The Hill ReportAre you kidding me? I thought this was to help the pour and downtrodden of the nation to have healthcare? I thought this was to take care of Americans too pour or too damned lazy to work, to have healthcare? How are they to afford it if they are tossed in jail for not having government run insurance? How are they to afford it when they get out and are working a dead-end, minimum wage job to pay the fine, which would be the equivalent of using a thimble full of water on a raging forest fire.
A Weekly Newsletter from Congressman Pete Sessions
Week of November 1 – November 7, 2009
Tonight, I voted against a government takeover of your health care. I have heard the message loud and clear: the majority of 32ndDistrict residents (My addition: neither do the rest of hardworking Americans) do not want higher costs, fewer options, and government interference between patients and their doctors.
So it’s a sad day for America. Ignoring the undeniable opposition of the American people, House Democrats placed their partisan political agenda over personal decision-making and passed a government takeover of health care by a vote of 220 - 215.
From criminalizing non-compliance of insurance mandates to establishing 118 new bureaucracies to control health care inAmerica, Speaker Pelosi’s 2,032-page health care reform bill tramples on the freedom and individual liberty upon which our nation was founded:
I am appalled by this blatant attack on American freedom. Every American should be outraged.
- $250,000 fine and 5 years in Jail—Maximum sentence for an American guilty of not purchasing government-approved health coverage
- 5.5 Million—Number of jobs that could be lost as a result of taxes on businesses that cannot afford to provide health coverage, according to a model by President Obama’s Economic Advisor
- $729.5 Billion—Total new taxes on small businesses, individuals, and employers who cannot afford to provide coverage that meets federal bureaucrats’ standards
- $1.055 Trillion—New federal spending of your tax dollars for a government takeover of health care
- 114 Million—Number of individuals who could lose their current coverage under the bill’s government-run health plan, according to non-partisan actuaries at the Lewin Group
- 43—Entitlement programs the bill creates, expands, or extends
- 118—Additional offices, bureaus, commissions, programs, and bureaucracies the bill creates over and above the entitlement expansions
- 3,425—Uses of the word “shall,” representing new duties for bureaucrats and mandates on individuals, businesses, and States
- 2017—Year Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund will be exhausted—an entitlement crisis exacerbated by the bill, which cuts nearly $450 Billion from Medicare
Turning the House of Representatives into a graveyard for good ideas, House Democrats voted down House Republicans’ common-sense health care reform alternative that would lower health care premiums and increase access to affordable, high-quality care – without adding to the national debt.
Totaling only 219 pages, the alternative health reform bill includes coverage for pre-existing conditions, institutes real medical liability reform, enhances Health Savings Accounts, enables large insurance pools and purchasing across state lines, and provides incentives for states to reduce costs and increase insurance.
In fact, on Wednesday the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office reported that the House Republican health care alternative bill could lower health care premiums by 10 percent and reduce the national deficit by $68 Billion over the next 10 years.
The American people want lower health care costs, and that is exactly what the Republican alternative would deliver. Instead of an unsustainable trillion-dollar government-run health care program, our plan would reduce the national debt and demonstrates the effectiveness of fiscally-responsible health care reform.
I voted in favor of this patient-centered reform that would preserve individual choice and access to the best quality care in America. Yet, House Democrats rejected the opportunity to provide real reform, voting down the alternative bill by a vote of 258 to 176.
In the end, Speaker Pelosi’s bill wasn’t about quality health care for all Americans – it was about advancing a radical, liberal agenda intent on expanding government control and diminishing the free enterprise system.
I believe that the American people will hold House Democrats accountable for their vote for government-controlled health care. I stand with the American people in this fight. Together, we must defeat the Pelosi health care bill and bring about true reform that provides every American access to quality health care of their choice.
Have a good weekend.
Nancy Pelosi has become the biggest pariah this nation has seen and the Democrats are dancing around like minions leaping gleefully around the bonfire of our rights and freedoms, and singing, "All hail to Queen Nancy." She, with her viciously botoxed face simply smiles and bows her head to her loyal subjects while inwardly cackling that Americans will now pay the price for the nation she has come to hate so much. Her partner in crime, Harry Reid, now has the ball in his court and will soon take the side of Nancy Pelosi as two of the most hated people in America.
Oh yes, liberal politicians, all you who have participated in the dismantling of the Constitution, I have made it my personal mission to not only see you tossed out of office, but to have individual cases of treason levied against each of you. So laugh it up while you can, your days are drawing to an end.
Inundate the Senate with phone calls, every single Senator, at let them know how dangerous a "yes" vote on this legislation will be. Let them know how dangerous it will be if they combine their travesties of justice and healthcare with Pelosi's.
Also, contact every single congressman who voted for HR3962 and let them know you have now made it your personal mission to make sure they never serve another term in office for betraying the American people with this healthcare legislation.
This is what I am going to do and ask all I know to do. In the meantime, look at available candidates, study them and see which are the true Americans who love and will defend the Constitution, the Republic and remain fiscally conservative. Here in our race, with Mark Shurtleff dropping out, I’ve been on the phone day and night looking to see who will replace Mark in this race. It is looking like a couple of men will be stepping up, one of which is a strong possibility. I have been assured by those I trust that I will really like this man. I am sitting down to meet with him this next week and grill the guy. I’ll look into him and let you know what I think. He might be the best answer to Mark dropping out.
For the House, Jason Chaffetz is still the best answer although I am still not 100% comfortable with him. Until the man has some power we won’t know his true measure. But for now he is voting correctly on just about every issue.
And last, but certainly not least, educate your children about the real America and not the America the liberals are painting. Teach them to love the Constitution. Teach them to know the founding fathers and why they chose a Republic form of government over a straight Democracy. Teach them to realize the wisdom in being fiscally conservative, defending the unborn, defending the Constitution, defending the America God entrusted to us.
I am going to start taking Sheryl Devereaux's Constitution classes (they are free) when she starts them over in a couple of weeks. And then keep up with everything else I am doing.
We, as in America, are truly in this position now because we have an uneducated populace as to who America really is and what our purpose is. We have to change that if we hope to save her, and we will save her!
I leave with you with a quote I've posted on this blog before by President Harold B. Lee:
"Men may fail in this country, earthquakes may come, seas may heave beyond their bounds, there may be great drought, disaster, and hardship, but this nation, founded on principles laid down by men whom God raised up, will never fail. This is the cradle of humanity, where life on this earth began in the Garden of Eden. This is the place of the new Jerusalem. This is the place that the Lord said is favored above all other nations in all the world. This is the place where the Savior will come to His temple. This is the favored land in all the world. Yes, I repeat, men may fail, but this nation won't fail. I have faith in America; you and I must have faith in America, if we understand the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are living in a day when we must pay heed to these challenges.
"I plead with you not to preach pessimism. Preach that this is the greatest country in all the world. This is the favored land. This is the land of our forefathers. It is the nation that will stand despite whatever trials or crises it may yet have to pass through." (Ye Are the Light of the World, Harold B. Lee, p350-51)
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