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August 31, 2009
Shhhh! There’s a Republican Alternative to
Democrat-Care; Don’t Let Anyone Know!
Republican alternative to Democrat-care, which liberals don’t want you
to know about, has been hijacked. They don’t want people to know about
it because the
Astroturf, un-American crazies
might like it.
“Empowering Patients First Act” (H.R
3400) was introduced by Representative Tom Price (R-GA) and
27 co-sponsors on July 30, 2009 prior to the congressional recess. It
was then referred to eight House committees.
hijacker is Speaker Nancy Pelosi. As Congressman Price pointed out
during a radio interview with me last week, the rules in the House
assert that bills will remain in committees “for a period to be
subsequently determined by the Speaker.” Thank you Nancy!
contentious 1,000-plus-page Democratic health care proposal cleared the
committees in a few days. The 63-page Republican alternative is stuck in
committees and it can’t get out. Speaker Pelosi can simply keep it there
while they continue to try to shove their proposal down the throats of
the American people.
mainstream media has aided and abetted the hijacking of the Republican
alternative. In addition to not reporting on the alternative, they have
helped to keep public attention away from the
hidden provisions of the
Democrats’ health care Trojan horse. They have also helped to keep
attention on “how do we pay for it” and “what do we call it” as they
proclaim it must pass.
president and his administration, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and the
liberals in Congress are trying to sell the public on
Democrat-care, rather than listen to what a majority of we the people
are saying. The Democrats are organizing hundreds of
rallies across the country to
counter the thunderous disagreement that they have encountered
against Democrat-care during their August recess, and they label all
criticism as smears and lies.
Administration is even actively
recruiting college students to
join its “National Organizing Internship” program and earn college
credits for helping to promote the president’s agenda of change.
Hopefully, many of these college students will start asking the right
questions about his agenda and the “change” he wants.
Some of us
have already found answers to those questions, and we don’t like them.
has taken a lot of people and organizations many laborious days and
weeks to uncover what’s in the Democrats’
H.R. 3200, I was able to distill
the key components of the Republicans’ H.R. 3400 in a few hours. I felt
as if I were back in college solving a complex math problem (I was a
math major). Here’s what the Democrats don’t want us to know.
Empowering Patients First Act (H.R. 3400) would allow:
to choose their health insurance (no mandates)
Deductibility of health insurance premiums regardless of who pays
to provide flexible health insurance options to employees
insurance coverage for low-income families (300 percent of the
federal poverty level)
insurance for high-risk individuals (pre-existing conditions)
health insurance across state lines
of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)
membership association health insurance plan
Association Health Insurance Plans
Medical liability limitations (Tort reform)
Democrat-care, the Republican alternative would not
impose fines on workers or employers, require cuts in Medicare,
increase taxes, require a new government bureaucracy, require a
“government health insurance” option nor add $1 trillion or more
to the national debt.
Republican alternative is simply less government, fewer taxes and more
choices, whereas Democrat-care is just another attempt to hijack more of
y’all. The Democrats don’t want you to know that.
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