See previous Action Alert: It's back - ObamaCare 2.0, worse than the first (2/24/2010)
If House passes Senate bill, it's game over - we'll have Obamacare
Email your representative today and say "no" to the government takeover of health care
March 9, 2010
The current Democratic strategy on health care is to force the House of Representatives to pass the Senate bill as it is, with no changes. The President's goal is for the House to pass the bill before he leaves on an international trip on March 18. In other words, time is short and the pressure is on.
Time is of the essence, and your representative's vote will be historic, whether for good or for ill. He (or she) must hear from you immediately, as members of the House are getting enormous pressure from the White House to capitulate on this horrendous bill.
This pressure on the House has been coupled with a vague promise to address House criticisms (on abortion, for instance) in a second, separate bill, through a rarely used process (called "reconciliation") that was originally created to deal only with budget and tax issues and was never designed as a vehicle for substantive public policy.
But if the House passes the Senate bill, you can forget all about reconciliation, for we will have Obamacare. The Senate bill will quickly move to the president's desk and he will sign it before the ink is dry. And the government takeover of health care will be complete.
The Senate Democrats will have no incentive whatsoever to consider any House proposals. Why would they? The bill they wanted will be the law of the land.
The Senate version of health care is a spectacularly bad piece of legislation, and must be opposed for many, many reasons.
Here are just some of them:
- The government will take over 1/6 of the American economy, and put government bureaucrats between you and your family's health care providers.
- It will cost $2.3 trillion over 10 years when fully implemented and dump a huge debt on the shoulders of our children and grandchildren (Senate Budget Committee).
- It creates more than 110 new agencies and bureaucracies in the federal government.
- It will cut $500 billion from Medicare and $170 billion from Medicare Advantage, resulting in rationed and inferior medical care for senior citizens.
- It is "the most pro-abortion single piece of legislation that has ever come to the House floor for a vote" and contains numerous "federal pro-abortion mandates and federal subsidies for abortion" (Doug Johnson, National Right to Life Committee).
- It will require taxpayer funding for abortion, and will even require purchasers of private plans to pay a monthly fee to pay for other people's abortions.
- It contains no conscience protections for health care providers who do not want to be coerced into performing abortions.
We must kill this bill dead and drive a stake through its heart. E-mail your representative urging them to say "no" to the government takeover of health care.