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Michael Moore

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Friends,

Well, our full court press on my congressman, Bart Stupak worked! Hundreds of my neighbors here in his Michigan district spent the weekend organizing thousands of voters to get busy and save the health care bill. We called Stupak's congressional office non-stop and we got thousands of people up here to flood his email box.

And then a rare thing happened: An elected representative did what the people told him to do. It was nothing short of amazing.

Stupak, and his seven "right to life" Democrats who had said they would vote against the bill, reversed themselves after what Stupak said Sunday afternoon was a week of his staff having "really taken a pounding." Hey, all we did here in northern Michigan was let him know that we would be unceremoniously tossing him out of Congress in this August's Democratic primary. One of our group announced she would oppose him in the Dem primary. That seemed toregister with him.

All of this made Stupak look pretty worn down at his press conference yesterday, pleading with people like us to stop calling his house and waking his wife "at two or three in the morning." Hey! That's not us. We never call during Carson Daly!

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Obama needed 216 votes in the House last night -- and he barely got them (219 was the final number). Had Stupak not done a 180 in the last 24 hours, the health care bill would have gone down in flames. Thank you, to all of you here in northern Michigan who did what had to be done. You and you alone saved this bill in the final moments.

Stupak stood on the floor of the House last night and, in a surreal moment, spoke against the "Stupak Amendment"! Once he got through his medieval meanderings about where babies come from, he gave one helluva speech.

And, that's when Republican congressman Randy Neugebauer of Texas shouted out: "Baby killer!" Wow. I guess the fertilized egg police felt betrayed by Bart.

Those of us here in Michigan will now decide what to do about our misguided congressman. We're a forgiving lot, but maybe not this time. We shall see.

Bart, I'm glad you discovered you didn't have a uterus. And, like the scarecrow, I'm glad you found a bit of your brain.

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A good night it was -- important little steps were taken to bring our country into the civilized world.

Now, we have some real work to do if we really want to say we have universal health care. The sharks who run the insurance companies have every intention of turning this lemon into some very profitable lemonade.

Yours,
Michael Moore
MMFlint@aol.com
MichaelMoore.com

P.S. Someday, the Hyde Amendment is going to have to go. No Democratic president should ever agree to anything that discriminates against women.

 

Michael Francis Moore (born April 23, 1954) is an American film director, author, and social commentator. He is widely known for his outspoken, critical views on globalization, large corporations, gun violence, the Iraq War, and the George W. Bush administration. (more...)
 

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They don't give a FOCK about their precious babies... by daveys on Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 3:51:15 AM
I'm stunned by this. Stupak agreed to this ridicul... by Stuart Bedasso on Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 8:06:01 AM
I'm stunned by this. Stupak agreed to this ridicul... by Stuart Bedasso on Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 8:09:29 AM
What about the executive order he fought for?... by David McCauley on Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 8:23:30 AM
just window dressing... all of the elements concer... by Michael Shaw on Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 11:53:34 AM
...that President Obama is now waffling about sign... by Starbuck on Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 9:14:27 PM
That said, his signing this bill into law has open... by Michael Shaw on Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 2:24:51 PM
"And then a rare thing happened: An elected repres... by Phil Weingart on Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 8:38:09 AM
No doubt most people wanted a public option-single... by Michael Shaw on Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 11:58:05 AM
but at least something passed to work upon and mak... by Michael Shaw on Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 12:02:20 PM
Do you believe everything the media pushes, as tru... by Linda Ferland on Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 at 11:18:47 AM
corporate campaign finance certainly played a role... by Michael Shaw on Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 2:36:47 PM
The Heatlhcare Bill with the Stupak amendment woul... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 8:40:35 AM
This health care bill is a true travesty. It will ... by jeannette russell on Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 10:47:08 AM
comes in the form of a 1% increase on Medicare for... by Michael Shaw on Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 12:29:31 PM
So, as Obama did to Kucinich, you got Stupak to vo... by Tom Hagan on Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 10:56:38 AM
called this bill a victory for capitalism. He's lo... by Michael Shaw on Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 2:47:11 PM
"Now is the time to make the good aspects of this ... by Tom Hagan on Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 10:49:50 PM
so what is it socialism or fascism? Both perhaps? ... by Michael Shaw on Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 11:07:00 AM
What do you suppose this healthcare is going to lo... by Linda Ferland on Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 11:59:39 AM
this bill has much to be desired and is a capitali... by Michael Shaw on Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 1:03:30 PM
Moore will stand by Ralph Nader when there's nothi... by Dick Thomson on Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 10:59:13 AM
So, as Obama did to Kucinich, you got Stupak to vo... by Tom Hagan on Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 11:05:33 AM
Mike, usually you are spot on. At my urging to Den... by Anita Stewart on Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 11:24:42 AM
Man I have been a follower of many of your films a... by Davey Jones on Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 11:44:11 AM
Michael Moore runs in to grab the credit for a bac... by Joe Reeser on Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 12:01:03 PM
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Either that, or a split personality.What is up wit... by wagelaborer on Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 at 1:22:09 AM
I share your frustration, Wagelaborer. But at the ... by David Kendall on Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 10:03:24 PM
I guess i can thank God that rep. stupak isn't in ... by gsteinum on Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 at 3:46:42 AM
It's ironic that the Democratic Party has enjoyed ... by Perry Logan on Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 at 6:17:03 AM
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I'll admit because of the constant changes of this... by Michael Shaw on Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 3:00:11 PM
So many good comments here. It is good to disagree... by zephyr on Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 1:26:09 PM
Some of you seem to think this is healthcare. It's... by Linda Ferland on Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 1:30:26 PM