"Keep up the pressure."
That, basically, was the message today from Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-6th CD) concerning the nationalized health care bill currently before the House of Representatives in Washington. Keep calling, emailing, faxing, showing up in offices ... keep speaking out. Every day the bill can be put off is good. Nancy Pelosi plans to put it to a vote on Friday or Saturday with an unprecedented visit by Barack Obama to the Capitol on Friday to strong-arm Blue Dogs and any other Democrats who are balking at this 2,000+-page monstrosity.
In a 30-minute phone conference with bloggers, Rep. Goodlatte said the bill is, hopefully, heading for a train wreck with the help of the American people. Today's protest in DC brought out thousands of citizens from across the nation to pay a "House Call" on the Capitol steps with Rep. Michele Bachman, Rep. Goodlatte, Mark Levin, Jon Voight, and many others standing up in a continuing effort to let Congress know that the majority of voters do not want government-run health care.
Republicans are united against this bill and need 41 Democrats to vote with them to kill the bill in the House. Since it's introduction, the bill has grown to over 2,000 pages in length, 400,000 words, and has created 111 new government agencies. More information is available on the House of Representatives website. The estimated cost of $1.1 trillion is, most likely, not even remotely near what the actual cost will be.
There will likely be a vote on Saturday after 9 a.m. and before 6 p.m. If it doesn't pass Saturday, it will go to a Monday vote. If it doesn't pass on Monday, it will likely go to a Tuesday vote. Keep contacting and putting the pressure on our representatives.
Those Blue Dogs and Democrat representatives in Virginia and around the country saw the vote that occurred in Virginia and New Jersey on Tuesday. Now is not the time to stop the effort.