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Sunday
Nov082009

ALG Condemns House for Approving $2.1 Trillion "Takeover of Nation's Health Care System" 

"Members that voted for this abomination have signed a

political suicide pact for which they will be held accountable. 

They have gone against the express will of their constituents

who opposed this legislation."ALG President Bill Wilson.

November 7th, 2009, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today condemned the House of Representatives for voting to approve "$2.1 trillion takeover of the nation's entire health care sector in spite of overwhelming public opposition to the measure."

Americans for Limited Government estimates the legislation will cost $2.1 trillion over ten years once fully implemented, and "will drive millions Americans off of private, employer-based health care, on to substandard, below-average government-run care, and open the door for a single payer system," said Wilson.

The final vote was 220 to 215.

"This Congress is rotten to its core," said Wilson, adding, "Members no longer represent their constituents, they serve the Washington political elite.  They have succumbed to the insider deals, handouts, and kickbacks Nancy Pelosi needed to secure the votes for the federal government to claim an iron grip of one-sixth of the nation's economy."

Citing the Congressional Budget Office cost estimate of H.R. 3962, Wilson said, "This bill will raise taxes by more than $780 billion and cut Medicare by more than $450 billion.  In the process, they are enraging political independents and seniors, both critical voting blocs for whom dozens of vulnerable members in the majority must answer to."

"Members that voted for this abomination have signed a political suicide pact for which they will be held accountable," Wilson declared.  "They have gone against the express will of their constituents who opposed this legislation."

The bill would force millions of uninsured Americans to obtain insurance or else pay a fine, includes employer mandates, and creates a national, government-run "public option." Americans for Limited Government estimates more than 45 million Americans would ultimately be required to enroll in government care at an average cost of $4,700 per individual to taxpayers.

"As health care costs skyrocket because of the elimination of the private sector health options contained in this bill, so too will the costs owed by taxpayers, resulting in hundreds of billions of deficit-spending," said Wilson.  "Because insurance under the plan is mandatory, the more private insurers that are driven out of business by diminishing insurance pools, the more Americans who will be forced onto government-run and subsidized care."

"This bill will ration care away from seniors, water down and reduce the quality of everyone's care , increase health premiums, put bureaucrats between doctors and patients, break the public treasury, and leave taxpayers with a bill that cannot possibly be paid back," Wilson added.

According to Rasmussen Reports, 54 percent of voters oppose the "public option" proposed, which only 42 percent support.  In addition, James Carville's Democracy Corps polls found a full 54 percent of seniors oppose the nationalized health care plan. According to the poll conducted in June, 41 percent of seniors strongly oppose the Obama plan and only 14 percent strongly favor it.

"To pass this monstrosity on the heels of Tuesday's overwhelming election results against her party, Nancy Pelosi has clearly lost her mind and needs to check her meds.  She doesn't care if vulnerable members in her caucus are wiped out in 2010 or not," Wilson said.

"Democrats are throwing away seniors as a political constituency," Wilson added, stating in conclusion, "They are enraging independents, who see their children and children's children being burdened with an unsustainable debt that will rise to $20 trillion in 2020 and top the Gross Domestic Product in 2011. And taking over health care against the express wishes of tens of millions of Americans who like their private health options and want to keep them."

Sunday
Nov082009

DNC Chairman Tim Kaine Issues Statement Praising the House of Representative's Historic Vote to Pass Health Insurance Reform

WASHINGTON – Tonight the House of Representatives passed the Affordable Health Care for America Act, landmark health reform legislation that will ensure every American has access to quality, affordable, stable and secure health care coverage. The legislation, which cracks down on some of the insurance industry’s worst practices, would extend coverage to 36 million Americans and cut the deficit by $104 billion over ten years. Groups representing doctors and farmers, seniors, consumers, and cancer patients have endorsed the bill. It passed the House with only one Republican vote in support of the measure.

“This day has been a long time coming. Teddy Roosevelt first called for health reform nearly 100 years ago, but today – in the face of furious lobbying by the insurance industry and nearly unanimous opposition from Republicans – House Democrats accomplished something no other Congress has been able to do: pass comprehensive health reform legislation. I want to thank President Obama for his extraordinary leadership on this issue, and extend my congratulations to Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Hoyer, Chairmen Waxman, Miller and Rangel, Congressman Clyburn and countless others in the U.S. House of Representatives for taking this historic step. 

“The Affordable Health Care for America Act will provide more security and stability to people who already have insurance by enacting much needed reforms to the insurance industry. No longer will an insurance company be able to deny someone coverage because of a pre-existing condition, or cancel someone’s coverage when they get sick. The Act will provide more quality, affordable choices for the millions of Americans who are uninsured. And the bill will bring down the high costs of care, for American families and businesses, while lowering our deficit.

“This historic day would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of Organizing for America (OFA) in rallying the public to see through Republican scare-tactics and lies and energizing them behind the cause of our generation – meaningful health insurance reform.  In total, more than 2 million people participated in OFA’s grassroots campaign for reform by signing pledges, sharing their personal stories and hosting and attending one of the thousands of local events in all 50 states and all 435 Congressional Districts.  In the final week of August and the first week of September alone over 110,000 people attended a pro-reform event providing the necessary momentum that made possible this monumental achievement.

“Americans from all walks of life have endorsed this legislation. The AARP endorsed the bill because they believe it will reduce health care costs and expand coverage for older Americans.  The American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association have lent their support because they believe it will help to fix the problems in our broken system and strengthen the doctor-patient relationship. The Consumers Union endorsed the bill because they believe it will create a more secure, affordable health care system, and the National Farmers’ Union has given their support because it will help Americans who live in rural areas access care.

“Despite the overwhelming support this legislation has received and despite a strong mandate from the public for action, the Republicans have held tight to their just-say-no approach, firmly rooting the GOP on the side of the insurance lobby and the status quo that is breaking American families and small businesses.  It is evident from their obstructionism that the Republicans are more interested in protecting their own reputations and political fortunes than ensuring that our generation and generations to come have the best possible access to health care.  Unfortunately for the Republican Party, their misguided and shameful campaign to kill health reform looks doomed to fail –  something all Americans should be thankful for. 

“Today, Congressional Democrats put opponents of reform on notice: the status quo is unsustainable and inaction is not an option. This vote doesn’t mark the end of this process – we still have a ways to go – but it is a critical milestone on the road to passing health insurance reform.  The American people want reform – they need reform – and Democrats will not rest until we pass comprehensive health reform legislation.”

Sunday
Nov082009

NRLC: House rejects pro-abortion smuggling effort 

National Right to Life Says House Abortion Vote "Disrupts the Obama Administration's Pro-Abortion Smuggling Operation," But Further Battles Ahead

WASHINGTON (November 7, 2009) -- The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of right-to-life organizations in the 50 states, issued the following statement regarding today's actions in the House of Representatives on the health care restructuring legislation, H.R. 3962.

The House adopted the NRLC-backed Stupak-Pitts Amendment, 240-194.  The Stupak-Pitts Amendment removed two major pro-abortion components from H.R. 3962.  Specifically:  (1)  the amendment would permanently prohibit the new federal government insurance program, the "public option," from paying for abortion, except to save the life of the mother, or in cases of rape or incest; and (2) the amendment would permanently prohibit the use of the new federal premium subsidies ("affordability credits") to purchase private insurance plans that cover abortion (except to save the life of the mother, or in cases of rape or incest).  The amendment was sponsored by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mi.) and Joe Pitts (R-Pa.).  It was supported by 176 Republicans and 64 Democrats.  It was opposed by 194 Democrats.  One Republican withheld his support by voting "present."

NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson said: "The Obama White House and top congressional Democratic leaders spent months concealing and misrepresenting provisions that would directly fund abortions through a government plan, and subsidize premiums for private abortion plans.  Today's bipartisan House vote is a sharp blow to the White House's pro-abortion smuggling operation.  But we know that the White House and pro-abortion congressional Democratic leaders will keep trying to enact government funding of abortion, and will keep trying to conceal their true intentions, so there is a long battle ahead."

The Associated Press reported, "Abortion rights advocates called the measure the biggest setback to women's reproductive rights in decades."

In addition to working hard to remove abortion subsidies from the bill, NRLC has sought to educate lawmakers and the public about components of H.R. 3962 that could result in rationing or discriminatory denial of lifesaving medical care.  A letter sent by NRLC to the House late today, summarizing objectionable elements of the amended bill, is posted here.  The letter states:  "We will continue to work to correct provisions that we find objectionable in this area, both in the health care legislation that will come before the Senate, and in any conference committee on health care legislation.  We reserve the right to score the roll call vote on the conference report, or on any Senate-passed bill, if these concerns are not adequately resolved."

An archive of NRLC letters to Congress and other documents regarding the abortion-related components of the legislation are posted here.

 

Sunday
Nov082009

Shea-Porter Speaks on House Floor in Favor of Affordable Health Care for America Act

This evening, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter spoke on the House floor in favor of the Affordable Health Care for America Act.  Please click here to watch.

Sunday
Nov082009

NRCC - What Are Dems Saying? 

The Reviews are In: What Democrats Are Saying about Their Party’s Government Healthcare Takeover

Dem Vs. Dem Attacks You Might See in Campaign Ads Next Year


REP. JOHN ADLER (D-NJ):
“…the bill ‘does not do enough to contain costs, or protect small businesses, seniors, taxpayers and middle class families……I am not satisfied that it curbs costs and keeps health care affordable in the long term.” (Raju Chebium, “Adler to vote against reform,” Courier-Post, 11/07/09)

 

  • ·         ADLER:(Martin Vaughan, Naftali Bendavid and Janet Adamy, “Democratic Leaders Agree to Allow Vote on Amendment From Abortion Opponents,” Wall Street Journal, 11/07/09)

 

REP. DAN BOREN (D-OK): “The worst thing we could do during a recession is raise taxes and this bill does just that. I also believe the public option would ultimately lead to a single-payer health care system.” (“Boren Says He'll Vote Against Healthcare Bill,” KTUL, 11/5/09)

 

REP. ALLEN BOYD (D-FL): “While the House bill does take some positive steps toward increasing coverage and reforming insurance regulations, it simply falls short when it comes to lowering healthcare costs for North Florida families and businesses.  Improving our healthcare system is of utmost importance to me, but meaningful reform must reduce the skyrocketing cost of healthcare services.  Until I have confidence that a healthcare reform bill will effectively curb rising healthcare costs and ease the burdensome pressure millions of Americans feel when paying their healthcare premiums or doctor bills, I cannot in good faith support this bill.” (Boyd Official Website, Accessed 11/07/09)

 

REP. BOBBY BRIGHT (D-AL): “H.R. 3962 contains a government option and surcharges and mandates on small businesses and individuals.  People and small businesses across the country are struggling to make ends meet and this is no time to place additional burdens on them.  I fear this bill will not reduce long-term costs, and our debt and deficits will suffer and balloon in the years ahead.” (Bright Official Website, Accessed 11/07/09)

 

REP. TRAVIS CHILDERS (D-MS): “First and foremost, I cannot vote for legislation with this big of a price tag in today’s economic climate.  I would also like to see legislation that contains stronger language to prohibit federal funding for abortion and provides equal access to care for individuals in rural communities. My concerns in these areas have not been sufficiently addressed by this legislation.” (Childers Official Website, Accessed 11/07/09)

 

REP. ARTUR DAVIS (D-MS): “Because we risk a disaster if we get this wrong, I will vote no on the House legislation and continue to root for a final bill that fixes the holes in our health care system and contains soaring costs in both the private and public sectors.” (Davis Official Website, Accessed 11/07/09)

 

REP. CHET EDWARDS (D-TX): “Given the huge federal deficits facing our nation, I believe there is too much new spending in this bill.  I am especially disappointed that the bill does not have a fiscal trigger in it to cut spending if actual costs of new programs turn out to be higher than projected.” (Edwards Official Website, Accessed 11/07/09)

 

  • ·         EDWARDS:(Edwards Official Website, Accessed 11/07/09)

 

REP. PARKER GRIFFITH (D-AL): “I remain against this bill and plan to vote against it on the House floor.  The 1,990-page, updated House version of health care reform was delivered to my office at 10:30 eastern time Thursday morning.  As I began to read the bill, it became clear that a government-run public option would remain the foundation of the legislation’s aim.  I was hopeful that we would see a new bill that aggressively tackled tort reform, addressed the growing problem of physician shortages in our nation hospitals, and did not include a public option.  This did not happen, and I cannot support this bill.” (Griffith Official Website, Accessed 11/07/09)

 

REP. BART GORDON (D-TN): “I am concerned about a mandated government-run public option, and I do not like this bill's financial impact on the state of Tennessee….The Congressional Budget Office has also indicated that the House bill will not reduce the federal government's spending on health care over the long term — something I believe is essential.” (Doug Davis, “Gordon opposed to health care bill,” Tennessean, 11/05/09)

 

REP. STEPHANIE HERSETH SANDLIN (D-SD): “Despite improvements, it still costs too much, burdens states with increased Medicaid costs and reduces long-term coverage for senior citizens, among other problems.”  (Kevin Woster, “Herseth Sandlin says she will vote against health care reform,” Rapid City Journal, 11/6/19)

 

REP. TIM HOLDEN (D-PA): “It's a trillion-dollar program at a time when we're at the highest deficit and debt that our nation has ever accumulated, and the bill they're proposing, is, in my opinion, bad public policy….the rising cost of it, the pre-existing conditions, the doughnut hole, all that needs to be addressed.” (Dustin Pangonis, “Holden: House health care bill is ‘bad public policy,’” Pottsville Republican Herald, 11/07/09)

 

REP. LARRY KISSELL (D-NC): “While I believe comprehensive health care and insurance reform is necessary, I cannot vote for H.R. 3962 in its current form, which cuts $399 billion from Medicare.” (Congressman Kissell to vote no on House health care bill, Stanly News and Press, 11/06/09)

 

REP. SUZANNE KOSMAS (D-FL): “I believe that it does not do enough to slow the growth of health care costs and spending on care.” (Kosmas Official Website, Accessed 11/07/09)

 

REP. FRANK KRATOVIL (D-MD): “After months of thoroughly reviewing legislative proposals and speaking with constituents and stakeholders, I am not satisfied that this bill before us is a sustainable solution.  While I applaud the efforts to improve this bill, I still am concerned that this bill does not do enough to bend the long-term cost curve and that it lacks adequate provisions to reduce the deficit and protect small businesses.” (Kratovil Official Website, Accessed 11/07/09)

 

REP. JIM MARSHALL (D-GA): “I think these bills missed a critical opportunity for the country….Whatever we do has to address the rising costs. None of these plans do that very effectively.” (Thomas L. Day, “Marshall to resist health reform proposals,” Macon Telegraph, 10/21/09)

 

REP. ERIC MASSA (D-NY): “It is exceptionally painful to me to not be able to bring a common-sense bill on health care reform to my district, but I will not vote on something that I think will hurt the people who sent me to Washington, regardless of how popular it may be……This bill also, I believe, fails to address the fundamental question before the American people, and that is how do we control the costs of health care.  It does not address interstate portability, as Medicare does.  It does not address real medical malpractice insurance reform. It does not address the incredible waste and fraud that are currently in the system.” (Ray Finger, “Massa says he'll vote against health care bill,” Elmira Star-Gazette, 11/06/09)

 

 

REP. JIM MATHESON (D-UT): “Putting millions of additional people into a broken system will not work. After meeting directly with the Director of the Congressional Budget Office, I do not believe that this bill makes the system reforms needed to ensure financial stability for our families, our businesses and our federal treasury.” (Matheson Official Website, Accessed 11/07/09)

 

  • ·         MATHESON:(Matheson Official Website, Accessed 11/07/09)

 

REP. MIKE MCINTYRE (D-NC): “During these tough economic times, I could not support this bill because it was flawed in four major ways: 1. It costs way too much money – more than $1 trillion dollars on top of a $12 trillion national debt; 2. It does not take the steps necessary to effectively bring down long-term health care costs; 3. It raises too much in new taxes and imposes new requirements that will harm the ability of too many small businesses to compete and create jobs; and 4. It tries to do too much too soon instead of targeted changes that can immediately help people.” (McIntyre Official Website, Accessed 11/07/09)

 

REP. MICHAEL MCAHON (D-NY): “I believe that the net negatives of this bill outweigh the positive effects…..The House bill being debated costs over $1 trillion. It includes a tax increase that is not indexed to inflation. Medicare Advantage, which serves approximately 40% of my seniors on Medicare, would be cut dramatically, leading to significant monthly average premium increases of $130 per person per month……The bill would penalize small businesses and could have unintended consequence of encouraging businesses to drop healthcare coverage and push people into the public option. I do not believe that the House bill goes far enough in containing the cost curve in which healthcare spending takes up a larger and larger share of our GDP.” (Michael McAuliff, “McMahon Saying 'No' to Health Care Bill,” New York Daily News, 11/06/09)

 

REP. WALT MINNICK (D-ID): “I believe that cutting down the cost of health care is one important step we can take in moving our economy forward. We need to reform the insurance industry by demanding accountability and increasing private-sector competition. We must reduce government spending on programs such as a Medicare, and look to Idaho for examples of ways to do just that.  And we must reduce costs throughout the health-care system, so the long-term benefits of reform will truly help our economy to grow and our nation to prosper.” (Minnick Official Website, Accessed 11/07/09)

 

  • ·         MINNICK:(Minnick Official Website, Accessed 11/07/09)

 

REP. GLENN NYE (D-VA): “Health care costs are crippling our small businesses and forcing families into bankruptcy, and any reform plan needs to reduce those costs. Although this version of the bill takes important steps to lower the deficit in the short term, the CBO has said that it does not address the fundamental problem of reducing skyrocketing health care costs.  Small businesses are facing increases of ten to twenty percent in their health care premiums each year, and I am not convinced that this bill would fix that problem next year or the year after.” (Nye Official Website, Accessed 11/07/09)

 

REP. COLLIN PETERSON (D-MN): “We've got over a $70 trillion unfunded liablity in this over the next 75 years and we're just going to make it worse. And I don't see how that's sustainable. The govenment's running a $1.5 trillion deficit the way it is. So that's my big problem with this.”  (Tom Scheck, “Peterson to vote No on health care bill,” Minnesota Public Radio, 11/6/09)

 

  • ·         PETERSON:(Eric Roper, “Minnesota delegation split on health care bill,” Minneapolis Star Tribune, 11/6/09)

 

REP. IKE SKELTON (D-MO): “The American people should be able to look at this bill and say that Congress has done a good job…This legislation does not accomplish that goal.” (Peter Urban, “Skelton says he will oppose health care overhaul,” Springfield News-Leader, 11/07/09)

 

  • ·         SKELTON:(Peter Urban, “Skelton says he will oppose health care overhaul,” Springfield News-Leader, 11/07/09)

 

  • ·         SKELTON:(Dan Randlett, “ Senior Democrat opposes health bill,” The Hill, 11/4/09)

 

REP. JOHN TANNER (D-TN): “After careful review of the current legislation pending in the House and the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis, I believe the bill will not help control the long-term costs of health care and puts in place an infrastructure that is not fiscally sustainable over time. I am unable to support this legislation in its present form.” (Tanner Official Website, Accessed 11/07/09)

 

REP. GENE TAYLOR (D-MS): “I've been spending a lot of time with my members who are kind of going from pillar to post saying, 'Look, we don't need this; we can't afford this’….Let's think it through.  Let's do some bullets that make the system better rather than this shotgun approach…..I think a lot of people know what I'm saying is the truth.” (Michael O'Brien, “Democratic Party leaders haven't lobbied Blue Dog for his vote on healthcare bill,” The Hill, 11/05/09)

 

REP. HARRY TEAGUE (D-NM): “My primary concerns have been that the legislation does little to bring down out of control health care costs, which is what burdens families and small business, and also leads to our skyrocketing budget deficits. If the bill doesn’t control costs, American taxpayers will shell out $900 billion, much of which will go to health insurance companies in the form of profits and we will have done nothing but pass a temporary fix that resulted in doubling the national debt and didn’t eliminate the health care crisis.” (Heath Haussamen, "Teague Expresses Concerns About House Health Bill," NMPolitics.net, 10/30/09)

 

·         TEAGUE: “It mandates millions of people and businesses to buy health insurance, but does little to make insurance companies control consumer costs.  I am also concerned that American taxpayers will end up footing a nearly $900 billion tab for a bill that doesn’t do enough to ‘bend the cost curve’ in a way that permanently reduces both costs and the national debt.” (Teague Official Website, Accessed 11/07/09)