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VOTE AGAINST THE PRESIDENT'S 2009 HEALTHCARE LEGISLATION
The undersigned view the currently pending 2009 Congressional Healthcare legislation as UNTRUTHFUL, UNWISE and UN-AMERICAN.
The President says it is needed because 46 Million Americans are uninsured. But other analysts point out that approximately 14 million of these are already eligible for programs like Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP, but just haven’t yet signed up. Approximately 18 million make more than $50,000 a year with over half this number making over $75,000. These individuals have simply chosen not to purchase it. Lastly, over 10 million of the uninsured are not U.S. citizens. So the true number of uninsured Americans who cannot afford health insurance is not 46 million, but instead 4 to 8 million. This is less than 2 - 3 % of Americans. So this legislation is based on UNTRUTHFUL hype.
Many of us agree: YES, for the 4-8 Million of uninsured Americans, this problem must be corrected in a fair and compassionate manner. But our American current Healthcare system ranks as the best in the world by many metrics, including:
better access to preventive cancer screening than Canadians; better survival rates than Europeans for common cancers; better access to treatment for chronic diseases than patients in other developed countries; lower income Americans are in better health than comparable Canadians; Americans spend less time waiting for care than patients in Canada and the U.K.; Americans are more satisfied with the care they receive than Canadians; Americans have much better access to important new technologies like medical imaging than patients in Canada or the U.K.; Americans are responsible for the vast majority of all global health care innovations.
Additionally, the thrust of the legislation relates to controlling and allocating benefits rather than dealing with high cost elements of the current system. Moreover, the bill would destroy the current private insurance that many Americans have elected for themselves. For any group of Politicians to mount an assault to correct a 2 - 3% problem by dismantling our current, unsurpassed system is extremely UNWISE on the face of it.
In 1776, Americans threw out a Government to pursue the right to Life, Liberty and Happiness, as cited in our Declaration of Independence. But legislation that puts nameless bureaucrats in charge of our health in lieu of decision between a doctor and patient - - is a clear assault on our well-being. In some cases, to save $$, those with less than some arbitrary time-to-live may actually be deprived of their life in the name of cost-cutting. This kind of paternalistic zealotry is totally UN-AMERICAN . Legislators who defer to this kind of Un-Constitutional attack on the American people deserve to be deprived of any votes whatsoever by the American Citizenry. Rather, we must band together, in Tea Party fashion, to achieve a Constitutional governance that responds to the People’s will.
Accordingly, the undersigned hereby Petition our legislators to, in the spirit of our Founders, throw off this ‘King George’ mentality. We solicit you, as the People’s representatives, to oppose this UN-AMERICAN affront to our Health, Life, Liberty and ability to Pursue Happiness.
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