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Healthcare Update, Continuing Efforts

Free our healthcare now Update

[The National Center for Policy Analysis (www.ncpa.org) has a plethora of resources, but the healthcare issue is one of their strongest.  Please consider requesting their newsletter (this is a copy of an update) and  please also ponder equally how much your donation is needed at this time in the fight against government intrusion.]

 


Want to hear a little good news? Thanks to the efforts of Policy Patriots just like you, we’ve sent more than 210,000 letters to Congress in the last three weeks against government run health care. In this public policy war of attrition, a sustained campaign – in the form of hundreds of thousands of letters and a petition supported by 1.34 million Americans – is what will ultimately win the fight against government-run health care. Thanks for your continued support and let’s keep up the fight!

Poll Deaf. If you feel ignored by the House of Representatives, you’re not alone. A Rasmussen Reports poll this week reaffirmed that more Americans oppose (52%) health care legislation than favor (45%) it. Nevertheless, as last Saturday’s legislative spectacle attests, Speaker Pelosi is still singing the health care tune.

Go Directly to Jail.  As you know, in the 1,990-page bill that squeaked (220-215) out of the House on Saturday there’s plenty of bad policy to fill this letter (and several more). What you may not know is that failing to comply with the new requirements in this legislation could land you in jail – for up to five years!

The most appalling effect of the Affordable Health Care for America Act is the extent of control which the federal government would exercise over individual health care decisions. The legislation requires you to purchase health insurance, whether you need it or want it, and dictates the parameters of your policy. What’s more, failure to purchase insurance would result in a slew of fines and, as this letter from the Joint Committee on Taxation makes clear, failure to pay the fines would result in criminal penalties including “a fine of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment of up to five years.”

AARP: Abandoning Seniors, Advancing AARP. In apparent disregard for the interests of senior citizens, the AARP supported the House health care bill, including the following provisions:

  • $500 billion in overall budget cuts for Medicare.
  • $170 billion in budget cuts for Medicare Advantage-the program’s entire budget-leaving 12 million American seniors with fewer health care options.
  • A 20% cut in doctor’s pay, forcing doctors to take on more patients and spend less time with each person in their care.

Why would the AARP endorse legislation which so clearly hurts the interests of senior citizens? You decide! For facts on how you will be affected by this legislation, click on this link to get the facts.

FIGHT BACK! The next stop on the runaway train known as ObamaCare is the floor of the United States Senate. Help us derail Ms. Pelosi’s health care legislation by writing your Senators. The American people deserve better than what’s coming down the tracks and you can help put a stop to it. Click on the link below and send a letter to Congress telling them to JUST SAY NO to health care legislation.

http://www.capitolconnect.com/freeourhealthcarenow/

Already sent a letter? No problem – a new letter is on the website, ready for your signature!

The NCPA maintains a wealth of educational and resource material including better alternatives to government-run health care:

John Goodman’s Health Care Plan:
http://www.ncpa.org/pdfs/health_plan112007.pdf

Health Care Solutions:
http://www.ncpa.org/pdfs/Health_Care_Solutions_072909.pdf

Five Steps to a Better Health Care System:
http://www.ncpa.org/pdfs/Five_Steps_to_a_Better_Health_Care_System_Web.pdf

Dr. John Goodman’s Blog – Current, up-to date information on the debate:
www.john-goodman-blog.com

Heartland Institute’s Health Care Solutions:
http://www.chcchoices.org

Thank you again for your support of the “Free Our Health Care NOW!” and for fighting against government-run health care. This is a fight worth fighting and a fight we can win!

Jeanette Nordstrom
National Center for Policy Analysis
www.ncpa.org

[Be sure to at least take a look at the letter from the JCT, because this WILL affect YOU: http://republicans.waysandmeans.house.gov/UploadedFiles/JCTletter110509.pdf]


More:

http://healthcare.ncpa.org/

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November 13, 2009 Posted by | (Definitely Not) Free Markets, (Un)Limited Government, Action Alert, Agenda of the Left, Citizen Patriotism, Constituional Issues, Fiscal (Ir)Responsibility, Govt Oppression, Life with Big Brother, MSM Disinterest, Real Purpose of Govt., Wake Up, WordPress Political Blogs | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Banality of Evil and Health Care

Where political control is concerned, the consequences are so great as to turn a man, a cartel or an administration, into an automatron — a non-thinking Machiavellian machine whose only purpose is the accomplishment of the “ends” with no thought for who is run over during the “means.”  Such is the case with the exercise of liberals’ power in Washington currently targeted on health care ‘reform’.  Yet the chute of their viewfinder is so compacted, so laser-focused, that they’ve lost sight of the reason for reform: making access and cost the number one issues, all while keeping the fundamental ‘do no harm’ in mind.

Matt Holzmann writes about our moral obligation to care for the weak (even beyond Matthew 25:40) and the horrors awaiting us should this national socialist program pass, in The Banality of Evil – The Health Care debate takes a dangerous turn.

The Banality of Evil – The Health Care debate takes a dangerous turn

Posted on August 18, 2009by Matt Holzmann

This evening the New York Times is reporting that the President and Congressional leaders plan to go it alone on their health care bill. Since this leadership includes Henry Waxman, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid, and we have seen their hysterical response to the growing concerns of many in the electorate with the various bills introduced so far, I am deeply concerned. Despite massive and growing resistance and incontrovertible declines in the popularity of their positions, they plan to take the gloves off and pass something, anything to be able to declare victory. For that is what this is all about now. Better, more widespread health care is not the issue any more. This is the most craven of partisan politics.

In 1962, Hannah Arendt, in writing about Adolph Eichmann, the architect of the Final Solution, tried to understand the phenomenon of  pure evil. Having been a good German who lived under Hitler until her life was threatened, she escaped the Holocaust. These were her people who did this thing.  She was desperately trying to understand how the German people would participate in such horrors. “The Banality of Evil” was her description of the way in which ordinary people accepted the orders of their leaders and committed such crimes. The  defense of “following orders” was disallowed by the International Military Tribunal in Nuremburg, who stated that following illegal orders was not a valid defense provided a moral choice was possible.

So what does this have to do with health care? Please allow me to relate a true story. Today seems to be my day for such if you have read my earlier blog.

I had a relative in England who died less than three months ago. I will relate her story. She was never in the best of health, but contracted tuberculosis a few years ago in her late  50’s. Since treatments are weighted in the National Health Service, it was determined that her care would not have a high priority. Her children were grown and did not need a mother’s care. TB treatment is expensive, and there is a limit in the UK of GBP 45,000 per patient per year excepting extraordinary cases. Someone somewhere sat down at a desk and factored in all of these variables. This treatment was delayed as are many kinds of treatment in the UK. Then 3 years ago, in a weakened state, she contracted cancer. Once again, the actuarial tables were consulted, and she received only limited care. At that point it was only a matter of time. She survived much longer than anyone would have expected. Other illnesses attacked her body. And then, one day, she finally passed on.

There were steps in this process. There were procedures and guidelines. And decisions made to limit treatment. In the United States, she would have had immediate and aggressive treatment for tuberculosis by government order. She probably would have stood a much better chance of surviving much longer with a reasonable quality of life.

The fact is that today, our government is highly constricted in its financial options. We have already indebted ourselves to a point where we can no longer finance that debt. Medicare, according to the Congressional Budget Office, which is controlled by the above mentioned leadership, will go bankrupt in 8 years. Social Security is predicted to do the same in the 2030’s. The CBO also has calculated that any of the bills now under consideration would cost as much as $1 trillion. So we have the two largest safety net programs yet undertaken by our government bankrupted by irresponsible government borrowing and poor management, and Congress own accountants predicting runaway costs.  The president cited the Post Office as a comparison in speech to his undefined health care proposal in Portsmouth, NH last week. How can he and our leaders fail to see the analogies? How can they fail to see the potential for collapse and the terrible pain it might cause? This should be one of the most serious discussions of our time and there is no discussion.

The warning signs are all around us. We are faced with a health care system that needs reform. So many issues have been identified in the public debate that serious, measurable reform may now be possible. Ideas are coming from all sides. And yet we are faced with a pigheaded, partisan leadership that is basically preparing to tell the rest of us to go to hell and ram through another highly defective piece of legislation without scrutiny and without debate. The  financial system bailouts and Stimulus Bill and Cap & Trade bill all point clearly towards where this will end up.

The Administration and its supporters have vilified the concerns of many about end of live panels, and yet this is a fact of life in the UK already. Somewhere far removed,  bureaucrats make life and death decisions based on the numbers. With all of its faults, our current system values life much more highly. One of the chief theoreticians they seem to be listening to, Dr. Ezekiel Emmanuel, the White House Chief of Staff’s brother, has openly discussed the “life value” of infants and the elderly, noting that a child is not really self aware until the age of two. This is a very, very dangerous discussion.

One of the fundamental virtues Americans have always held is the value of life. Whether it is in the care for sick infants or the billions spent on AIDS research or the heroic measures in the operating room on an inner city gunshot victim, or on the battlefield where our troops are indoctrinated with “no man left behind”, or our fundamental obligation under Medicare for the care of our elders,  we have almost always managed to do the right thing. We make herculean efforts to do so. There is a preferential option for the weak in our culture that we must never lose that is based upon our humanity and our faith.

Or do we, like Eichmann, simply shirk responsibility by saying we were only following orders?

 

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Obama’s healthcare horror – says uberlib Camille Paglia

I was so impressed with her commentary that I print the majority of it here.  Even as an uberliberal, Dr. Paglia is a world-class writer and thinker, so her words are worth reading, especially if they agree with mine, right?!!!

Obama’s healthcare horror | Salon

Heads should roll — beginning with Nancy Pelosi’s!
By Camille Paglia
Camille Paglia
Aug. 12, 2009 | Buyer’s remorse? Not me. At the North American summit in Guadalajara this week, President Obama resumed the role he is best at — representing the U.S. with dignity and authority abroad. This is why I, for one, voted for Obama and continue to support him. The damage done to U.S. prestige by the feckless, buffoonish George W. Bush will take years to repair. Obama has barely begun the crucial mission that he was elected to do.

Having said that, I must confess my dismay bordering on horror at the amateurism of the White House apparatus for domestic policy. When will heads start to roll? It’s rumored that the White House counsel may be booted, following Michelle Obama’s chief of staff, and I hope it’s a harbinger of things to come. Except for that wily fox, David Axelrod, who could charm gold threads out of moonbeams, Obama seems to be surrounded by juvenile tinhorns, bumbling mediocrities and crass bully boys.

Case in point: the administration’s grotesque mishandling of healthcare reform, one of the most vital issues facing the nation. Ever since Hillary Clinton’s megalomaniacal annihilation of our last best chance at reform in 1993 (all of which was suppressed by the mainstream media when she was running for president), Democrats have been longing for that happy day when this issue would once again be front and center.

But who would have thought that the sober, deliberative Barack Obama would have nothing to propose but vague and slippery promises — or that he would so easily cede the leadership clout of the executive branch to a chaotic, rapacious, solipsistic Congress? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whom I used to admire for her smooth aplomb under pressure, has clearly gone off the deep end with her bizarre rants about legitimate town-hall protests by American citizens. She is doing grievous damage to the party and should immediately step down.

There is plenty of blame to go around. Obama’s aggressive endorsement of a healthcare plan that does not even exist yet, except in five competing, fluctuating drafts, makes Washington seem like Cloud Cuckoo Land. The president is promoting the most colossal, brazen bait-and-switch operation since the Bush administration snookered the country into invading Iraq with apocalyptic visions of mushroom clouds over American cities.

You can keep your doctor; you can keep your insurance, if you’re happy with it, Obama keeps assuring us in soothing, lullaby tones. Oh, really? And what if my doctor is not the one appointed by the new government medical boards for ruling on my access to tests and specialists? And what if my insurance company goes belly up because of undercutting by its government-bankrolled competitor? Face it: Virtually all nationalized health systems, neither nourished nor updated by profit-driven private investment, eventually lead to rationing.

I just don’t get it. Why the insane rush to pass a bill, any bill, in three weeks? And why such an abject failure by the Obama administration to present the issues to the public in a rational, detailed, informational way? The U.S. is gigantic; many of our states are bigger than whole European nations. The bureaucracy required to institute and manage a nationalized health system here would be Byzantine beyond belief and would vampirically absorb whatever savings Obama thinks could be made. And the transition period would be a nightmare of red tape and mammoth screw-ups, which we can ill afford with a faltering economy.

As with the massive boondoggle of the stimulus package, which Obama foolishly let Congress turn into a pork rut, too much has been attempted all at once; focused, targeted initiatives would, instead, have won wide public support. How is it possible that Democrats, through their own clumsiness and arrogance, have sabotaged healthcare reform yet again? Blaming obstructionist Republicans is nonsensical, because Democrats control the White House and both Houses of Congress. It isn’t conservative rumors or lies that are stopping healthcare legislation; it’s the justifiable alarm of an electorate that has been cut out of the loop and is watching its representatives construct a tangled labyrinth for others but not for themselves. No, the airheads of Congress will keep their own plush healthcare plan — it’s the rest of us guinea pigs who will be thrown to the wolves.

…Both major parties have become a rats’ nest of hypocrisy and incompetence. That, combined with our stratospheric, near-criminal indebtedness to China (which could destroy the dollar overnight), should raise signal flags. Are we like late Rome, infatuated with past glories, ruled by a complacent, greedy elite, and hopelessly powerless to respond to changing conditions?

What does either party stand for these days? Republican politicians, with their endless scandals, are hardly exemplars of traditional moral values. Nor have they generated new ideas for healthcare, except for medical savings accounts, which would be pathetically inadequate in a major crisis for anyone earning at or below a median income.

And what do Democrats stand for, if they are so ready to defame concerned citizens as the “mob” — a word betraying a Marie Antoinette delusion of superiority to ordinary mortals. I thought my party was populist, attentive to the needs and wishes of those outside the power structure. And as a product of the 1960s, I thought the Democratic party was passionately committed to freedom of thought and speech.

But somehow liberals have drifted into a strange servility toward big government, which they revere as a godlike foster father-mother who can dispense all bounty and magically heal all ills. The ethical collapse of the left was nowhere more evident than in the near total silence of liberal media and Web sites at the Obama administration’s outrageous solicitation to private citizens to report unacceptable “casual conversations” to the White House. If Republicans had done this, there would have been an angry explosion by Democrats from coast to coast. I was stunned at the failure of liberals to see the blatant totalitarianism in this incident, which the president should have immediately denounced. His failure to do so implicates him in it.

As a libertarian and refugee from the authoritarian Roman Catholic church of my youth, I simply do not understand the drift of my party toward a soulless collectivism. This is in fact what Sarah Palin hit on in her shocking image of a “death panel” under Obamacare that would make irrevocable decisions about the disabled and elderly. When I first saw that phrase, headlined on the Drudge Report, I burst out laughing. It seemed so over the top! But on reflection, I realized that Palin’s shrewdly timed metaphor spoke directly to the electorate’s unease with the prospect of shadowy, unelected government figures controlling our lives. A death panel not only has the power of life and death but is itself a symptom of a Kafkaesque brave new world where authority has become remote, arbitrary and spectral. And as in the Spanish Inquisition, dissidence is heresy, persecuted and punished.

Surely, the basic rule in comprehensive legislation should be: First, do no harm. The present proposals are full of noble aims, but the biggest danger always comes from unforeseen and unintended consequences. Example: the American incursion into Iraq, which destabilized the region by neutralizing Iran’s rival and thus enormously enhancing Iran’s power and nuclear ambitions.

What was needed for reform was an in-depth analysis, buttressed by documentary evidence, of waste, fraud and profiteering in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and insurance industries. Instead what we’ve gotten is a series of facile, vulgar innuendos about how doctors conduct their practice, as if their primary motive is money. Quite frankly, the president gives little sense of direct knowledge of medical protocols; it’s as if his views are a tissue of hearsay and scattershot worst-case scenarios.

Of course, it didn’t help matters that, just when he needed maximum momentum on healthcare, Obama made the terrible gaffe of declaring that, even without his knowing the full facts, Cambridge, Mass., police had acted “stupidly” in arresting a friend of his, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. Obama’s automatic identification with the pampered Harvard elite (wildly unpopular with most sensible people), as well as his insulting condescension toward an officer doing his often dangerous duty, did serious and perhaps irreparable damage to the president’s standing. The strained, prissy beer summit in the White House garden afterward didn’t help. Is that the Obama notion of hospitality? Another staff breakdown.

Obama’s healthcare horror | Salon

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Obama: Healthcare Critics Should Shut Up

David Limbaugh’s blog today punctuates my last post of a President-down, Democrat-induced gag order vividly.  Here it is.

Obama: Healthcare Critics Should Shut Up

Tuesday, August 11, 2009 9:06 AM
By: David Limbaugh
The hubris, arrogance, and deceit of President Barack Obama and the Democratic leadership are breathtaking. In their maniacal frenzy to assume control over every aspect of our lives through socialized medicine, they are behaving like the thuggish autocrats they have proved themselves to be.

The jig is up on their designs, evidenced by the very contents of the health bill they’re promoting. As increasing public awareness has translated into increasing grass-roots opposition to the bill, the Democrats have ratcheted up their bullying tactics and deceit.

Our self-styled bipartisan president is telling his critics to shut up, while his partners in crime, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her colleagues, are calling them un-American and Nazis.

Understand this: The people who are showing up in droves with righteous anger befitting a body politic steeped in a unique liberty tradition are exercising the very type of bottom-up citizen protest and government watchdogging our Founding Fathers envisioned. They are not the artificially driven “AstroTurf” phonies the Democrats are depicting them to be. No, such activities are the province of Saul Alinsky/Obama-type “street organizers” and union thugs enlisted by the administration to discredit these legitimate protests.

It wasn’t enough for Pelosi to call us Nazis. She also co-wrote, with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, an Op-Ed in USA Today calling us un-American and projecting her own nefarious tactics onto her opposition.

Pelosi and Hoyer accuse the protesters of engaging in “an ugly campaign . . . not merely to misrepresent the health insurance reform legislation, but to disrupt public meetings and prevent members of Congress and constituents from conducting a civil dialogue.”

They say: “The first fact is that health insurance reform will mean more patient choice. It will allow every American who likes his or her current plan to keep it. And it will free doctors and patients to make the health decisions that make the most sense, not the most profits for insurance companies.”

How can these government propaganda ministers sleep at night? They are the ones misrepresenting the legislation and closing their meetings to genuine dissent.

In the first place, it is not “health insurance reform.” It is an effort to fundamentally transform the entire healthcare industry and how decisions are made. Their recent move to euphemize this monstrosity as “insurance reform” is part of their strategy to demonize insurance companies in their ruthless quest to shove this down our throats.

The bill would not allow Americans to keep their plans. It would crowd out and eventually eliminate private care; enormously reduce choice, as well as the quantity and quality of care; and be a fiscal nightmare, as verified by Congressional Budget Office projections. Worst of all, it would further destroy our liberties.

And by Obama’s own words, it would decrease doctors’ prerogatives over the type of care they provide. He admits he’d control doctors by making their “bundled payments” conditional on their meeting quality standards imposed by an omniscient, omnipotent government, not doctors and their patients.

Pelosi and Hoyer’s most laughable claim is that their plan “will stand up to any and all critics.”

If that’s so, why don’t they tell the truth about what’s in the bill and truly answer legitimate questions and concerns about it instead of resorting to name-calling and intimidation? If that’s so, why is Obama sending out his hired mouthpiece, Linda Douglass, to deny what Obama most clearly said? She protests that his statements promoting a single-payer system were taken out of context and then gives us absolutely no evidence they were. We are just supposed to disbelieve our lying eyes and ears.

It’s also disingenuous to argue that in any event, Obama’s earlier statements are irrelevant because he says he does not favor a single-payer system today and would protect our right to private care. Again, we have the bill itself, which would phase out private care — mandatorily — so the denials are self-evident lies.

Obama isn’t delegating all the dirty work to his surrogates. Our pseudo-cool leader himself has become conspicuously unglued. About opponents of his outlandishly reckless agenda, he said that he doesn’t “want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking;” he wants “them just to get out of the way so [Democrats] can clean up the mess.” He went on, “I don’t mind cleaning up after them, but don’t do a lot of talking.”

He obviously thinks that he has the unilateral right as president, with 53 percent of the vote, to use our money to impoverish and enslave us and destroy our healthcare and that we have no right even to object. We only get to speak every two years.

Well, this president — with a faux-messianic wind boomeranging in his face — has now met his match: an increasingly informed, vigilant, politically engaged and liberty-loving citizenry. And none too soon.

David Limbaugh is a writer, author, and attorney. His book “Bankrupt: The Intellectual and Moral Bankruptcy of Today’s Democratic Party” was released recently in paperback. To find out more about David Limbaugh, please visit his Web site at http://www.DavidLimbaugh.com.

 

© 2009 Creator’s Syndicate Inc.

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Gag Me

The First Amendment to the US Constitution allows the freedom of speech (and I would say with some civility), yet our elected leaders and non-representing representatives are not allowing us to question them, their policies or affiliations.  Somehow feels like a gag order to me.  Worse yet, Obama’s partners in crime, Pelosi & Hoyer, not only are calling those who attend the town halls “Nazis” (yes, did you hear that?!), but she wrote an Op-Ed piece in USA Today calling them un-American (for standing up and questioning their reps?!) and accusing them of doing what the Democrats themselves are doing — lying and strong-arming their way through the meetings, busing in union members to harrass those who might disagree with the legislation.  It all comes straight from Saul Alinsky’s socialist handbook and it’s dirty tricks as usual.

From the Blogs

Democrats, Media Distorting Town Hall Facts
by James Hirsen
Aug 10, 2009
Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and others who express concern about the socialization of our healthcare system are getting slimed. Those who speak out at Town Hall meetings are being painted as “manufactured protesters.”
“Now we see the president, Dem Party, and Machiavellian media revving up their propaganda engines to push an unsuspecting public into believing that town hall meetings are staged, rent-a-mobs are bullying congressional members, and insurance companies are choreographing the entire scenario.”
“But the same politicians and media that are defaming citizens for daring to ask questions were sickeningly silent when members of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, a.k.a. ACORN, really did fabricate protests at the homes of AIG executives who received bonuses following the government approved TARP bailouts.” 
Obama’s Strong-Arm Tactics Chilling
by Lowell Ponte
Aug 11, 2009
Democratic lawmakers are smearing anyone who dares to question Obamacare as “brownshirts,” “gangsters,” or domestic terrorists like Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.


Headlines from 8/10

NewsMax.com
Unions Muscle Up to Confront Healthcare Protesters

USA Today
‘Un-American’ attacks can’t derail health care debate

Fox News
Obama Tells Economic Critics to ‘Get Out of the Way’

Washington Post
Key Democrat Feels the Heat After Voting for House Plan

Human Events
Obama’s Three Stooges

Wall Street Journal
Opposition Emerges to House’s Jet Spree

Politico.com
Congressional jets may be scrapped

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What YOU Can DO about Obamacare NOW

tea party graphicWe are in for what may very well be the most important political fight of our lifetime.  And we mean lifetime literally.  In the future, our very lives may depend on our actions today. 

You probably know at least 1 person who has had an abnormal medical test.  Maybe you have had it yourself.  Maybe it was a family member or a loved one.  After that first abnormal test, the doctor usually schedules more tests, maybe refers you to a specialist, and works to determine what the diagnosis is.  Waiting for those tests and the results can feel like the longest wait in the world.  You worry that something is wrong. You hope that nothing is wrong.  You think, “Is it serious?  Do I have cancer or some other terrible disease?  Is it malignant?  Maybe it will be benign.  Maybe the doctors are wrong.”  You wait.  And you worry.  Luckily, in our health care system today in America, that wait is only days or maybe a couple of weeks.  And, if the diagnosis is serious and requires further treatment, doctors work to treat your problem right away. 

Imagine if that wait were months and months long.  Imagine if some government bureaucrat said, “You will have to wait for 4 months until we have the time and doctors to treat you.”  Imagine that few days or weeks turning to months.  What if the problem were serious?  What if the wait time caused you to miss your treatment window?  What if it were your mom? Your spouse?  Your child?  This happened to Shona Holmes.  A couple of weeks ago, Amy Kremer and I had the privilege to meet Shona Holmes and hear her story first hand.  Had Shona waited for her nationalized health care in Canada to actually diagnose and treat her, she would have died.  Click here to watch her story on Patients United Now and her Fox News Interview

The liberal tax and spend politicians want to takeover our health care.  They want control not just of our wallets but also our very lives.  These politicians realize what is at stake.  If the bill passes, bureaucrats in Washington will determine when you can see a doctor, which doctor you can see, and whether or not you can actually have treatment.  Is this what you want?  Are you going to let politicians takeover your health care? 

The bill that will allow the government to takeover our health care was introduced today.  It is 1,018 pages long.  The politicians know that if you have time to read the bill you will not want it.  They are not willing to allow honest debate and honest review of amendments.  Speaker Pelosi and the House of Representatives are trying to rush passage of this bill, this one thousand eighteen page bill, by the time they go on summer vacation on July 31.

Are you willing to fight for control of your personal health care?  Do you want the government to takeover your health care? 

The heat is on!  It is make or break time. 

If you do not want the government to take control of your physical well being in addition to your wallets, then you must act.  We must act quickly, decisively, and relentlessly.  Here is what you can do: 

1.  Attend the Tea Party Patriots Health Care Freedom Protest in your area.  Take an hour off of work.  Are your health care and the physical well being of your family members important enough to you to spend an hour making sure your voice is heard?  While you are there, we need you to do 3 things:  sign the Free Our Health Care Now Petition, Sign the Letter to your Representative or Senator and hand deliver it to their office, and hold your signs opposing government takeover of your health care.

2.  On Monday, July 20, call every single Blue Dog Democrat, those are Democrats who say they are fiscally conservative, (click here for list and phone numbers).  Record your answers in this form (click for the form). We want to keep up with the number of calls, emails, and faxes that are made into Congress.
 
3.  Be prepared to make more phone calls next week.

Have a little more time?  Want to do a little more?  –  Forward this message to everyone in your list.  Ask them to take these actions as well.  Make phone calls to your friends and family to make sure they understand what is at stake.

Really want to go a little further?  Have the time to make a large commitment to keeping control of your health care? – Print the Free Our Health Care Now Petition.  Now, take that petition and walk up and down your street asking your neighbors to sign it.  Ask them if they will print the letter and email it to their elected officials.  If they are passionate, then forward this email to them and ask them to call each and every Blue Dog Democrat.

Sincerely,

Jenny Beth Martin on behalf of
Your Tea Party Patriots National Coordinator Team
Jenny Beth Martin, jennybeth@teapartypatriots.org (404-326-0936)
Amy Kremer, amy@teapartypatriots.org (678-495-8271)
Mark Meckler, mark@teapartypatriots.org
Rob Neppell, rob@teapartypatriots.org

NOTE: There is the probability when some of you will receive this message some of the information will be outdated. This is due to the way Constant Contact must stage emails to ensure their customers are not spammers.  Since we are adding such a large volume of contacts on a regular basis, it takes awhile to run the email. We will keep our Health Care Page updated as to when the bill passes through each committee.

 

Letter to Your Elected Officials on Capitol Hill

(Note:  This is an example — change this up a bit and add your own words.  Boilerplate letters don’t carry much weight!)

Dear Representative ___________ and Senators______________,
 
As your constituent, a fellow American, and citizen of your state, I am writing to ask you to vote against any bill that will give the government increased control over healthcare and will lead to nationalized health care in the United States. 
 
The documented accounts of rationing of medical services, long wait line for diagnosis and then longer wait lines for treatment, and inferior medical care cannot be ignored.  In America, while our health care system may not perfect, we are able to choose our doctors, the doctors determine the best course of treatment for their patients, and there is no rationing of medical services.  Additionally, in America, uninsured patients cannot be denied treatment in public hospital emergency rooms, so those uninsured patients are able to get the treatment they need in a timely manner.
 
If you insist on voting for government politicians to take over my health care, I implore you to do 4 things:

Promise and commit to change your health insurance and your immediate family members’ health insurance to the new government run program.

Promise and sign the pledge to read the bill and allow public input on the final bill for a minimum of 72 hours before voting.

Guarantee you will vote against any bill that will lead to rationing of medical services, that will limit in any way the ability for a patient to choose his or her doctor, and that will cause longer wait times before diagnosis and before treatment.

Guarantee you will vote against any bill that will increase the cost of medical care through increased taxes, reduced competition of medical providers, reduced competition of private sector health insurance.

Will you make these four commitments to your voters and American taxpayers?  If you will not make these four commitments, why won’t you?  What stands in your way of making these promises to insure that the superior medical care in America is not compromised in anyway?  Why would you vote for a bill and then be unwilling to live by its consequences as an example to your constituents? 
 
Please answer these questions in a return mailing to me.  I eagerly await your reply as the future of my physical well being now seems to be in your hands.  Thank you!
 
Sincerely,
 
Your Constituent

Tea Party Patriots

July 18, 2009 Posted by | (Definitely Not) Free Markets, (Un)Limited Government, Action Alert, Agenda of the Left, Family, Fiscal (Ir)Responsibility, Politics, Wake Up | , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Obamacare

With government healthcare being pushed through Congress as fast as possible, it’s a wonder anyone can raise a finger in response.  Comrade Pelosi will make sure every last Dem will vote for this “reform” and now with 60 in the Senate they no longer need the traitor Republicans.  The issue is no longer about coverage and cost control, it’s about who pays and who’s forced out of their job-based plans. Once private insurance is gone, it’ll be unable to resurface and still not everyone will be insured.  Gee, I’d like to pay more for less care and wait longer for it and also subsidize everyone else and pay higher taxes and not have any recourse — ooo, sign me up!!

Call your House Reps and see if we can get this monolith trainwreck stopped in the House.

July 11, 2009 Posted by | Agenda of the Left, Politics, Wake Up | , , | Leave a comment