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Inside Massachusetts, Time to Start Calling

The absence of exit polling in the Massachusetts special election has allowed for rampant speculation of voter intentions, but a recent post-election poll indicates that health reform is still widely supported by constituents in the Bay State (where the effects of health reform can already be seen). The poll was conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Harvard School of Public Health, and The Washington Post and finds that:

– Only 11% of voters, including 19% of Brown voters, want Brown to “stop the Democratic agenda“:

– 52% of voters were enthusiastic/satisfied with Obama administration policies.

– 44% of voters believe “the country as a whole” would be better off with health care reform, but 23% believe Massachusetts would be better off.

– 68% of voters, including 51% of Brown voters, approve of Massachusetts’ health care reform.

As Speaker Pelosi has indicated she does not currently have the votes to pass the Senate bill, it is again time to call your local California Representative. Below are the critical Congresspeople, first being those Progressives who have vowed to oppose any bill that doesn’t contain a public option, followed by the centrist Blue Dog Democrats who have issues with the Senate abortion language.

Public Option Coalition
Bob Filner (CA-51)
Michael Honda (CA-15)
Barbara Lee (CA-09)
Grace Napolitano (CA-38)
Laura Richardson (CA-37)
Lucille Roybal-Alard (CA-34)
Linda Sanchez (CA-39)
Jackie Speier (CA-12)
Pete Stark (CA-13)
Maxine Waters (CA-35)
Diane Watson (CA-33)
Lynn Woolsey (CA-06)

Blue Dogs
Loretta Sanchez (CA-47)
Adam Schiff (CA-29)
Jane Harman (CA-36)
Jim Costa (CA-20)
Dennis Cardoza (CA-18)
Joe Baca (CA-43)

You can find their contact info and your Rep’s phone number here.

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