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A look back at the 2010 elections

 

The results of the 2010 election were predestined. Here is a look at why that was the case.

There was a simmering dissatisfaction by progressive voters who came out and supported the Democrats in 2008; expecting the Obama administration to fight for the them on the issues such as the economy, jobs, health care reform, financial reform, and ending the never ending wars. Instead the administration supported more right of center positions on these issues, which caused many long time Democrat and Independent voters to be unwilling to go out and support them in this election.

The Democrats surrendered before the fight began in the name of bipartisanship. For example on health care reform to secure Republican support the Obama Administration removed the popular single payer health option from the table to protect the interests of for-profit hospitals and private insurance companies. In the end not one single Republican crossed the aisle to vote in favor of the plan. This has been the case in policy after policy. Bipartisanship is a two edged sword, which only works when both sides come to the table in good faith; and this has not been the case from the very beginning of the Obama Administration. «Read the rest of this article»

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Congressman Tanner issues statement on his health care vote

 

Washington – U.S. Rep. John Tanner released the following statement regarding his vote “no” on last Sunday’s health care legislation. «Read the rest of this article»

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Donn Janes announces trip to D.C. to support the effort to stop the Healthcare legislation.

 

Donn Janes, a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Tennessee’s 8th district announced that he is headed to Washington D.C. to lobby Congress to not pass the Healthcare legislation. Donn plans to meet up with other concerned citizens and Tea Party members to work to ensure that the Healthcare bill does not pass. “The people of the 8th District and this country are strongly opposed to this bill, especially the way in which the Congressional leadership is trying to pass it. I will join with others who are in Washington working to stop this bills passage. I will work to represent those who are unable to make the trip, and ensure their voices and concerns are heard,” Donn stated. «Read the rest of this article»

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State Reps. ask State Attorney General to intervene in federal healthcare legislation

 

On Monday, State Representatives Susan Lynn (R-Lebanon) and Debra Young Maggart (R-Hendersonville) asked Tennessee State Attorney General Robert Cooper to prepare to take the appropriate legal action against the federal government in the event HR 3200, the controversial federal healthcare reform legislation, passes into law. The legislators requested this action in order to grant Tennessee relief from the unfunded mandate contained in the bill that Tennessee complies with the expansion of the federal Medicaid program.

The letter notes that under the bill Tennessee would be forced to expand the state’s Medicaid program potentially costing the citizens of the state $1.4 billion dollars in additional state taxpayer funds annually. «Read the rest of this article»

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Women, mothers, families and health care reform

 

whitehouse Our broken health care system that is. That’s right — it’s not working for many women and their families.

In many states, insurance companies can still discriminate on the basis of gender — and not just on costs. In some states, maternity care is not covered because pregnancy can be seen as a “pre-existing condition.” It’s even legal in some states to deny a woman coverage because she’s been a victim of domestic violence!

That’s not right. Nobody in America should be treated that way. That’s why First Lady Michelle Obama is standing up for women and families in this newest video. Take a look:

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Community Organizers held pro health care reform rally at Congresswoman Blackburn’s office

 

organizing-for-healthcareThe group Clarksville Community Organizers held their version of a health care town hall at Congresswoman Blackburn’s office in Clarksville, TN on Friday. Supporters of health care reform gathered outside to protest their representative’s position on this important issue, while small groups were escorted inside to voice their support for health care reform to a representative of the Congresswoman. Two counter protesters, senior citizens who opposed Health care reform also showed up.

Healthcare Reform Supporters line Memorial Drive in front of Congresswoman Marsha Blackburns Clarksville Tennessee office

Healthcare Reform Supporters line Memorial Drive in front of Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn's Clarksville Tennessee office

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Local healthcare reform group to rally at Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn’s office

 

organizing-for-healthcareClarksville Community organizers will meet with Marsha Blackburn on August 28th 2009. The meeting will coincide with a healthcare reform rally from 2:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m outside her “Clarksville District Office” (1850 Memorial Drive).

Clarksville Community Organizers is local grassroots group, and is part of the “Organizing for America” movement.

The group sent a letter to Congresswoman Blackburn expressing the importance of her representing the diverse local viewpoints on healthcare reform. Spokesperson Terry McMoore told Clarksville Online, “Clarksville Community Organizers looks forward to meeting with Congresswoman Blackburn, and educating her on this very important public health issue” He also wanted to encourage the public to attend the rally and show Congresswoman Blackburn that the community supports  the enactment of a healthcare reform plan.

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Blackburn held Town Hall meeting in Clarksville Tennessee

 
Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn at her Town Hall Meeting in Clarksville, TN

Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn at her Town Hall meeting in Clarksville, TN

Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn held a town hall meeting yesterday afternoon with her constituents. During the roughly hour long meeting Blackburn repeatedly expressed her opposition to the Democrats’ health-care reform principles. The meeting was quiet and orderly. Blackburn punctuated her responses using frequent Republican Party talking points, like not allowing bureaucrats to stand between patients and their doctors and hospitals. In all fairness, it must be said that is exactly what Health Insurance companies do on a daily basis. She also expressed her support for leaving the for-profit insurance companies in overall control of the health care system.

Blackburn took questions from the audience on topics ranging from the obvious questions on healthcare reform to lobbying, the growing number of cabinet Czar positions, immigration reform, tort reform, and emergency room misuse. Many members of the audience raised their hands to ask questions, however just a select few were able to ask them. Of those, the majority of those who were allowed to ask questions supported Blackburn positions on healthcare reform, however that could easily be a result of how those questioners were selected. «Read the rest of this article»

 

AARP Members hear from John Tanner about Health Care Reform

 

Rep. John Tanner Fields Calls During AARP Tennessee’s 1st Tele-town Hall

tannerheader Jackson – During AARP Tennessee’s first tele-town hall, thousands of AARP members who live in Tennessee’s 8th Congressional District got the chance to hear directly from their congressman, U.S. Rep. John Tanner, about what’s happening with health care reform legislation.

John Tanner

Congressman John Tanner

“I believe the guiding principle in this debate should be this: We need to fix the parts of the health care system that are broken and keep the parts that work,” said Tanner, who plays a key role in the debate as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, during the hour-long call on Monday August 17th. “Make health care available for those [who don’t have coverage] and achieve these goals in a responsible way.”

The AARP has not endorsed any of the comprehensive bills pending before Congress but is working hard with lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle to ensure that any legislation that is passed strengthens and improves Medicare, protects our health care choices, ends discrimination by insurance companies and guarantees stable affordable coverage for all Americans. «Read the rest of this article»

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Presidential Weekly Address: Myths and Morality in Health Insurance Reform

 

whitehouseheaderPresident Obama debunks the myths around health reform, and discusses the public option proposal in which many of them are rooted. But he focuses his address on the stark moral and historical turn…

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