Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Romney Guts Healthcare Bill with a Smile

Governor Romney, he who has run around the country proclaiming himself the savior of the Massachusetts healthcare system, vetoed the heart of the health insurance bill this morning. He struck the provision that would charge businesses who fail to provide insurance to their workers $295 per employee. That assessment was included as a way to fund other aspects of the bill that provide subsidized insurance to the state's poorest residents. It's completely hypocritical for Romney to claim credit for this monumental bill, while at the same time removing a key component. The Massachusetts AFL-CIO had THIS to say about the veto today. You can weigh in on Romney's actions on a poll.


At 12:15 PM, April 12, 2006, Anonymous Lynne said...

I just do NOT understand how anyone with a logical brain can be an advocate for an individual mandate but not for making irresponsible businesses pay their share.

I so can't wait until we take back the corner office, whoever winds up our nominee.

In gathering sigs for Deval, I talked to a lot of people, many of whom expressed disgust with the status quo. I don't live in a liberal area of the state, either. Let's hope we can work hard enough to translate that into a big win here and across the nation.

At 12:26 PM, April 12, 2006, Blogger Cyndi Roy, Communications Dir. said...

I should have noted that we can count on the Democratic Legislature to override this veto.

At 6:19 AM, April 13, 2006, Blogger Dennis said...

I urge everyone to call Governor Rounds office in South Dakota and tell the person who answers, that until the South Dakota legislature repeals the abortion ban you will not go see Mount Rushmore, nor will you do business with any company in South Dakota.

Then join the campaign for progressive legislation.

The Republican Party appears vulnerable and weak at the cash registers of the companies that give money to them. Make legislative demands of these companies that give money to the Republican party and boycott them until the CEO of the company gets the Republican party to pass a progressive agenda.

I also urge people in South Dakota to call their local Dominos Pizza restaurant and tell the manager that they will not patronize their business until they get their CEO to call upon the SD legislature and get the legislature to repeal the abortion ban.

Join the campaign for progressive legislation

I seek activist volunteers to pass this letter around for a project that will force the speaker of the House Dennis Hastert to enact progressive legislation. I also seek volunteer activists to do this project to force Senator Frist to enact progressive legislation.

If you want to send me email please place the word PRIVATE in the subject or it will not reach me. Thank you.

Send the following letter to Speaker Hastert and Senator Frist. After you send them email or US mail drop me an email that you sent them email so I can keep track of how many emails and letters they receive, thank you.

Pass this progressive agenda or face a mass boycott of Republican contributors.

I demand that you get the Republican Party to hold a press conference and accede to these demands. Until such a press conference happens and the legislation and/or actions gets passed I will boycott products from Republican contributors Walmart, Wendy's, Outback Steak House, Dominos Pizza, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Eckerd, CVS and Walgreens, Curves for women health clubs, GE and Exxon/Mobil.

I demand that congress pass legislation ending the war in Iraq and withdraw the troops and arrange with the United Nations to replace US troops with UN troops to defend Iraq until The Iraqi army can defend Iraq.

I demand that the Republican party end their aggressive and hateful action to end a woman's right to choose abortion or not.

I demand that the Congress of the United states and the president of the United States enact a law to increase the minimum wage to TEN dollars an hour and also to extend unemployment benefits to a year or more for all people whose unemployment benefits expired after 6 months even though they still seek work.

I demand that the Congress of the United States to not privatize social security benefits in any form including taking a percentage of the social security tax and placing it in private accounts. People can already create their own pensions with money after taxes in the private sector.

I demand that the congress make all of a person's earned income taxable for social security FICA tax purposes and remove the 88,000 dollar taxable income limit. This will make social security solvent for many years to come.

I demand the congress increase the payroll tax in order to make social security solvent as well.

I demand congress and the president enact a prescription drug benefit under Medicare Part B which covers 80 percent of medication cost, with no extra premium, no extra deductibles, no means test and no coverage gaps, and no penalties for signing up in a succeeding year.

I demand congress repeal the faulty Medicare law HR 1 / S 1 passed by congress in Nov 2003.

I demand congress enact single payer universal health insurance for every citizen as minimum coverage.

I demand that congress and the president enact universal vote by mail throughout the 50 states of the United States of America with paper ballots easy to fill out and difficult to change or invalidate by Republican Party officials. This will prevent Republicans from vote suppression by skin color and political party which happened electronically and in person in the 2000 and 2004 elections.

I demand that congress and the president enact that civil servants on every state payroll keep track of voter registrations and vote counting of mail in votes in each precinct and not companies such as Choicepoint. We need to take the Republican Party out of the business of keeping track of voter registration and counting votes.

I demand that congress and the president ban the secretary of state in each of the 50 states from engaging in politics especially acting as a campaign official for a presidential campaign.

I demand congress enact legislation protecting private pensions from corporations deliberately declaring bankruptcy or ending pensions outright.

I do this in the spirit of peaceful resistance to a congress that refuses to enact this legislation.


Then call your local franchise or store that sells products of companies mentioned for boycott and tell them unless the Republican Party enacts the above demands, you will no longer do business with them, so get the CEO of the parent company to get the GOP to accede to these demands. No company wants thousands of people boycotting them espcially getting thousands of phone calls from citizens demanding a progressive agenda enacted or they lose our business.

Tell others to send this mail and to call these companies local franchises. In the case of General Electric call your local store that sells General Electric products.

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At 5:37 PM, April 13, 2006, Blogger JimmyDHaverhill said...

At 5:06 PM, December 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You democrats who control everything in massachusetts wanted this damn bill so bad - now it's you and for-it-all-deval patrick who have to figure out how to make it work - hint: it won't.

I refuse to pay, penalize me. I'll take the hit, it's cheaper and the only way i can afford to live in this rotten democratic-party-created-and-controlled hellhole.

Why should I pay? You Democrats will raise the rates every year like you do on my 28% inflated auto insurance.

It's getting to be impossible to live here in Massachusetts. Everybody I know is now struggling. And you go and pass a big new expensive bill, and only working stiffs like me have to pay! NO WAY! NO WAY! NO WAY! THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT YOU DAMN DEMORATS!

This state is in a massive decline. Democrats are squarely to blame.

- And I make $90,000/yr! Crap money here now. Crap money in Boston. Great job, you Democratic jerks.

I will delight in watching the bill fail. Socialism doesn't work. Employers and employees alike are leaving in record numbers.

If you took all the people who have left this 100% Democratic party controlled and run state in the last four years, it would form a city the size of Norfolk, VA! Draw your own conclusions!

And no, I don't think you're smarter than Bush. Not one of you.


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