The Honorable Bill Cassidy (R, LA. 6th District) 202.225.3901
506 Cannon Hob
Washington DC 20515

Re: June 30, 2009 Town hall Meeting on Health Care
Subject: Thanks & Position

Representative Cassidy:

Thank you for hosting the “town hall” style meeting on June 30, 2009 at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge to discuss the nationalization of health care, and the likely ramifications of such a measure.

I learned of more than a few reasons to oppose any such legislation:

  • In the private model, the United States is the world leader in medical research and technology (backed up with the clout of institutions such as Johns Hopkins, National Jewish, MD Anderson, and the Mayo Clinic to name just a few).
  • That a great many small business owners very well may be forced out of business as an unintended consequence of implementation a national plan.
  • CBO estimates of a deficit increase of over ONE TRILLION dollars in the next 10 years (Senator Kennedy’s website says the CBO has come up with a new number of 600 billion over the course of the 10 year span, though I have yet to confirm that with anything from the CBO directly – and even if I had, in my mind that value is also grossly unacceptable).

In complete honesty though Congressman? The most valid reason that I can think of to stand in opposition to the nationalization of our health care system is that it further serves to erode the founding principles upon which this countries cornerstones were carved from. It further removes choice from the People, and places it firmly in the ever increasing strength and might of our federal government.

Every single sentence our founding fathers wrote; every document they crafted; everything that they did was to insure We the People would have control of our own destiny, and that We could wield government as We saw fit. These founding principles…what so many have given their lives for so freely…these ideals are being eroded before Our very eyes. This is what you are fighting for Congressman. You are, in a very real way, fighting for Our very freedom.

I urge you to stand strong & remain vigilant at all times, and to remember what is that you are truly there for sir; to give the People a voice, and the ability to make choices on their own – not to give the government the authority to decide what is in Our best interest.

Thank you for your service Congressman.

Chris Beall
Baton Rouge, LA

Enclosures: CBO Estimate
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Draft Senate Healthcare Reform Bill
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Cc: Senator David Vitter (R, LA) 202.224.4623, Senator Mary Landrieu (D, LA) 202.224.5824

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