Is the crisis we face healthcare? Or something else? Tuesday, Aug 4 2009 

Our Healthcare Crisis.
One_AmericanPatriot@yahoo.com
August 3, 2009

In early January, we were told that we must pass a “stimulus bill”  that was unprecedented in scope, and truly staggering in scale. The House passed this bill on January 28th. Just 9 days later, a slightly altered version made it through the Senate.  And six days after that on February 13, 2009 the final version was passed again by the House, clearing it for the White House on that same day. H.R. 1 was presented to the President on February 16th and he reviewed it for a day before signing it into Public Law 111-5 on February 17th 2009.  

The final version, its amendments, and related papers sum to 1588 pages. The cost to taxpayers is $850,000,000,000.00. This one piece of legislation effectively quadrupled a debt that it had taken over 8 years, two wars, (and yes – the extreme fiscal irresponsibility of the previous administration) to incur. And we accomplished this monumental task in just over a month.

Rewind to November 22, 2004. Then newly elected Senator Obama interviews with Randi Rhodes:

Just as an interesting side note:

  • In that 2004 interview Senator Obama spoke quite negatively of the 2001legislation H.R. 3162 (a.k.a. the “Patriot Act”).
  • Shortly after that interview on March 1, 2006 Senator Obama voted “YEA” for S. 2271 (a.k.a. the “USA PATRIOT Act Additional Reauthorizing Amendments Act of 2006”).  

Now, fast forward again to today. The White House is telling us that we have to pass massive pieces of legislation into law before the end of the year. And we are actually told that the reason we must push it though is that given a long enough period of time the proposed bills will “die”.

Personally, I think Congressman John Shadegg (R, AZ), and Senator Tom Coburn (R, OK) have the right idea with their proposition that, “Each Act of Congress shall contain a concise and definite statement of the constitutional authority relied upon for the enactment of each portion of that Act. The failure to comply with this section shall give rise to a point of order in either House of Congress… H.R. 450, and S. 1319 – the “Enumerated Powers Act”.

As it stands, much of the proposed legislation currently on the table is simply too massive to wrap one’s mind around.

So the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee sees no point in even trying to read these bills. I am having a very hard time with that sinking in, so for my own sake I am going to repeat it: the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee……

We hear more daily about what is in these bills though, because even though the lawmakers are not up to the task, there are quite a few people that have accepted the challenge and are going through finding some things that are very disconcerting.

During a recent interview by Fred Thompson, former NY Lt. Governor & patient advocate Betsy McCaughey revealed some things about the healthcare bill (H.R. 3200) that I seriously doubt any American citizen would be on board with.

Ironically enough, at least two (more) of the disturbing facts about H.R. 3200 came to light as the result of a conference call that the President himself had with a group of bloggers traditionally quite supportive of his efforts.

1)   The proposed legislation would make private insurance illegal.

2)   The President has no idea what is in these bills.

The Heritage Foundation partnered with the Lewin Group recently to conduct a Study of H.R. 3200 and, “how many Americans would be forced into the government ‘option’ under the House health plan.”  

  • Approximately 103 million people would be covered under the new public plan and, as a consequence, about 83.4 million people would lose their private insurance. This would represent a 48.4 percent reduction in the number of people with private coverage.
  • About 88.1 million workers would see their current private, employer-sponsored health plan go away and would be shifted to the public plan.
  • Yearly premiums for the typical American with private coverage could go up by as much as $460 per privately-insured person, as a result of increased cost-shifting stemming from a public plan modeled on Medicare.

For the full text of the article referenced, please go here.

At this point these type facts should not be surprising, but I (nevertheless) remain slack jawed with shock that we actually live in a day when our country is in danger of being systematically dismantled before our very eyes…lest we act. Call your Congressperson. Write your Senators. You can find them right here on this page. Tell them you oppose H.R. 3200 as well as all related bill and measures.

And while you are at it, tell them to READ THE BILLS!

Sons of Liberty

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Town Hall Meeting on Health Care Monday, Jul 6 2009 

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.

Sincerely,
Chris Beall
Baton Rouge, LA
One_AmericanPatriot@yahoo.com

Enclosures: CBO Estimate
(http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/103xx/doc10310/06-15-HealthChoicesAct.pdf ),
Draft Senate Healthcare Reform Bill
(http://help.senate.gov/BAI09A84_xml.pdf )

Cc: Senator David Vitter (R, LA) 202.224.4623, Senator Mary Landrieu (D, LA) 202.224.5824

Senate Health, Labor, Education, and Pensions Committee
(committee general mailbox: help_comments@help.senate.gov )
Edward Kennedy (MA)
Christopher Dodd (CT)
Tom Harkin (IA)
Barbara A. Mikulski (MD)
Jeff Bingaman (NM)
Patty Murray (WA)
Jack Reed (RI)
Bernard Sanders (I) (VT)
Sherrod Brown (OH)
Robert P. Casey, Jr. (PA)
Kay Hagan (NC)
Jeff Merkley (OR)
Michael B. Enzi (WY)
Judd Gregg (NH)
Lamar Alexander (TN)
Richard Burr (NC)
Johnny Isakson (GA)
John McCain (AZ)
Orrin G. Hatch (UT)
Lisa Murkowski (AK)
Tom Coburn, M.D. (OK)
Pat Roberts (KS)

Healthcare Reform Sunday, Jul 5 2009 

The above hyperlink is to a site that is looking for positive feedback on the President’s plans to nationalize healthcare. And it is a very one sided thing. If you look around that site in general, there is practically no way to voice your opposition – though there are a number of different ways to voice your support. This particular link is the only way that I have found where you can actually utilize the First Amendment & say what you think. I would urge you all to go there and make your voice heard. Additionally, write to your Senators and your Representatives…as well as the Senate Committee on Health, Labor & Pensions – more commonly known as “H.E.L.P.” Their email address is: help_comments@help.senate.gov This is the committee that will consider any legislation on the issue).

Here is what I told them yesterday:

Yes, our country is in dire need of healthcare reform, but not the type of reform that further inserts government into our lives. There has not been a single government solution for broad social dilemmas that has yet to work out (Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Welfare, etc…) The answer to our problems today is most assuredly not an increased measure of government control.
 
If you want to do your jobs on Capitol Hill, and act in support of an empowered People, and a limited government as envisioned by free Americans throughout our history – you can work on Tort reform (a legal problem that is going to take a legal solution – this should be right up your alley). Of its own accord it would serve to substantially lower physicians malpractice costs, and thereby significantly reduce the burden on the end recipients. Additionally – fix the programs already in existence, and stop the rampant fraud…or remove them altogether. This would also go a very long way in solving the problems before Us.  

And stop citing twisted and outright bogus statistics.. 47 million uninsured? That is a very misleading number..

The real number is more likely somewhere in the range of 11 million, depending upon how you interpret the data – Judge for yourself though, I have attached the source data below from the US Census Bureau. And while that is most certainly an issue that has got to be dealt with, it is a far cry from what you regularly espouse as fact.   

Here are two separate interpretations of the data above.

As a veteran of a foreign war, I have seen firsthand what a national system can be (the VA is far from efficient)… as an American, I have watched Canadians and Brits flock to our soil to partake in OUR system. And as an informed citizen, I have read about the countless times the rest of the world has turned to us, the United States of America, for knowledge as we ARE the leaders in all medical fields.
 
And to those that would cry out that we are the only civilized country that does not have a nationalized health plan…  One final thought.. the oath of office is very simple for both the executive, and the legislative branches…it mostly just talks about the protection and defense of our Constitution (which in turn protects We the People)… and our Constitution is a document meant to limit government and empower the People..

Is this plan in keeping with those principles? No…the “moral imperative” here is to stop the madness, and return the true leaders of this country to power: the People.

Since when do we try to conform to other platforms? From our very inception, we Americans have always broken away from the pack… thought.. and acted.. INDEPENDENTLY.. that is perhaps one of the greatest characteristics of what it means to BE American; perhaps something to bear in mind as we celebrate this INDEPENDENCE DAY. We have always been the trend-SETTERS…that very trait has helped define the greatness of this nation!

Nationalized Health Care Wednesday, Jun 10 2009 

Senators:

I am writing to voice my ardent opposition to any sort of “nationalized healthcare” system, or “socialized medicine”.

Our health care system is indeed flawed, and is in great need of serious attention – but it is still the best system on the planet. Why is it that so many foreigners clamor to come to the USA for care (while I have yet to hear of a single American vying to get their medical needs attended to anywhere outside the USA)?

The problems with nationalization of health care are practically endless…just a single issue would be monetary. Where is the money going to come from? You can always just print some more I suppose.

The answer to our woes is most assuredly not government control. Your public & vocal resistance to the push for any sort of legislation that would nationalize or socialize our healthcare system is expected and demanded.

Please refer to:

http://www.jewishpolicycenter.org/226/the-pitfalls-of-socialized-medicine

http://www.usnews.com/blogs/erbe/2009/02/27/nationalized-healthcare-would-be-a-middle-class-disaster.html

 Sincerely,

Chris Beall
Baton Rouge, LA
One_AmericanPatriot@yahoo.com