by: Prolifer L at November 21, 2009 2:33 PM