Friday, February 26, 2010

Yesterday's bipartisan meeting

The Democratic Party
automat --

For more than seven hours yesterday, President Obama led a vigorous, respectful, and historic discussion with representatives from both parties and houses in Congress about how best to reform this country's broken health insurance system.

At every opportunity, the President displayed genuine devotion to delving into the specifics of the proposals and sought, wherever possible, to resolve key differences and find common ground.

Watch highlights from the bipartisan meeting here.

While we are still far from resolving all of the differences between Republicans and Democrats on reforming our broken health insurance system, the meeting was a major step forward and a huge win for the American people.

The President continued to seek bipartisan agreement on issues of importance to the American people. Of course, differences do remain.

Democrats made the case for their comprehensive approach that lowers costs, increases coverage and curbs unfair and discriminatory insurance industry practices. The Republicans have not offered comprehensive counter-proposals that achieve these goals and continue to favor a piecemeal approach that has empowered insurance companies to increase the numbers of uninsured, provide less security for those who are insured, and increase health care costs for all Americans.

But it continues to be clear, and yesterday both parties agreed, that we can no longer defer action on addressing this country's broken health insurance system.

Which is why it's time for Republicans to dig deep and identify areas where agreements can be forged on issues like expanding insurance coverage for the millions who lack it and guaranteeing that all consumers have access to care.

Check out some key moments from this historic meeting, and then pass this along to anyone you know who is interested in the fight for reform:

http://my.democrats.org/MeetingHighlights

Thanks you,

Governor Tim Kaine
Chairman


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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

President Obama's plan

The Democratic Party
automat --

Yesterday morning, President Obama unveiled his health reform proposal.

The President's health reform proposal builds upon existing legislation and includes provisions to cut waste, fraud, and abuse while making health care more affordable and available.

The proposal would set up a Health Insurance Rate Authority to regulate unreasonable rate hikes -- like the ones we just saw in California and Maine. It would amount to the biggest middle class tax cut for health care in our nation's history.

And it would help extend coverage to more than 31 million more Americans who are without health insurance today. We are closer than ever to reforming our broken health care system, and the President's proposal yesterday is the next big step to arriving at that goal.

Click here to find out what the President's proposal would mean for you.

Every day without reform is another day millions of Americans go without much-needed coverage or fear losing their coverage at the worst moment.

It's another day employers face skyrocketing costs and another day that some insurance companies will engage in unfair practices and unreasonable rate hikes. When a major health insurer notified California residents of premium increases of nearly forty percent this month, it showed again how urgently we need reform.

My hope is that Republicans will now set aside obstruction and partisan games and make a genuine effort to help pass meaningful reform on behalf of the American people -- starting with this Thursday's bipartisan health reform summit.

The President is continuing a proud legacy of pragmatic Democratic governance. He's listening to every idea put forward -- and we hope the final bill will include the best from both parties.

This proposal achieves the President's long-stated goals: Security for the insured, coverage for the uninsured and cost control for families and businesses. See how you would benefit from the President's plan:

http://my.democrats.org/PresidentsProposal

Thanks,

Governor Tim Kaine

P.S. -- This Thursday at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time, President Obama will be hosting a bipartisan meeting on health reform and you can watch it on our website. Click here to RSVP and sign up for a reminder to watch, or view highlights:

http://my.democrats.org/BipartisanRSVP


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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Re: Breathtaking hypocrisy

automat --

Yesterday, speaking at an ultra-conservative conference, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty attacked the Recovery Act and said "we can't spend more than we have" -- even though he couldn't balance his state budget without dipping into Recovery Act funds.

It's just another hypocritical attack from a party that is more interested in partisan gridlock than putting Americans back to work.

We're pushing back on every hypocritical claim the GOP can dream up, and our charge is getting headlines across the country. But it seems like there is no limit to GOP hypocrisy, so we need to keep our rapid-response program going strong.

Can you chip in to help?

https://my.democrats.org/hypocrisy

Thanks,

Jen

---------------------Original Message---------------------
From: Governor Tim Kaine, Democrats.org
Subject: Breathtaking hypocrisy

Friend --

It's a breathtaking display of public hypocrisy.

At least 116 Republican governors, senators, and representatives have spent the past year railing against the Recovery Act, while simultaneously requesting funds to create jobs in their districts and taking credit for projects at ribbon-cutting ceremonies.

As the independent PolitiFact put it, they're trying "have their cake... and vote against it too." They know the Recovery Act is creating jobs, but they think attacking it will bring them victory in the 2010 elections.

Not so fast. We're preparing to meet every hypocritical attack with press conferences in states across the nation and a rapid-response program to fact check every lie. But we need your help to make it happen.

Please donate $5 or more today to support our campaign against Recovery Act hypocrisy.

Today is the anniversary of the President signing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that has saved or created at least 2 million jobs, cut taxes for 95 percent of working families, and made loans to over 42,000 small businesses. And as a former governor, I can tell you it also provided critical relief for state governments facing record budget shortfalls.

But don't take it from me. Listen to Rep. Joe Wilson, who told the Department of Agriculture that the money he was seeking "would provide jobs and investment" for his South Carolina district. Or take it from Minnesota's Tim Pawlenty, who balanced his state budget with the same funds he's so often attacked on TV.

Even the GOP leadership that went all out to kill the bill has gotten into the game -- Sen. Mitch McConnell has bragged about funding for a military project in Kentucky, while Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor sought funds for a high-speed rail project in Virginia to create jobs.

President Obama has made it clear he knows that we're not out of the woods yet, and he's focused on creating jobs. Honesty with the American people is one of the obligations of leadership.

In stark contrast, Republicans are engaged in a hypocritical campaign of attacks -- and they're proving what we've said all along: Their opposition is about politics, pure and simple.

We're going to prove that it's not winning politics -- but we need your support to expose their hypocrisy:

https://my.democrats.org/hypocrisy

With your help, we'll be ready for the fight ahead.

Thanks,

Governor Tim Kaine

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Breathtaking hypocrisy

The Democratic Party
automat --

It's a breathtaking display of public hypocrisy.

At least 116 Republican governors, senators, and representatives have spent the past year railing against the Recovery Act, while simultaneously requesting funds to create jobs in their districts and taking credit for projects at ribbon-cutting ceremonies.

As the independent PolitiFact put it, they're trying "have their cake... and vote against it too." They know the Recovery Act is creating jobs, but they think attacking it will bring them victory in the 2010 elections.

Not so fast. We're preparing to meet every hypocritical attack with press conferences in states across the nation and a rapid-response program to fact check every lie. But we need your help to make it happen.

Please donate $5 or more today to support our campaign against Recovery Act hypocrisy.

Today is the anniversary of the President signing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that has saved or created at least 2 million jobs, cut taxes for 95 percent of working families, and made loans to over 42,000 small businesses. And as a former governor, I can tell you it also provided critical relief for state governments facing record budget shortfalls.

But don't take it from me. Listen to Rep. Joe Wilson, who told the Department of Agriculture that the money he was seeking "would provide jobs and investment" for his South Carolina district. Or take it from Minnesota's Tim Pawlenty, who balanced his state budget with the same funds he's so often attacked on TV.

Even the GOP leadership that went all out to kill the bill has gotten into the game -- Sen. Mitch McConnell has bragged about funding for a military project in Kentucky, while Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor sought funds for a high-speed rail project in Virginia to create jobs.

President Obama has made it clear he knows that we're not out of the woods yet, and he's focused on creating jobs. Honesty with the American people is one of the obligations of leadership.

In stark contrast, Republicans are engaged in a hypocritical campaign of attacks -- and they're proving what we've said all along: Their opposition is about politics, pure and simple.

We're going to prove that it's not winning politics -- but we need your support to expose their hypocrisy:

https://my.democrats.org/hypocrisy

With your help, we'll be ready for the fight ahead.

Thanks,

Governor Tim Kaine

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

If you had a million dollars...

The Democratic Party
automat --

"A million dollars is not a lot of money." That's what RNC Chairman Michael Steele thinks, anyway.

To most Americans, that's crazy talk. But it's no surprise coming from the head of a party that prefers favors for Wall Street to jobs on Main Street.

How long would it take you to earn $1 million? Click here to find out -- then write a letter to the editor exposing the GOP's agenda.

How long would it take you to earn a million bucks? Find out today.

The average American household makes $52,000 per year. Only 2% make more than $250,000 -- and millions are out of work in a recovering economy.

But while arguing to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy last Thursday at the University of Arkansas, Steele let slip that he thinks a million is "not a lot." It's outrageous -- but sadly, not surprising.

Greed and excess on Wall Street nearly brought down our economy, health care costs are drowning families, but the GOP is fighting to protect big banks and block health reform while proposing more and more tax cuts for the rich.

What's worse, the leading Republican on the House Budget Committee just proposed a budget that privatizes Social Security and shreds Medicare -- two programs that millions of middle-class Americans rely upon.

Republicans are going all out to be seen as defenders of the "little guy" this election season. But Chairman Steele's comment last week made it clear they're not. We need to make sure every American hears about it.

Use our calculator to figure out how long it would take you to earn "not a lot of money" -- then use our easy letter-to-the-editor tool, your own story, and our helpful tips to expose the GOP on the widely-read letters page of your local paper:

http://my.democrats.org/MillionGOP

Thanks,

Governor Tim Kaine

P.S. -- If you're on Google Buzz, you can help expose the GOP agenda by sharing this with your friends:

RNC Chairman Michael Steele thinks $1 mil is "not a lot of money." Find out how long it'd take you to make a million: http://my.democrats.org/MillionGOP


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Friday, February 05, 2010

Tune in tomorrow morning

The Democratic Party
automat --

Tomorrow morning at the Democratic Party's Winter Meeting, President Obama will address Democrats across the country -- and we'll be broadcasting his speech live on our website so you can join in.

The President will talk about how far we've come since his election, the challenges we still face, and our path forward together in the months to come.

The speech will start Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time. Click here to watch and sign up for a reminder before he starts:

http://my.democrats.org/WinterMeeting

We've got a lot of hard work ahead of us -- preparing for the 2010 elections, finishing health insurance reform, getting Americans back to work with a strong jobs-creation program, and much more. But Democrats have rallied together when the nation needed us before, and we're fully prepared to do it again.

The President will make sure we're all on the same page and ready for the fights ahead, and we'll also hear from DNC Chairman Tim Kaine and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.

Please RSVP now to receive a reminder for tomorrow's speech. Then tune in at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time tomorrow morning to see the President live:

http://my.democrats.org/WinterMeeting

Thank you,

Jen

Jen O'Malley Dillon
Executive Director
Democratic National Committee

P.S. -- We'll be providing live updates all weekend on the Democratic Party's twitter feed. Please follow at:

http://www.twitter.com/democratsdotorg


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