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One More Try...to Reopen Real Health Care Reform Debate

One more try… feel free to pass along and please send your own letters to Congress and the President if so inclined.  In the absence of town hall meetings, we must continue to speak up to our elected government officials, politely but firmly, in all possible ways.  There are only 100 Senators; we are millions!  Effort will be well worth it if even one Senator puts self-preservation ahead of party ideology, and delays this steamroller. 

Some self critique: the letters I sent are way too long and fail to make the connection with Americans’ undisputed #1 priority: a healthy economic recovery and real job creation by Big Government getting off small business’ backs!  i.e., small business tax cuts, not expensive mandates, is what’s needed.  Government-run health care will cripple small business for decades!  Read somewhere that small business owners tend to be Conservative, so I’m inclined to think that HCR is being used, along with Climate Change legislation, to undermine them in favor of more easily corruptible Big Business.  

With all the distraction from the KSM trial, the impending Climate Change summit in Copenhagen and the much-awaited Presidential policy announcement on Afghanistan, the “other hand” of Harry Reid they hope we’re not watching, will no doubt be very busy buying votes in the Senate with our tax dollars.  They need to be constantly reminded who they are supposed to be working for…


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Date  Mon, 30 Nov 2009 02:19:34 GMT
Subject  Health Care Reform: Take Time to Do it Rght and Regain our Trust with our Thanks

Honorable Members: United States Senate
 
About 9 days ago, I sent you the below e-mail.  Nine days later, with the much-publicized $300 million buy-out of Louisiana Senator Landrieu’s vote to proceed to debate the current Senate health care bill, HR 3590, Americans of every political persuation are extremely angry at this misuse of our tax dollars for purely partisan purposes.  And we absolutely dread and reject the likelihood that this deplorable conduct will intensify in the weeks ahead as health care reform is further “debated”.
 
For those who foster the current anti-Democratic course of action in the Senate:  By conducting yourselves in such manner, you have lost both the public debate and the public trust; we don’t believe your intentions are sincere in reforming the nation’s health care system in the best possible way for all Americans.  Americans overwhelmingly DO NOT WANT what you are forcing upon us; Americans want health care reform legislation that does not disrupt their lives while directly addressing the needs of the 30 million American minority who truly don’t have access to AND want health care coverage.  Forcing health care coverage on Americans who don’t want it, as a condition of lawful residence is both unconstitutional and without precedence.
 
Our nation deeply cherishes its freedoms and instinctively rejects any forced impositions.  It’s a sad irony that, after 233 years of peaceful and prosperous independence from Great Britain, we’re now so desperate to adopt their failing health care system of rationing and denial of services and dignity to its citizens.  Unfortunately that’s how all public entitlements eventually end up – when their costs spiral out of control due to decades-long over-utilization fostered by the institution of entitlement mentality on people who are not confronted with the real cost of the care they receive, the same political ideology that instituted the entitlements in the first place, institutes Draconian rationing of services to those who were led to believe they had “paid in full” into the system.  Decades after the institution of the Medicare program, we as a nation have the benefit of hindsight not to repeat the same errors with the current health care reform.
 
We urge you to take an important step back, and widen the debate on health care reform beyond the current HR 3590 piece of legislation.  Americans recognize the need for reform but we don’t want Government-run health care.  We are both capable of, and want to be in charge of our own health care instead, via enhanced insurance portability and fair tax treatment of health care savings accounts, just to name a couple of best-selling ideas not being considered in HR 3590.
 
As you know, there are a multitude of excellent ideas that have been advanced by both Democrats and Republicans, Doctors and Academics, which both enhance and preserve our excellent, primarily free-market, innovation-driven health care delivery system which is the envy of the world, while at the same time directly and affordably expanding insurance coverage to those who truly need it and can’t afford it.  There’s truly no justification for a government takeover of the private health care system.  However these ideas and legislation, as for example repeatedly advanced by Senators Price, DeMint, Coburn and Ryan, have been systematically and completely disregarded and dismissed by the majority leadership in Congress, who will not even allow floor debate on them, to the detriment of ALL the American People.  We know that you are thoroughly familiar with these alternate pieces of legislation, but are probably afraid to stand up to your party’s leadership.
 
We also refer you again, to the candid pro free-market opinion expressed by Dr. Flier, Dean of Harvard Medical School (hardly a “right-wing nut”), in his recent article linked below:
 
 
The American People WILL NOT FORGET YOUR COURAGE IF YOU STAND UP FOR US, and insist upon a return to Congress’ time-honored tradition of true bipartisan collegiallity and cooperation that has existed over many decades, and that have allowed WE THE PEOPLE  to sleep soundly every night, and go about our normal daily non-political lives, with confidence in the honesty and integrity of our elected officials.
 
Respectfully,
 
My name and address here
 
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Date  Fri, 20 Nov 2009 04:45:13 GMT
Subject  PLEASE VOTE AGAINST motion to proceed to debate the attached Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Honorable Members: United States Senate
 
We strongly appeal to your integrity and good consciences.  We will not innundate you with facts and rationality because we’re sure you are well informed and do know the true facts.  ACCORDINGLY, YOU DO KNOW IN YOUR HEARTS THAT BOTH THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND THE SECRETIVE, RUSHED, PARTISAN AND COERCED PROCESS BEING UTILIZED TO ADVANCE IT, ARE SERIOUSLY FLAWED AND DO NOT REPRESENT THE WILL OF THE MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, TO WHOM YOU OWE YOUR FIRST ALLEGIANCE, BEFORE YOUR POLITICAL PARTY.  IF YOU ARE A PERSON OF INTEGRITY, YOU KNOW YOU MUST STOP THIS, SEEK TO RECONNECT WITH MAINSTREAM AMERICA AND ITS VALUES, AND ADVANCE LEGISLATION THAT IS TRULY REPRESENTATIVE OF THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
 
There are a lot of excellent ideas that have been advanced by both Democrats and Republicans, Doctors and Academics, which both enhance and preserve our excellent, primarily free-market, innovation-driven health care delivery system which is the envy of the world, while at the same time directly and inexpensibly expanding insurance coverage to those who truly need it and can’t afford it.  There’s truly no justification for a government takeover of the private health care system.  However these ideas and legislation, as for example repeatedly advanced by Senators Price, DeMint, Coburn and Ryan, have been systematically and completely disregarded and dismissed by the majority leadership in Congress, who will not even allow floor debate on them, to the detriment of ALL the American People.  Again, we won’t insult your intelligence with details, because we know you are thoroughly familiar with these alternate pieces of legislation, but are probably afraid to stand up to your party’s leadership.
 
The American People WILL NOT FORGET YOUR COURAGE IF YOU STAND UP FOR US, and insist upon a return to Congress’ time-honored tradition of true bipartisan collegiallity and cooperation that has existed over many decades, and that have allowed WE THE PEOPLE  to sleep soundly every night, and go about our normal daily non-political lives, with confidence in the honesty and integrity of our elected officials.
 
Again as you well know, as clearly reflected in congressional and presidential approval ratings, poll after poll, THAT CONFIDENCE HAS BEEN SHATTERED for the past few years, and the nation is becoming more and more dangerously polarized with each passing day.  Ramming this flawed legislation through Congress, simply because you can and feel this is a “historic” moment, will only exacerbate this very dangerous situation, that may easily and rapidly degenerate into social unrest and chaos.
 
One example: Federal funding for abortion is opposed by 70% of Americans, obviously including at least 20% who are “pro-choice”.  Huge segments of our population, our extended family included, are horrified at being forced to fund the killing of conceived fetuses with our tax dollars.  Yet this legislation blatantly ignores the will of the majority of the American People.
 
Another example: the proposed legislation unequivocally proposes the creation of a so-called “public option”, which again poll after poll demonstrate that the majority of the American People are opposed to, being deathly afraid that their existing private insurance coverage (employer-provided or otherwise) will soon cease to be an option.  NEITHER PATIENTS NOR PHYSICIANS WANT THIS!
 
Third example:  The proposed legislation would cut over $500 Billion in Medicare and Medicare Advantage spending over the next 10 years.  Seniors are horrified at this prospect, yet their fears are NOT BEING DEALT WITH in a satisfactory manner, giving time to explain how this MASSIVE SPENDING CUT ON SENIOR PROGRAMS will not seriously deteriorate their benefits and curtail their health choices.
 
Fourth example:  As widely discussed in the media, the proposed legislation, which fails to meaningfully address medical malpractice reform, will cause several thousand specialized physicians, most notably including Gynecologists, Obstetricians, Oncologists and Surgeons, to seek early retirement, exacerbating an already acute shortage of these specialized physicians at a time when the aging of the baby boomers is demanding a rapid surge in such specialized skilled labor.
 
We also kindly refer you to the candid opinion expressed by Dr. Flier, Dean of Harvard Medical School, in his recent article linked below:
 
 
AGAIN, WE EARNESTLY URGE YOU TO COURAGEOUSLY STAND WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN OPPOSING THE CURRENT COURSE OF ACTION, IN FAVOR OF A MORE DEMOCRATIC ONE IN KEEPING WITH THE FINE SENATE TRADITION!
 
Respectfully,
 
My name and address here