Ron Paul On The Passage Of Healthcare “Reform”

From Campaign For Liberty:

Healthcare Reform Passes
By Ron Paul
Published 03/22/10

Following months of heated public debate and aggressive closed-door negotiations, Congress finally cast a historic vote on healthcare late Sunday evening. It was truly a sad weekend on the House floor as we witnessed further dismantling of the Constitution, disregard of the will of the people, explosive expansion of the reach of government, unprecedented corporate favoritism, and the impending end of quality healthcare as we know it.

Those in favor of this bill touted their good intentions of ensuring quality healthcare for all Americans, as if those of us against the bill are against good medical care. They cite fanciful statistics of deficit reduction, while simultaneously planning to expand the already struggling medical welfare programs we currently have. They somehow think that healthcare in this country will be improved by swelling our welfare rolls and cutting reimbursement payments to doctors who are already losing money. It is estimated that thousands of doctors will be economically forced out of the profession should this government fuzzy math actually try to become healthcare reality. No one has thought to ask what good mandatory health insurance will be if people can’t find a doctor.

Legislative hopes and dreams don’t always stand up well against economic realities.

Frustratingly, this legislation does not deal at all with the real reasons access to healthcare is a struggle for so many — the astronomical costs. If tort reform was seriously discussed, if the massive regulatory burden on healthcare was reduced and reformed, if the free market was allowed to function and apply downward pressure on healthcare costs as it does with everything else, perhaps people wouldn’t be so beholden to insurance companies in the first place. If costs were lowered, more people could simply pay for what they need out of pocket, as they were able to do before government got so involved. Instead, in the name of going after greedy insurance companies, the federal government is going to make people even more beholden to them by mandating that everyone buy their product! Hefty fines are due from anyone found to have committed the heinous crime of not being a customer of a health insurance company. We will need to hire some 16,500 new IRS agents to police compliance with all these new mandates and administer various fines. So in government terms, this is also a jobs bill. Never mind that this program is also likely to cost the private sector some 5 million jobs.

Of course, the most troubling aspect of this bill is that it is so blatantly unconstitutional and contrary to the ideals of liberty. Nowhere in the constitution is there anything approaching authority for the Federal government to do any of this. The founders would have been horrified at the idea of government forcing citizens to become consumers of a particular product from certain government approved companies. 38 states are said to already be preparing legal and constitutional challenges to this legislation, and if the courts stand by their oaths, they will win. Protecting the right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, should be the court’s responsibility. Citizens have a responsibility over their own life, but they also have the liberty to choose how they will live and protect their lives. Healthcare choices are a part of liberty, another part that is being stripped away. Government interference in healthcare has already infringed on choices available to people, but rather than getting out of the way, it is entrenching itself, and its corporatist cronies, even more deeply.

UK CANCER DEATH RATE IS 38% HIGHER THAN IN US

This stat is listed on www.dickmorris.com with a full explanation.

This is just one example of government run healthcare and its consequences.

Feingold Listening Sessions October 3rd and 5th

Here is another opportunity to make our voices heard and send Senator Feingold a message:

WE DON’T WANT GOVERNMENT RUN HEALTH CARE!

NO CAP AND TRADE (TAX)!

NO AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS!  AND SECURE OUR BORDERS!

Senator Feingold will be in Columbia County on Saturday, October 3rd at 11:30 in the Gymnasium at Portage Junior High School.

He will be in Dodge County, October 5th at 10:15 a.m. in the Auditorium at Waupun City Hall.

Here is the link:  Senator Feingold Listening Sessions

Tammy Baldwin Lake Mills Town Hall

Here are videos from the Angry Mob at Tammy Baldwin’s town hall meeting in Lake Mills on September 26, 2009.

Tammy Baldwin Heard From The Angry Mob!

On Saturday September 26th, Rep. Tammy Baldwin held two town hall meetings in Beloit and Lake Mills.  The estimated attendance at Beloit was about 50 people and at Lake Mills about 80 people.  Many of the Rock River Patriots attended the Lake Mills town hall, as did many other concerned citizens.

I was at the Lake Mills town hall from about 1:30 – 3:30pm with many other Patriots.  I left while the meeting was still going.  While at the town hall, out of all those who spoke, I heard only two people that were for government run health care.  Everyone else was against it.  Many spoke about the lack of transparency in this administration, voiced their disgust about Rep. Baldwin’s vote against the bill to de-fund ACORN, spoke about how bad the Cap and Trade (Tax) bill would be for Wisconsin, and spoke out against Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants.   Much of the town hall meeting and the comments were video taped.  Above are some videos of the Angry Mob!

This is what Kirsten Lombard from the Wisconsin 9/12 Project wrote about attending the Lake Mills meeting:

Tammy had a few supporters there.  But most of the folks there were much like you and me–concerned citizens who don’t like what they see happening. People respectfully held her feet to the fire, and she got called out on a few things.  It was a privilege to be there and to hear the respectful individual voices of District 2 constituents coming together in agreement that our we are not being properly represented in Washington and that we will no longer accept what is happening.

I have heard from others who attended the town hall in Beloit.  This is what Jim Sutter wrote:

I attended the Beloit , Listening Session, held by Rep. Baldwin, and wanted to share some of my observations and thoughts.   Attendance was roughly 50 people maybe slightly more.  Of those there, my estimate is about ¼ were Baldwin and health care reform supporters.   At this listening session it was apparent that the majority of attendees were in opposition of the current health care reform bill and cap and trade bills.   I know this is only one session, but Ms Baldwin regularly touts that her constituents are demanding health care reforms.   She doesn’t say the minority of her constituents demand it.

My gut feeling is that the overall position of those attending is that there is very little trust or confidence in our government representatives, the governments facts & figures or the ability to run anything efficiently.  I don’t think anyone that attended this meeting had any hope that Ms Baldwin was going to change her thoughts or votes based on what she was asked or told today.  It seems apparent that her beliefs and mind is made up and she was mainly trying to use talking points to appease or convince the people attending to accept her actions and comments.

Here is the Daily Jefferson County Union Story: Rep. Baldwin’s Town Hall

Tammy Baldwin Listening Sessions Saturday September 26th in Beloit and Lake Mills

Tammy Baldwin is having two listening sessions on Saturday Sept. 26.  We need to make our presence known at both!  Tell as many people as you can!

The first one is at 10:00am in Beloit at the Public Library.  Here is the link info about that event:

Tammy Baldwin Beloit Listening Session

The second is in Lake Mills at the Municipal Building at 1:30pm.  Here is the link for info about that event:

Tammy Baldwin Lake Mills Listening Session

Let’s all tell go and tell Tammy we don’t want government run health care or cap and trade!

Just a reminder the Rock River Patriots meeting will be held on Friday September 25, 2009 at Kendall Packaging 707 N. Parkway Street in Jefferson.  The meeting starts at 6pm.

A First-Hand Account Of Government-Run Healthcare

Here is an account of someone who lived the government-run health care nightmare.

What Soviet Medicine Teaches Us