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Archive for March, 2010

Dear Mr. Hunt:

Thank you for contacting me regarding health care reform. I appreciate the comments you have shared with me and the opportunity to respond.

As a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee as well as a former small business owner, I am aware of the problems our nation faces regarding health care, and am sensitive to the struggles the average, hard-working American faces when trying to gain access to adequate and affordable health care. I agree we must look for solutions to find ways to provide access to affordable health care to individuals who lack access to health insurance through an employer.

As I am sure you are aware, on November 7, 2009, the House passed health care reform legislation that would cost $1.2 trillion over 10 years. The bill also would create a public insurance plan to compete with offerings from private companies and would pay for the coverage expansion by raising taxes on upper-income earners. I am adamantly opposed to the House proposed legislation.

On November 21, 2009, the Senate voted in favor of beginning debate on a $2.5 trillion health care bill that was written by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) behind closed doors. I voted against moving forward with this hybrid bill that merged the Senate Finance Committee’s health care reform legislation with the bill that was passed in July by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. I already had voted against the health care bill that passed out of the HELP Committee on July 15, 2009.

On December 24, 2009, the Senate approved the health care reform legislation by a vote of 60 – 39, without my support. The Senate bill now must be reconciled with a different version passed by the House. If the two chambers are able to reach a compromise on the final health care reform bill, each chamber must vote to approve that compromise.

I am strongly opposed to the Senate bill, because I believe it would raise taxes, raise premiums, cut benefits for seniors and place a massive unfunded mandate on Georgia and other states to pay for a proposed expansion of Medicaid.

Once fully implemented in 2014, the proposal would cost an estimated $2.5 trillion over 10 years. Despite the exorbitant cost, an estimated 24 million Americans would still be left without health insurance and 5 million people would lose their employer coverage under the Democrats’ proposal.

The Senate bill also includes $518.5 billion in tax increases and $466.7 billion in Medicare cuts for seniors. In addition, the bill was previously reported in adding $28 billion in new taxes on employers who do not provide government-approved health plans. I believe these new taxes would ultimately result in reduced wages and lost jobs.

I believe there could be some common ground between Republicans and Democrats in terms of insurance portability and not being rejected for pre-existing conditions or cancelled if you have a disease. However, I am very disappointed by the lack of transparency as the legislation was drafted and the backroom deals that Democratic Leader Reid made with certain Senate Democrats in order to secure their votes on his health care proposal.

I believe the key to health care reform is stimulating competition in a market-based system that will encourage private health insurers and managed care providers to compete for business and make health insurance more affordable for consumers. I also believe Congress should look carefully into proposals that will increase coverage of preventative and wellness care, which will help control the cost of managing chronic diseases and drive down the cost of treating largely preventable conditions.

The thousands of Georgians I have heard from back home during the last several months are very leery of being pushed into a government-run system that will have to be paid for with higher taxes. I will not be a part of driving Americans to a government-run health care system that we can’t afford.

I am a co-sponsor of S.1099, the Patient’s Choice Act of 2009, which seeks to strengthen the relationship between patient and doctors by using choice and competition, rather than health care rationing and restriction, to contain costs and ensure access to affordable health care for all Americans. For more information on the Patient Choice Act please visit my website at http://isakson.senate.gov/healthcare.html.

Thank you again for contacting me. Please visit my webpage at http://isakson.senate.gov/ for more information on the issues important to you and to sign up for my e-newsletter.

Sincerely,
Johnny Isakson
United States Senator

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Dear Mr. Hunt:

Thank you for contacting me regarding your concerns about health care reform. It is good to hear from you.

After several weeks of backroom deal-making, partisan arm-twisting and special carve-outs for wavering senators, the Senate voted on party lines 60-39 to pass health care reform legislation.

I voted against it, due to both the content of the bill and the way it was kept secret from many senators and from the American people. Our health care system needs reforming, but this is not the way to revamp a sector that represents 17 percent of America’s economy.

I also voted against cloture, because I believed the Senate should continue to debate a bill that would, among other bad choices, cost $2.5 trillion when fully implemented over 10 years, increase taxes by $494 billion, cut Medicare by $465 billion, and would not bend the federal cost curve down.

The Senate is following the House of Representatives, which recently passed its own version of a health care bill, H.R. 3962, the “Affordable Health Care for America Act,” by a narrow partisan margin. The two partisan bills are on track to be reconciled into one piece of legislation.

Aside from the bill’s budget-busting cost, seniors and taxpayers would be faced with many undue burdens. By paying for these new provisions by cutting Medicare, a program that is already in danger of becoming insolvent, many Americans my age will see their benefits and access to care severely diminished in order to establish new entitlement programs. Congress cannot continue ransacking Medicare funds to implement new government entitlement programs.

I also oppose a mandate on small businesses to cover the costs of their employees. The health care industry itself will also feel more than $100 billion in taxes and fees, which will be shifted directly to the American people in the form of higher premiums. Also, during an economic downturn, individuals would be taxed a total of $8 billion for not purchasing insurance the government deems appropriate. The Senate bill does not contain a public option, which I oppose.

The number of uninsured Americans continues to rise, along with the premiums and out-of-pocket expenses incurred by insured consumers. We in Congress need to address this problem by searching for effective ways to expand access to adequate, affordable medical care for all Americans in a fiscally responsible manner, not by expanding government, slashing Medicare and trading votes for sweetheart deals for Nebraska, Florida and Vermont.

The Senate has moved too quickly with radical proposals that may not achieve their worthy objectives. This rush to legislative passage will limit Americans’ access to health care and lower quality while increasing taxes and the nation’s debt. Instead of ramming through legislation – largely kept secret until this week – to overhaul our entire health care system, we should be focused on incremental reform to improve the areas of greatest need.

As I mentioned above, America is in need of health care reform. That’s why I am an original cosponsor of S. 1099, the “Patients’ Choice Act,” which was introduced on May 20, 2009, and was referred to the Committee on Finance.

That legislation would make health care coverage accessible and affordable for all Americans through private insurance coverage while promoting prevention and wellness which can improve lives and lower medical costs. It would also put Americans in charge of their own health care by giving them a tax rebate of $2,300 for individuals and $5,700 for families to buy health insurance. It would allow patients to comparison shop for health care the same way they do for other products and services, and would allow them to keep their coverage if they changed jobs. Individuals with preexisting conditions could not be turned down or denied coverage.

To be effective, any health care bill must also address tort reform, which the Senate bill does not. I am an original cosponsor of S. 2662, the “Fair Resolution of Medical Liability Disputes Act of 2009,” which would create a system of preliminary non-binding arbitration for medical malpractice claims. If one or both parties involved reject the arbitrator’s decision, they can take the claim to court, but the losing party would have to pay the winning party’s legal fees.

Americans are right to demand access to affordable health care. But the Senate bill is bad legislation. It is a political victory – not a substantive one – that will actually make health care more expensive.

On February 26, 2010, Democrats and Republicans from the House and Senate leadership met to discuss health care costs, insurance reform, deficit reduction, and health insurance coverage. Republicans continued to press Democrats to take a step-by-step approach to solving health care issues rather than continuing forward with a massive bill filled with tax increases, Medicare cuts, and increased premiums. Democrats refused to divulge whether the reconciliation procedure would be used to pass certain measures. I will continue to oppose a bill that significantly raises taxes, cuts benefits for seniors, adds to the federal deficit and allows the government to make decisions that should be between a patient and his or her doctor.

If you would like to receive timely e-mail alerts regarding the latest congressional actions and my weekly e-newsletter, please sign up via my Web site at: www.chambliss.senate.gov. Please let me know whenever I may be of assistance.

We are in such trouble and no one seems to care or know what to do about it.

Please pray for our country.

Military FlyOver Denied

Unbelievable, isn’t it!!!
Everyone needs to see this.
I foresee many flyovers by the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels will be canceled in the next three years also.

Also demonstrations by the Golden Knights and our service bands.
Obama denied a military flyover at the annual “God and Country” mrally in Idaho , where new military recruits
were inducted and all military were honored.
This is the irst time in 42 years that there has not been a military flyover in formation, and organizers were stunned that Obama refused to allow this.

When the lady organizing the event contacted the Pentagon to ask why this was not allowed, as it had occurred every year for 42 years, she was told it was because of the event’s “Christian nature.”

The video also mentions that when Obama made a recent speech, a cross and a Christian symbol for Jesus had to be covered first.
This is beyond unbelievable action by the Commander in Chief and our President, and America needs to know about it!!

Click here:

- Obama Denies Flyover –
of ‘GOD & Country Rally’ 1stTime In42Yrs

Why?

Because Of Its ‘Christian Nature’

Lost Liberty

“I weep for the liberty of my country when I see at this early day of its successful experiment that corruption has been imputed to many members of the House of Representatives, and the rights of the people have been bartered for promises of office. ”

Andrew Jackson