Tuesday, August 18, 2009



Step 1: Find a Town Hall Meeting

You can locate a town hall meeting by visiting one of the several websites collecting the times and locations for these public events nationwide.

Conservatives For Patient's Rights: http://tinyurl.com/laqsr5
Tea Party Patriots: http://tinyurl.com/lzek84
RedState.com: http://tinyurl.com/lz6826

If a town hall meeting is not listed for your Congressman and Senators, contact their local offices and ask for the information.

Step 2: Be Prepared

There are a number of questions that should be asked at these public meetings but the most important thing you can do is to make it clear that you do not want the government to expand its role in private health insurance. BELOW is a list of provisions in the House health care bill that violate this principle along with the specific page on which they appear.

Also, if you are attending a meeting with one of your Senators, click HERE (http://tinyurl.com/kujmwu) for a list of conservative health care amendments that have been offered to see how they voted. If they opposed any of these reform measures, find out why. Senators should not be trying to justify their support for a government takeover because of a "crisis" while they vote against common sense reforms that would strengthen our private health care system.

Step 3: Take Action

After you have located a town hall meeting and done your homework, it is time to take action. Writing letters to and calling your elected representatives is always a good thing to do, but nothing is more powerful than speaking to them in person at a town hall meeting.

Be firm in articulating your views, but also be polite. There are still millions of Americans who have not made up their minds in this debate and we should do everything we can to make sure they know we share their values and are fighting to protect their health care too.

Key provisions in the House health care bill (http://tinyurl.com/lpctgz)
Monday, August 17th, 2009

Here is a list of the important page numbers for several of the provisions contained in the 1,018-page health care plan written by Democrats in the House.

Page 19 - Section 102(c) prohibits the sale of private individual health insurance policies, beginning in 2013, forcing individuals to purchase coverage through the federal government

Page 30 - Section 123 establishes a new board of federal bureaucrats (the "Health Benefits Advisory Committee") to dictate the health plans that all individuals must purchase-and would likely require all Americans to subsidize and purchase plans that cover any abortion

Page 74 - Sections 202(c) and (d) protects Members of Congress with existing federal employee coverage (as defined in Section 100(c)(6) on page 9) from joining the government-run health plan offered through the Exchange

Page 116 - Section 221 establishes a new government-run health plan that, according to non-partisan actuaries at the Lewin Group, would cause as many as 114 million Americans to lose their existing coverage

Page 139 - Section 245 includes language requiring verification of income for individuals wishing to receive federal health care subsidies under the bill-however, the bill includes no requirement for individuals to verify their citizenship or identity before receiving taxpayer-subsidized health benefits

Page 167 - Section 401 imposes a 2.5 percent tax on all individuals who do not purchase "bureaucrat-approved" health insurance-the tax would apply on individuals with incomes under $250,000, thus breaking a central promise of then-Senator Obama's presidential campaign

Page 183 - Section 412 imposes an 8 percent "tax on jobs" for firms that cannot afford to purchase "bureaucrat-approved" health coverage; according to an analysis by Harvard Professor Kate Baicker, such a tax would place millions "at substantial risk of unemployment"- with minority workers losing their jobs at twice the rate of their white counterparts

Page 197 - Section 441 imposes additional job-killing taxes, in the form of a half-trillion dollar "surcharge," more than half of which will hit small businesses; according to a model developed by President Obama's senior economic advisor, such taxes could cost up to 5.5 million jobs

Page 331 - Section 1161 cuts more than $150 billion from Medicare Advantage plans, potentially jeopardizing millions of seniors' existing coverage

Page 425 - Section 1233 makes end-of-life care consultations eligible for Medicare reimbursement

Page 501 - Section 1401 establishes a new Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research; the bill includes no provisions preventing the government-run health plan from using such research to deny access to life-saving treatments on cost grounds, similar to Britain's National Health Service, which denies patient treatments costing more than £35,000

Page 835 - Section 1802(b) includes provisions entitled "TAXES ON CERTAIN INSURANCE POLICIES" to fund comparative effectiveness research, breaking Speaker Pelosi's promise that "We will not be taxing [health] benefits in any bill that passes the House," and the President's promise not to raise taxes on families with incomes under $250,000