On Sunday, March 21, Ed Perlmutter‘s office released the following:
Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07), voted in favor of comprehensive health insurance reform. Below is a statement from Congressman Perlmutter:
“I am proud to cast this historic vote. For too long, people with preexisting conditions, like my daughter Alexis, were denied coverage or discriminated against by being priced out of the insurance market. It is unconstitutional, immoral and today we said enough and put an end to this practice.
Too much is at stake for thousands of people, families and small businesses in the 7th CD, and we took the necessary first steps to making quality, reasonably priced health care accessible to more people for less cost. There is still work to be done, and I am committed to continuing this work. But ‘No’ is not an option. The status quo is not the answer.
At Government in the Grocery and throughout our neighborhoods in my district, I’ve heard from thousands of my constituents who told me we cannot wait any longer.
This legislation guarantees 16,800 residents of the 7th CD who have pre-existing conditions obtain coverage. It reduces the deficit by more than $130 billion. It provides insurance coverage for 95% of Americans, including 94,000 uninsured residents in the 7th CD. And it gives tax credits and other credits to 160,000 families and 17,500 small businesses to help them afford insurance coverage.
For more than four decades we’ve been talking about how to provide affordable access to quality health care to all Americans without discrimination. Today, we finally stopped talking and took action.
I recognize and appreciate the different opinion on these complex issues. But we have to move forward to find effective ways for Americans to live healthy lives so our economy can grow and our nation can prosper again.”
Perlmutter claims, “I’ve heard from thousands of my constituents who told me we cannot wait any longer.” Remember that lie when it’s time to vote for our Congressman next November.
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Multi-state Patriots’ Freedom Rally in Grand Junction, CO, Sat., Aug. 15, 2009, during President Obama’s Visit and Town Hall
10:00 am – Noon Freedom Rally
Lincoln Park at 12th and Gunnison
Grand Junction CO 81501
Noon – 2:30 pm Lunch Break
2:45 – 3:15 pm Positioning to Line Streets to/from Central High School
3:15 – 5:45 pm Exercising our Freedom of Speech
Western Slope Conservative Alliance (WSCA) in conjunction with Americans for Prosperity is hosting a “freedom rally.” This is a family friendly event! Bring your lawn chairs, water bottles and signs!!
US Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT), CO State Senator Josh Penry, local family physician Dr Doyle, and others to speak! Music and fun for all!!
At 3:45 pm President Obama arrives and holds town hall mtg at Central High School along with US Rep. John Salazar (CO) from 4:15-5:30 pm.
Town Hall Location:
Central High School
550 Warrior Way
Grand Junction CO 81504-6401
Public Parking at High School: Main school parking lot and Long Family Park
Handicap Parking: Long Family Park
We want to get our message out in a PEACEFUL AMERICAN way. Please bring signs focused on Health Care, Cap and Trade, other legislation, spending, the debt; but NOT on side issues that just hurt our credibility. Also, please wear red, white and/or blue shirts or blouses and wear flag pins and hats; bring American flags of all sizes. We want to show the country how American we are!
For more information: www.wsca.citymax.com
I received the information about the rally from the Colorado 9.12 project.
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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:
- GOP.gov > “Reading Guide – Democratic Health ‘Reform’“
- The Obama Experiment > “Health Care Talking Points“
- Heritage Foundation > “Analysis of the July 15 draft of The American Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009,” “Rapid Response: Obama Health Care Plan,” “A Federal Health Insurance Exchange Combined with a Public Plan: The House and Senate Bills,” “Micromanaging Americans’ Health Insurance: The Impact of House and Senate Bills,” “Employer Health Care Mandates: Taxing Low-Income Workers to Pay for Health Care,” “Medicaid Expansion: The Impact of the House and Senate Health Bills,” and “New Taxpayer Subsidies: The Impact of the House and Senate Health Bills“
- Christian Coalition of America > “Health Care Action Center“
- Independence Institute: Patient Power > “Real reform: free markets” (includes responses to common arguments for government-run health care)
- Fix Health Care Policy > “Senate Health Bill” and “House Health Bill” (among other documents)
- Pacific Research Institute > “The Top 10 Myths of American Health Care: A Citizen’s Guide“
- Americans for Free Choice in Medicine > “American Health Care: Essential Principles and Common Fallacies“
- Freedom and Individual Rights in Medicine
- John David Lewis, PhD > “HR3200 Health Care Bill: What Does it Say, in more detail?” and “HR3200 Heallth Care Bill: 2 Page Flyer“
- Common Sense from a Common Man > “The HC Monstrosity-All 1,018 Pages” and “Politifact Checks a Chain Email, I Check Politifact“
- Newsmax.com > “Fact-checking Obama on Healthcare“
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):
- Can you promise me that I will not lose my current plan and doctor?
- Can you promise that you and your family will enroll in the public plan?
- Can you promise that Obamacare will not lead to higher deficits in the long term?
- Can you promise that government bureaucrats will not ration health care for patients on the public plan?
- 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”:
- Do you think one person or one company can manage 20% of the American economy fairly and honestly?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
Human Events has posted a copy of a letter from Nancy Pelosi and the House Democratic leadership to Democratic members of Congress outlining a “Strategic Communications Plan for August: Health Insurance Reform” for them “to use this month to build support and momentum so [they] can return in September well-positioned to pass a health reform bill in the House.”
The letter includes the following talking points that are “in sync with the White House” and counter “the Republican ‘government takeover’ message”:
- Hold the insurance companies accountable.
- Remove them from between you and your doctor.
- No discrimination for pre-existing conditions.
- No dropping your coverage because you get sick.
- No more job or life decisions made based on loss of coverage.
- No need to change doctors or plans.
- No co-pays for preventive care.
- No excessive out-of-pocket expenses, deductibles, or co-pays.
- No yearly or lifetime cost caps on what insurance companies cover.
How will you respond to these points if your senator or representative raises them?