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Friday, November 15, 2013

The "Upton Option" Passes The US House On A Path To RIP! (UPDATED: List of 39 Dems)

As we move through trials and tribulations of US healthcare reform, the path to full assimilation has grown comparable to a Richter Scale Nine earthquake. 

The United States is the only remaining industrial power without some form of single payer or universal healthcare.  I have read the Australian program is an ideal model and the Canadian model is workable (very good) with issues waiting times. After watching resistance to healthcare reform from President Obama's first mention, the level and scope of obstruction and outright resistance is stupefying. The amount of money spent to defeat healthcare reform could never have been predicted by anyone other than a few clairvoyants. The Kochs are reported to have spent $200 million on efforts to repeal the ACA. If that figure is accurate, imagine the amounts spent behind the scenes and imagine the subservience of those who accepted anti-ACA money. Regardless of political contributions or contributions in forms far less reported (hopefully legal), the politician has accepted a 'mark' that will come due in short order. That mark becomes a binding obligation that, in comparison, relegates Grover Norquist's paper pledges to the level of a Kindergarten Crayon (tm) time finished project. 

After noticing the words "Upton Option," I thought "why not probe a bit."  It took two minutes in Open Secrets to validate the power of money and contribution over the ultimate good of district constituents.  

First, an update on the House vote and a reminder of squeamish Democrats who know the good of the ACA, yet vote to cut the core out of the law. We will publish their names once we have official vote results. 

Huffington Post

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House has passed legislation letting insurance companies sell individual coverage to all comers, even if it falls short of standards set in "Obamacare." 
The vote was 261-157, and came after GOP lawmakers said the bill would ease the plight of millions of consumers reeling from cancellation notices.

As promised, the "Upton Option" and insight into the money. Intriguing!  If you view Upton's top five donors in the 2014 Cycle, hit the link to view the complete donors list. You will see Upton is a Kochite! 

Open Secrets The "Upton Option" (Linked)
Bill NameTitleRelated BillDateOrgs  Lobbying
To authorize health insurance issuers to continue to offer for sale current individual health insurance coverage in satisfaction of the minimum essential health insurance coverage requirement, and for other purposes.

Open Secrets (Center for Responsive Politics)
Fred Upton

Fred Upton

Select cycle and data to include:
  • Campaign Cmte Only
  • Leadership PAC Profile Only
  • Campaign Cmte & Leadership PAC Combined

Committee Assignments: 

Leadership PAC (1): 

Cycle Fundraising, 2013 - 2014, Campaign Cmte

Raised: $1,214,841 Sparklines Explanation coming soon
Spent: $392,318
Cash on Hand: $893,111
Debts: $0
Last Report:Monday, September 30, 2013

Top 5 Contributors, 2013-2014, Campaign Cmte

Blue Cross/Blue Shield$10,500$500$10,000
Steptoe & Johnson$10,200$5,200$5,000
Berkshire Hathaway$10,000$0$10,000
Boeing Co$10,000$0$10,000

Top 5 Industries, 2013-2014, Campaign Cmte

Health Professionals$139,000$16,000$123,000
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$92,900$3,900$89,000
Electric Utilities$86,500$1,500$85,000
Oil & Gas$76,750$5,750$71,000
Lawyers/Law Firms$56,900$17,900$39,000

Total Raised vs. Average Raised

2009-2010 Fundraising

Cycle Source of Funds, 2013-2014, Campaign Cmte only

Individual Contributions About Size of Contributions
 - Small Individual Contributions
 - Large Individual Contributions
$18,477    (2%)
  $313,544   (26%)
legendPAC Contributions$882,150(73%)
legendCandidate self-financing$0(0%)
NOTE: All the numbers on this page are for the 2013-2014 election cycle and based on Federal Election Commission data available electronically on November 15, 2013 (for Fundraising totals, Source of Funds and Total Raised vs Average) and on October 28, 2013 for Top Contributors and Industries. In the "Source of Funds" chart, "Large Individual Contributions" refer to all contributions from unique individuals aggregating to more than $200 within a cycle, and "Small Individual Contributions" refer to all contributions from unique individuals totaling $200 or less within a cycle. ("Help! The numbers don't add up...")
The organizations themselves did not donaterather the money came from the organizations' PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals' immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.

End Open Secrets......

Upton may very well represent a district with few people in need of medical and dental coverage. We suspects many Republicans legislate and vote based on their districts without any regard for the nation as an ultimate legislative responsibility. An understandable dynamic as politicians win elections in districts. Yet pandering to and subservience to plutocrat libertarians on the surface seems to ring-out against democratic principles. Of course, I have not witnessed an example of democratic principles from the GOP (and Blue Dog Dems) for many years. 

UPDATED: Here they are.....39 members of the House who voted with Republicans on HR 3350. Sadly, a good number of the 39 have not preserved their seats, they like many Blue dogs will get voted out of office by their conservative constituents.

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

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