So the Blue Dogs say they have the votes to kill the health care bill, and Lynn Woolsey responds:

The California Democrat said that she has whipped the progressive caucus in the House and concluded that more than 60 of its members would vote against a health care reform plan that had a public option tied to economic triggers. It is a line in the sand that she and others expressed to Emanuel when he met with his former House Democrats.

If Lynn Woolsey’s got 60 votes,  I’ve got leprechauns in my laundry room.

Nobody takes the progressives seriously because they swagger around with these kind of cheap bluffs and everybody knows it’s horseshit.  We just called over to her office and asked for names.  We were told that "the CPC does not want us to release that information."

They don’t even want their names publicly attached to it, but they’re going to take a stand when it’s time to vote?

Look, I like Lynn Woolsey.  She’s one of the few who will take a stand for what she believes in.  But people are tired of these agreements made behind closed doors that nobody feels like they have to live up to.  We’ve been getting screamed at all day by Congressional offices pissed off because people are calling and asking them to take The Pledge, and they don’t want to — despite the fact that Progressive Caucus already said its members would vote against any health care bill that doesn’t have a strong public option.

It’s about to get brutal.  Going to the Hill yesterday with NYCEve really changed something for me.  All these people running around, who have full health care for themselvles, who are wallowing in abstractions about insurance industry profits.  It’s time to get real, and demand to know where people stand. 

If the Blue Dogs want people from their districts camping out in front of their offices who have been victims of the health insurance industry, we can make that happen.  If progressives won’t declare where they stand, they can look forward to the same — and they have a whole lot more to lose.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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