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A Blue Dog 'no' on health care sounds a little more like a 'yes'

By Shailagh Murray
House Democratic leaders struggling to build a 217-vote majority to pass health care appear to be making progress with one Democrat who opposed the original House version: Rep. Bart Gordon (Tenn.).

Gordon, a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog coalition who is retiring this year, released a statement Thursday suggesting the cost-containment measures that President Obama proposed earlier this week to appeal to Republicans had steered the bill into more favorable territory. He didn't say he would vote for the current bill -- but Gordon's press release attracted considerable attention among his colleagues for appearing to open the door.

"Throughout the debate over the past year, I've said any responsible health-care bill must do two things: reduce overall health-care spending and increase access to affordable care," Gordon said. "I voted against the House bill in November because it expanded coverage but did not do enough to bring down costs. I'm pleased to see the discussion moving in a more fiscally responsible direction now."

Gordon singled out Obama's proposal to provide additional grants to states to test whether tighter medical malpractice laws lead to lower costs. He cited Tennessee's "Certificate of Merit" program that requires lawsuits to be certified by a medical expert as having medical merit before they may be filed. The number of lawsuits filed against Tennessee physicians dropped more than 60 percent in the first year the program was enacted, Gordon noted.
"Cost-cutting reforms like this should be at the center of any successful health care bill, and I'm glad the president has included this one in his proposal," Gordon said.

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Ten (10) years of taxes and six (6) years of services ----- so this bill is "neutral" and does not add to the deficit? WRONG. Why do you think the Dems wrote the bill this way? So the CBO would have to score it as neutral. TRUTH: This bill will add over $1,000,000,000,000 to the deficit (that is ONE TRILLION DOLLARS) in the second 10 years. Wake up folks, don't drink the cool aid. Ask your House Representatives to VOTE NO to more deficits to add to the total deficit of $13,000,000,000,000 we already have.

Posted by: RonKH | March 6, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Friends,neighbors... join the battle to support the bill.

Average Americans need a chance to 'access' good quality health care. Some find it hard to swallow, but all AMERICANS deserve the best when one talks health care. Americans shouldn't have to run to Canada, "MEXICO", England and India to find affordable health care. Absolutely not! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8e1dncD3XI

Posted by: Victoria5 | March 5, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Do the voters still tar, feather and ride out of town sellouts in TN??

Posted by: PRRWRITER | March 5, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

easttxisfreaky asks: Just because a congressman is retiring, does that mean it's a free-for-all and who cares? The answer is yes. What are you going to do, fire him? Freedoms just another word for nothing left to lose.

Posted by: makeitwright | March 5, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

the obama health care plan is a very good thing for united states.
when it will be implemented people will understand.
we can't spend so much on so many things and not on health

http://www.livecnbc.com

Posted by: jeanbarre | March 5, 2010 2:28 AM | Report abuse

"First, Do No Harm."

Why is Team Obama Covering Up Ongoing Bush-Cheney Program Atrocities the Destroy American Lives?

"THE USA IS COMMITTING HIGH-TECH GENOCIDE ON ITS OWN PEOPLE." -- Veteran Journalist Victor Livingston

SECRET HOMELAND-LED MULTI-AGENCY PROGRAM SILENTLY TORTURES, IMPAIRS, 'SLOW KILLS" AMERICANS WITH NATIONWIDE CELL TOWER MICROWAVE/LASER WEAPON SYSTEM: VETERAN JOURNALIST

• Secret Bush-Cheney legacy multi-agency federal-local program uses cell tower/GPS satellite microwave/laser electromagnetic precision "directed energy" RF radiation attack system to silently torture, impair, subjugate "targeted" citizens -- and oversees local police-protected "community watch" vigilante harassment, vandalism, and financial sabotage campaigns.

• Why so many cell towers saturate the American landscape -- urban and rural.

• Weapon system patents reveal silent, powerful attack system in YOUR backyard.

• American human rights atrocities, ideological purge, under the cover of national security.

See: poynter.org/subject.asp?id=2 ("articles" list)

OR: http://www.nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves

BUCKS COUNTY, PA- BASED MAGLOCLEN FUSION CENTER: "Command center for a Mid-Atlantic States American Gestapo."

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
OR: NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "U.S. SILENTLY TORTURES..." and "GESTAPO USA" ("stories" list).

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 5, 2010 1:17 AM | Report abuse

BART GORDON SELLS OUT HIS VOTE ON HEALTH CARE

Just because a congressman is retiring, does that mean it's a free-for-all and who cares? attitude for him or her? This is the height of irresponsibility on his part...and shows the lack of character this man really has for not only his constituents...but for our country.

Contact this Congressman and tell him that you want a DETAILED EXPLANATION...CITING SECTIONS, PAGE NUMBERS, AND EXACT LEGISLATION...ALONG WITH OBAMA'S "EXPLANATION" (WHICH NO ONE HAS EVER RECEIVED) - SO THAT WE KNOW WHY HE CHANGED HIS VOTE.

TENNESSEE CONGRESSMAN BART GORDON SELLS TENNESSEANS OUT

That's right - Bart Gorden, D-TN, has voted "NO" for this fiasco of a bill, until today...after Obama "spoke" with him about the health care bill. We also know that Obama "bought" Jim Matheson-D.Utah, by naming his brother to the 10th circuit court - judge.

This looks like outright CORRUPTION. Maybe Bart Gordon doesn't care about his "legacy" or "reputation" - but he will continue down this road to a YES vote - unless we do something about it. Call him - e-mail him - tell your family and friends to as well!

How much more corruption will we TAKE?

CONTACT Senator Gordon! Even though he will be retiring, he has a responsibility to ALL TAXPAYERS.

OUR ACTIONS MATTER NOW - MORE THAN EVER BEFORE! CONTACT YOUR NEIGHBORS AND FAMILY TO JOIN IN OUR BATTLE AGAINST THIS BILL!

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Posted by: easttxisfreaky | March 4, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

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