Health Care Update!

Dear Policy Patriots -

Thank you for joining 1.34 million of Americans in your support of the Free Our Health Care NOW! petition which is against government run health care.

Arrogance of Congress. Never before have we seen the "arrogance of Congress" as we are seeing it now. The legislators are ignoring the wishes of the American people who, according to an October Rasmussen poll, 49% say, "doing nothing" is better than passing any of the bills. The health care debate is about a battle for one sixth of the economy and Congress is not responding to their constituents concerns.

Current State of Affairs. In the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has announced his intention to include a government-run public insurance plan in the health reform bill.

This announcement alienated Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), who as you might remember voted with Democrats to pass the Baucus legislation out of the Finance Committee, but has clearly indicated that she will oppose the bill if it includes a public option. Instead, she says she now plans to support a Republican-led filibuster against the bill. With Sen. Snowe's defection, and the unlikelihood that any other Senate Republicans can be persuaded to support the public option, Sen. Reid will need every Democratic vote to overcome a filibuster. Literally, there is no margin of error for Sen. Reid. He must get all 60 Democrats to support his effort to include a government-run public option and overcome a Republican filibuster.

Already, several Democratic senators are feeling the pressure. Sen. Joe Lieberman (ID-CT), who is an "independent" Democrat, has already expressed doubts about the public option. Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and others are also weighing heavily whether to filibuster the public option. If just one of the Senate Democrats decides to support the filibuster, Senator Reid will have no choice but to remove the public option or see the entire health reform bill fail.

Let your voice be heard, it matters more than ever now! The Free Our Health Care NOW! Action Army needs you to let your legislators know how you feel about their arrogance! Action Army Americans have already sent more than 150,000 letters to Congress expressing their concerns. Don't miss this opportunity to be heard!

Seniors Beware! The nation's preeminent seniors group, AARP, has put the weight of its 40 million members behind health care reform, saying many of the proposals will lower costs and increase the quality of care for older Americans. But not advertised in this lobbying campaign have been the group's substantial earnings from insurance royalties and the potential benefits that could come its way from many of the reform proposals, says the Washington Post.

We need your help to continue to educate the public! The Free Our Health Care NOW! Policy Patriots demonstrate that committed, motivated Americans can fight against government run health care by educating the public. Because of your efforts, the public now know more about health care legislation then our representatives in Congress. Give $5 or $10, whatever you can, to help us keep this drive alive!

There is also a wealth of other educational and resource material available, including better alternatives to government-run health care:

Health Care Solutions:

Five Steps to a Better Health Care System.

Dr. John Goodman's Blog - Current, up-to date information on the debate:

Heartland Institute's Health Care Solutions:

Thank you again for your support of the "Free Our Health Care NOW!" and for fighting against government-run health care.

Warm regards,

Jeanette Nordstrom
National Center for Policy Analysis

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