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Press Release

    FreedomWorks Joines Health Care Transparency Coalition Letter


    [Click here for the pdf version of this letter]

    Dear Representative:

    On behalf of an ideologically diverse coalition of millions of Americans, we write to strongly urge that you sign the discharge petition for H. Res. 847. Introduced by Representative Vern Buchanan (R-FL), this petition would force a vote on a bipartisan “Sunshine Resolution” to call on Congress and the Obama Administration to conduct all negotiations surrounding landmark health care reform legislation “in full public view and not behind closed doors.”

    The last few months of deliberation on health care have exposed myriad issues on which the left and right sides of our political spectrum are deeply divided. However, robust transparency in the drafting of legislation is one of the few matters that bind all of the signatories together. Simply stated, Americans of all political stripes are united in their demand for an end to the cloistered discussions that mar our legislative process.

    Our health care system affects too many lives and too many dollars to allow legislation reforming it to be designed in secret. Should such a bill become law, it would alter the circumstances of tens of millions of families and businesses. Those Americans need full access to any meetings in which decisions will be made regarding final language and details about how each chamber will proceed to the legislation, whether between Members, their legislative staff, or outside interests.

    Signing this discharge petition will not be an act of politics, but one of principle. It will demonstrate your belief in the values of transparency and openness in government that enjoy overwhelming support by the American people and have been touted by President Obama and Congressional leaders. Please sign the discharge petition for H. Res. 847 in order to provide the transparency that your constituents want and deserve.

    The Undersigned

    Duane Parde
    National Taxpayers Union

    Jim Martin
    60 Plus Association

    Laurence Socci
    Americans for Conservative Values

    Bill Wilson
    Americans for Limited Government

    Tim Phillips
    Americans for Prosperity

    Tom Jenney
    Arizona Director
    Americans for Prosperity

    Grover Norquist
    Americans for Tax Reform

    William Haygood Shaker
    Volunteer President
    American Council for Health Care Reform

    Dick Patten
    American Family Business Institute

    Terry Francke
    General Counsel
    Californians Aware

    John Tate
    Campaign for Liberty

    Sandra Fabry
    Executive Director
    Center for Fiscal Accountability

    Jeffrey Mazzella
    Center for Individual Freedom

    Barbara Anderson
    Executive Director
    Citizens for Limited Taxation

    Wendy Wright
    Concerned Women for America

    Rick Scott
    Conservatives for Patients Rights

    Brian McManus
    Director of Federal Affairs
    Council for Affordable Health Insurance

    Thomas A. Schatz
    Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

    Jim Babka
    President, Inc.

    Tom McClusky
    Senior Vice President
    Family Research Council Action

    Matt Kibbe
    President and CEO

    John Tillman
    Illinois Policy Institute

    Michelle D. Bernard
    President and CEO
    Independent Women's Voice

    Donald P. Racheter, PhD
    Iowa Transparency Project

    J.H. Snider, MBA, PhD

    Colin Hanna
    Let Freedom Ring

    Michael D. Ostrolenk
    National Director
    Liberty Coalition

    Lew Uhler
    National Tax Limitation Committee

    Doug Kagan
    Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom

    Danielle Brian
    Executive Director
    Project On Government Oversight

    Paul Gessing
    Rio Grande Foundation

    John W. Whitehead
    The Rutherford Institute

    Robert S. Knego, MD
    Sarasota County Medical Society

    Ellen S. Miller
    Executive Director
    Sunlight Foundation

    Dane von Breichenruchardt
    U.S. Bill of Rights Foundation