Thursday, November 05, 2009

Rep. Alan Grayson blocked by Republicans from Naming the Dead That They and "Democrats" like TAB Pelosi and Weak Kneed Reid have Aided in Killing

UPDATED AT END
Many of the Republicans and their supporters have and still claim that no one dies because of the lack of health care in America. When Rep. Alan Grayson starts naming those who have died because of lack of health care on the floor of the House, a Republican tries to get him to yield, failing that he uses a procedure to force the House into recess. Which just goes to prove, when it comes to facts, Republicans and their supporters would rather not hear them.


Rep. Grayson has created a site for those who have died because they lack Health Insurance.
This is one of your fellow Humans who died.
Adam Perry, Age 28 years, His Teacher Claudia Dunagan writes:
"Adam Perry was my student. He was a young man who, after years of struggling, had just discovered what he wanted to do with his life. He found that he had a talent for graphic design and worked endlessly to perfect his designs. During the last semester I taught him, I noticed that he would sit in a very odd position while working at the computer. Eventually I found out that he sat that way to ease the pain he was feeling in his back. Because he had no health insurance, he didn't have it checked. Instead, he self-diagnosed it as a back injury due to work. Adam graduated with so much promise in June 2002. Five months after he graduated, one of his classmates came to tell me that he had been diagnosed with stage four liver cancer. All I could think was "No, not Adam. Not Adam, who had just found his path. Not Adam who had worked so hard. Not Adam who had suffered so much already. Life was too, too cruel." I remember my first visit to the hospital. Adam told us, with fear in his eyes, that he was going to beat this. But not many beat stage four cancer, and he knew it. However, he could have beat testicular cancer, the cancer that doctors ultimately determined was the origin of the cancer. I was one of many who visited Adam over the next few months as he went through horrendous suffering. He desperately, desperately wanted to live. I will never forget the agonizing, disbelieving, wrenching pain in this young man's voice when he called to tell me that he had been told he had less than a month to live.

He died early one morning in late May, almost exactly a month later. Later that day a huge double rainbow stretched across the sky. All of us who saw it felt that somehow the universe had noted his passing. Less than a year after Adam graduated with so much promise, he was dead. At the time, I kept thinking "How cruel life can be." But it was not life. It was a cruel, cruel country and a cruel, cruel legislature that denies basic health care to everyone, no matter what their income or full-time job status. Early diagnosis could have saved this young man's life. He died NEEDLESSLY at 28 years of age. The irony is that because Adam had no health insurance and no income, the state paid all of his bills. The total must have been well over a million dollars, if not more. Shame on Congress if they do not address the waste of lives and of money created by our lack of public health care. "

Human says: Testicular Cancer has a 99% survivability rate. When someone from the Sick Far Right says they are Pro Life, please tell them about Adam. Maybe they'll stop and think.
You can read more stories about those who have died from lack of Health Insurance at
Names of the Dead.
You can also share your own story there about someone you knew who died.

Senator Al Franken is asking for people to sign his petition for Public Option.
You can go here to do that.
Peace.


UPDATE
In response to the following article written by one of those arrested , I called Speaker Pelosi's office. I was treated very rudely and they kept switching me to a message machine. Though I did leave a message, I wanted to talk to someone. Not an outrageous demand? Speaker Pelosi has subverted any advancement in Health Care reform. She continues to support the slaughter of innocents in Iraq and Afghanistan. She continues to support the rape of the Middle Class by the Loan and Banking Industries. She has broken her promise to Rep. Weiner on Single Payer. She and Reid are Traitors to the Party and the Country. Without the support of Pelosi and Reid, the Republicans would be powerless.
Here's that Fucking Traitor American Bitch's #202-225-0100

Pelosi Arrested Us for Asking for Healthcare
By Dan Hodges
"Around 3PM this afternoon I was one of 12 single payer activists who were escorted from the reception area of Nancy Pelosi's office in the San Francisco Federal Building and arrested by members of the Federal Protection Service of U.S. Homeland Security.

Just before noon we went to Pelosi's office to ask Dan Bernal, the district director, make a phone call either to Pelosi herself or Terri McCullough, Pelosi's chief of staff in Washington. We wanted to directly communicate two demands: that the Kucinich amendment be included in the health care bill that will soon be brought to a vote in the House and that the Weiner amendment be voted on by the House, as previously promised by Pelosi.

For two hours Bernal refused to meet with any of us. Then he called in the police and had them arrange for a meeting with himself and three of us in the reception area. The doors between the reception area and the hallway were closed. Two policemen stayed in the room. The other activists and other police stood outside the closed doors in the hallway. Instead of working out how a call could be made so that we could discuss our demands, Bernal promptly and brusquely said he'd just listen to what we wanted and then all of us had to leave the building. As soon as we said that wasn't why we had agreed to the police's conditions to meet with him, Bernal broke off the meeting, left the reception area and went back inside the locked doors to his office.

Then the police took us from Pelosi's office on the second floor to the basement, where they processed our arrests. Because Bernal was too cowardly to file an official complaint, an elaborate charade was worked out by Bernal, building management and the Federal Protection Service. The misdemeanor charged against all of us was based on a technicality: our singing and chanting for single payer was not in accord with the rules and regulations of the federal building. This technicality was then extended to mean that we had "disobeyed" the police officers. We were issued citations and told that we would be summoned to court later. Then we were dismissed from the building.

From noon until we emerged from the basement with our citations in hand, there was a spirited rally for single payer taking place across the street. The demonstrators included a large contingent of members of the California School Employees Association, some of whom had come from Sacramento and Stockton. The rally also included members of California Nurses Association and Single Payer Now.

The "Pelosi Twelve" are members of organizations such as ActforSinglePayer, AFSCME District Council 57, California Alliance of Retired Americans, California School Employees Association, Gray Panthers, and Health Care for All-California.

All of us today, those who were arrested and those who rallied in support of us, will keep fighting to get the Kucinich amendment in the House health care bill. And we'll keep fighting to win single payer in California and the nation. Republicans, Blue Dog Democrats or sell-out Democrats, like Nancy Pelosi, will not prevent us from succeeding.

Although the Kucinich amendment was not included in the Manager’s amendment, the Weiner amendment probably will be offered for a House vote, according to Ellen Shaffer.

The exclusion of the Kucinich amendment is not fatal to our efforts for single payer in California. After all, we worked hard and placed Sen. Sheila Kuehl’s SB 840 on the governor’s desk twice without a state waiver in effect. We’ll move Sen. Mark Leno’s SB 810 to this governor’s desk and to that of the next governor without the Kucinich amendment in whatever bill Obama signs. ERISA or no, we’re going to get single payer achieved in California and the nation.

While it would be easy to focus our contempt on Pelosi, the word is that only Lynn Woolsey in the Progressive Caucus supported Kucinich’s amendment to the end. In any event, as we all know, our capacity to succeed is fundamentally based on our grassroots power.

Now it’s up to us to redouble our efforts to build a bigger, stronger and more diverse single payer movement.

And we will win."
This is the vid that confirms TAB's promise to Rep. Weiner.

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