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The Heritage Foundation's Latest Health Care Research 

After the President Obama’s Wednesday evening prime time press conference, many news reports indicated that the President has dispatched his top aides to Capitol Hill to try and get a vote in Congress before the August recess. As the White House steps up the pressure on Congress to pass a health care bill, The Heritage Foundation is providing up-to-the-minute analysis of the debate.


There is a big push to move this legislation through Congress now because as the American people learn more about it, they are voicing their opposition.


According to, Capitol Hill offices are receiving 20 calls against government-run health care for every ONE call for it.


In Dallas, Texas yesterday, 30 protestors had planned to demonstrate in front of Sen. John Cornyn’s state office in support of government-run health care. When they arrived, they found 100 local Tea Party activists demonstrating against it.


The debate is changing all the time as lawmakers try to “make a deal,” so I wanted to highlight our most recent research and analysis items for you. Please feel free to use this research as background information if you want to write letters to the editor, on your blog, in your twitter feed, or if you want to express your opinions to your member of Congress. And, please feel free to forward to people who you think need more information on the issue.


You can track all of our ongoing work at our website

Latest Research:

Senator Kerry's Tax on Health Insurance Companies Would Hit Everyone with Insurance
Undercutting State Authority: The Impact of the House and Senate Health Bills
Micromanaging Americans' Health Insurance: The Impact of House and Senate Bills
House Bill to Hit Small Businesses with Surtax
Medicaid Expansion: The Impact of the House and Senate Health Bills
Employer Health Care Mandates: Taxing Low-Income Workers to Pay for Health Care
Understanding CBO Health Cost Estimates

Foundry Blog Posts:

Lewin vs Stark: How Many Americans Will End Up on the Public Plan?
House Health Plan Is Not Deficit-Neutral
Is the House Health Plan Really Paid For?
Obama’s Empty MedPac Promise
How 5.4% Surtax Hits Small Business, State by State (Click here for the table of all 50 States)

Obama Admits He’s “Not Familiar” With House Bill
Obamacare: You Will Lose Your Current Insurance. Period. End of Story.
Governors Balk at Obama Health Plan
New York Times Fact Checks Obama
The AP Fact Checks Obama on Health Care
Who Will Keep Government-Run Insurance Honest?
Coerced Participation in Abortion: The Next Phase of Federal Health Policy?


CHQ - Memo to Conservative Activists and Leaders Chairman Richard Viguerie's Memo to Conservatives

Viguerie Blog - In a memo to conservative activists and leaders, Chairman Richard Viguerie said conservatives "have been justifiably and understandably discouraged" during the last few years, but a great opportunity is right in front of them. The 2010 elections will be a "referendum on Obama, Pelosi, and Reid policies," says Viguere, and conservatives should immediately begin recruiting principled candidates to run against politicians (Republican and Democrat) who have aligned with Obama and his socialist agenda. [read the memo here]

Daily Lickskillet: How are the leaders at the K-12 Summit like King Canute? Click here to find out.


Other Articles in News From The Front:

Message to Conservatives: Elections have Consequences

Marco Rubio's Challenge to the Moderates

Help Spread the Word about Health Care Reform

VIDEO: AFP Launches Save My Ballot Tour in NC

Conservative kiosk not allowed at mall


All of these articles and many others can be accessed through


WNO - Rep. John Fleming Asks Members Of Congress To Sign Up For Government Health Care 

Video: Rep. John Fleming Asks Members Of Congress To Sign Up For Government Health Care.


"We put this resolution together, House Resolution 615, with the express idea that if a Member of Congress votes for this single payer government takeover plan that he or she will be willing to sign up for it."


Who: Rep. John Fleming (R-LA)

What: Exclusive interview regarding health care.

When: July 24th, 2009


Fleming Soundbite #1: Obama To Reduce Medicare Funding.


"The President has already proposed gutting Medicare; reducing income to Medicare."


Fleming Soundbite #2: Health Care Rationing To Occur.

"Then we will have health care rationing, long lines. It will be like going to the DMV or to the post office where you stand in line."


Length of Full Interview: 7:21

Click for full video file:



CEI Weekly: Attack of the National Broadband Plans 

>>CEI Files Public Comments to FCC: Exercise Restraint From Regulating Broadband

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, signed into law earlier this year, set aside $7.2 billion for expanding broadband Internet access. Just this week, the FCC concluded its notice of inquiry regarding how these funds should be spent, and in particular, what new regulations should accompany the money. In our comments last month, and our reply comments this week, we explain that most of the proposed new rules are just price controls in sheep’s clothing, and that new subsidies will follow in the wasteful and anticompetitive footsteps of existing programs.


>>Read a summary of CEI's comments here.

>>CEI's filing gets covered in ARS Technica

>>FCC's response to 8,500 pages worth of suggestions; "Sloppy," anda "Lack of Seriousness and Purpose."

>>Wayne Crews'blog post runs through the harms of a national broadband plan.



>>CEI's Policy Highlights

Coalition Letter on Optional Federal Chartering-- Eli Lehrer



>>Shaping the Debate

Justice Department's Fear of Google Book Publishing is Misplaced

Jonathan Hillel in The San Jose Mercury News


Toxic Revenge

Silvia Santacruz in


Beach Plan Fix Would Require Another Fix Later

Eli Lehrer in The Carolina Journal


Holding Paulson Accountable for This Mess

John Berlau in CBS News



>>Best of the Blogs

Corrupt, Bullying Nicaraguan Ruler Emboldened by Obama’s Demand That Honduras Accept Return of Would-Be Dictator

by Hans Bader

Nicaragua’s corrupt, authoritarian president Daniel Ortega is now pushing a change to his country’s constitution to extend his rule. Ortega is a former communist backed by Venezuela’s anti-American strongman Hugo Chavez. He uses vote fraud, arbitrary arrests, and intimidation to expand and perpetuate his power. Ortega has been emboldened by the Obama Administration’s demand that neighboring Honduras permit the return of its corrupt, bullying ex-president Mel Zelaya, who was removed for similarly seeking to perpetuate his rule.


Democrats Inconsistent on Senior Death Discount

by Greg Conko

Cass Sunstein who is nominated tobe the next Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs facesopposition coming from far-left Democrats and the environmental and consumerist movements overhis embrace of cost-benefit analysis in regulatory policymaking. Especially troubling to these groups is Sunstein’s support for what critics deride as the “senior death discount,” which Time describes as “the statistical practice of taking into account years of life expectancy when evaluating a regulation.” If that’s a problem for Cass Sunstein, then what are we to make of various Democratic proposals to allocate fewer health care resources on the basis of their expected value to society?


Obama Health-Care Plan Destroys Cheap Health-Care Options, Raises Taxes, Breaks Promises

by Hans Bader

Obama promised not to raise taxes on anyone making less than $250,000 a year. But he is now breaking that promise by proposing to tax some middle-class families to pay for health care. Obama has also falsely pledged that if you like your health insurance, you will be able to keep it under his plan. But the Congressional health-care bills he backs would destroy countless inexpensive health-care plans by gutting a federal law called ERISA that makes it possible for employers to offer them.


Want Recovery? Remember Antitrust is Anti-Economy

by Wayne Crews

Antitrust is a form of economic regulation. And like all economic regulation, it transfers wealth from somebody to somebody else, often in response to special-interest urging. Partly in recognition of such shortcomings, many economic sectors like transportation and telecommunications were (partly) deregulated and liberalized during the last quarter of the 20th century. But antitrust regulation typically gets a pass. Even in the “new economy,” this century-old smokestack era law is used to justify constraints and conditions imposed on vigorously competitive modern companies. Antitrust is wrongly seen as being in the public interest, as having a superior role to play in policing markets relative to the alternatives.




Episode 52: Tim Carney – Uncensored

We start with the short-sighted lobbying of HMOs for more government control of health care, the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and the latest New York City corruption scandal. We then move on to potential antitrust troubles for Japanese beer makers, India’s refusal to play the global warming game and some avenging Olympic News.–-uncensored



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The Waybacks at Prescott Park! 

San Francisco's The Waybacks to perform Prescott Park

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -Prescott Park Arts Festival continues its River House Restaurant Concert Series in Prescott Park at 7pm on August 5 with multi-instrumental band, The Waybacks. Possessed with dazzling instrumental chops and an absolute mastery of acoustic music style, The Waybacks music is wild, energetic, and unpredictable.

"If you've never heard The Waybacks, you're in for a real treat," said Prescott Park Arts Festival executive director Ben Anderson, "They are what you'd call 'gasp-inducing'. Once you hear them, you'll be hooked for life."

The Waybacks are an eclectic arrangement of bluegrass and self-proclaimed purveyors of "acoustic mayhem." After years of playing a full range of venues and festivals, touring with Grateful Dead founder Bob Weir, and reconfiguring themselves around the hot guitar of James Nash and fiddle virtuosity of Warren Hood, The Waybacks are enjoying a refreshed repertoire that's touched by Memphis soul, honky-tonk, Parisian swing, and bluegrass.

"I first presented this band six years ago at a festival that had a very tight schedule," said Anderson, "After their set the entire audience was on their feet and wouldn't stop cheering until an encore was given despite repeated announcements that the rest of the show had to go on. It was an incredible experience that describes just how incredible this band is."

Whether mesmerizing audiences at intimate venues or creating a sensation at major festivals, the band has brought its onstage alchemy to enthusiastic fans across the globe. Eclectic in both influences and approach, the Waybacks embraces multiple genres and puts its unique stamp on the lot. With their stellar musicianship and innate sense of adventure, they stand in great company with the few bands at the forefront of New American acoustic music.

The Waybacks are as uninhibited and unpredictable as the eclectic San Francisco Bay area that claims them, and for nearly a decade, their experiments have always proven sharp-witted and musically dazzling.

Like all of Prescott Park Arts Festival's events, the concert is offered at no-fixed admission and no tickets are required. A donation of $8 is suggested. Audience members are permitted to bring chairs, or rent those offered by the festival.

Held each Wednesday night in Prescott Park, the concert series experienced record attendance last summer, and once again features a wide array of International and Grammy Award winning artists. Other acts to be featured this summer include folk veteran Jonathan Edwards and Grammy Award-nominated Cajun band The Pine Leaf Boys and more.

The River House Restaurant Concert Series is part of the Prescott Park Arts Festival's 35th season that also features the musical Grease Thursday to Sunday closing on August 23, 2009.

All events offered at the Prescott Park Arts Festival are presented free of charge with a suggested donation of $5 - $8 dollars.

Since 1996, the Arts Festival has consistently been named by Yankee magazine as a "must see" tourist attraction. Prescott Park Arts Festival is an independent non-profit organization with a mission of serving the community with a diverse array of quality arts events accessible to all.

For more information on the festival, or to see a full schedule of events, visit or call 603-436-2848.