Update: Blue Dog member list here; find House contact info here and Senate contact info here; and contact info for weasly Republicans that might cave to a compromise - Grassley, Snowe, Collins, and Independent Lieberman.
Now that I'm feeling more like myself (read: not totally frustrated and overwhelmed - thanks for the pep talks from all!) here are some interesting points/directions/strategies to ponder.
1. We definitely must vigorously and thoroughly keep the heat on the Blue Dogs and the weasly little Republicans that might compromise on HR 3200. Nothing but a complete and total defeat of that particular bill - note, I did not say of any reform - is acceptable.
2. Speaking of reform - you know that there are more bills out there than HR 3200, right? For instance, Ron Paul has introduced his own health care reform bill. Does it have a chance of ever getting debated or taken seriously by the House leadership? HA. Yeah right. Even if you don't like Ron Paul, you might like his bill (I haven't read the whole thing yet either), or you may just like the thought of someone like him trying to battle Pelosi's bill.
This line of thought brought me to the tactic of writing and calling our Representatives and Senators (or visiting Patty Murray on Fridays this month) and asking them this series of questions, or something similar:
a. Does the Rep/Senator support health care reform, i.e. making our health care system better?
b. Does the Rep/Senator want to vote for the best possible reform?
c. Does the Rep/Senator think that it takes time, input, and debate to craft the best possible reform?
d. Does the Rep/Senator know that there is more than one health care reform bill out there?
e. Has the Rep/Senator looked at any of the other bills? Why or why not?
f. Does the Rep/Senator believe that all the answers lie in the one bill, HR 3200?
g. Why has the Rep/Senator not brought to light at least portions of these other bills that might have better solutions than those found in HR 3200?
and on and on - something like this. Basically, I want to trap them into admitting that it's not even "reform" they are after, because it is not. It is the path to single payer health care and it is about buying votes from now until forever. My theory is that if they are serious about health care reform and doing what is right by the American people, then they would be taking their sweet, sweet time, looking at many different bills, including ones by Republicans and conservatives who may have different ideas about reform.
What do you think?