Sen Byron Dorgan (D-ND) announces he will not run in 2010…

A nice guy who seemed to really care about the middle class. Dorgan was the force behind the numerous attempts to pass Drug Reimportation so Americans who lose their jobs can still afford their life saving meds while unemployed….Our many posts on that Amendment and Dorgan here

Obama and Rahmbo smacked Dorgan down HARD on this. Obama sold out Americans to big PhaRMa and Billy Tauzin (BEHIND CLOSED DOORS!) when he began his ‘reform’ of health care….GOP Senators crossed the aisle to vote YES on RX REIMPORTATION and DEMOCRATS KILLED IT.

Here is Dorgan’s statement. Frankly that’s a big part of why I think he’s leaving, why fight a death match in ’10 to stick with a bunch of sell out corpocrats?

Twitter Feed Roundup courtesy of AllahPundit at HA who has an analysis up (go read it!):

markos Dorgan retirement is a huge blow to Dems.

jaketapper ND Dem Sen Dorgan’s retirement is horrible news for Democrats + may v likely mean an attempt to end 60-vote cloture requirement

mkhammer RT @mikememoli: Dorgan first non-appointed Democratic Senate incumbent to pass on 2010. Dodd next?

mattklewis If Hoeven runs, he’s in. If not, a strong GOP bench includes: Drew Wrigley, Kevin Cramer, Ed Schafer, Stenehjem, Clayburgh, Berg, et al.

stevebruskCNN One poll last month had suggested Dorgan could face a tough race if Republican Gov. John Hoeven did challenge him in 2010

AmandaCarpenter Dorgan says he wants time to write books, teach and… “would also like to work on energy policy in the private sector. ” http://ow.ly/T7cr

marcambinder She’s the (Cook Rpt) expert —> RT @jennifereduffy: More ND Sen: Dems will need a star to make this competitive and the pickings are slim.

marcambinder Biggest effect of the Dorgan retirement is not in the numbers per se; it’s about social psychology. Dorgan’s decision may push other Dems..

marcambinder Hoeven will now almost certainly run; it’s hard not to assume that, absent a stellar candidate, Republicans will pick up this Senate seat.

chucktodd Dorgan retirement means Dems will have hard time maintaining 60 seats going post-10. Dems have pulled ND rabbits out of hat b4 but…

chucktodd A gut punch to Senate Democrats: Byron Dorgan is retiring instead of running for re-election. ND SEN best 2010 pickup opp, hands down.

January 5, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. Comments off.

The Milli Vanilli Health Care Bill: Dems drop Medicare expansion, vote on Dorgan Drug reimportation Amendment today…

I think we have figured out Harry Reid’s plan. He is the Milli Vanilli of Health Care. His concern is to pass something that looks good not something that actually works. He will keep adding things that sound great but do not have a chance because they are unaffordable, then when he takes them out he seems reasonable..

When last we visited health care Medicare was being expanded to 55 and up and we had a quasi public option with the Federal Benefit Plan being expanded….now Medicare expansion is gone.

The vote on the Dorgan Amendment to allow reimportation of prescription drugs is today. Please CALL YOUR SENATORS and ask them to vote yes if you would like to buy cheaper RXs from Canada.

WSJ:

Senate Democrats on Monday evening dropped a plan to expand Medicare, winning the support of moderates and the reluctant acquiescence of liberals, in another major step toward building enough support to pass a health-care overhaul.

…At an evening caucus of all 58 Democrats and the two independents who sit with the party, including Sen. Lieberman, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) and other party leaders made clear they wanted to head off the dispute.

Sen. Evan Bayh (D., Ind.) said Democrats agreed that the dispute over Medicare shouldn’t hold up legislation that would extend coverage to tens of millions of Americans. “There are a lot of good things here,” he said. “To use an old cliché, the general consensus was we shouldn’t make the perfect the enemy of the good.”…

Democrats remain divided on a proposal by Sen. Byron Dorgan (D., N.D.) that would allow the reimportation of prescription drugs from Canada and some other countries.

A vote on the Dorgan amendment was set for Tuesday. If it passes, it would undermine a deal the White House struck with the drug industry to limit the industry’s concessions to $80 billion over a decade….

December 15, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics. Comments off.

Healthcare Update: Democratic Sen Carper blocking Dorgan Amendment to allow reimportation of prescription drugs; Dorgan will block the healthcare bill without a vote on his amendment…

Gee I wonder who couldve asked Carper D-DELAWARE to block a vote on this amendment? You know who else likes DE? All the big credit card companies, all the big corps love to be listed there. DE is so nice to big business and big pharma. Scxrew you Carper, think of the TAXPAYERS for ONCE.

Delaware taxpayers please call your Senator and tell him if you would like to buy your life saving medication at the same price as Canadians. Carper has blocked this twice in a year now.

Current Elected Office Contact Information

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Wilmington, Delaware 19801
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MAC makes it clear it is the WH deal with Pharma driving this. FDL incorrectly reports the WH supports this amendment and it is not part of the Pharma deal based on GIBBS of all people HA!!! I don;t believe it for a second, FDA has been promised the drug sellers will cover the safety protocol costs, it is in Dorgan’s Amendment. Tauzin NAMED this as part of the deal I betcha. Carper talked all about how important the deal was during markup of the Baucus bill when he blocked this amendment the first time.

FRAKKERS!!!!!! WE WANT A VOTE! Any Senator who claims to be voting for healthcare TO SAVE MONEY for taxpayers/consumers and votes AGAINST allowing Americans to buy their RXs from Canada is a fool. Let’s GET THEM ON THE RECORD. 2010 cannot come soon enough.

...The health care reform drive is in a holding pattern as Senate Democrats feud over an amendment that would allow cheaper re-importation of drugs from countries like Canada.

Sens. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, together with 30 co-sponsors, introduced an amendment that would allow for an influx of cheaper prescription drugs from certain countries — all under tight Food and Drug Administration restrictions. Dorgan has fought for the change for a decade, and it was previously supported by President Obama when he was a senator and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel when he was a representative.

But Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., as well as at least one other Democrat, according to Dorgan, have put the brakes on any action on the amendment. It’s up to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to settle the dispute in order to move forward on health care reform.

Carper defends his opposition by pointing to a letter he received earlier this week from the FDA laying out its concerns.

…But Sen. John McCain. R-Ariz., another co-sponsor, says he knows the real reason for the resistance. “We all know what this is about. We all know it’s the deal that Pharma cut … Come on, let’s not kid each other. It’s all about they made a deal with Pharma, and Pharma wants that deal to hold. That means no drug re-importation, no competition.”

McCain was referring to the deal the White House struck earlier this year with the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). As part of it, the industry pledged an $80 billion reduction in costs and the administration agreed not to push for anything beyond that — meaning re-importation.

Dorgan, incensed by the block, told reporters he is prepared to hold up any action on health care reform over the matter.”I insist that we get our vote,” he said.

Reid, who according to an aide has not taken a position on the amendment, would then have to file a procedural move that takes 60 votes to overcome if he wants to move forward on his health care bill.

Dorgan said he has many new protections in the new version of the re-importation legislation and that the FDA’s letter “could have come from a copy machine,” arguing that the concerns were just copied from previous years. Dorgan accused Carper of not reading the amendment….

December 10, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics. Comments off.

Update: One Night Only! Dorgan & McCain LIVE from the Senate floor team up in support of the Drug Reimportation Amendment….

Update: Shows Added, lol! Even AP notes OBAMA is blocking this billions in savings for American consumers. Debate continues today:

A bipartisan group of lawmakers hopes to finally win a long struggle to ease curbs against importing low-cost prescription drugs but will have to overcome the Obama administration and the pharmaceutical industry to do so. The Senate was resuming debate Thursday on President Barack Obama’s drive to reshape the country’s care system. The most crucial work was being done behind closed doors, where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and his lieutenants were hunting support for a tentative deal among moderate and liberal Democrats to expand the government’s role in providing care.

As predicted Team Obama has SOLD US DOWN THE RIVER for Pharma and Billy frakkin Tauzin. The FDA released a letter OPPOSING the Amendment allowing the reimportation of prescription drugs for American consumers. Obama is AGAIN betraying a promise he made throughout the campaign. This is one of the single biggest cost saving expenses for Americans in their healthcare costs. The FDA has the AUDACITY to claim drugs coming from CANADA are not SAFE!! HA!! Dorgan and MAC teamed up in a great vaudeville style debate today, punching holes in the ridiculous FDA statement..

WSJ:

…Allowing importation of prescription drugs from a select few countries such as Canada, Ireland, and parts of Europe could lower prices in this country, and Dorgan has an amendment to the health-care bill that would legalize the practice.

Tuesday, the FDA blew a hole in his amendment. In a letter, FDA Commissioner Peggy Hamburg said importing drugs would be unsafe, too complex and too expensive. The drug industry has also opposed the practice, pointing out that Europe, which allows some importation, has problems with counterfeit drugs.

On the floor of the Senate today, McCain played the set-up man, lobbing rhetorical softballs for Dorgan. Here’s a much-condensed version of some of the highlights. Watch the whole thing yourself, starting around minute 270 in this C-Span video

McCain: Isn’t it true that a letter was written to one of our colleagues from the administrator of the FDA?

Dorgan: The Senator from Arizona is correct. They say “We don’t have the resources.” This amendment provides the resources for them. The people that are selling [imported drugs] will pay a fee.

McCain: It requires no additional funding from the taxpayer?

Dorgan: No additional funding from the taxpayer at all!

McCain: Could we say it would not propose any hazard to anyone’s health?

Dorgan: The countries that are involved in this amendment — and they are limited — are countries that have an identical chain of custody to our country.

On a roll now, Dorgan holds up two pill bottles and continues:

Both of these bottles contained Lipitor — most of my colleagues know what Lipitor is. And this was made by an American company in Ireland and shipped all over the world. This little bottle was shipped to the United States. This little bottle was shipped to Canada. What’s the difference? The price. The American consumer is told, guess what you get to do? You get to pay almost triple.

McCain: On behalf of the citizens of my state, I just want to say, thank you for your advocacy.

December 9, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics. Comments off.

Unemployment Update: Senate to take up Jobs Bill

The Senate is  talking jobs bill. Interestingly Sen. Byron Dorgan D-ND  who just announced he is not runnign is crafting the hill, here’s wishing he could figure out a way to get RX Reimportation into it, HA!

Senate Democrats are crafting a job creation bill that would boost funding for small businesses, public services, infrastructure projects and energy efficiency programs.

…They are considering new transit and highway spending and efforts to help stave off public employee layoffs, as well as a new tax credit for businesses hiring new workers and a program providing incentives for homeowners to retrofit their homes, according to a source off Capitol Hill.

That would be similar to the jobs bill passed by Democrats in the House last month. The House bill did not include the tax credit and “cash for caulkers” proposals, which are supported by President Barack Obama…

More COBRA?

..The Durbin aide said suggestions of specific provisions in the jobs bill at this point are “pure speculation.” The aide noted that Durbin and Dorgan are still sifting through 121 ideas offered by Democratic senators.

The $174 billion House bill included $48 billion for public works projects and $28 billion to help state and local governments avoid laying off workers. It also provides money for more unemployment insurance and COBRA health benefits for the jobless and a full-year extension of the current transportation authorization bill….

January 8, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Economy, Healthcare, Labor Department, Obama Administration, Politics, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. Comments off.

WaPo: Chris Dodd (D-CT) expected to announce retirement Wednesday…

1/6 Update 8:34 am: CT AG Richard Blumenthal just announced on Squawk Box he WILL be running for Dodd’s seat. Hey, better Blumie than Dodd. Let’s hope it is harder for corpocrats to spin Blumie to being anti consumer after his many years of fighting FOR consumers in CT. And if you are in the GOP check out Rob Simmons also running for the seat. Blumenthal has a press conference scheduled for 230pm today in CT.

12:15am EST: WaPo breaking it…fingers crossed it’s true! Excellent!!

Dodd endorsing Obama after dropping out of the Dem primaries in 08. Laugh all the way to retirement you red faced AIG bonus giving frakker.

WaPo Chris Cilizza:

Conn. Sen. Chris Dodd expected to announce retirement, sources say Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (Conn.), a leading Democrat whose political star fell along with the nation’s economy, is expected to announce Wednesday that he has decided against running for reelection this November, according to sources briefed on the decision. Dodd, in his fifth term, chairs the Senate Banking Committee. His retirement would be the second such announcement by a Senate Democrat in 24 hours; North Dakota’s Byron Dorgan said Tuesday that he would not run this fall.

January 5, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Finance, Obama Administration, Politics. Comments off.

Update: Obama: I beg your pardon, I never promised you a …Public Option

Update 2: HotAir links Jake Tapper demolishing the BS from Camp Obama on his campaign promises on the P.O. and mandates.

Update: Obama says he did not campaign on the P.O. and that the Senate bill has all he wanted, okay let’s go to the tape as Howard Cosell would say:

…M’kay..… but yes Obama, yes in fact you DID campaign on a P.O. and so did your OFA website. My fave Dem POTUS Big Dawg lied about a bj, this ‘Dem’ POTUS lies about the centerpiece of health care reform we have worked for for DECADES. I find that a fitting summary of these 2 POTUS’ and which one is really trustworthy with the things that matter most to the lives of the American people…. YMMV….

FDL is loaded for bear and has all the many videos and web pages where Obama DID in fact promise a Public Option despite his apparent early onset Alzheimers in his WaPo interview (No offense to those suffering from Alzheimers)…

How does he lie to us, let us count the ways….no tax increase if you make under 250k HA!!!, no tax on health insurance premium deductions from payroll…check! make 86k? No subsidies AND a whopping excise tax on your family plan! Unless you are in a Union which is EXEMPT or in a SPECIAL state, one of 17 which are EXEMPT…

No individual mandate but a strong employer mandate..check! an individual mandate complete with IRS fines and penalties/granishments AND you get to insure your ADULT children through age 27 at least!(because nothing says you’re part of the dynamic generation of ‘progressive creative class’ like living in your Hillary voting mom’s basement and making her pay for your health insurance ) but no worries NO strong employer mandate survived.

A public option to offer ‘choice and competition’ to ‘keep the insurers honest’..check! no P.O. he now claims he never even THOUGHT of a P.O.!!! “What is this P.O. of which you speak??” AND no interstate competition, instead we get an insurer monopoly that holds us all hostage with a mandated product!

Prescription reimportation and bulk negotiations on RX rates in Medicare…check! WH killed Prescription Reimportation Dorgan Amendment and sold out to Big Pharma and Billy Tauzin in their very FIRST move on HCR, aka a big giant CLUE these guys were not going to ‘help’ consumers. Also the WH promised NOT to do negotiations on Medicare PT D drug prices!

You can keep your health insurance if you like it..check! Medicare Advantage, well if your Senator is a crony capitalist cutting deals in smoke filled rooms you might, just might get grandfathered in to keep your Advantage prices and bennies, ‘grandfathered’ get it, get it?! But the rest of the country is just frakked..and employer plans are expected to lower coverage levels to avoid the tax (per the CBO)

We could go on, but you get the point. It was the single biggest domestic issue on the Dem platform and it was tossed under the bus, overboard, onto the garbage heap by the MAJORITY, the DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY in the SENATE, THE HOUSE AND THE WH.

Remember it come Election Day, no matter which side of the aisle you are on, if any, this group of Democrats sold out American consumers and taxpayers and Seniors. Next they come for Social Security…..

*Rose Garden/ Xena mashup courtesy of bekhalin13

December 23, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes. Comments off.

In the Still of the Night: Dems pass through first HCR vote at 1:00am….

Happy Solstice, Congress has a little gift for us, excise taxes, fines, penalties and Medicare cuts! This Dem majority are like thieves in the night; 1:15 am they cast this vote. Maybe the big O borrowed China’s weather machine to have a blizzard and trap these fools to get their votes ….they all go on the Naughty List.  Byrd should be familiar with COAL, despite his recent bashing of his state W VA….

And MAC agrees Hillary was more bipartisan in her approach to HCR in 93, he notes they tried to negotiate openly with the GOP on that bill. Unlike Mr Post Partisan Unity Schtick….

PS Now that Obama KILLED Pharma reimportation, he has Axelrasputin go out and claim they will work on it later, AS IF!! HA!!!! The safety issues were all addressed and paid for in Dorgans bill already. What utter liars, and what contmpt they have for the American people.

December 21, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes. Comments off.

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