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August 7, 2009

Arm Yourself with Information on Obamacare for Townhall Meetings

Information

Here are some websites with information you can use to arm yourself for townhall meetings with your Congressmen or conversations with your friends and family:

Tips:

Here are some other things to keep in mind:

Rush Limbaugh has recommended that you ask about specifics at townhall meetings, and Mark Levin has strongly suggested recording the meetings.

The Heritage Foundation has provided a list of five questions to ask about health care at town halls (Go to that page for information about what is in the bill regarding these points):

  1. Can you promise me that I will not lose my current plan and doctor?
  2. Can you promise that you and your family will enroll in the public plan?
  3. Can you promise that Obamacare will not lead to higher deficits in the long term?
  4. Can you promise that government bureaucrats will not ration health care for patients on the public plan?
  5. Can you promise me that my tax dollars will not fund abortions?

Rocky Mountain Right has posted these questions, which should be “should be asked in townhall meetings, letters to members of Congress, speeches, TV appearances and in conversations with your friends and acquaintances”:

  1. Do you think one person or one company can manage 20% of the American economy fairly and honestly?
  2. When you get a big NO, ask, do you trust any politician or the 535 members of Congress to skillfully, honestly and fairly to run health care in a way that is good for anybody but their campaign contributors and favorite lobbyists?
  3. Then ask, do you think Congress and the President could radically change 20% of the economy, the health care markets, and get it right? Ever?
  4. Are you prepared to see Washington’s careerist politicians turn your health insurance and health care into another mismanaged, corrupt Katrina, California, New York , Illinois or New Jersey?
  5. Do you realize that on a per person basis, Medicare is more expensive to administer than private health insurance and that nothing Washington will do will cut administrative costs?
  6. Do you want government-run health care that favors the rich and powerful as well as the political class who will take care of their friends and themselves regardless of how it hurts you?
  7. Will you support changes in health care insurance laws and regulations that won’t put the employes of large and small businesses out of work?
  8. And, finally, are you ready for some minor changes in state and federal insurance laws that will let private health insurers sell and administer policies that don’t discriminate based on your medical history, can’t be cancelled when you get sick, can’t be made more expensive after you submit major claims and make it possible to take your insurance with you when you change jobs?

July 26, 2009

Who Is Reading the Health Care Bill?

As you have probably already learned this year, Democrats in Congress are not reading bills before they vote on them–even if they allow time for anyone to read them.  Obama demonstrated this week that he isn’t familiar with the provisions in H.R. 3200, the House version of the health care bill.

Who is reading it? At least these people are:

Go to their sites to find out what they’ve gleaned from the bill.

July 19, 2009

CBO’s Analysis of H.R. 3200

According to the Congressional Budget Office’s preliminary analysis, H.R. 3200 would

  • “establish a mandate for legal residents to obtain health insurance”
  • “set up insurance ‘exchanges’ through which some individuals and families could receive subsidies to substantially reduce the cost of purchasing insurance”
  • “significantly expand eligibility for Medicaid”
  • “make modifications to the Medicare and Medicaid programs”
  • “impose an income-tax surcharge on high-income individuals”

In addition, “enacting H.R. 3200 would result in a net increase in the federal budget deficit of $239 billion over the 2010-2019 period.”

July 17, 2009

Under HR 3200 No More Citizens Are Covered Than Now

Of the 45.7 million people in the U.S. (15% of the population, which was 301.6 million at the time) who were uninsured during 2007,

  • 9.7 million were not citizens of the United States
  • 16.2 million had an income of more than $50,000 and could, therefore, afford their own insurance
  • 12.7 million were eligible for other government programs like Medicare and Medicaid but didn’t enroll in them

Allowing for overlap in those categories, there are 8.2 million citizens, less than 3% of the population, who are chronically uninsured (The Top Ten Myths of American Health Care:  A Citizen’s Guide) because they cannot afford health insurance and are not eligible for existing programs.

In a press release dated today, the House Ways and Means Committee stated that “[a]ccording to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), reform provisions in the bill will cover 97 percent of Americans.”  That leaves 3% who are still not covered.  (Since they used the word Americans, it’s reasonable to assume that we’re talking about citizens of the United States.)

Why do we need the government to reform the best health care system in the world, when the same number of people–and possibly more–will not be covered?

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