A Letter to Senator Feinstein

by Liberal Librarian

Dear Senator Feinstein,

It is with great dismay that I’ve learned about your joining in the effort to “reform” the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Specifically, in allowing consumers to keep insurance policies which no longer meet the standards of the PPACA.

Any cursory review of the matter will show that the insurance companies are behind the effort to scupper the successful implementation of the PPACA. They could have easily informed their customers that their current plans do not meet the requirements of the Act, and worked to provide them with plans which do pass muster. For reference, you can read this investigation published by Talking Points Memo. Insurance companies are cancelling customers’ insurance plans, without informing them of the options available on the health exchanges. Obviously, this is a problem of their own creation, and one which has now exploded into accusations of “broken promises”.

Being the senior Senator from California, a state which has its own health exchange, I’m very saddened that you would lend your name to an effort by frightened red state Democrats to show “independence” from President Obama. The President has always said that he’s open to making the law better. This “reform” would raise insurance premiums for everyone, and encode insurance plans which are near fraudulent into law. This goes directly against the aim of the PPACA, which is to provide everyone in the United States with comprehensive, affordable health care. The plans which the insurance companies are cynically cancelling are far from comprehensive; and while they may be “affordable” in regards to a monthly premium, their high deductibles make them near worthless.

I urge you to reconsider your stance. You are seen as a leader among Democrats in the Senate; you do yourself and the people of California a disservice by lending your name to this effort by colleagues running for the hills. Among my friends and family, we always wonder why Democrats can never stand firm in the face of an assault of lies and disinformation from those on the Right and in the corporate media. As a party, we have a chance to take back the House and increase our majority in the Senate in 2014. This can only happen if we stand firm, and fight lies with truth, rather than “triangulating” against the President. If that happens, 2014 will be another 2010, with grievous consequences for the country.

Please stand with the President in finding a workable fix for a problem brought about by insurance companies. Making the PPACA successful is the surest route to electoral success.

105 Responses to “A Letter to Senator Feinstein”

      • November 13, 2013 at 3:42 pm

        Great job on all these articles. I am trying to inform my students about some of this without being seen to be “one-sided”. As a former Canadian, I just don’t understand how so many people do not want each other to have health care. It is incomprehensible to me. I say this to my 8th graders, and they don’t get it either. I have hope for the future when I listen to them. I hope they don’t change.

        • 4 Betsy
          November 13, 2013 at 3:46 pm

          PS: GREAT piece LL, I have Senator Feinstein too, and will be writing to her as well. I also sent here several tweets to her already. I am so, so disappointed in her. I feel badly for President Obama, that he never seems to have the full Democratic side of the House and Senate behind him. Maybe I am naive that it should be so. I also hope Harry Reid invokes the nuclear option soon and gets those appointments approved.

          • 5 Puddin'
            November 13, 2013 at 8:17 pm

            I have been disappointed in Mrs. Feinstein (and her hubby) for a long time. I have sent her emails in the past, stating that if she didn’t support PBO, she will never be able to count on my vote. She is/has been wrong (non support of PBO) on so many levels. I am really beyond disappointment….

    • 7 jacquelineoboomer
      November 13, 2013 at 2:01 pm

      Congrats, Don!

  1. November 13, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Okay, Don wins.

    Chips, I noticed I made a typo. It should be “you do yourself and the people of California a disservice”, rather than “your do yourself.” Can you correct it, Boss Cheesy Poofs?

    • 12 GGail
      November 13, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      LL, I’m proud of you! Thank you and you have my permission to add my name to your letter as another CA supporter of the President and the ACA.

      p.s. – I too noticed your small typo. Glad you caught it 🙂

    • 13 No Child Left Behind
      November 13, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      Great post.

      I just don’t get some Dems who think they can appease the right wing nuts by taking certain positions. If Feinstein thinks she will keep the nuts quiet with this decision, she can continue to pretend.

    • 14 joyfulmeme
      November 13, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      Thanks LL.
      Dems always abandon ship. The proposed fix will only hurt; not help. The Dems need to ban together and come up with a plan to fight this.
      It’s not like this sort of thing hasn’t happened before. The Right can always rely on weak Democrats.

    • 15 Betsy
      November 13, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      GREAT piece LL. See my comments above.

    • November 13, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      LL, I wrote a very similar email to my Senator Jeff Merkley after hearing on Ed that he is one of the Dems thinking we need to change things to allow those that want their crappy insurance to keep it.

  2. November 13, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Back home from running errands. I took the three phone numbers w/me (Landrieu, Merkley and Feinstein) and called their offices while I was out. (Can’t do it if my R-husband is at home.:( ) Anyway, got excuses from all three. In fact, Merkley’s office wouldn’t even take my comment……first thing he asked was where I was calling from and I told him….then pointed out I am an American citizen and a Dem and believe we all should support PO. The aide interrupted me and asked if I wanted to be transferred to my senators. I said “Shame on the Senator” and hung up. Went into the store and did my shopping; got in the car and Ed had just come on. Listened to him coming home and I honestly thought Ed was going to have a stroke or a heart attack. He is way beyond furious with Clinton and also w/the other folks, but especially Clinton. Ed was saying much the same things we say here. I know we all have had our frustration with Ed and with very good reason, but on this topic is is “on fire” and 1000% supportive of PO and the ACA.

    Had to bring this over from last thread.

    • November 13, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      Appreciate the update and all your efforts, tnmtngirl!!!

    • 19 TrumpDog
      November 13, 2013 at 2:16 pm

      Listened to him coming home and I honestly thought Ed was going to have a stroke or a heart attack.

      I know, right? I was in and out of the car today running errands and heard him too.
      For the first time in a long time, I shared his passion on this and wholeheartedly agreed with him.

  3. November 13, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Congrats on 1st Don!

    Thank you, Chips, for posting LL’s fine letter!!

  4. November 13, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Slow day today. Where is everyone?

  5. 32 Don
    November 13, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I’m DONE, I can no longer stomach these sorry-ass back-stabbing myopic thinking so-called Democratic leaders.

  6. November 13, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Good lord, he never reblogs anything with my byline on it. But with yours? He just does it to cheese you off.

  7. 47 GGail
    November 13, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    O/T, but I love our California weather on days like today – when Winter is making its presence known all around….except here. Today’s high in the upper 80’s F.

    Have a GREAT day everyone 😀

  8. 53 carolyn
    November 13, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    LL, superb letter. Well thought out, careful and strong. Once in a while Feinstein throws a clinker and I can never understand it. Boxer stays right on target.
    Your point about California’s system makes the letter particularly strong, I think.

    By the way…..how in the world did you have time to write this with all your work??? Such discipline.

    • November 13, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      Actually, I just dashed it off. I’m a quick writer, in general. And I needed a break from weeding our Beginning Reader section. Ever since starting to blog, I’ve learned to multi-task!

      • 55 COS
        November 13, 2013 at 1:34 pm

        Great letter LL.

      • 56 carolyn
        November 13, 2013 at 1:49 pm

        LL…..You deal with children’s books all the time. Do you have any suggestions for one or two good books for my seven year old grandson? I think something adventurous on a second grade level. Grandma gives books!!! Also, something for a 12 year old boy. Neither one loves to read, but they do, and I want to encourage them to become readers.

        • November 13, 2013 at 1:53 pm

          Well, for the seven year old, how good of a reader is he? He’s in that netherworld between picture books and chapter books. I’d pretty much recommend anything by Kevin Henkes. He’s a wonderful author.

          For the 12 year old, get him “The Invention of Hugo Cabret”. Don’t be alarmed by the book’s thickness; 2/3’s of the book consists of the most wonderful black & white etchings.

          • 58 jacquelineoboomer
            November 13, 2013 at 2:19 pm

            Since librarians (liberal and otherwise) give free advice every day, hope it’s okay if I pile on and ask for a recommendation for a new book for a 10-year old granddaughter who LOVES reading, has a great sense of humor, and is very considerate to others (just ask me).

          • 61 carolyn
            November 13, 2013 at 2:33 pm

            Thank you! Eric, 7 year old, is getting better. He’s a young 2nd grader, birthday in July, so he’s not ahead by any means, but is doing better all the time.
            I doubt if any of you are old enough to remember when there were two starting terms in public school: September and January. Entry time was decided by birthday. This was much fairer to those with late birthdays. However, they do catch up by the end of 2nd grade.

      • 62 dotster3
        November 13, 2013 at 1:53 pm

        Adding my thanks to the great letter, LL.

  9. 63 Don
    November 13, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    How can Senator Feinstein not know that what she is doing is undermining the ACA and President Obama? I mean when did it become fashionable for Democratic Senators to conspire against a Democratic President? Especially after that President has delivered a law that makes it possible for every man woman and child in this country to receive basic health insurance? When did it become fashionable for a Democratic President to constantly misrepresent what a sitting Democratic President does or say? Where do Democratic Senators and Democratic Congress members get the nerve to say anything remotely negative about a Democratic President that has delivered everything that a liberal could have wanted in terms of marriage equality, gay rights, and health care? I mean those three things are the foundation of a progressive’s wet dream, and yet some Democrats in office actually have the nerve to question President Obama?

    • 64 COS
      November 13, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      If I had voted for something, I would do everything to support it, and if I did not have anything constructive to say, I would keep my mouth shut. There are plenty of positive things to say.

    • 66 Vicki
      November 13, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      Sen. Feinstein is a clintonite. Maybe she never got over Hillary losing to PBO and now sees her chance for revenge. Same for Bill. Kick the beloved popular Democratic President when he appears to be in a slightly weakened position.

      When Hillary raises big bucks from Goldman, etc I think that is what she and Bill are really about.

    • 67 57andfemale
      November 13, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      There is no political price she would pay for doing the right thing. None. Nada.

      I don’t even buy the argument that ‘vulnerable’ congress-critters have to pander. Come on. If they did their jobs, if the DNC did its job, they would be INFORMING their constituents about ACA, not caving to the most the most recent RWNJ freak out.

      There is NO EXCUSE for this position of Feinstein. NONE.

  10. 68 Nena20409
    November 13, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Excellent LL letter.

    CBS is now claiming to do a review on their false Benghazi Lara Logan Hit job……….I am a doubting Thomasana


  11. 69 carolyn
    November 13, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    A note about the Senate and Senators: I worked there long enough to learn that every single Senator thinks he/she could be/should be president. That each one of them could do a better job than the present holder of that position. JFK had some of the same attitude expressed after his election. I have no doubt, had he lived, we would have seen it acted upon.
    The Senate is big on seniority and “earning your stripes.” Joe Biden did….he stayed there a LONG time, which, I think is one reason he can negotiate with some of them….he was a genuine member of “the club.”
    President Obama never was. He was elected in 2004, in 2007 he announced his intention to run for president. His colleague from Illinois encouraged him, told him it was his time. However, many other Senators were slow to get on board. They were with Hillary, who had kept her head down and done lots of dirty work. President Obama had too, but the Senate measures hard work in longevity. Many believe he hop scotched right over them, before it was “his” turn. I see this attitude coming out every once in a while in this Feinstein kind of behavior. Landrieu…well, she’s from Louisiana….what can I say!!! If you’ve never been there, it’s a whole other country. I’m not talking fun and outrageous like New Orleans, but scary and creepy northern Louisiana.

    • November 13, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      So “Deliverance” is more documentary than fiction?

      • 72 GGail
        November 13, 2013 at 2:23 pm

        Hahahahah!!! too scary!

        • 73 carolyn
          November 13, 2013 at 2:43 pm

          Yes, it is too scary. Many of you read Colin Woodard’s article on the eleven nations with regard to heritage and gun opinions. Well, right at the heart of Appalachia, is the four state/corner area of SE Oklahoma, SW Arkansas, NE Texas and NE Louisiana…..then, of course you go east to Mississippi from there.
          The most scared I have ever been……and I have lived in BIG cities, was one Sunday evening when our family rode through No’n Miss from just south of Memphis to Huntsville, Ala…..on our way to Nashville for my husband to teach a summer class. This is redneck white country in a way you have never experienced! Kudzu vines everywhere, over all the trees and fences just add to the Southern Gothicness of it. We could feel eyes peering and shotguns pointed as we drove the highway…..rather the road. We stopped at a 7-11….why,I do not know…..wow! At least ten pairs of eyes stared at us, not a word, not a smile…so glad to get out of there.
          During World War II my father was stationed at Biloxi, MS for a few weeks. We had to live in a motel….my mother had promised to go with him until he went overseas. Well, she had done what little grocery shopping could be done, and then one day he went with her in his uniform. The woman in the store would not sell to him! He said “I need milk for my children.” She didn’t care. My mother told him, sorry I have to break my promise. The girls and I are going home to Michigan. I cannot live here. Speaking of miracles, the next day he came back to the motel telling my mother “I have orders for Kellogg Field in Battle Creek, MI.” HOME!!! How wonderful that was!!!

  12. 76 Nena20409
    November 13, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Jay’s at the Podium Live


  13. November 13, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Excellent letter LL. Not that it would do any good, but this would be a great petition that we can all sign.

  14. 79 dotster3
    November 13, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Thought this was interesting—DesMoines Register reveals that Iowans for Tax Relief, a politically powerful and ultra-conservative political action committee, which I’m familiar with being from Iowa and following all the politics and caucuses there, is basically just one very wealthy Iowan and his wife, the Stanleys of Stanley office furniture fame. All the trusts named as contributors to make it appear they had widespread support were the Stanleys, once again making it clear how much damage one wealthy kookhead can do in influencing elections and policy.

  15. November 13, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Called Jeff Merkley’s office. Left message with live person. Called Landrieu and left message in voicemail. Told them that I was deeply disappointed in their attempts to undermine Obamacare. Fienstein I have to call later. Lines are busy.

  16. 85 dotster3
    November 13, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Then I wanted to see if the above mentioned pac contributed to the crazy, birther, racist, Ia. congressman, Steve King. I didn’t see that pac mentioned, but look at this long list of funders to this looney tea party kookhead———all the usual ugly suspects—–Koch Bros., NRA, Comcast etc. etc. etc.

  17. 87 Roberta in MN
    November 13, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Great letter LL. Damned these Dems. Carolyn is right on the Senate seniority. But Max Baucchus f’d this up. Sometimes I just want to strangle those people. They can posture all they want, but you are right, it will cost them in the long run.

  18. 88 criquet
    November 13, 2013 at 2:20 pm

  19. 89 JER
    November 13, 2013 at 2:40 pm

  20. 94 dotster3
    November 13, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    100’s of frauds involving thousands of scammers ——related to Obamacare. Geez. I got one of those calls mentioned in the article today, someone purporting to be from Medicare asking for updated personal info. I hung up, but all the confusion and many states keeping people in the dark have likely made many vulnerable. Some websites are even saying ‘get your lower cost Obamacare auto insurance here!’ Most are looking to steal identities from the uninformed. Sigh.


    • 95 Obama Grandmama
      November 13, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      I got a letter formatted to look like a Medicare letter, but suspiciously missing the typical letterheads with none of my info on it as usual. I called Medicare finding they sent no such letter. The Medicare Rep gave me a local phone number to report the fraud to that I contacted next. The letter asked for info relating to the new health laws. Knowing as much as I do I will admit that it still almost fooled me, especially with Senior Benefits Dept. being in the return address and second notice on the envelope.

  21. 96 Linda
    November 13, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Breaking News on MSNBC….Sec Sebelius will update the number of enrollments at 3:30

  22. 98 ERICFIVE
    November 13, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    I’ve been thinking about why Sen. Feinstein would take such an unhelpful stand. It makes ZERO sense and she is smart enough to know that the plan she is endorsing is unworkable. Could this be a way of “getting back” at PBO for SoS Kerry’s harsh rebuttal of Israel’s settlement expansion and pressuring Israel to shelve the announced expansion? I know Joe Lieberman was famous for pulling stunts like this. But Lieberman has proven himself to be a shitty person on so many levels, and I’m not sure if Sen. Feinstein would be so petty and disloyal. Any ideas from the California contingent (or anyone with familiar with her political career)?

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