Posts Tagged ‘socialized medicine’

As I laid in bed last night watching the Democrats completely ignore majority opinion, many thoughts ran through my head about what to do. My initial response was to throw the remote through the TV, but then I realized that would be about as effective as this bill will be in improving health care in America. If you haven’t figured it out yet this is about creating a public insurance option, not about fixing health care. There is no way the system can support the stress that this new bill will create within it. So the question to be asked is, what do we do about it?

We have to analyze what has happened to understand where we need to go. Millions of Americans have attended tea parties, called their Congressman and Senators, and emailed endlessly. All reputable polling data indicates that as a majority, America does not support this bill. So what did the Democrats do? They barely passed it in both houses. It occurred to me this morning that it’s time to rethink the approach. I myself have called McCaskill’s office at least a dozen times, just sent another e-mail two days ago, and have been to about 4 tea parties (speaking at three of them). I am going to say something that is counter-intuitive here, but I think it will make sense in a minute. Quit wasting your time calling and writing your representatives.

Here’s why: If they were going to listen to you the bill wouldn’t have passed either body. Communicating to them is a waste of time and is distracting us from what needs to happen. Removing these people from office and changing the hearts and minds of the American public, our friends and families. I am here to tell you we have a lot of power left, but we have to act on it. I have some ideas of what we need to do.

The foundation of politics is two things; votes and money. We have an election coming in 2010 and WADC is not listening to us. So fine, let them not listen. It’s not worth getting worked up about. The goal then needs to be to take power away in November. The first thing we need to do is this. Instead of using that energy on the idiots that do not listen to us, use it creatively to talk to those that will listen to us, our friends and family. I am beginning to believe that they want us to keep yelling at them. These people are not dumb. They wouldn’t have manipulated the American public as much as they have if they were.The more time we spend focused on them the more leverage they gain in 2010 by us wasting time. Our friends, family, and coworkers are the people that will save or destroy the republic in the next 10 years. We have to change the hearts and minds of these people, not those in WADC. Really, do you think we would change their minds anyway? They make six figure salaries and work half the year. It won’t matter what they do in Washington between now and then if we have an electorate that won’t listen to them when they ask for our vote. If we put in people that will listen to us we can repair the damage. I do not buy into the rhetoric that whatever is passed is passed! We can if we want to, the question is how bad do you want it?

So start writing letters to your friends and family. You know co-workers that might listen to you, take them out for a drink and bring it up. Use every opportunity that you can find. This Christmas bring it up at the dinner table. You have a captive audience, don’t waste the chance! There are many Americans out there that still aren’t involved. If you get them educated we start to fix this nation in 2010. Everybody is always so excited about New Year’s resolutions, announce to people that your New Years Resolution is to work to convince people that what America needs is freedom loving conservatives in office in 2010.

Money is the mother’s milk of politics. This is a huge weapon. Start looking at who voted for this bill in the house and Senate and start donating money to their opponents if you can afford it. Only if it’s $5, it’s still $5. Everyone of these idiots in the house that voted for the health care bill probably already has opposition. In Missouri there were three individuals that voted for it; Russ Carnahan (MO-3), Emanuel Cleaver (MO-5), and William Clay (MO-1). I am going to donate just $5 to each one of their opponents to start. Maybe more if we can afford it, I don’t know. In district 5 we have a great conservative candidate by the name of Jacob Turk who is just waiting for donations. Imagine if we got every conservative republican to donate just five dollars to Jacob’s campaign in the next election cycle. Or, how about Ed Martin who is running against Russ Carnahan in district 3. Consider what would happen if we could get more people to donate money from outside the state. I don’t care if they are in your districts or not. Getting them elected will be the difference between your freedoms being protected/restored or the failure of this nation.

Strangely, I am getting more optimistic about things. Don’t know why, maybe its blind hope, or maybe it’s the reality that the Democrats have gone too far and there are millions of freedom loving Americans out there. The technologies and willingness exists to focus our efforts and effect real change. That change doesn’t come from yelling at your Senator or Congressperson. Either way, if you sit idly by and do nothing, or if you say oh what does it matter, the failure of this nation is on your shoulders not those that perpetrated the action against you. This is about self-defense and self-preservation. Sit idly by and watch as your future and freedoms or destroyed, or get some skin in the game!

Looks like all Missourians need to get behind a recent bill cosponsored by Senator Stouffer. Senate Joint Resolution 25 allows Missouri to opt-out of any federal health care public option or proposal. They may very well pass this, but we still have a lot of power at the state level. It’s time to remind them of that fact.

The Stouffer Report:

Legislation Allows for Federal Healthcare Reform Opt-Out

The federal government is in the process of trying to take over roughly 20 percent of the nation’s economy through a power grab called “health care reform.” Sadly, it is the portions of this massive undertaking that are NOT being reported that — to me — are the scariest.

For this reason, I am co-sponsoring a joint resolution in the Missouri Senate (Senate Joint Resolution 25) intended to prohibit laws from interfering with your freedom of choice in health care. This idea is being proposed in other states as well.

If you combine the bills in the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House and all of the amendments between the two chambers, you will find thousands of pages of documents. All of the plans out there right now raise taxes on every one, not just “the rich.”

Of course, most folks are employed by individuals and businesses that fit what politicians are currently calling “the rich.” It is pretty hard to get a good, long-term job from someone with little income. The “rich,” including small businesses, are the ones that will lead the economic recovery. They are the folks who provide the jobs.

The health care reforms being proposed will have an effect on small business owners, farmers and all taxpayers. But, the most important thing to keep in mind is, this is not about ensuring health care for every one. It could lead to the government dictating every aspect of our lives, from birth to death.

In examining costs to states, consider a recent article from Reuters. Economically, California is doing worse than any other state in the nation. Any kind of government-run health care would hit them hardest. Unfortunately, it would not be much better for us in the Show-Me State.

The Heritage Foundation has written in great detail about the costs of so-called “reform.” Since there is no singular plan available, trying to determine what a federal health care system would cost our state is nearly impossible to calculate. However, I have talked with some of the folks in the Senate’s budget office, and they tell me it could cost Missouri more than $200 million.

I am not sure a government takeover of anything is a good idea, with the deficit shooting to record highs every day. In addition, the uncertainty that abounds in the many significant changes being proposed on the federal level stifles business growth in the real world. I certainly do not think letting the federal government have 20 percent of our country’s gross domestic product is a wise move.

There are ideas out there that will work, one of which we passed and the governor signed into law in 2005 here in Missouri: Tort reform. Another is allowing insurance companies to compete across state lines. Reform does not have to happen in one huge step. Little by little we can all work together to enact reforms that build a plan that meets medical needs, sustains providers and honors taxpayers.

Our country is already in a recession. We are not seeing jobs being created. As Missouri lawmakers are preparing to return to Jefferson City, I am getting more concerned about the federal mandates being forced on us. I will continue to fight these bad ideas for as long as possible.

Senator Stouffer serves the counties of Carroll, Chariton, Cooper, Howard, Lafayette, Macon, Ray, Saline, and a part of Clay.

Below is the most recent edition of Straight Talk With Sam Graves. In it he gives comment on the newest insult to freedom, HR 3296 “Nancycare.”What a surprise it’s as bad as conservatives have been warning it would be.

Same Bill, Same Problems

This past August, I held 23 town hall meetings across the district. I heard over and over again that my constituents did not want a government takeover of health care. That message was not delivered by slick television ads or special interest lobbyists. Instead, it was delivered by everyday people who had finally had enough. I heard the message loud and clear, but that was not the case for everyone.

Last week, Speaker Pelosi introduced her version of health care reform. The 1,990 page proposal is very similar to the plan that Americans overwhelmingly rejected in August. It costs just over $1 trillion dollars.

Who is going to pay for it? In short, we all are. The bill proposes billions in new taxes. Small businesses that file as individuals will be hit hard. It will also require all but the smallest of businesses to provide health insurance for their employees, regardless of their ability, or pay a penalty.

The bill will also require individuals to buy health insurance. Those who don’t will pay the federal government a penalty fee. In addition, there are new taxes on medical devices like wheelchairs and bandages. The bill would also cut nearly $500 billion from Medicare.

In short, this bill will increase your insurance premiums, cost us jobs with new taxes and mandates, and cut billions from our seniors’ Medicare benefits. That is not common sense reform. I will oppose this bill and work to pass common sense health insurance reform.


Sam Graves