Earth to Susan Collins

Posted in Accountability, Hypocrisy, Susan Collins at 1:52 pm by angela

Hello? Is there anybody in there?

Beam me up, Scotty, there’s no intelligent life down here.

So sorry, Susan, you failed big time with this one. I can just imagine the little wheels turning in your brain as you sift through right wing talking points to decide which ones you can make mileage on.

I receive Susan Dearest’s press releases in my email periodically. I am sure they did not read the opinion I sent to her office on some subject or another which triggered my being added to her mailing list, as my opinion did not agree with her position. I don’t always read these emails, because sometimes they get me upset. But the subject title, “$95 million for CMP Smart Grid, H1N1 vaccine shortages, and more updates” caught my eye this time, and I said to myself, “I bet I know what she is saying about the H1N1 vaccine shortages, since she just copies and pastes the Republican party line.”

I was right. Yup, she is blaming the Obama administration and demanding an investigation to find out which of them is to blame.

In a letter Monday to Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Senator Susan Collins, Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, asked for urgent explanations on the availability of the H1N1 flu vaccine. Her letter follows the committee’s recent hearing, “H1N1 Flu: Monitoring the Nation’s Response,” held Oct. 21 to examine safety, supply and delivery issues.

In her letter Monday, Senator Collins, R-Maine, expressed additional concerns and questioned why some of the vaccines won’t arrive until after people have been infected with the virus. Senator Collins requested answers to her inquires by Friday. The full text of the letter follows:

Senator Collins demands urgent explanation of H1N1 vaccine shortages, delays

Let’s step back a minute here and breathe, Susan. Think. Remember that economic stimulus package you hated so much and wanted to get rid of entirely? But you couldn’t, and you decided to gut it to get political mileage out of it? Remember that provision for pandemic flu preparedness that you bragged about removing? Remember when I contacted your office expressing concern that a potential H1N1 epidemic might require that preparedness and was told by some mouthpiece employee of your that this was not the time or the place to achieve that goal, and you would work on that to get it done? Okay, I don’t see any reason why you would remember a human being who votes in Maine contacting your office to express a contrary opinion, since every time I have contacted your offices by phone or in person the people there have tried to argue with me and been just generally rude.

But seriously, did you? Did you enact a flu pandemic measure to take the place of the one you removed from that bill? No, of course you did not. So why not? And why do you think you should get any kind of credit at this point for blaming the Obama Administration for what you are responsible for?

Did you do anything at all? No? Then why are you not to blame for these deaths, when you could have done something but did not, just as you have worked hard to deny health care to so many of your constituents, some of whom die every day thanks to your political opportunism?

So what’s the issue? Do you think we have short-term memory loss? Do you? Is it fair to say that you think we are stupid? Or as I often say about politicians, do you just think we are as stupid as you are?


More for Snowe

Posted in Accountability, Communications breakdown, MoveOn.org, Olympia Snowe at 1:40 am by angela

A tiny army of us stalwarts gathered in front of the office of Olympia Snow on a dreary and damp day, prepared to read the first pages of a health care report that had just been released and tell our stories. A photographer showed up from the local newspaper and took some photos and notes. We didn’t actually go inside the office, as the report had actually been presented to them the day before.

Olympia is hung up on some damned “trigger” that she hasn’t been able to define especially well and nobody supports, even in her own party. The purpose of the “trigger” is to give the insurance companies an extra decade to see if they can find a way to provide affordable health care to Americans. The 17 years since the last health care reform plan they killed clearly wasn’t enough.

You know, I’d almost say the trend is going the wrong way here, since things are getting worse, not better.

Well, actually everybody knows that the real purpose of the trigger is to give corrupt politicians the chance to collect millions of dollars more from lobbyists and then kill the whole thing when nobody’s looking. And then retire and not worry about the 45,000 people who died each year they refused to enact reform.

So when Olympia says she wants a trigger, she is saying that the country would be better off if millions of Americans just like me had no access to health care. I am her constituent.

It is her finger on the trigger, and the barrel of the gun is pointing at me. Thanks, Olympia!


A message for Olympia

Posted in Accountability, Health care, MoveOn.org, Olympia Snowe at 12:04 am by angela

The news has just been overwhelming me, so sorry if I haven’t posted. But I’ve really had some major resentment building up for Olympia.

I was mortified that she said nothing when the right wing of the party said they were going to put Nancy Pelosi “in her place”, like in the kitchen?

And after all that preening and pretending to be bipartisan, she turned around and refused to support anything that would mean meaningful health care reform for her constituents.

Her excuse? She wants to give the insurance companies another decade to see if they can kill it will fix it this time.

All I can do is look and see that the “trigger” she pulled out of nowhere, the one which has no support from either side…

It is her finger on the trigger, and the barrel of the gun is pointing at me and other uninsured Mainers.

I am going to a MoveOn.org rally in front of her local office on Wednesday, and I have a message for her and Susan Collins:

Stick a fork in it!