Saturday, March 20, 2010

Gerry Connolly to Vote Yes On Health Care Reform

We received some excellent news today as Gerry Connolly announced that he will be voting for the health insurance reform bill that is coming up for a vote tomorrow. Based upon conversations I've had with Gerry and speeches that I've heard him give, I knew he strongly believed that we needed health insurance reform but that he was struggling with certain aspects of the bill. As the old saying goes, however, you can't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Although you can see Connolly's full statement, including a long list of some of the bill's benefits, on his website, here's a portion that's worth paying attention to if you live in the 11th.
In the 11th Congressional District of Virginia, Connolly said the legislation will: lower premiums by 14 to 20 percent for the self-employed and others who purchase their own insurance, provide tax credits and other assistance to help 87,000 families and 16,800 small businesses afford coverage, and protect more than 1,400 families from medical bankruptcy in the next year alone.

“These are meaningful reforms for which Democrats, Republicans, and the American people can be proud,” he said. “Contrary to what some might contend, this is a bipartisan bill. The House and Senate bills include distinct Republican ideas and amendments. In fact, 147 of them are in the bill before us today. But rather than engage in a rational, thoughtful debate on this complex and critical reform, the organized opposition has preyed on the public’s fear and anxiety and repeatedly fallen back on bumper-sticker slogans.”

“Right now, 14,000 Americans lose their health care coverage each day because of out-of-control costs. We cannot afford to delay any longer,” Connolly said.
Now Pat Herrity and Keith Fimian have been trying to reach out to the Tea Party and sending out emails that call Gerry names (Pat Herrity seems to like calling him Gerry Pelosi), but they don't actually take the time to propose their own ideas or do anything except promote the falsehoods spread by the Tea Party folks. As the video below shows, this shouldn't be too surprising as it's pretty clear that Pat Herrity, Keith Fimian, and their GOP allies on the Hill haven't been doing much to actually give their supporters facts (probably because the facts simply aren't there to support their arguments). This is in direct contrast to the fact that Gerry Connolly and other Democrats on the Hill have been taking the time to hold town halls and communicate with the public about the facts of the legislation.


  1. if you add more people to the system, how can the whole deal cost less? i do know that the bill implements hiring of 15,000 more IRS agents to sift thru business accounts all in the name of health care.

    many doctors in their late 50s or early 60s--very young still--will retire if this bill is passed. so again i ask, with fewer doctors & more patients, how is that a cost savings?

    and why would you make fun of TEA party activists? they pay the taxes that will allow the "entitled" to suck at the last tit of America.

  2. Kelley, You have proven my point. There is no evidence that this bill will force doctors to retire. That is just a myth that is promoted by Tea Party activists.

    Also, you should note that I actually wasn't making fun of tea party activists. I was simply pointing out that many of the people who are in the Tea Party movement are spreading falsehoods -- just like you did with the myth of a massive number of doctors retiring if Congress stands up to the insurance companies by passing this legislation. Furthermore, I actually called out Fimian and Herrity for just trying to make fun of Gerry Connolly instead of actually focusing on solutions.

  3. BTW, Kelley, if you want more information about how the health care reform bill will save money, you can look at how the CBO (which is an independent source that examines the costs of legislation) put out a report that said the bill will reduce the deficit by $1.2 trillion in the next two decades. That reduction comes from cutting all the waste (such as subsidies to insurance companies) that is currently in the health care system.

  4. If you need another example of how it's the Tea Party activists who are "making fun" of Democrats who support health care reform, here you go. Tea party folks were on the Hill earlier and they were apparently at such a loss for how to have a civil debate that they were screaming "faggot" at Rep. Barney Frank and called African-American Rep. John Lewis the n-word. (see link here:

    Now, Kelley, do you still want to claim that it's me who's "making fun" of Tea Party activists even though all I did was highlight how many of them are spreading lies about what's in the bill.