Maria Cantwell Steps up:No Public Option, No Vote!

OK, I know, only ONE diary per day, but I am just SHOCKED that the more conservative of my Senators has stepped up to the plate, Before Kerry, Before Schumer and said, she is not voting this POS bill out of committee without a public option and a change to the Medicare reimbursement formulae:

http://www.theolympian.com/election/pres idential/story/973185.html

I wouldn't vote for a bill that doesn't have Medicare reform and the public option," Cantwell said in a telephone interview. "What would I tell the people in Washington state?"

Damn Straight! What you just told me tells me you just set an example for the REST of the Democrats on the Finance committee to follow!

You listening Senators Kerry,Schumer and Wyden?

You GO girl, I have been very critical of Senator Cantwell many times, but right now, I am very proud to have TWO Women Democratic Senators, and my congressman, Jim McDermott is also vehement about the Public Option.

OK, you Washington State'rs, get on the phone and call Senator Cantwell's office and tell her staff and her how much we appreciate her statement, and to keep up the good fight!

http://cantwell.senate.gov/contact/offic e_locations.cfm

State Offices Toll-free
Phone: 1-888-648-7328

Tags: Baucus Bill, Cantwell, Public Option (all tags)

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Maria Cantwell Steps up

I am pleasantly surprised by this.

by Charles Lemos 2009-09-18 03:06PM | 0 recs
Me too!

I have been doing my religious E-mails to her and to Patty, no need for me to bug my Congressman, Jim McDermott...I think he is even to the left of me!

But, I thought Patty would come out first to support the PO.

Maria is not up till 2012, but this was a good move for her in WA state, where the left has a bit of a distrust of her.

Patty is up next year, but I think she is pretty secure.

Now, we just need Schumer and Kerry, who has got me sort of miffed on this one?

Doesn't he owe the legacy of Teddy a strong show here?  

I wonder why he is holding back?

by WashStateBlue 2009-09-18 03:12PM | 0 recs
Patty's not on Finance

She is on HELP where she already came out for the PO.

Cantwell's move is hugely important. Baucus's whole Gang of Seven turned Six rested on simple arithmetic. There are 23 Senators on Finance, 13 Dems and 10 Repubs. There are four unabashed libs who were locks on the PO: Rockefeller, Kerry, Wyden, and Schumer. The remaining 8 Dems were at least reachable for Baucus meaning that with his vote and 3 R's he could get the 12 votes needed to move his bill out of Committee. We know now that his dreams of getting 3 R's were illusory to start with, and maybe his goal of 8 D's plus him was wishful thinking. But with Maria's strong move the door just slammed on Chairman Max. His claims that his Mark will serve as the basis for Finance action just went up in smoke.

Max's only hopes is that Finance Republicans will throw him a lifeline by preventing what they would see as a worse Rockefeller bill get to the floor. But I don't see it. Too hard to explain to their constituents (who wouldn't get the concept of 'strategic voting') plus the more liberal the bill that actually hits the floor the better their chances of killing it bit filibuster. Besides they probably have their eyes on Baucus's seat anyway.

Max is left twisting in the wind here, and Maria sprung the trap door under him.

by Bruce Webb 2009-09-20 08:02AM | 0 recs
YAY, more good news!

Thanks for letting us know, WSB. I'm glad some Senators are finally finding their spines. On Wednesday, Harry Reid said that he wouldn't allow the Baucus bill to move forward as is. He also doesn't like the proposed Medicaid formula (which would REALLY screw Nevada), and he's been using stronger language lately on the public option (even if he still sounds confusing at times).

If even centrist Senators like Rockefeller, Cantwell, and Reid think the Baucus bill has gone too far in pleasing the HMOs and the GOP, then there's still hope for a better bill.

by atdleft 2009-09-18 03:13PM | 0 recs
Well, it's common knowledge it was written

by the Baucus staffer that was a former Health Care Executive.

I am sure that is why he kept it secret, but I can't believe they didn't know it was going to land with such a thud.

I expect the delay idea was key, and the concept that the Town Hall effect would scare the Democrats.

Then, coming back, maybe something as lame as this would be all the democrats could offer, THEN the Repubs were in a no lose. If the democrats rammed this weak POS through, it was a win-win.

No public option, and a horrible mandate without cause.

But, I think they way overplayed that hand, they let loose the real fringies, and after a while, it was like sonic overload.  

All that non-stop screaming dulled the message, and it was SUCH an avalance of crazy.

They got their month of August, but it kind of backfired.

A good speech, and good solid polls and suddenly the Democrats found their spines.

It's kind of sad that is what it took, after all, the RIGHT doesn't seem to care WHAT the polls say, they always hold rank, even if it's now Glenn Beck they are following instead of Newt Ginrich or Dick Cheney.

by WashStateBlue 2009-09-18 03:29PM | 0 recs
Re: Well, it's common knowledge it was written

For once we agree with no caveats.  Here, here!

by SuperCameron 2009-09-20 06:26AM | 0 recs
Re: Maria Cantwell Steps up:No Public

Great diary!! Most excellent news!!

by RDemocrat 2009-09-18 05:10PM | 0 recs
543 Amendments submitted on Finance Bill

Per the NYT story. One commenter claims 564 amendments. Whatever. Baucus's dreams of ramming his bill through committee unscathed are done.
http://angrybear.blogspot.com/2009/09/ba ucuss-side-deal-comes-unstuck.html

Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington will propose increasing the income cutoff for Medicaid to 200 percent of poverty, or $44,100 for a family of four. And Ms. Cantwell also has an amendment that would revamp Medicare payments to doctors, hospitals and other providers to reward high-quality, lower-cost care.

Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey will push to lower a cap on the amount moderate-income families will have to pay in health insurance premiums to 10 percent of income, down from 13 percent. Senator Debbie Stabenow wants to push the cap even lower, to 6.5 percent of income.

Wyden is pushing Wyden-Bennett and Rockefeller and Schumer are pushing forms of the Kennedy HELP Bill. But that was expected. Having Cantwell, Stabenow and Menendex clearly off the reservation, and right off the bat is a big smack in the fact to Mad Max.

by Bruce Webb 2009-09-20 08:13AM | 0 recs

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