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Lectures on the peril of emotional reasoning
Aw, c’mon, Senator.
72% of Americans want health care reform to include a “public option.” Nearly three-fourths of the nation. Including more than half of all Republicans.
Sen. Grassley, however, insists that the “public option” must be killed if there is to be a “bipartisan” bill.
But wait. Isn’t America already bipartisan on this? Even Iowans, Mr. Grassley’s constituents, support a public option 56% to 37%.
Mr. Grassley wants the Senate to ignore what a bipartisan majority of American people want in order to get what a minority of U.S. Senators want.
Ah. Then, he’d maintain, we’d have something bipartisan. In Washington. Hooray for that.
By the way, Senator Grassley is the 6th-largest recipient of health care industry money in the U.S. Senate.
Looks like the industry’s getting what it wants from Mr. Grassley.
Looks like Americans—and Iowans—aren’t.
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Here’s the ad that Health Care for America has begun running across the nation. This is the Iowa version.
Multiple polls from news organizations and even anti-reform groups unanimously agree that nearly three of every four Americans want a public option to compete with insurance companies. Even among Republicans, 50% favor it.
Our own Sen. Grassley, unfortunately, may be the most influential opponent of the public option in the Senate. Insurance companies stand to make billions off the Grassley approach.
But ordinary Iowans want a choice. Care to write Sen. Grassley (or another Senator or Representative) a note? Click in the contact box in the right sidebar.
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Bad news to good news!
Last Friday, Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ) proposed an amendment to the budget bill prohibiting use of any of its funds for assistance to refugees who resettle in the USA—if they happen to be from Gaza. When I heard of it, I thought, “What on earth? Why would he …?” And then, “Ohhh, no.”
Yesterday, it became clear that the amendment was heading for a vote. Amnesty USA emailed its network, of which I am proud to be a part. Here’s what we learned:
Now the good stuff. Today, I (along with many others) received this email message:
We wanted to send you a quick update on last night’s Gaza refugee vote. Thanks to your quick mobilization in which over 16,000 of you faxed letters in a span of just two hours, Senator Kyl withdrew his discriminatory amendment.
A bipartisan group of several Senators including Leahy (VT), Kerry (MA) and Gregg (NH) stood on the floor of the Senate and spoke out against the amendment. Your faxes together with our champions on this issue applied enough political pressure for Senator Kyl to just withdraw the amendment completely.
Again, this was one of those moments when together we really made the difference. Thanks again.
— Sarnata, Steve, Zahir, Edie and the rest of the team here at AIUSA
Ya – hoo!
Yes! We can make a difference!
Check out AmnestyUSA if you’d like to add your voice. Let’s make a nation that treats its neighbors the way we’d want them to treat us, were we in their shoes.
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