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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?
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1 Comment

  1. As a Libertarian, I would like to suggest the following links for true health care reform:

    Probably THE BEST video regarding healthcare that I have seen:

    What is really going on with healthcare “reform:”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZ-6ebku3_E
    http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/2009/06/25/three-worthwhile-health-care-videos/ (the previous link is the first of the three in this list) These are short.

    Here is a list of the 20/20 episode Sick in America, Whose Body Is It Anyway (ABC’s John Stossel) that presents healthcare reform solutions (even Sicko’s Michael Moore is interviewed):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEXFUbSbg1I
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpsEAVbCkMM
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=refrYKq9tZQ
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzhiG0dcwN8
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xsp_Jh5EIT0
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_KCLm9cekU

    GREAT Info on Health Care Debate:
    http://healthcare.cato.org/
    http://www.cato.org/pubs/bp/html/bp101/bp101index.html (for when people spout off about how the World Health Organization ranks the USA 37th in the world)
    http://healthcare.cato.org/free-market-solutions (several links to studies, articles, op-eds, pod-casts and books)
    http://patientsunitednow.com/
    http://www.cprights.org/ (I signed up to host a viewing party)
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Cato-Institute/26668999076?ref=ts
    http://www.cato.org/pubs/handbook/hb111/index.html
    o http://www.cato.org/pubs/handbook/hb111/hb111-14.pdf
    o http://www.cato.org/pubs/handbook/hb111/hb111-16.pdf
    o http://www.cato.org/pubs/handbook/hb111/hb111-15.pdf
    o http://www.cato.org/pubs/handbook/hb111/hb111-12.pdf
    http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/2009/02/25/the-truth-about-medical-bankruptcies/
    http://www.hermancain.com/news/press-opinion-041309.asp
    http://blogs.abcnews.com/johnstossel/2009/06/obamas-health-care-forum.html
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124579852347944191.html (detailing that the number of “uninsured” is not quite accurate)
    http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=101017271919&comments&ref=mf
    • Specifically regarding tort reform
    o http://www.atr.org/userfiles/file/ATR_Medical_Tort_Reform.pdf
    o http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/2008/12/10/marie-gryphon-on-loser-pays/
    o http://www.cato.org/dailypodcast/podcast-archive.php?podcast_id=861 (podcast)

    Other healthcare related videos:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yO9L3oyQhQ8
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChyctJjsg0g
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-1ZfFBMf8s
    http://reason.tv/video/show/560.html (good resource for younger folks…usually some good humor)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrwdZ2bX-oc (http://healthadministrationbureau.com — a spoof on the current direction of healthcare “reform”)

    http://www.tvguide.com/News/TVGuide-Poll-Obama-1008333.aspx?rss=breakingnews&partnerid=worldnow&profileid=01 (funny, but sad that people don’t want to be informed)

    Good YouTube Video Channels:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/ReasonTV
    http://www.youtube.com/user/catoinstitutevideo

    Other good videos/links regarding other pending issues:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCecGGdELOQ (The Case Against College Entitlements : Why We Don’t Need More Public Funding For Higher Education)
    http://reason.tv/video/show/741.html (licensing interior designers; government protection to the rescue)
    http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/2009/07/10/yoga-instructors-enemies-of-the-states/ (protecting us from dangerous yoga instructors)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yREOUxo6Qdc (stop spending…powerful graphics)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv4OeKmWjOI (good, more hip, video to explain some tax facts)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoxDyC7y7PM&feature=related (Keynesian Economics Is Wrong: Bigger Gov’t Is Not Stimulus)
    http://blogs.abcnews.com/johnstossel/2009/07/doing-something-vs-doing-nothing.html

    Good ways to keep up to date on legislation:
    http://readthebill.org/ and http://readthebill.org/rushed/ (site to get a 72-hour rule put in place before voting on bills, HR 554)
    http://www.opencongress.org/ (a good site to track bills that interest you, see who co-sponsors the bill, post comments, etc.)
    http://www.congress.org/congressorg/megavote/ (Track your Senators’ and Representative’s votes by e-mail)

    Comment by Small Government — August 7, 2009 @ 12:50 pm


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