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The battle against a government takeover of the healthcare system is raging this summer in Washington. Public support for Obamacare has been dropping significantly the last few weeks, and I believe that much of that is due to your grassroots organizing. So let me start by saying thank you to everyone who has called their congressman, written a letter to the editor or protested outside a congressional district office this summer. We have slowed the legislation down over the past few weeks, and we are on the verge of stopping it and forcing Congress to rethink its approach to health care reform.One of the promising developments has been the opposition to the government takeover by the Blue Dog Democrats in the House of Representatives. Some of these Congressmen have flat out told President Obama that they will not support a government takeover, and others have focused on the trillions of dollars in new taxes that would be required for Obamacare. The battle against government-run health care is being fought within the Democrat party, and that is where we must focus our efforts. We need to urge the Blue Dog Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee to continue to oppose a government takeover of the healthcare system.Please TAKE ACTION NOW to send a message to these key Members of the committee. Then, follow up your email with phone calls. Bart Gordon (TN 6th), (202) 225-4231Jane Harman (CA 36th), (202) 225-8220Mike Ross (AR 4th), (202) 225-3772 Jim Matheson (UT 2nd), (202) 225-3011Charlie Melancon (LA 3rd), (202) 225-4031John Barrow (GA 12th), (202) 225-2823Baron Hill (IN 9th), (202) 225-5315Zach Space (OH 18th), (202) 225-6265I know that you have been working hard all year to fight against the outreageous federal spending, bailouts and the inevitable tax hikes required to pay for this unprecedented push to grow government. It's been a tough fight, but one worth fighting. If we stick together during the next few weeks we can put enough pressure on the Blue Dog Democrats to sink Obamacare and defend our liberty. Thank you for everything that you have done, and we will see you on September 12th for the March on Washington!
I know you’ve heard about the battle that’s raging at the federal level over President Obama’s proposed hostile takeover of America’s health care system. As one of the hundreds of thousands of FreedomWorks volunteers that make-up our standing grassroots army, you have no doubt seen and hopefully participated in our “calls to action” against Obama-care that have hit targeted Members of Congress with a flood of emails, phone calls, and even face-to-face visits urging them to oppose this socialized medicine scheme.But as an Arizonan, I wanted to make sure you knew about an important opportunity to beat back not only today’s government-run health care threat, but any future attempts as well.A state constitutional amendment called the “Health Care Freedom Act” has been referred to the ballot in Arizona and, if it passes it will guarantee that residents of the state will be able to keep their current health plan and doctor – a right that government-run health care takes away. It will also prevent big-government proponents from passing an individual mandate that forces people to buy insurance regardless of whether they need it or want it.As an Arizona voter, you can vote for the Health Care Freedom Act in November 2010 and deliver a serious blow to Obama, Reid, Pelosi, and others who want to transform America’s health care system into something resembling what is in Canada or Cuba where the government puts a bureaucrat between you and your doctor.2010 may seem like a long way off, but I assure there’s not a moment to lose in organizing against the forces of the liberal Left who will be working hard to advance the government takeover of health care. That is why I also encourage you to get involved now with the group that’s actively working in Arizona to pass the Health Care Freedom Act, Arizonans for HealthCare Freedom. Their website has up-to-date information on this critical ballot fight and opportunities for you to get involved and help ensure its success. Go to www.azhealthcarefreedomact.com and fight for your health care freedom!
Here comes the tax man! Again. Legislators in North Carolina are well past their original July 1st budget deadline and more of your freedoms are up on the chopping block. For government reformers, a new budget sounds like a great idea as North Carolina faces a $4.6 billion deficit. However, rather than cutting waste out of the budget, Governor Beverly Perdue’s plan calls for an additional $1.5 billion in spending for education, even as state revenues fall. How does she and legislative leaders plan to make up this huge difference? With a big package of new taxes and fees applied inconsistently across the economy, picking and choosing economic winners and losers. The House and Senate are considering different plans, but here are a few of the suggestions on the table that will hurt North Carolina families and businesses. * A so-called “Google” sales tax on internet purchases like digital books and music that will stifle commerce and presents obvious constitutional questions. * A $1-per-pack tax hike on cigarettes that comes on top of a recent federal hike and will push smokers to purchase cigarettes on the black market and hurt small businesses like convenience stores. * An alcohol tax that will slam an already suffering hospitality industry. * Taxes on lawn care and car repairs. * A sales tax hike. * An income tax hike for certain tax brackets. These taxes present a severe burden for families who are already suffering in this economic downturn and who face higher taxes and fees not only at the state level, but at the federal and county levels, too. They strike a blow directly at the heart of many businesses – some that are struggling to stay afloat, and some that have become the lynch-pin of communities and families that need their income and services. The last thing that North Carolinians can afford is higher taxes. Take Action and call your state representative at 919-733-7928. It’s essential that they hear from you and understand higher taxes won’t fix a budget gap created by wasteful spending. Governments need to learn to live within their means just as families do. Many of these same tax hike schemes have been tried in other states, but failed to address financial woes. North Carolina should choose a different path. Making the smart choice to cut spending and waste combined with lower taxes and less burdensome regulation will promote real, long term growth for the state.
Kay Hagan (D-NC) heard from her constituents in Greensboro today. Approximately 30 FreedomWorks activists showed up to her office to protest socialized medicine, then took the protest out to the street. Looks like a great crowd!
One of the promising developments has been the opposition to the government takeover by the Blue Dog Democrats in the House of Representatives. Some of these Congressmen have flat out told President Obama that they will not support a government takeover, and others have focused on the trillions of dollars in new taxes that would be required for Obamacare. The battle against government-run health care is being fought within the Democrat party, and that is where we must focus our efforts. We need to urge the Blue Dog Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee to continue to oppose a government takeover of the healthcare system.
Obama opened his news conference yesterday with a brief speech on his support for government-run health care; he stated:
The Senate Republicans Joint Economic Committee recently released these charts comparing different aspects of health care in the US, UK, Canada, and France. The UK, Canada, and France all have health care strongly controlled by the government, similar to what the Obama administration and the Democrats in Congress are pushing.The numbers speak for themselves:
[Click here to download over 9,400 comments from our activists on health care reform]Early in the health care debate this year FreedomWorks created a webpage for activists to post their comments to be delivered to Congressmen on health care legislation. So far we have collected over 9,400 comments. In the spreadsheet linked above you will find name, town, state, and comment on health care reform from our activists sorted by state.
Washington, DC - The Obama Administration is ratcheting things up as crunch time draws near for healthcare reform. Almost daily press conferences and primetime news appearances from Mr. Obama touting the healthcare overhaul has lead to some confusion as words and terms are thrown around with no apparent heed for an honest, principled debate. Neither the administration nor top Congressional Democrats have been forthcoming with the American taxpayer while aimlessly pushing through a massive piece of bureaucratic centered healthcare legislation.