I apologize for the disjointedness of this piece. It’s the only way I can think of to do it. I wanted you to see what special interest groups are doing to exalt themselves and their constituencies (financial supporters) and, maybe, see how you and I get shafted on the outcome. First read the email from the AMA (slyly titled site) “Patients Action Network”. Notice that it is only for the “patients”, not the doctors. Oh no, perish the thought. Then you can read my reply to the “Patients Action Network” in the space between the dotted-line delimiters. Then, for a counterpoint, go to this site and read the press release from the White House that explains why the President vetoed the act in the first place. It’s all a little microcosm of how things are done in Foggy Bottom and why we are getting the shaft because we don’t have a “Patients Action Network” to spread around campaign contributions and lobby the members. (You can also lay this template right over the environmental whacko groups and see why we’re not drilling offshore or other places in our country where there is abundant oil!)
Have a Happy Political Season!
No. Thank YOU for pushing for a plan that will take money and benefits away from Medicare recipients and damage the Medicare drug plan in order to get a quick fix for your constituents. Are you going to be back in 2020 with your hand out for more?
Shame on you.
I have to say you did a great job of spinning this bill. I’m just sorry you were successful in spreading your political contributions around to the right people.
I will be thanking the lawmakers who voted “no” and that stood up for fiscal responsibily and long term benefits for medicare receivers. I have decided, as a result of your action on this bill, that I will not be unsubscribing from your newsletter. I need to know what to vote against in the future.
(This is being published in my blog.)
On Jul 17, 2008, at 10:13 AM, AMA Patients’ Action Network wrote:
By now you know the great news—Congress heard the voices of patients and doctors around the country and voted Tuesday to override President Bush’s veto of H.R. 6331 and preserve access to health care for millions of Americans.
To override a veto, two-thirds of those present in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate must vote “yes.” The magic number needed to override in the House was 285; 65 were needed in the Senate. Thanks to your efforts, the motion to override the veto of H.R. 6331 passed overwhelmingly in the House, 383-41, and by 70-26 in the Senate!
On the day of the veto alone, you and your fellow Patients’ Action Network activists sent over 35,000 e-mails to Congress—with only a few hours notice! Since the cuts were scheduled to go into effect (July 1) until the day they were stopped (July 15), more than 8,500 phone calls were made and 87,000 messages sent to Congress. You are a powerful voice in Washington, D.C., and we appreciate your efforts to get this bill passed!
See how your representative and senators voted, then please take a moment to thank those lawmakers who voted “yes” and stood up for doctors, seniors and our military families. You can use our Patients’ Action Network toll-free hotline at (888) 434-6200.