|Dear Fellow Tea Party Patriots,
As we enter these last few days before Christmas and the last few days before the vote on health care in the Senate, there are still a few things you can do on the government takeover of health care. There are 2 more 60 vote decisions that must be voted on this week before the bill comes to a final vote. Keep the pressure on the Senators during this time. It is not just the quantity of calls that influences their decisions but also the passion and intensity. Keep the pressure and intensity up.
Here are immediate actions you can take:
- Freedom Works is hosting a Candlelight Vigil outside of Sen. Webb’s Falls Church office on Tuesday December 23, from 4:30 pm – 7:00. 7309 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA; 202-379-6583. http://912marchondc.ning.com/events/candlelight-vigil-at-senator
- Sign this petition stating your opposition to government takeover of health care.
- Watch the new video They Refuse to Listen on our website. This video was produced by our good friends and fellow Tea Party Patriots at TeaPartyMovie.com. The Tea Party Documentary is an excellent movie and will make an wonderful Christmas gift for you.
- If you cannot get through to your Senator’s office, we have a new plan of action. It is to call your local media (radio and newspaper). Read below for details.
- Host your own Candlelight Vigil this week. Be sure to call your local media before hosting so they will come report on it. Also, enter the event on teapartypatriots.org so other Patriots around your area will know what is going on. You can find events listed on our site by going to teapartypatriots.org and clicking on Tea Parties. While this list does not pertain to Candlelight Vigils specifically, you can use this list to help you get started: http://www.teapartypatriots.org/2010/TeaPartyChecklist.aspx.
- Consider setting up Watch Dog Teams. The teams will monitor by the hour in each state to see what is being said on the Senate Floor. When something is particularly objectionable and it pertains to your state, take notes and send them far and wide. Ask people to send letters to that Senator’s office and as letters to the editor to local papers. That way more people will know what is actually happening on the floor of the Senate. You can watch C-Span coverage live here. Enter your watch dog group on our site so that others can contact you if they want to join it. To enter your group on our site: Register and Sign In, click on Tea Parties, click on your state, click on Groups, click on Start a New Group.
- As if you do not already have enough reasons to oppose this bill, read below to see what our taxpayer money is going to in the Senate Health Care Bill.
- Call your Senators offices and ask if they have read the bill in full. Also ask if they are going to read each and every bill before voting for them. If you have any additional Senators who are willing to read the bills, send the information to the folks at pledgetoread.com using this form: http://www.letfreedomringusa.com/contact. Also, read the poll below where 84% of Americans actually agree on something. It is incredible that so many Americans agree on a single issue.
Thank you for working so hard to preserve liberty for future generations! If there is anything the National Coordinators can do for you this week, please let us know. We are here to help you.
|Can’t Get Through to Your Senator? Call the Media!
|As you already know, it has become virtually impossible to communicate with your elected representatives. Senators are taking their phones off the hook, unplugging their fax machines and ignoring the thousands of emails pouring into their computers. They simply aren’t interested in hearing from you. Against overwhelming public pressure, and polls which continue to show that an increasingly large majority of Americans oppose what they are doing, the Senate appears poised to pass a healthcare bill which none of them have even read. And yet even as public outrage and anger grow, the media is remiss in its coverage, pretending that we don’t exist. So now it’s time to change strategies.
While we want you to continue to call your Senators, any time you can’t get through, we encourage you to call your local radio and television stations and newspapers to express your outrage at your continuing inability to reach your elected representatives. When we melt the switchboards of the media outlets, it becomes far more likely that they will begin reporting on your outrage. If thousands of people in each area are calling their media outlets, they will struggle to handle the flow of calls. While Senators may ignore us, the media outlets are businesses that cannot afford to stop answering our calls.
Don’t give up…the battle is not over. The fight is in full swing, and it’s up to the Patriots around the nation to make the difference. You are the future of this nation, and only you can make the difference.”
|What Do 80%+ of Americans Agree On?
|So-called “80 percent issues” are rare in politics: issues that garner public support of 80% or more.
We have a new one from a Zogby survey Let Freedom Ring conducted just last week.
Here is the question:
Some contend that the reason federal legislation is often thousands of pages long is because provisions to benefit special interests can be more easily buried in long bills, and so citizens cannot decipher the legislative language quickly enough to be able to communicate support or opposition to their Senators and Members of Congress before a vote is taken. Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree with this opinion?
1. Strongly agree
2. Somewhat agree
3. Somewhat disagree
4. Strongly disagree
5. Not sure
The total of those who “agree” is 84% — a truly phenomenal result. And 61% of that 84% agree “strongly.” Even 69% of Democrats agree. For Democrat Senators to disregard the views of 69% of likely Democrat voters is politically perilous and likely to be regarded as arrogant and out of touch with their base.
|Let’s Make a Deal with Your Money
Let’s Make A Deal…With Your Money
Interesting Provisions That Recently Appeared In Senate Health Bill
WHERE WILL THIS MONEY GO? WE DON’T KNOW WHICH STATE YET BUT WE SUSPECT IT IS TO SEN. BAYH AND INDIANA
$100,000,000 For “Health Care Facility” “At A Public Research University In The United States That Contains A State’s Sole Public Academic Medical And Dental School.” “(a) APPROPRIATION.-There are authorized to be appropriated, and there are appropriated to the Department of Health and Human Services, $100,000,000 for fiscal year 2010, to remain available for obligation until September 30, 2011, to be used for debt service on, or direct construction or renovation of, a health care facility that provides research, inpatient tertiary care, or outpatient clinical services. Such facility shall be affiliated with an academic health center at a public research university in the United States that contains a State’s sole public academic medical and dental school.” (Manager’s Amendment To H.R. 3590, Pg. 328)
“As Part Of The Deal To Win Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson’s Support, The Federal Government Will Fund Nebraska’s New Medicaid Recipients.” (“Ben Nelson’s Medicaid Deal,” Politico, 12/19/09)
“In Addition To The Medicaid Carve Out, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) Negotiated An Exemption From The Insurance Tax For Non-Profit Insurers Based In His State. The Language Was Written In A Way That Only Mutual Of Omaha Insurance Company, As Well As Blue Cross Blue Shield Nonprofit Plans In Nebraska and Michigan, would qualify, according to a Democratic Senate aide.” (“Nelson Wins Insurance Tax Exemption, Too,” Politico, 12/19/09)
“The Health Care Overhaul Taking Shape In Congress Includes A Provision Pushed By Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy To Increase The State’s Medicaid Payments By $250 Million Over Six Years. The Provision, Also Supported By Sen. Bernie Sanders, Is Included In An Amendment Of Negotiated Provisions Offered By Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid On Saturday. The bill would require all states to expand their Medicaid programs to cover more low-income individuals and would increase Medicaid payments to cover the expansion. Leahy, Sanders and others have argued that Vermont would have been penalized because it already has expanded its coverage.” (“Health Bill Boosts Vt. Medicaid Payments,” The Associated Press, 12/19/09)
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) Negotiated A Deal To Grandfather Medicare Advantage Enrollees In Florida. “A fiery John McCain took to the Senate floor to offer a health care amendment — and tweaked Bill Nelson in the process. The Arizona Republican said his amendment would send the Senate health care bill back to committee to grandfather in all enrollees in the Medicare Advantage programs — Nelson and a number of Democrats successfully negotiated grandfather clauses for seniors in their states in exchange for supporting the bill.” (“John McCain Takes On Bill Nelson,” The Miami Herald‘s “Naked Politics” Blog, 12/7/09)
57 Democrats Vote To Defend Special Deal For Florida Medicare Advantage Program. (S.Amdt.2961 To H.R.3590, Roll Call Vote #370, Motion To Recommit Failed 42-57: R: 40-0; D 2-55; I 0-2, 12/8/09)
“And Reid Already Has Established A Dangerous Precedent, By Dangling $300 Million In Medicaid Funding For Louisiana To Win Landrieu’s Support For Bringing The Bill To The Senate Floor. Months Earlier, Reid Had Carved Out His Own Medicaid Exemption For Nevada. One addition he made to the Senate bill, an increase in the Medicare payroll tax for high earners, has raised concerns with Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (Maine). Snowe, the only Republican who has been at least somewhat supportive of Democratic reform efforts, cited its potential to harm small businesses.” (“Reid’s Recipe For Getting Health-Care Deal Done,” The Washington Post, 12/4/09)
“The Secretary Shall Establish A Pilot Program In Accordance With This Subsection To Provide Innovative Approaches To Furnishing Comprehensive, Coordinated, And Cost-Effective Care Under This Title To Individuals Described In Paragraph … [An Individual] Is An Environmental Exposure Affected Individual Described In Subsection (E)(2) Who Resides In Or Around The Geographic Area Subject To An Emergency Declaration Made As Of June 17, 2009.” ”(A) PRIMARY PILOT PROGRAM.-The Secretary shall establish a pilot program in accordance with this subsection to provide innovative approaches to furnishing comprehensive, coordinated, and cost-effective care under this title to individuals described in paragraph (2)(A). … ”(2) INDIVIDUAL DESCRIBED.-For purposes of paragraph (1), an individual described in this paragraph is an individual who enrolls in part B, submits to the Secretary an application to participate in the applicable pilot program under this subsection, and- ”(A) is an environmental exposure affected individual described in subsection (e)(2) who resides in or around the geographic area subject to an emergency declaration made as of June 17, 2009.” (Manager’s Amendment To H.R. 3590, Pg. 195-196)
“On June 17, 2009, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson Issued A Public Health Emergency (PHE) Finding At The Libby Asbestos Superfund Site In Northwest Montana. Over The Past Several Years, Hundreds Of Cases Of Asbestos-Related Disease Have Been Documented In The Communities Of Libby And Nearby Troy.” (EPA Website, Accessed 12/19/09).
Sen. Ben Nelson, Nebraska
DC Office Number: 202-224-6551, DC Fax Number: 202-228-0012
720 Hart Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
7602 Pacific St.
Omaha, NE 68114
Tel: (402) 391-3411
Fax: (402) 391-4725
440 North 8th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
Tel: (402) 441-4600
Fax: (402) 476-8753
Tel: (308) 631-7614
Tel: (308) 293-5818
South Sioux City
Tel: (402) 209-3595
Sen. Jim Webb, Virginia
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-4024, DC Fax Number: 202-228-6363
308 Craghead Street
Danville, VA 24541
222 Central Park Ave.
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
7309 Arlington Boulevard
Falls Church, VA 22042
756 Park Avenue, N.W.
Norton, VA 24273
Mail to: 756 Park Avenue, N.W.
P.O. Box 1300
Norton, VA 24273
507 East Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23219
3140 Chaparral Drive
Building C, Suite 101
Roanoke, VA 24018
248 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Sen. Mark Warner, Virginia
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-2023, DC Fax Number: 202-224-6295
459A Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
180 West Main Street
Abingdon, VA 24210
Phone Number: 276-628-8158
Fax Number: 276-628-1036
101 W. Main Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone Number: 757-441-3079
Fax Number: 757-441-6250
919 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone Number: 804-775-2314
Fax Number: 804-775-2319
8000 Towers Crescent Drive
Vienna, Virginia 22182
Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-4041, DC Fax Number: 202-224-9750
Sen. Blanche Lincoln, Arkansas
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-4843, DC Fax Number: 202-228-1371, Todd_Wooten@lincoln.senate.gov
Sen. Mary Landrieu, Louisiana
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-5824, DC Fax Number: 202-224-9735
Sen. Michael F Bennet, Colorado
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-5852, DC Fax Number: 202-228-5036
Sen. Mark Pryor, Arkansas
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-2353, DC Fax Number: 202-228-0908
Sen. Robert Byrd, West Virginia
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-3954, DC Fax Number: 202-228-0002
Sen. Jon Tester, Montana
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-2644, DC Fax Number: 202-224-8594
Sen. Mark Begich, Alaska
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-3004, DC Fax Number: 202-224-2354
Sen. Evan Bayh, Indiana
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-5623, DC Fax Number: 202-228-1377
PriceWaterhouseCooper released an independent study of the Senate Finance Committee version of the government takeover of health care bill. The study showed that American family’s budgets will be severely impacted by the bill and that health insurance premiums will increase dramatically. You may wish to read the study and use this as supporting documentation when you contact the Senators. Additionally, you may find some these resources helpful as well:
Tea Party Patriots Health Care Talking Points
Why Is Tea Party Patriots Focusing on Health Care
Questions to Ask Your Representative About Health Care