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Have you contacted Senator Hagan yet? Please do. And please ask her to become part of the solution instead of part of the problem when it comes to addressing our nation's health care needs.

Thanks to Steve for digging up Kay's own words from a live blog here at BlueNC:

I will absolutely work toward the goals of universal coverage. First of all, we are going to have a Democratic President in November, and when we do, we’ll finally be able to address and get results on one of the biggest, if not THE biggest domestic policy issue for millions of Americans.

Since 2001, premiums for family health coverage have increased 78%, and now an estimated 47 million Americans are uninsured. Washington is broken.

We need to change the way we deliver health care by standing up to special interests and negotiating lower drug prices and lower premiums. We need to focus on prevention, chronic disease management and implement cost-saving mechanisms such as electronic records.

I’m not going to sit here and make a declaration that we’ll have universal health care plan over night – we won’t. But if you send people like me to Washington, we’ll get there.

Comments

Yes, please do.

The staffer who will answer the phone is your equal. Speak to him or her as you would to a coworker.

Just tell the staffer you want Senator Hagan to support a real public option in the Senate health care reform bill. You can say more, but it doesn't have to be more than that. You might throw in that you would jump for joy or do a jig or throw a party if Senator Hagan (or SOMEBODY, fer goshsakes) would actually FIGHT FOR a real public option.

And there is no rule says you can only call once ...

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Received a reply...

I did get a 'mass mailed' e-message this morning, which was pretty much non-committal on where she stands. Hopefully, she will see the light! This is a gigantic issue that every office holder should have formed a position by now. Any avoidance of a public option or single payer will be a continuance of paying the racketeers in the insurance industry, and a continuing upward spiral of costs to all of us.

I wonder if that would ever happen in NC

Seeing as we can't seem to graduate more than a half dozen physics teachers in a given year.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

I've emailed, called and faxed.

Hagan HAS to know she's being measured on this by her constituents. If she votes against or doesn't support a public option I will work extra hard to see she is defeated in the next election.

Stan Bozarth

Measuring Hagan

Stan,
Don't forget to tell her in your emails, calls, and faxes that "she's being measured on this by her constituents."

Faison's weird "logic"

Governing by anecdote

Forget the in-depth studies and tax analyses. Decisions in the General Assembly should be made by anecdote if you listen to some lawmakers, who like to use one story or singular instance to justify a statewide policy.

Rep. Bill Faison is the latest government-by-anecdoter, explaining to a local television station why he doesn't think raising class sizes in public schools is a big deal.

"I went through a school that there were never more than 32 kids to a class. And kids that came out of that educational process did well."

That ought to settle it, unless another legislator has ever heard of a school that had 50 students in a class. Come to think of it, plenty of kids that were educated in one-room school houses years ago turned out ok.

Maybe Faison can offer legislation to close and sell all the state's schools and start packing kids into one room. That would solve the budget crisis.

I'm sure Faison means well, but this kind of "logic" simply isn't. We expect better than this, Mr. Bill. Way better.

I went to a school with no AC

sorry heat, leaky ceilings and no computers. I think Faison may be on to something with this idea. We could save gobs of money. We'd have a whole generation of basically uneducated kids, but we'd save a lot of money ... and really, what's more imporant here, huh?

/ snarks and rolling eyes

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

WTF is a "public option"??

at least Conyers H.R. 576 has some specific language about "Medicare 4 All.

is there any evidence that the workaday majority of Americans favor a "public option" over single payer?

Still looking for evidence that Congress

gives a frak what the majority of Americans favor ... unless, of course, one is looking to deny a minority equal rights.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."