Unity ’09 just sent this around to its member groups, giving them talking points about the Baucus bill:

From: Kellie Dupree
Sent: Friday, October 02, 2009 11:05 AM
To: Kellie Dupree
Subject: Talking Points: Senate Finance Committee’s Work On Health Insurance Reform

Talking Points: Senate Finance Committee’s Work On Health Insurance Reform

• Last night, thanks to the diligence and commitment of Senator Baucus and members of the Senate Finance Committee, we reached another milestone in our effort to pass health insurance reform.

• After long hours of thoughtful deliberation and vigorous debate the final congressional committee involved in shaping health care legislation has finished the process of crafting their reform proposal.

• In the process they have shown a willingness to compromise.

• They have considered hundreds of amendments, and incorporated many of the best ideas from both parties.

• This milestone marks a culmination of tireless efforts over the better part of this year by the five committees and many of members of Congress involved in health reform – holding numerous hearings and bi-partisan meetings; reaching out to stakeholders across the spectrum; and striving to find common ground.

• As a result of this work, we are now closer than ever before to finally passing reform that will offer security to those who have coverage and affordable insurance to those who don’t.


Kellie Dupree
Unity ’09

No public option — no big deal. The President gets to say he supports the public option, because he doesn’t want responsibility for ditching it (even though the only arm he’s twisting is Rockefeller’s, to get him to vote for the bill without a public option). But the leash isn’t quite that long for groups who get to sacrifice their progressive credibility to the cause of bailing out the insurance industry.

Who is in Unity 09? According to Ben Smith:

The online-based MoveOn.org is a central player in the nascent organization, but other groups involved in planning Unity ’09 span a broad spectrum of interests, from the American Civil Liberties Union to the National Council of La Raza to Planned Parenthood, as well as labor unions and environmental groups.

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Along with the groups previously mentioned, others involved in planning discussions include the Sierra Club, Media Matters for America, and Health Care for America Now.

None of the organizations listed — MoveOn, the ACLU, La Raza, Planned Parenthood, the Sierra Club, Media Matters, HCAN, or any of the unions in the AFL-CIO or Change to Win — have endorsed the efforts of progressive House members like Maxine Waters, Jerrold Nadler or Raul Grijalva to block the passage of a bill without a public option. Which sucks on two levels — one, those members of Congress have been with them when it counts for decades. And two, it is going to make it awfully hard for 40 progressive members to hold together and stop a bill with no public option from going through.

If you’d like to back these members in the absence of support from groups whose interests they fight for all the time, you can do it here.

Unity ’09 just sent this around to its members groups, giving them talking points about the Baucus bill:

From: Kellie Dupree
Sent: Friday, October 02, 2009 11:05 AM
To: Kellie Dupree
Subject: Talking Points: Senate Finance Committee’s Work On Health Insurance Reform

Talking Points: Senate Finance Committee’s Work On Health Insurance Reform

 ·         Last night, thanks to the diligence and commitment of Senator Baucus and members of the Senate Finance Committee, we reached another milestone in our effort to pass health insurance reform.

 ·         After long hours of thoughtful deliberation and vigorous debate the final congressional committee involved in shaping health care legislation has finished the process of crafting their reform proposal. 

·         In the process they have shown a willingness to compromise.

o   They have considered hundreds of amendments, and incorporated many of the best ideas from both parties. 

·         This milestone marks a culmination of tireless efforts over the better part of this year by the five committees and many of members of Congress involved in health reform – holding numerous hearings and bi-partisan meetings; reaching out to stakeholders across the spectrum; and striving to find common ground. 

 ·         As a result of this work, we are now closer than ever before to finally passing reform that will offer security to those who have coverage and affordable insurance to those who don’t.


Kellie Dupree
Unity ’09

No public option — no big deal.  The President gets to say he supports the public option, because he doesn’t want responsibility for ditching it (even though the only arm he’s twisting is Rockefeller’s, to get him to vote for the bill without a public option).  But the leash isn’t quite that long for groups who get to sacrifice their progressive credibility to the cause of bailing out the insurance industry.

Who is in Unity 09?  According to Ben Smith:

The online-based MoveOn.org is a central player in the nascent organization, but other groups involved in planning Unity ’09 span a broad spectrum of interests, from the American Civil Liberties Union to the National Council of La Raza to Planned Parenthood, as well as labor unions and environmental groups.

[]

Along with the groups previously mentioned, others involved in planning discussions include the Sierra Club, Media Matters for America, and Health Care for America Now.

None of the organizations listed — MoveOn, the ACLU, La Raza, Planned Parenthood, the Sierra Club, Media Matters, HCAN or any of the unions in the AFL-CIO or Change to Win — have endorsed the efforts of progressive House members like Maxine Waters, Jerrold Nadler or Raul Grijalva to block the passage of a bill without a public option. Which sucks on two levels — one, those members of Congress have been with them when it counts for decades.  And two, it is going to make it awfully hard for 40 progressive members to hold together and stop a bill with no public option from going through.  

If you’d like to back these members in the absence of support from groups whose interests they fight for all the time, you can do it here.  

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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