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Stopping Obamacare Now: Killing The Government Option and Capping the Cost of Radical Restructuring

Monday, June 22, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Suddenly the push to radically rewrite the rules of American medicine is at a critical juncture. Last week’s announcement of cost estimates for the president’s plan of between $1.5 and $2 trillion sent Democrats reeling. Over the weekend it became obvious that July would see an enormous push by the proponents of the Obama/Pelsoi/Reid “government plan” or “public plan” to complete the jam down before additional erosion in support in the center occurs. Every bit of news is being used to turn attention away from the pricetag. The turmoil in Iran is actually helping the president by diverting attention from the staggering costs of his proposals and from the whoppers he has been telling, such as this bold deception from his AMA speech:

If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. (Applause.) If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. (Applause.) No one will take it away, no matter what.

This is patently false, as a “government option” will result in millions of Americans being dumped by their employers into that plan. The president’s willingness to obscure this crucial point tells you everything you need to know about his health care rhetoric: It cannot be trusted.

The Obama/Pelosi/Reid Plan has to be defeated, and quickly. Here’s what you yourself need to do.

First, sign the online petition opposing Obamacare.[# More #]

Next, if you are “represented” by an interest group –the AMA, the AARP, etc– get on the phone to your staff in D.C. and tell them to stop negotiating the terms of surrender and start fighting. The AMA has begun to listen to the demands of its members, but the AARP continues to sell out the interests of its membership by not opposing the approach of a system that will necessitate Medicare rationing from its first week of operation in order to control the enormous cost hikes.

Next, start calling and e-mailing the Blue Dog Democrats in the House of Representatives and demand they kill off the “government option.”

Finally, call the Democratic senators who are believed to be wavering because of the enormous costs associated with the Baucus-Dodd-Kennedy approaches to health care legislation. Their contact information is below.

Americans do want the uninsured to have a chance at insurance, and they do want guarantees of portability. They do worry about losing insurance if they lose their jobs.

But they don’t want a radical overturning of everything they value in American medicine. They don’t want to lose the insurance they have or the doctors with who have treated them for years. Most Americans with insurance like their insurance –a lot. The president’s plan will not only cause enormous numbers of employers to shuck their coverage and consign their employees to the “government option,” once there the employees will find that rationing is the rule of the day. Older Americans will find Medicare being bled to pay for the new “government option” and subsidies for the presently uninsured.

This plan can and should be defeated. Sign the petition. Call the Blue Dogs in the House. And then call these senators:


Sen. Blanche Lincoln (18.70% Lifetime ACU rating)

DC Phone: (202) 224-4843
Local Phone: Dumas (870) 382-1023, Fayetteville (479) 251-1224, Little Rock (501) 375-2993, Jonesboro (870) 910-6896, Texarkana (870) 774-3106Link to E-mail

Sen. Mark Pryor (18.33% Lifetime ACU rating)

DC Phone: (202) 224-2353
Local Phone: Little Rock (501) 324-6336
Link to E-mail


Sen. Joe Lieberman (15.96% Lifetime ACU rating)

DC Phone: (202) 224-4041
Local Phone: (860) 549-8463
Link to E-mail


Sen. Bill Nelson (37.28% Lifetime ACU rating)

DC Phone: (202) 224-5274
Local Phone: Orlando (407) 872-7161, Miami-Dade (305) 536-5999, Tampa (813) 225-7040, West Palm Beach (561) 514-0189, Tallahassee (850) 942-8415, Jacksonville (904) 346-4500, Broward (954) 693-4851, Fort Meyers (239) 334-7760
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Sen. Evan Bayh (20.70% Lifetime ACU rating)

DC Phone: (202) 224-5623
Local Phone: Evansville (812) 465-6500, Fort Wayne (260) 426-3151, Hammond (219) 852-2763, Indianapolis (317) 554-0750, Jeffersonville (812) 218-2317, Southbend (574) 236-8302
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Sen. Mary Landrieu (23.20% Lifetime ACU rating)

DC Phone: (202) 224-5824
Local Phone: Baton Rouge (225) 389-0395, Lake Charles (337) 436-6650, New Orleans (504) 589-2427, Shreveport (318) 676-3085
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Sen. Jon Tester (16.00% Lifetime ACU rating)

DC Phone: (202) 224-2644
Local Phone: Billings (406) 252-0550, Bozeman (406) 586-4450, Butte (406) 723-3277, Glendive (406) 365-2391, Great Falls (406) 452-9585, Helena (406) 449-5401, Kalispell (406) 257-3360, Missoula (406) 728-3003
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Sen. Ben Nelson (47.26% Lifetime ACU rating)

DC Phone: (202) 224-6551
Local Phone: Omaha (402) 391-3411, Lincoln (402) 441-4600, Scottsbluff (308) 631-7614, Kearney (308) 293-5818, South Sioux City (402) 209-3595
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Sen. Harry Reid (18.96% Lifetime ACU rating)

DC Phone: (202) 224-3542
Local Phone: Carson City 775-882-7343, Las Vegas (702) 388-5020, Reno (775) 686-5750
Link to E-mail

North Dakota

Sen. Kent Conrad (19.57% Lifetime ACU rating)

DC Phone: (202) 224-2043
Local Phone: Bismarck (701) 258-4648, Fargo (701) 232-8030, Grand Forks (701) 775-9601, Minot (701) 852-0703
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Sen. Byron Dorgan (16.57% Lifetime ACU rating)

DC Phone: (202) 224-2551
Local Phone: Bismarck (701) 250-4618, Fargo (701) 239-5389, Minot (701) 852-0703, Grand Forks (701) 746-8972
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South Dakota

Sen. Tim Johnson (18.36% Lifetime ACU rating)

DC Phone: (202) 224-5842
Local Phone: Aberdeen (605) 226-3440, Sioux Falls (605) 332-8896, Rapid City (605) 341-3990
Link to E-mail

West Virginia

Sen. Robert C. Byrd (28.26% Lifetime ACU rating)

DC Phone: (202) 224-3954
Local Phone: Charlestown (304) 342-5855, Eastern Panhandle (304) 264-4626
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