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Health Care Nightmare

Nancy Pelosi is at it again.  Yesterday, she dropped a 1,018-page bill pushing government-run health care.  We need to act now to make sure that our worst nightmares don’t come true.

We had a great 48-hour campaign last week that pushed us well past 100,000 signatures, but we can’t stop there.  Have you sent Americans for Prosperity’s “Hands Off My Healthcare” petition to ten of your friends and family yet?  If not, do so now. Let’s reach 250,000 signatures – we are more than halfway there.

This latest bill includes:

  • A new government health insurance plan.
  • An individual mandate that every one of us must purchase government-defined health insurance or face new taxes and fines. This is a clear breaking of the president’s pledge not to raise taxes on Americans earning less than $250,000 per year – at least 8 million Americans and their families will see their taxes go up.
  • An employer mandate that will make businesses either provide government-defined insurance coverage or pay a penalty tax.
  • Another income tax on households and many small businesses with an annual income of $350,000 to help pay for all this. This is another broken campaign promise.  The president had pledged not to increase any American’s taxes above the level of the 1990s – and that is just what would happen.
  • Did I mention that the government will decide what is an “adequate” health insurance package? A new bureaucracy – the Benefits Advisory Committee – and the Secretary of Health and Human Services will decide what coverage you have to pay for and what diseases and treatments will be covered.
  • Another bailout that will cost taxpayers tens of billions of dollars – this time to unions to bail out their retiree health care plans.
  • More Comparative Effectiveness Research that could lead to government bureaucrats denying you health care treatment options.

You can read the bill for yourself here. I wonder if Nancy Pelosi has read all 1,018 pages of the bill? I highly doubt it!

Doesn’t it seem like common sense that our representatives to Congress, who will cast the votes to make those bills laws, should read them first? Well, apparently only 44 senators and representatives are willing to sign the Responsible Healthcare Reform Pledge to promise to read the bill before voting on it – and to let Americans see it, too.

Are your senators or representative among those 44?  Call them today at (202) 224-3121 and ask them if they have signed the Responsible Healthcare Reform Pledge! Is there really any excuse for them not to?

And while you’re at it, why not call into a local talk radio show or write a letter to the editor of your local paper on this issue? In fact, if you’ll send me your letter to the editor and tell me your name, city, and where you submitted it, we’ll publish it on the Patients First site! My email is: [email protected]

We don’t need a health care bill that puts our health in the hands of government bureaucrats. Keep up the pressure!

Take care!
Amy Menefee
Patients First
A project of Americans for Prosperity

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