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Rep. Peterson opposes Obama's health care reform plan (First Democrat to make it public)
National Public Radio ^ | 6 August 2009 | Elizabeth Bairer

Posted on 08/07/2009 1:26:13 PM PDT by Vigilanteman

St. Paul, Minn. — President Obama and U.S. Senate Democrats say they're "united" on the goal of overhauling the nation's health insurance system. But when it comes to hammering out the actual legislation, the party has been far from unified.

The House adjourned last week after its health reform bill cleared a key committee by a slim, three-vote margin. Five of the Democrats on that committee sided with Republicans and voted "no."

The full House is expected to vote on the measure in September. And a key voting bloc will be the "Blue Dog" Democrats -- 52 moderate and conservative Democrats, who represent rural and suburban districts.

U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, a DFLer who represents the northwestern part of Minnesota, is a member of the Blue Dog coalition. He's said he can almost guarantee he will vote against the health care reform bill.

"Frankly, I just don't think this is sustainable," Peterson said on MPR's Morning Edition. "[The Blue Dog coalition] made some changes, but I read the bill, and there are just things in there I think are problematic."

One of Peterson's biggest concerns has been that the Medicare system pays less to doctors in Minnesota than it does to doctors in other parts of the country. The state's entire congressional delegation has expressed concerns about that same issue.

(Excerpt) Read more at minnesota.publicradio.org ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: 111th; bhohealthcare; bluedog; collinpeterson; deathcare; democrats; dfl; obamacare; obamao; peterson; socializedmedicine
Peterson represents the district where I attended college. He was also the first Democrat to call on Al Gore to concede during the Florida recount fiasco.
1 posted on 08/07/2009 1:26:14 PM PDT by Vigilanteman
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To: Vigilanteman

IT’S STARTING PEOPLE! Yeah!


2 posted on 08/07/2009 1:29:07 PM PDT by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Rahm’s boys will be paying him a visit...................


3 posted on 08/07/2009 1:30:40 PM PDT by Red Badger (I am totally against spooning............it eventually leads to forking................)
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To: Vigilanteman

Peterson also publicly deplored the nasty attacks on Katherine Harris. Bush tried to give him a post on in the agriculutre dept. Colin Peterson delcined the offer. Too bad. Once he leaves the MN-07, the GOP should pick that district up.


4 posted on 08/07/2009 1:30:48 PM PDT by yongin
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To: Vigilanteman

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down 38 to go.

AS I’ve said, 255dems - 38 = 218.


5 posted on 08/07/2009 1:31:29 PM PDT by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: Vigilanteman
One of Peterson's biggest concerns has been that the Medicare system pays less to doctors in Minnesota than it does to doctors in other parts of the country.

Ok, I thought this was a good thing until I read this.

This is not a solid conviction...this is a monitary issue. Rep. Peterson is shopping for a concession. Nothing else.

All it will take is for Pelosi to pony up some more of the tax payer's money to change his mind.

Don't be fooled Minnesotans. Stay on this guy.

6 posted on 08/07/2009 1:33:43 PM PDT by kidd (Obama: The triumph of hope over evidence)
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To: Red Badger

He’s just holding out for 30 pieces of silver.


7 posted on 08/07/2009 1:34:59 PM PDT by henkster (A "Living Constitution" yields a Dead Republic)
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To: domenad

Democrats in Washington, the States, cities and counties, best be paying attention if they ever want to get re-elected. Especially those that are running in 2010. Their career is on the line now. Republicans best be listening to the people also. If the Health Care deal goes through with any one of them voting for it, they are done.


8 posted on 08/07/2009 1:37:11 PM PDT by RC2
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To: CPT Clay

Don’t discount the possibility that some RINOs may vote yes, like they did for cap and trade.


9 posted on 08/07/2009 1:40:16 PM PDT by arista
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To: henkster

Given his track record, I don’t think we can automatically assume this.


10 posted on 08/07/2009 1:40:34 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Vigilanteman
BIPARTISAN OPPOSITION TO OBAMACARE!!!
11 posted on 08/07/2009 1:44:45 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (It's the spending, stupid!)
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To: RC2

“Democrats in Washington, the States, cities and counties, best be paying attention if they ever want to get re-elected.”

I guarantee that they are, they are nervous and they are sweating. The sheep have looked up again. Just like it happened the first time they trotted out “immigration reform.” Or you can refer to my tagline. The response is a little more heavy-handed this time, which shows that they DO NOT intend to change their ruling elite attitude, they are just shopping for a different way to do as they please without “consequences” (read: electoral defeat).

This is indeed a very dangerous game for the Republic. If the ruling elite passes health care against this opposition, and the rulers keep their thrones in the next election, they will decide that they CANNOT lose when the election is based on voting records. And they will be right. Only if they are tarred by personal scandal can they lose, and the “in crowd” of the ruling elite controls the information on that.

This is a death match between socialism and the Republic.


12 posted on 08/07/2009 1:46:12 PM PDT by henkster (The frog has noticed the increase in water temperature)
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To: Vigilanteman

Pelosi’s coming! Watch out for your kneecaps Collin.


13 posted on 08/07/2009 1:55:19 PM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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To: Vigilanteman
ObamaCare will turn Minnesota into Michigan as far as unemployment goes. Any Minnesota congress person or Senator who votes for it is literally guaranteeing unemployment for a huge chunk of Minnesotans. Naturally, Betty McCollum and Al Franken are all for this Obamination. Shouldn't common sense be a prerequisite for the house and senate? Apparently not!
14 posted on 08/07/2009 2:46:42 PM PDT by adgirl
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To: Vigilanteman

I am soon moving to Rep. Peterson’s district and while I am pleased to see him wising up about health care, he still voted for cap and trade. If he is scared by the public discontent about health care wait until cap and trade raises electric rates 50% and then see what his constituents think.


15 posted on 08/07/2009 3:05:33 PM PDT by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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To: Vigilanteman
Those who side with Obama are risking their jobs while our Dictator in Chief lives like a King from now on..

Don't be stupid, Congress, he's not worth it!

sw

16 posted on 08/07/2009 3:09:46 PM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife (United We Stand)
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To: arista

That is Queen Nancy’s last hope.


17 posted on 08/07/2009 4:23:38 PM PDT by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: kidd

“All it will take is for Pelosi to pony up some more of the tax payer’s money to change his mind.”

All she really has to do is promise whatever it takes to get his support, then make her changes before the vote. She recently said as much.


18 posted on 08/07/2009 4:42:45 PM PDT by Heart of Georgia (BHO Administration = America-destroying thugs)
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To: Vigilanteman

Heath Shuler (D-NC11) has told the Asheville Tea Party that he will oppose HR 3200 (no to say he wont support a variant).


19 posted on 08/07/2009 4:44:01 PM PDT by Boiling Pots (Angry Mobster)
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To: adgirl

The not-for-profit Mayo Clinic has come out against ObamaCare.


20 posted on 08/07/2009 4:44:36 PM PDT by Boiling Pots (Angry Mobster)
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To: Vigilanteman

After the idiotic statement Peterson made about his constituency recently, he knows he has no choice if he wants to keep his seat in 2010.


21 posted on 08/07/2009 5:02:05 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (You're either in or in the way.)
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22 posted on 08/07/2009 8:31:25 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: Vigilanteman
"He's said he can almost guarantee he will vote against the health care reform bill."

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23 posted on 08/07/2009 9:05:47 PM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: Manic_Episode

Manic, you know how to spot politicspeak. Nailed it!


24 posted on 08/07/2009 9:36:19 PM PDT by mplsconservative
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To: mplsconservative
Almost isn't good enough for me.

SoB still needs talking to.

25 posted on 08/07/2009 9:39:35 PM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: Manic_Episode

You are right. They all need a talkin’ to. I’m double plus ungood these days. Thugs.


26 posted on 08/07/2009 9:47:58 PM PDT by mplsconservative
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To: Vigilanteman

He is our congressman. Nice guy...seems very genuine...he stopped at my door one day years ago...introducing himself, before the election. If he hadn’t been a dem I would have voted for him. It doesn’t surprise me at all that he is voting against it...hopefully he doesn’t change his mind..and he knows he won’t keep his seat if he does.Our district is red.
Scott Hennen (1100 AM The Flag..conservative radio station..online also) has him on his show once in a while. I will plug that station...we love it! If you don’t know Scott...great guy! Mr Radio...owns the station..it is new in the last year or so...during the flood time with the Red River it was awesome!


27 posted on 08/09/2009 8:08:14 PM PDT by Sistyelder
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