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Altmire Statement on Upcoming Health Care Vote (Will Vote No - Confirmed)
Representative Altmire House Website ^ | March 19, 2010 | Representative Altmire

Posted on 03/19/2010 2:47:15 PM PDT by PA Engineer

Altmire Statement on Upcoming Health Care Vote March 19, 2010

"I ran for Congress in large part because I believe we need to find a way to bring down the cost of health care. I also ran for Congress with a simple promise: I would do my best to represent my district and to give western Pennsylvania a voice in Washington, not the other way around.

"I regret that this year-long process of debating health care reform has resulted in a final product that I cannot support. The cost of inaction on health care is great, but it would be an even bigger mistake to pass a bill that could compound the problem of skyrocketing health care costs.

"Simply moving money around within the existing system, rather than enacting real delivery system reform, might change who pays the bill, but it does not improve the quality of care or reduce costs for families, small businesses, or the federal government. It creates a system of winners and losers, rather than reforming the system in a way that lets everyone win. It is estimated that after passage of this bill, federal health care expenditures would likely increase above what they would under current law.

"It has become clear that the vast majority of my constituents want me to oppose this bill. Particularly hard hit would be western Pennsylvania’s Medicare beneficiaries, which many experts believe would experience dramatic premium increases with enactment of this bill.

"I am acutely aware that my decision to vote against the health care bill will disappoint some of my constituents and alienate supporters of the bill. The politically easy vote would have been to vote with my party. But I was not sent to Congress to take the easy way out or to vote the way they want me to vote in Washington. I was elected to represent my district and give western Pennsylvania a voice in Congress. I strongly believe that a vote in opposition to the health care bill is consistent with the views of the district I represent, and is the correct vote based on the impact of the bill on my constituents and the overall health care system."

TOPICS: Breaking News; Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 111th; altmire; bhohealthcare
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1 posted on 03/19/2010 2:47:15 PM PDT by PA Engineer
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To: PA Engineer

NRO saying Pelosi may have “released” him. They just got Kosmos and Ellsworth. By NRO’s count, it is down to one vote with about eight available.

2 posted on 03/19/2010 2:48:20 PM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: PA Engineer

Thats two..

3 posted on 03/19/2010 2:48:26 PM PDT by Dog
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To: LS

Who are the 8?

4 posted on 03/19/2010 2:49:03 PM PDT by Dog
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To: LS

Altmire’s on Hannity now - he’s waffling as usual.

5 posted on 03/19/2010 2:49:08 PM PDT by FroggyTheGremlim
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To: eCSMaster

This is an interview from yesterday...I think?

6 posted on 03/19/2010 2:50:12 PM PDT by halo66
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To: LS

He may have been a “release”. They are continuing to hammer the rest and are getting a lot of converts.

7 posted on 03/19/2010 2:50:15 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: halo66

Or the day before...

8 posted on 03/19/2010 2:50:31 PM PDT by halo66
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To: LS

That is possible, but they also “lost” two today that I have heard. I think it will be nigh impossible to count until the vote is closed.

9 posted on 03/19/2010 2:52:43 PM PDT by Ingtar (Washington, DC: James 3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.)
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To: PA Engineer

In the Florida Panhandle, the cowardly Alan Boyd, a “blue dog” Pelosian, announced this afternoon that he will vote for the health care bill.

10 posted on 03/19/2010 2:59:07 PM PDT by catpuppy (2009 --"We will not ration health care." 2012--"Anybody heard from grandpa?")
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To: PA Engineer

>> Altmire: “I believe we need to find a way to bring down the cost of health care.”

Every American Congressman knows we can achieve this without embracing the tenets of Communism.

To Hell with the rest of them.

11 posted on 03/19/2010 3:04:50 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: PA Engineer

Thank you Mr. Altmire.
I called Alan Boyd, Fl office yesterday. The lady said he was undecided. I said “after all this time he is undecided, he must not want to be elected in November”. The lady agreed. I just heard on FNC he switched to yes. I guess he is ready to retire.
I tried to call all his offices today. The local offices just let the phone ring. One answered with a recording, but the mail box was full.

12 posted on 03/19/2010 3:06:32 PM PDT by libbylu ( Palin begins from Wasilla not only a campaign, an Iditarod of a crusade ....YEAH!)
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To: LS

Yep...Fox News says they have 215 yes votes.

I think it’s a done deal, folks.

13 posted on 03/19/2010 3:10:07 PM PDT by jerry557
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To: LS

There’s an easy, easy fix for that case. If it passes EVERY goddam Democrat come November is a friggin NO VOTE, no matter how they vote, voted or pledge to vote in the future, period!

14 posted on 03/19/2010 3:22:34 PM PDT by Gaffer ("Profling: The only profile I need is a chalk outline around their dead ass!")
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To: Gene Eric

If you add in taxes, added bureaucrats, congressional bribes, mandates that insurance companies must insure regardless of pre-existing conditons and covering people not covered now, there is no way that the total cost of health care is going to go down. We have government health care for the elderly - Medicare - which currently has an unfunded liability (promises made that have not yet been funded) of $38 trillion to $75 trillion (depending on the source). Just wait until we have it for everybody.

15 posted on 03/19/2010 3:26:07 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: LS

We have basketball on our local talk station tonight.

Rally your local talk radio host into doing street protest in front of your reps local offices. Try and get the local media to cover it. Hammer the Medicare/SS issue, nothing like mad grannies and gramps.

This is from a 2007 contact list of congressional aides. Some might not be there any longer, but worth a try. The ones on the one post are senate aides, a few have bounced back, it’s worth the effort to clog up their email system along with the phones, and 1/3rd of these senators are up for re-election.

Mail must be inspected for anthrax.

Contact congressional aides.
U.S. Senate switchboard: (202) 224-3121
U.S. House switchboard: (202) 225-3121
White House comments: (202) 456-1111
Find your House Rep.:
Find your US Senators:
Toll free to the US Senate:
1-800-882-2005. (Spanish number)
1-800-417-7666. (English number)
Courtesy of a pro-amnesty group, no less!!

Defeat Obamacare call list: List now contains the new MAYBES culled from FR posts. Be sure to call KNOWN RINOS too.THEY ARE ANSWERING THEIR LOCAL NUMBERS

Here is one of the ones Rush gave out on the radio that I’m calling. So far it’s been busy but I’m going to burn it up till I get to tell my congress critter to vote NO!
Join me?..... 1-877-762-8762

Good idea from the bloggers at Hillbuzz:
They offer specifics and links on how to put pressure on Dem DONORS, who have private numbers for legislators who may have taken their phones off the hook.

Congress may not want to hear from us, but they’ll listen to the money men.


CODE RED Contact list
Remember they are all being offered BRIBES for their votes. Ask them how much their bribe price is.
The National Republican Congressional Committee has published a target list on health care. In addition to continuing to contact the five Tennessee Democrat Congressmen, you can go to contact some of these targets. Much of the talk following Obama’s announcement has focused on how to defeat this second bill through reconciliation, but that is misleading because the first step to defeating Obamacare is not by concentrating on defeating the “fixer” bill but by defeating the Senate bill in the House when it goes to the floor for an up-or-down vote on Thursday, March 18th.

RUSH says to pressure these 2

Charles Wilson, Ohio Toll Free Number 888-706-1833 DC (202) 225-5705 fx: (202) 225-5907, Bridgeport, (740) 633-5705 fx: (740) 633-5727, Canfield, (330) 533-7250 fx: (330) 533-7136 Marietta, : (740) 376-0868 fx: (740) 376-0886 Ironton, (740) 533-9423 fx: (740) 533-9359 Wellsville, 330) 532-3740 Canfield, here is the zip code 44406.
Joe Cao DC (202) 225-6636 Fax: (202) 225-1988, NO (504) 483-2325 Fax: (504) 483-7944


Rep. Bart Gordon TN 202-225-4231 Murfreesboro office: 615-896-1986, 931-528-5907, 615-451-5174
Mark Schauer D.C. (202) 225-6276 Fax: (202) 225-6281 Jackson, MI (517) 780-9075
Fax: (517) 780-9081 Toll-Free: (877) 737-6407
Dennis Kucinish, Lakewood 216)228-8850, Fax (216)228-6465,
Parma. 440)845-2707, Fax (440)845-2743, DC (202)225-5871
Dennis Cardoza DC (202) 225-6131, Fax: 225-0819, 800-356-6424, Merced, (209) 383-4455 Fax: 726-1065 Modesto 209) 527-1914 Fax: 527-5748 Modesto, (209) 527-1914
Fax: 527-5748
Jim Costa Fresno 559-495-1620, Fax:559-495-1027, Bakersfeld, 661-869-1620 Fax: 661-869-1027 DC Phone:202-225-3341 Fax: 202-225-9308
Fax (202)225-5745
James Oberstar (202) 225-6211, Duluth (218) 727-7474, Chisholm (218) 254-5761, Brainerd (218) 828-4400, North Branch, (651) 277-1234
Gabrielle Giffords (202) 225-2542 (520) 881-3588 AZ 8th District
John Boccieri (D), Ohio Voted Yes on Stupak, NO on Health Care.Contact info - DC office (202) 225-3876 - Fax - (202) 225-3059 (330) 489-4414, Local Fax - (330) 489-4448
Betsy Markey DC 202.225.4676, fx. 202.225.5870, Ft. Collins, 970.221.7110fx 970.221.7240, Greeley, 970.351.6007 fx 970.351.6068, Lamar, 719.931.4003
fx 719.931.4005, Sterling, 970.522.0203 fx 970.522.1783
rec’d from NC — Despite earlier assurances that he was a NO on health care reform and would not change his mind, Rep. Heath Shuler, NC 11, is now undecided.

Rep. Heath Shuler, North Carolina 11th DC Office Number: (202) 225-6401, DC Fax Number: (202) 226-6422 Local Office Number: (828) 252-1651, Local Fax Number: (828) 252-8734 Chief of Staff: Hayden Rogers email:

Rep. Lincoln Davis 202-225-6831 Columbia office: 931-490-8699
Rep. Jim Cooper 202-225-4311 Nashville office: 615-736-5295
John Tanner (202) 225-4714, Union City, (731) 885-7070, Jackson Phone: (731) 423-4848, Millington (901) 873-5690 TN (MAYBE)
Rep. Steve Cohen 202-225-3265 Memphis office: 901-544-4131
Harry Mitchell (202) 225-2190 (480) 946-2411 AZ 5th District
Ann Kirkpatrick (202) 225-2315 (928) 226-6914 AZ 1st District
Jerry McNerney (202) 225-1947 925-833-0643 CA 11th District
John Salazar 202-225-4761 970-245-7107 CO 3rd District
Jim Himes (202) 225-5541 (866) 453-0028 CT 4th District
Alan Grayson (202) 225-2176 (407) 841-1757 FL 8th District
Bill Foster (202) 225-2976 630-406-1114 IL 14th District
Baron Hill 202 225 5315 812 288 3999 IN 9th District
Gary Peters (202) 225-5802 (248) 273-4227 MI 9th District
Dina Titus (202) 225-3252 702-256-DINA (3462) NV 3rd District
Carol Shea-Porter (202) 225-5456 (603) 743-4813 NH 1st District
Tim Bishop (202) 225-3826 (631) 696-6500 NY 1st District
John Hall (202) 225-5441 (845) 225-3641 x49371 NY 19th District
Bill Owens (202) 225-4611 (315) 782-3150 NY 23rd District
James Matheson Toll-Free Number 1 (877) 677-9743 (202) 225-3011Mike Arcuri (202)225-3665 (315)793-8146 NY 24th District YES
Dan Maffei (202) 225-3701 (315) 423-5657 NY 25th District
Earl Pomeroy (202) 225-2611 (701) 224-0355 ND At-Large District
Steven Driehaus (202) 225-2216 (513) 684-2723 OH 1st District
Mary Jo Kilroy (202) 225-2015 (614) 294-2196 OH 15th District
Zach Space (202) 225-6265 (330) 364-4300 OH 18th District
Kathy Dahlkemper (202) 225-5406 (814) 456-2038 PA 3rd District
Patrick Murphy (202) 225-4276 (215) 826-1963 PA 8th District
Christopher Carney (202) 225-3731 (570) 585-9988 PA 10th District
Paul Kanjorski (202) 225-6511 (570) 825-2200 PA 11th District
John Spratt (202) 225-5501 (803)327-1114 SC 5th District
Tom Perriello (202) 225-4711 (276) 656-2291 VA 5th District
Alan Mollohan (202) 225-4172 (304) 623-4422 WVA 1st District
Nick Rahall (202) 225-3452 (304) 252-5000 WVA 3rd District
Steve Kagen (202) 225-5665 (920) 437-1954 WI 8th District
Bart Stupak (202) 225 4735 MI (MAYBE)
Brian Baird (202) 225-3536, Vancouver, (360) 695-6292. Olympia, (360) 352-9768, (MAYBE)
senator mark begich (202) 224-3004 toll free. (877) 501 - 6275 just became a MAYBE
Jason Altmire 202-225-2565, Aliquippa, 724-378-0928,
Natrona Heights, 724-226-1304 Just listed as NO

Congressional Dems on Twitter

16 posted on 03/19/2010 3:27:07 PM PDT by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, disabled,seniors & retired Military)
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To: libbylu

Washington, DC Office
1227 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5235
(202) 225-5615 Fax Tallahassee Office
1650 Summit Lake Drive
Suite 103
Tallahassee, FL 32317
(850) 561-3979
(850) 681-2902 Fax Panama City Office
30 W. Government St.
Suite 203
Panama City, FL 32401
(850) 785-0812
(850) 763-3764 Fax

17 posted on 03/19/2010 3:28:24 PM PDT by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, disabled,seniors & retired Military)
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To: GailA

Why is Larry Sabato on National Review saying it will pass?

18 posted on 03/19/2010 3:31:21 PM PDT by Blue Turtle
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To: LS


Washington D.C. Office
238 Cannon HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2706
Fax: (202) 226-6299 Port Orange Office
1000 City Center Circle, 2nd Floor
Port Orange, FL 32129
Phone: (386) 756-9798
Fax: (386) 756-9903 Orlando Office
12424 Research Parkway, Ste 135
Orlando, FL 32826
Phone: (407)-208-1106
Fax: (407)-208-1108

Toll free number: 1-877-9-KOSMAS (1-877-956-7627)

19 posted on 03/19/2010 3:32:39 PM PDT by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, disabled,seniors & retired Military)
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To: LS

Office Locations and Hours
Evansville District Office
101 NW Martin Luther King Jr Blvd,
Room 124
Evansville, Indiana 47708
ph: (812) 465-6484
fx: (812) 422-4761
Office Hours: 8am-5pm Central Time

Terre Haute District Office
901 Wabash Avenue
Suite 140
Terre Haute, Indiana 47807
ph: (812) 232-0523
fx: (812) 232-0526
Office Hours: 8am-5pm Eastern Time

Washington, DC Office
513 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
ph: (202) 225-4636
Toll Free: (866) 567-0227
fx: (202) 225-3284
Office Hours: 9am-6pm Eastern Time

20 posted on 03/19/2010 3:35:57 PM PDT by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, disabled,seniors & retired Military)
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