We were told that neither the House nor the Senate will vote on a bill before the August recess. Technically you could say the House has as HR 3200 has passed out of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Be sure to contact your congressmen and/or congresswomen over August and tell them to vote NO when it comes up for a floor vote. If your representative has a health care town hall be sure to attend so you can tell him you oppose the bill and why. We have to keep up the heat:
Democrats moved one step closer to their long-sought goal of providing health care to millions of uninsured Americans on Friday after their bill cleared a critical House committee.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the legislation, 31-28, on Friday after liberals and conservatives on the panel broke a two-week deadlock that threatened President Barack Obama’s top domestic priority and reached a loose accord that allowed Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) to move the bill out of his committee. Five Democrats voted against the bill, and no Republicans supported it.
Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), the former committee chairman whose father first proposed universal health care 60 years ago when he was a member of the House, said it was a proud moment for the committee.
“I was extremely honored to vote in favor of H.R. 3200, the ‘America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009,'” Dingell said. “H.R. 3200 is a strong piece of legislation that will meet the challenges facing American families, business, and government resulting from the crushing costs of health care.”
The legislation would require all Americans to secure health care and sets aside subsidies to help lower- and middle-income households do so. The bill also establishes insurance exchanges and creates a system of government-sponsored coverage to help lower the price of insurance. And the overhaul would dramatically revamp laws that govern the insurance, medical and pharmaceutical industries.
On the other hand, your representative may not be so keen on having a town hall. It seems House Dems’ constituents are becoming quite unruly. They don’t like being dictated to by elites in Washington who exempt themselves from the laws they apply to the masses.