Friday, November 15, 2013

Name and Shame the 39 House Democrats who Voted With the Republicans Against the Affordable Care Act

By Kathleen

Today the House voted for Fred Upton's "keep your plan" bill which would allow insurance companies to continue offering health-care plans that existed before the Obamacare rollout began and to offer new plans that are not compliant with the ACA. The bill, H.R 3350, was passed with the assistance of 39 House Democrats concerned that if they did not vote yes that it could be politically damaging for them in the 2014 election. 

The names of the 39 House Democrats who voted against the ACA (h/t to Politicususa

Ron Barber D AZ-2
John Barrow D GA-12
Ami Bera D CA-7
Timothy H. Bishop D NY-1
Bruce Braley D IA-1
Julia Brownley D CA-26
Cheri Bustos D IL-17
Jim Costa D CA-16
Peter A. DeFazio D OR-4
Suzan K. DelBene D WA-1
Tammy Duckworth D IL-8
Bill Enyart D IL-12
Elizabeth Esty D CT-5
Bill Foster D IL-11
Pete Gallego D TX-23
John Garamendi D CA-3
Joe Garcia D FL-26
Ron Kind D WI-3
Ann McLane Kuster D NH-2
Dave Loebsack D IA-2
Dan Maffei D NY-24
Sean Patrick Maloney D NY-18
Jim Matheson D UT-4
Mike McIntyre D NC-7
Jerry McNerney D CA-9
Patrick Murphy D FL-18
Rick Nolan D MN-8
Bill Owens D NY-21
Gary Peters D MI-14
Scott Peters D CA-52
Collin C. Peterson D MN-7
Nick J. Rahall II D WV-3
Raul Ruiz D CA-36
Brad Schneider D IL-10
Kurt Schrader D OR-5
Carol Shea-Porter D NH-1
Kyrsten Sinema D AZ-9
Filemon Vela D TX-34
Tim Walz D MN-1

The above representatives have sold out the voters who elected them. President Obama's administration 
has promised to veto the bill. A recent statement from the administration reads:

H.R. 3350 rolls back the progress made by allowing insurers to continue to sell new plans that deploy practices such as not offering coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, charging women more than men, and continuing yearly caps on the amount of care that enrollees receive. The Administration supports policies that allow people to keep the health plans that they have. But, policies that reverse the progress made to extend quality, affordable coverage to millions of uninsured, hardworking, middle class families are not the solution."

Some of the Democrat representatives, such as Pete Gallego of Texas, stated that voting yes for the bill was "the right thing to do" and "that you do the right thing and the rest takes care of itself." All I have to say is that voting yes will absolutely not remove that great big target that the republicans have put on his back. According to the DallasNews only hours after todays vote a spokesperson from the National Republican Congressional Committee said that Gallego's vote was "too little, too late". So Gallego's vote to go along to get along has already proved to have been futile. The other 38 Democrats are also likely to discover quite soon that they too have been bamboozled. I have no sympathy for them and we will see next year how "the rest takes care of itself." 

Please pass on the names. 

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