Suddenly the American healthcare debate all comes down to one vote in the U.S. House of Representatives. That vote may come as soon as next week.
The House will vote on the massive, expensive, government-intrusive healthcare overhaul bill already passed by the Senate. Abortion policy land mines in this partisan, ideological bill make this vote the most consequential vote on life issues since Roe v. Wade.
Urge your Representative today to OPPOSE the Senate Health Care bill.
Policy experts now believe this landmark House vote may be decided by as little as one vote—perhaps the vote of your Representative. If your Representative is on either of the (a) or (b) lists below, chances are even greater that he or she could cast the deciding vote.
- 37 House Democrats who voted NO
on the House healthcare overhaul bill last November. (Click here to view that list).
- The following
21 House Democrats who originally voted YES but now may be reconsidering:
- Michael Arcuri (NY)
- Marion Berry (AR)
- Tim Bishop (NY)
- Dennis Cardoza (CA)
- Chris Carney (PA)
- Jim Costa (CA)
- Joe Donnelly (IN)
- Steve Driehaus (OH)
- Brad Ellsworth (IN)
- Gabrielle Giffords (AZ)
- Baron Hill (IN)
- Paul Hodes (NH)
- Dan Maffei (NY)
- Harry Mitchell (AZ)
- Bill Owens (NY)
- Earl Pomeroy (ND)
- Mark Schauer (MI)
- Kurt Schrader (OR)
- Zach Space (OH)
- Dina Titus (NV)
- Charlie Wilson (OH)
- Call and e-mail your Representative's office, identify yourself as a constituent, and simply say that you are urging your Representative to vote "NO" on the Senate healthcare overhaul bill. Contact information: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml .
- Send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper—about 150 words. Check the paper's online site for email contact information. Your Representative and staff read the local newspaper daily.
- Spread the word with email, Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace, asking your friends and family to also send a clear message to Congress. Include links to the House contact information above and any of the resources below.
To learn more:
- Freedom2Care (www.Freedom2Care.org) coalition on conscience rights and health care.
- "Any House member who votes for the Senate health bill is casting a career-defining pro-abortion vote" Memo by National Right to Life.
- "Stupak: There's No Deal, And I Won't Agree to a Promise to Fix the Bill in the Future" by John McCormack in the Weekly Standard.
- "Abortion is bill's remaining hurdle" by Patrick O'Connor in the Politico.
- "Pelosi says House has votes for healthcare if vote were held today" by Michael O'Brien in The Hill.
- "How Pelosi will game the Stupak 12" by Marc Thiessen in the Washington Post.
- "Representatives Should Not be Fooled: 'Yes' Vote on Senate Healthcare Bill Betrays Constituents" Abortion Funding Poll by Susan B. Anthony List.
- "Abortion Coverage in President Obama's Health Care Reform Bill" WebMemo by the Heritage Foundation.
- "Will the Democrats' 'Go It Alone' Approach to Health Care Work" Memo by Sen. Jon Kyl and Rep. Eric Cantor.
- "Fact Check: Abortion Fix" by Senate Republican Communications Center.
- "Abortion Funding in the Senate Health Care Reform Bill" by the USCCB.
- "Eight Reasons Abortion Is in the Health Care Overhaul" by FRC Action.
- "Abortion and the Health Bill: There is no middle ground. Either taxpayers will fund it or they won't" by Dr. Charmaine Yoest at AUL.
- "Bishops Call Senate Health Care Reform Bill 'Deficient,' Essential Changes Needed Before Moving Forward"