Here is an updated list of where Democratic House members stand on ObamaCare, courtesy of Take Back Medicine. All evidence points to Pelosi not having the votes, but that assumes that the Stupak 12 can’t be bought off, and things are very much in flux.
One of the interesting things on that list is that they show three original No votes on ObamaCare flipping to Yes this time:
I hope to examine each in turn, but for now let’s focus on Altmire.
Rep. Jason Altmire
Altmire sounds like less than a firm “Yes” in this Fox News interview, although he does think that the Senate bill plus reconciliation will provide more cost containment than the House bill he voted against. Of course, if the Senate ObamaCare bill passes the House, it can become law without any reconciliation…
He also says he’s waiting on the CBO score.
Tea Party Protesters are targeting his office.
Interestingly, Altmire saw firsthand how the attempt to pass ClintonCare wrecked many congressional careers:
“It was clear [the White House] was trying to do everything all at once, and even I knew at the time that in the districts like the one [Florida Democratic Rep. Pete] Peterson represented, it had no chance of getting political support”
Also interesting is that he worked as “a lobbyist for the Federation of American Hospitals.” They’re one of the Big Medicine backers of ObamaCare.
Pennsylvania’s 4th Congressional District lies just north of Pittsburgh on the Ohio border, and is competitive-to-leans-conservative. According to these handy figures compiled by folks on the other side, it went for McCain over Obama 55% to 44%, and went for Bush over both Kerry and Gore.
PA-4 Jason Altmire
81% worry the health bill will raise their taxes.
93% say it’s very or somewhat likely that his vote will matter in November.
30% favor health bill while 58% oppose.
29% favor use of reconciliation 60% oppose
There are rumors that Pittsburgh Steeler great Lynn Swann, who ran as a Republican for Governor in 2006, may jump into the race against Altmire.
According to Open Secrets, three of the top five industries contributing to Altmire’s campaign are related to the health care industry:
Top 5 Industries, 2009-2010, Campaign Cmte
Industry Total Indivs PACs
Health Professionals $74,160 $18,160 $56,000
Mining $53,100 $37,100 $16,000
Lawyers/Law Firms $51,446 $34,246 $17,200
Hospitals/Nursing Homes $50,350 $20,850 $29,500
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products $47,421 $9,375 $38,046
A list of his biggest donors. Notice the donations from HealthSouth CEO Jay Grinney.
Also of interest: Joel W. McCleary, who you may remember from his ties to the late John Murtha.
Here’s the contact information from his House website. If you live in PA 04, you might wish to contact the Congressman to let him know of your opposition to ObamaCare:
Please direct all written correspondence to the Aliquippa District Office.
2110 McLean Street
Aliquippa, PA 15001
Natrona Heights Office
2124 Freeport Road
Natrona Heights, PA 15065
Washington, D.C. Office
332 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Cranberry Township Office
Cranberry Township Municipal Building
2525 Rochester Road
Cranberry Township, PA 16066-6499
1:30 pm to 5:00 pm – First and Third Thursdays of every month
Ellwood City Office
Ellwood City Municipal Building
Ellwood City, PA 16117
2:00 pm to 6:00pm – 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
Farrell City Building
500 Roemer Blvd
Farrell, PA 16121
9 am to 1:00 pm – 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
Murrysville Municipal Building
4100 Sardis Road
Murrysville, PA 15668
2 pm to 4 pm – Second Tuesday of every month
4 pm to 7 pm – Fourth Tuesday of every month
New Castle Office
Lawrence County Government Center
430 Court Street
1st Floor Caucus Room
New Castle, PA 16101
8:00 am to 4:00 pm – Every Wednesday and Friday
Ross Township Office
Ross Township Municipal Building
1000 Ross Municipal Drive
9:00 am to 12:00 pm – First and Third Thursdays of every month
Here’s a page to request a personal meeting with Altmire. That page also supplies an email address firstname.lastname@example.org to contact for a personal meeting.
You might also consider trying to contact him through his campaign’s website.
If Altmire does vote in favor of ObamaCare this time around, PA 04 would be a prime target for Republicans to flip in November.
Updated: More protests at Altmire’s offices.