Yesterday, in a call to Senator Arlen Specter’s office concerning health care reform, his staffer mentioned that Specter hasn’t decided whether to vote for or against the health care reform bill. Apparently he’s waiting for the amendment process to be completed.
If past is any indicator, Specter has always been someone who holds up his finger and checks which way the political winds are blowing before deciding how to vote. In other words, perhaps he’s a Democrat that can be swayed if he thinks he’s going to be voted out. When switching parties he mentioned that his main reason for officially becoming a Democrat was that he couldn’t be re-elected as a Republican. So it’s important that Pennsylvanians call him and make sure he understands that we don’t want this bloated bill.
Bob Casey may be swayed as well, due to the abortion factor. However, he may pull a Stupak and propose an amendment that can be removed in committee, allowing him to vote for the bill, even though he knows an amendment concerning the use of federal funds for abortions will likely be removed.
Here’s a link to Patients First, with senators’ phone numbers.