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A fierce campaign is urging Americans to go “Code Red” in an emergency effort targeting wavering House Democrats who are vacillating on whether they will vote on Obama’s health “reform” bill.
“The goal is to defeat the bill, bottom line,” NRCC spokesman Paul Lindsay told WND. “That is our No. 1 goal here.”
On Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “We will do whatever is necessary to pass a heath-care bill.” Likewise, Obama told ABC News today, “I believe we are going to get the votes. We’re going to make this happen.”
Lindsay said Code Red is getting Democrats on record saying how they will vote on the bill. NRCC has launched a website featuring a “Code Red Target List,” a list of 72 lawmakers, their Nov. 7, 2009, votes and their current positions on the health bill.
“A lot of them are on the fence,” Lindsay said.
At last count, the Code Red campaign listed 206 “no” votes, 200 “yes” votes and 25 undecided Democrats.
“Our intent is to make sure that we get that ‘no’ vote count to 216 so we can defeat this bill,” Lindsay said.
Code Red campaign is asking citizens to put the squeeze on Democrats before House vote.
The House health bill passed with 220 votes originally. The Democrats’ 14-month effort to pass a health bill rests entirely on the ability of Obama and House leaders to retain the earlier supporters and turn some “no” votes into “yes.”
And the race is on to capture those votes.
Code Red announced today that two purportedly “undecided” California Democrats, Dennis Cardoza and Jim Costa, have now indicated that they will vote “yes” on the health bill. Notice came as the U.S. Department of Interior announced that it is increasing water allocations for the Central Valley of California, a region that depends on water allocations to support local agriculture and jobs.
“Will Cardoza and Costa come clean about this apparent backroom deal for their votes?” Code Red asks.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, also indicated that he will vote “yes” after he accompanied Obama on an Air Force One trip to Ohio this week. Just two weeks ago, Kucinich insisted he would never vote for the bill, saying his position was “pretty well established.”
Meanwhile, Lindsay said calls to district offices of Democrat “targets” reveal the lawmakers are being inundated with opposition to the bill. NRCC is also blasting the Democrats’ home districts with television ads this week.
Code Red warns, ‘Time is running out.’
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Lindsay said they should go to the Code Red website to see where their lawmakers stand and call and visit their offices, demanding that they vote “no” on the bill.
Talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh is also encouraging people to call in their objections on the health-care legislation. He gave out the Capitol’s switchboard number on his March 16 show. At the top of Limbaugh’s website, he has listed phone numbers for the Capitol operator, (877)762-8762 and (202)224-3121, and the message: “Call the Capitol Switchboard,” followed by “Code Red: Click Here for List of Targeted Congressmen.”
Explaining why he decided to mobilize his listeners, Limbaugh said on his show, “This is ball game. [T]he only reason we’re at this point is because the American people have stood up. The Republicans don’t have the votes to stop this. And the Martians don’t have the votes to stop this. Republicans may as well be Martians on this given their influence.”
He added, “All we can do is continue to have the American people let it be known they want no part of this – the substance of the bill or the process. They don’t like it. And that’s why I am urging – because this is a transformation of our country into something that no one has ever seen it be like. And we don’t want that transformation to take place. We like America as it was founded. We don’t want to turn it into a third-world country.”
Lindsay said now is the moment for Americans to speak up and contact representatives at their district and Washington, D.C. offices.
“The House is the last line of defense against a government health-care takeover,” he said. “We’re going to do everything we can to defeat this bill in the coming days.”