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Study This Chart

Tuesday, July 28, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Courtesy of Congressman John Campbell, here’s the flow chart of the Democrats’ proposal for the remade American health system.

If that chart scares you –and it should– sign the petition to stop Obamacare, and e-mail your friends, family and co-workers urging them to do the same and including the link to the petition.

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The Pro-Life Movement and the Heath Care Bill

Tuesday, July 28, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Taxpayer funding for abortion, euthanasia, and rationing of care based on “quality of life” are a trio of pro-life issues bound up with Obamacare. One reason Democrats are rushing to pass the bill is to avoid prolonged scrutiny on these aspects of the sweeping law. Here’s a YouTube video on the subject:

The Medical Treatment You Receive Five Years From Now…

Tuesday, July 28, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The Washington Examiner’s Byron York and David Freddoso have pieces detailing some of the maneuvering on the Hill as the August recess approaches. And York points to a very helpful website run by the GOP on the Ways and Means Committee in the House, which includes this graph from the Congressional Budget Office:

There is no way to pay for this boondoggle, and no reason to want to as it would be massive deficit financing of a broken-before-it-began “government option/public plan.” As noted below, the representatives and senators need to go back to their districts and listen to the voters. With the noisy exception of Democratic activists not concerned with health care but with the political health of the president, there is no clamor for this massive expansion of government and this sea of red ink. In fact, just the opposite reaction is building as Americans consider that (1) their health insurance is pretty good and (2) their medical care, by and large, is tremendous.

If the Democratic majorities were to start over and focus on getting subsidies directed to the uninsured in order to close the coverage gap and make some improvements in portability, there would almost certainly be majorities for such reasonable measures.

But not for Obamacare.

Call both of your senators via 202-224-3121 and tell them to deal with the reality of the economy, not this unrealistic lurch towards insolvency and second-class medicine.

And sign the petition –now nearing 810,000 signatures– to stop Obamacare now.

Senator Snowe: Please Listen To Your Constituents

Tuesday, July 28, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

If Senator Snowe allows herself to go home for the five week break in Maine and then comes back and votes for some sort of a “compromise” with Democrats, I will have to believe that she listened to her voters.

But if Senator Snowe or any other GOP “centrist” or “moderate” Democratic senator rushes through a vote on a “compromise” package this week, I will have to believe that they did so not because they wanted to represent their constituents, but because they feared what their constituents would tell them on the August break. A vote this week would be the triumph of elitism over representative government. The six senators hammering out a bipartisan plan need to test their Beltway presumptions against the realities of American public opinion while at home in the dog days of summer.

That public opinion is turning massively against Obamacare because the public is beginning to understand the ramifications of Obamacare. Significant majorities don’t want to be pushed from their private health insurance into a “government option/private plan.” Larger majorities don’t want the government in the business of picking rationing winners and losers. Huge majorities don’t want more taxes or escalating deficits.

The Senate needs now to exercise its traditional and constitutional role of the brake on bad legislation.

Slow down. Listen to the voters. Come back in September when much more is known and much more careful deliberations are possible.

If you agree with a prudent and reasonable approach, be sure to sign the petition urging caution.

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