Tuesday, September 15, 2009


There are better ways to solve our health care problems than the take-over of health care by the government.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and several of their colleagues have introduced legislation (voted down by the Democrats) aptly called “The Patients Choice Act”.

It provides a path to universal coverage by redirecting current subsidies for health insurance to individuals. It also provides a new safety net that guarantees access to insurance for those with pre-existing conditions and helps millions of people out of the Medicaid ghetto.

It accomplishes the goals of moving toward universal health coverage, making health insurance portable, and getting costs under control. And, rather than turning the health sector over to the government, it puts doctors and patients in control.

Isn’t that a refreshing idea!

The White House and the Democratic leaders in Congress appear undaunted in their efforts to ram through sweeping reform legislation in record time, even as the head of the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) told Congress that the reforms they were proposing would worsen the federal government’s already bleak outlook. In addition, and worse still, the CBO said the bills won’t meet the president’s promise of reducing health costs over the long term, saying instead the proposed legislation would “significantly increase” costs.

Remember, Obama said his proposals would not impact the deficit by “one dime”. Was Joe Wilson (R-SC) correct is stating that President Obama lied at the joint session of Congress? You make the call.

Submitted by: Chuck Lehmann

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