Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Letter to Lindsey Graham

Dear Senator Graham,

I saw you On the Record with Greta last night. When you said that you would require Nancy Pelosi to promise to leave out certain provisions of the house health care bill in order to pass the senate, well sir, my jaw just dropped.

I cannot believe that you are going to gamble our liberty on Nancy Pelosi keeping a promise! Nancy Pelosi takes no prisoners. She will agree to anything to get what she wants, and once she gets it, will do whatever benefits her agenda. She is a lot like Yasser Arafat and Saddam Hussein in that regard.

Why not vote the bill down unconditionally, and take another run at it? We do need health care reform in this country (but it is NOT the highest priority -- think economy and energy instead). To be effective and protect our liberty, health care reform should be the EXACT OPPOSITE of the house bill! Here are my suggestions:
  • NO Government Takeover of Health Care
  • NO Public Option or co-ops or government run "exchanges" of any kind
  • NO Mandates
  • NO Vote for Cloture or other sleazy methods of getting the bill passed (i.e. reconciliation or attaching it as an amendment to another bill)
  • YES to totally eliminating barriers to buying health insurance across state lines
  • YES to real tort reform
  • YES to genuinely decreasing the mandates on health insurance companies and policies so that smaller, more flexible companies and policies are allowed exist and compete
  • YES to allowing everyone to claim tax credits for providing health insurance, from corporations to small businesses to those that are self employed
  • YES to cracking open the potential of Health Savings Accounts (HSA's) by increasing the ceiling on maximum donations that each person can make each year
  • YES to cafeteria style choices for all individuals or businesses, so that each consumer is at liberty to choose the insurance that he/she wants to pay for and meets their personal needs
  • YES to allowing real freedom of choice for consumers who want to purchase high deductible policies in combination with an HSA or catastrophic policy
  • YES to cutting out waste and fraud by VERIFYING the citizenship of everyone who receives an entitlement benefit
  • YES to transparency and accountability - we want the entire bill, in its final legislative language put online for at least 72 hours prior to voting, as well as an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office being completed at least 72 hours before any voting is allowed to take place
Note that Nancy Pelosi DID NOT live up to her promise to give We the People 72 hours to read the bill before the house vote.

Karl Uppiano

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