The historic healthcare bill is scheduled for a vote in the US House of Representatives Sunday. But the vote is not locked up. From longtime Orange County LGBT and HIV/AIDS activist Jeff LeTourneau comes this Urgent message:
â€œPlease take a moment to call long time LGBT supporter Rep. Loretta Sanchez and urge her to cast a YES vote on healthcare reform this evening. We are down to the wire and her office is getting innundated with calls from right wing tea bagggers. She has yet to publically declare her support for the bill. The best number to call is (202) 225-2965. Alsoâ€¦ please post it on Facebook!
Never has the phrase “We will not pass this way again” been so true!
URGENT URGENT UPDATE FROM RICK JACOBS –
At a time when 1 in 4 Californians lack health insurance, we cannot afford to let this bill fail. Unfortunately, that’s just what Rep. Loretta Sanchez — who represents California’s 47th Congressional District — appears ready to do.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi has spent the last few days rounding up votes for the bill and Democrats are just a few votes short. But according to a Roll Call report on Saturday night, Rep. Loretta Sanchez is seriously considering voting “No” on the bill — even though every other California Democrat is voting “Yes.” If Loretta Sanchez does not vote “Yes,” the bill may fail.
The fate of health care reform is now in your hands. Will you drop what you are doing and take a minute to call Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s office and tell her to vote “YES”? We need as many Californians as possible to call right now — before the House votes today:
Campaign office: 714-839-4431
District office: 714-621-0102
D.C. office: 202-225-2965
UPDATE: OPENLY GAY REP BARNY FRANK WAS CALLED A SLUR – “THE ‘F’ WORD THAT RHYMES WITH ‘MAGGOT,’ SAYS CNN – BY “KILL THE BILL” PROTESTERS; AFRICAN AMERICAN HERO REP. JOHN LEWIS CALLED THE “N” WORD; ANOTHER CONGRESSMEMBER SPAT UPON.
DC Agenda reports on the LGBT provisions cut out of the final House bill, including â€œa provision eliminating the tax paid on domestic partner health benefits received under an employer planÂ as well asÂ language authorizing states to cover low-income people with HIV before they develop AIDS.â€Â However, language to â€œenable AIDS Drug Assistance Program expeditures to count toward out-of-pocket expenses under Medicare Part D.Â In other words, people with HIV/AIDS on Medicare who receive help purchasing HIV drugsÂ would have a lesser burden forÂ other prescription drug costs.â€