A Peek At Our Future Healthcare

Do you want a peek at your future if the Democratic Congress gets its way with passing the health care reform providing universal coverage?

Then read what Wendy Williams of Cape Cod wrote in the Wall Street Journal on October 9, 2009 how the Massachusetts law has affected her and her husband.

The Massachusetts state legislature passed a law in 2006 requiring all Massachusetts citizens to have health care coverage.  Yes required by law, very similar to what is being pushed on us by Congress.   Here is an excerpt of Mrs. Williams article:

My husband retired from IBM about a decade ago, and as we aren’t old enough for Medicare we still buy our health insurance through the company. But IBM, with its typical courtesy, informed us recently that we will be fined by the state.

Why? Because Massachusetts requires every resident to have health insurance, and this year, without informing us directly, the state had changed the rules in a way that made our bare-bones policy no longer acceptable.

What is sad about this situation is what she admits:

Mr. Romney and Sen. Ted Kennedy publicly promised that the middle class—that is, people like us—would not be taxed and that our health-care costs would actually decrease if the plan became law.

My husband and I weren’t convinced. It all seemed inane, but we are neither politically or socially conservative and figured the plan wouldn’t affect us much. Besides, who could be against a plan that covers more people for less money?

Do you see what could happen?  Once the government controls our health coverage, it can make the decisions.  This recent decision made by the Massachusetts government for its citizens and the Williams couple determines what insurance they need to purchase or pay a fine to the government.

Who collects that fine?  The IRS.  Who gets that fine?   The government.  That is a tax.  A tax inflicted on you just because you do not want to purchase more than you think you need.   If you do not purchase what the government mandates and do not pay the tax, you can go to jail.

Do you believe that the government can determine what is best for you or can you make that decision yourself?

Mrs. Williams warns us:

The mandate in Massachusetts was sold as something that wouldn’t penalize people like my husband and me. But those political promises were only good for as long as it took to get the mandate enacted into law.

Please, do not be mislead by all the promises that you are now hearing.  These promises will not last.   Speak out now, before the bills in Congress pass.

The Baucus bill in the Senate Finance Committee is up for a vote tomorrow.  Today please call the Senators to tell them NO.

  • NO government takeover of health care
  • NO public option, no matter how it is disguised
  • NO mandates (having to purchase insurance or be fined)
  • NO vote for cloture
  • NO to any ‘institute’ being established that dictates your healthcare decisions

Which Senators to contact, start with these 2 on the Finance Committee, which could be the deciding votes:

Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine

Web Form: snowe.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactSenat…
Washington, DC (202) 224-5344 / (202) 224-1946 fax
Auburn (207) 786-2451 / (207) 782-1438 fax
Augusta (207) 622-8292 / (207) 622-7295 fax
Bangor (207) 945-0432 / (207) 941-9525 fax
Biddeford (207) 282-4144 / (207) 284-2358 fax
Portland (207) 874-0883 / (207) 874-7631 fax
Presque Isle (207) 764-5124 / (207) 764-6420 fax

Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas

Chief of Staff: Elizabeth Burks (elizabeth_burks@lincoln.senate.gov)
Washington, DC (202) 224-4843 / (202) 228-1371 fax
Little Rock (800) 352-9364 / (501) 375-7064 fax

6 Responses to A Peek At Our Future Healthcare

  1. Cathy says:

    I’ve been e-mailing Senators’ offices and calling since last week. Don’t give up! Many mailboxes are full, so use the online forms at their websites to send the Senators an e-mail with your message. Thanks and thanks for posting all this info!

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