Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 2:38 PM
Subject: Re: [We-Surround-Them-Dothan-Wiregrass] Healthcare Bill
As far as our district goes, it looks to me like Bobby Bright agrees with the rest of us. I'm not really sure what else we can do except to call all the Senators that are unsure. Here is the email I got back from Bobby Bright's office:
Dear Mr. X,
Thank you for contacting me with your views on the America's Affordable Health Choices Act. I appreciate your comments and I welcome this opportunity to share my thoughts.
As I visit with the citizens of southeast Alabama I hear about the challenges many families face in getting good and affordable healthcare. Please be assured that I empathize with these concerns and will continue to work diligently on your behalf to increase access to quality and affordable healthcare. As you may know, President Obama has placed healthcare reform at the top of his agenda, and while I may not agree with the President on every issue I look forward to learning more about his healthcare agenda and working to ensure common sense solutions are considered by Congress.
Making quality healthcare affordable to every American is no simple task. This issue is incredibly complex, and Congress must be mindful that any changes we make do not undermine the stability and quality of our current health care system. Recently, several House committees worked together to develop health care reform legislation. Some of the key proposals of the legislation include the creation of a new Health Insurance Exchange which would establish a transparent and functional marketplace for individuals and small employers to comparison shop among private and public insurers. The bill also calls for the establishment of a public health insurance option, which would establish new insurance choices in areas of the country limited by just one or two private insurers today. Additionally, this legislation would prevent discriminatory practices based on an individual's health status or pre -existing health conditions.
As I have begun to review the America's Affordable Health Choices Act, I have seen some good ideas and some proposals that I would be unable to support. Specifically, I am encouraged that the bill includes provisions regarding pre-existing health conditions. I am also pleased that the legislation includes the expansion of Community Health Centers (CHC) in response to providing education on prevention and wellness. CHC's provide access to valuable and necessary services throughout the Second Congressional District and I commend the proposed expansions. However, I am concerned about the inclusion of a public option in the plan, which could undermine the competitiveness of a private system. We simply cannot implement an overreaching government-based program. Instead, I am committed to finding a market-based approach that can insure more American citizens.
Please be assured that when it comes to health care reform, my priorities are focused on maintaining quality of care, alleviating burdensome costs for small businesses, and expanding access to care by implementing cost saving mechanisms. Consequently, I have serious reservations about the America's Affordable Health Choices Act in its current form. I look forward to working with my moderate and conservative colleagues in the House and Senate on draft and debating bipartisan health care reform legislation. Please know that I will continue to keep your thoughts and concerns in mind as Congress moves forward on this important issue.
Again, thank you for contacting me. I appreciate your thoughts and value your input. Please do not hesitate to contact me or my office regarding this or any other matter that is important to you. If you would like to learn more about my positions on the issues or receive regular updates on what we are working on in Congress, please visit my website at www.bright.house.gov and sign up for my e-Newsletter.
Sincerely, Bobby Bright Member of Congress
To an elected official:
As a practicing physician I have major concerns with the health care bill before Congress. I actually have read the bill and am shocked by the brazenness of the government's proposed involvement in the patient physician relationship. The very idea that the government will dictate and ration patient care is dangerous and certainly not helpful in designing a health care system that works for all. Every physician I work with agrees that we need to fix our health care system, but the proposed bills currently making their way through congress will be a disaster if passed.
I ask you respectfully and as a patriotic American to look at the following troubling lines that I have read in the bill. You cannot possibly believe that these proposals are in the best interests of the country and our fellow citizens.
Senator, I guarantee that I personally will do everything possible to inform patients and my fellow physicians about the dangers of the proposed bills you and your colleagues are debating.
Furthermore, If you vote for a bill that enforces socialized medicine on the country and destroys the doctor/patient relationship, I will do everything in my power to make sure you lose your job in the next election.
Page 22 of the HC Bill: Mandates that the Govt will audit books of all employers that self insure!!
Page 30 Sec 123 of HC bill - THERE WILL BE A GOVT COMMITTEE that decides what treatments/benefits you get.
Page 29 lines 4-16 in the HC bill: YOUR HEALTH CARE IS RATIONED!!!
Page 42 of HC Bill:The Health Choices Commissioner will choose your HC Benefits for you. You have no choice!
Page 50 Section 152 in HC bill: HC will be provided to ALL non US citizens, illegal or otherwise
Page 58 HC Bill: Govt will have real-time access to individuals finances & a National ID Healthcard will be issued!
Page 59 HC Bill lines 21-24: Govt will have direct access to your banks accounts for elective funds transfer.
Page 65 Sec 164: is a payoff subsidized plan for retirees and their families in Unions & community organizations: (ACORN).
Page 84 Sec 203 HC bill: Govt mandates ALL benefit packages for private HC plans in the Exchange.
Page 85 Line 7 HC Bill: Specifications for of Benefit Levels for Plans = The Govt will ration your Healthcare!
Page 91 Lines 4-7 HC Bill: Govt mandates linguistic appropriate services. Example - Translation: illegal aliens.
Page 95 HC Bill Lines 8-18: The Govt will use groups i.e., ACORN & Americorps to sign up individuals for Govt HC plan.
Page 85 Line 7 HC Bill: Specifications of Benefit Levels for Plans. AARP members - your Health care WILL be rationed.
Page 102 Lines 12-18 HC Bill: Medicaid Eligible Individuals will be automatically enrolled in Medicaid. No choice.
Page 124 lines 24-25 HC: No company can sue GOVT on price fixing. No "judicial review" against Govt Monopoly.
Page 127 Lines 1-16 HC Bill: Doctors/ American Medical Association - The Govt will tell YOU what you can make! (salary)
Page 145 Line 15-17: An Employer MUST auto enroll employees into public option plan. NO CHOICE!
Page 126 Lines 22-25: Employers MUST pay for HC for part time employees AND their families.
Page 149 Lines 16-24: ANY Employer with payroll 401k & above who does not provide public option pays 8% tax on all payroll.
Page 150 Lines 9-13: Business's with payroll btw 251k & 401k who doesn't provide public option pays 2-6% tax on all payroll.
Page 167 Lines 18-23: ANY individual who doesn't have acceptable HC according to Govt will be taxed 2.5% of income.
Page 170 Lines 1-3 HC Bill: Any NONRESIDENT Alien is exempt from individual taxes. (Americans will pay)
Page 195 HC Bill: Officers & employees of HC Admin (GOVT) will have access to ALL Americans finances /personal records.
Page 203 Line 14-15 HC: "The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax" Yes, it says that!
Page 239 Line 14-24 HC Bill: Govt will reduce physician services for Medicaid Seniors, low income and poor are affected.
Page 241 Line 6-8 HC Bill: Doctors, doesn't matter what specialty you have, you'll all be paid the same!
Page 253 Line 10-18: Govt sets value of Doctor's time, proffession, judgment etc. Literally value of humans.
Page 265 Sec 1131: Govt mandates & controls productivity for private HC industries.
Page 268 Sec 1141: Federal Govt regulates rental & purchase of power driven wheelchairs.
Page 272 SEC. 1145: TREATMENT OF CERTAIN CANCER HOSPITALS - Cancer patients - welcome to rationing!
Page 280 Sec 1151: The Govt will penalize hospitals for whatever Govt deems preventable re-admissions.
Page 298 Lines 9-11: Doctors, treat a patient during initial admission that results in a re-admission -Govt will penalize you.
Page 317 L 13-20: PROHIBITION on ownership/investment. Govt tells Doctors what/how much they can own!
Page 317-318 lines 21-25, 1-3: PROHIBITION on expansion- Govt is mandating hospitals cannot expand.
Page 321 2-13: Hospitals have opportunity to apply for exception BUT community input is required. Can u say ACORN?!!
Page 335 L 16-25 Pg 336-339: Govt mandates establishment of outcome based measures. HC the way they want. Rationing.
Page 341 Lines 3-9: Govt has authority to disqualify Medicare Advance Plans, HMOs, etc. Forcing people into Govt plan.
Page 354 Sec 1177: Govt will RESTRICT enrollment of Special needs people! Unbelievable!
Page 379 Sec 1191: Govt creates more bureaucracy - Tele-health Advisory Comittee. Can you say HC by phone?
Page 425 Lines 4-12: Govt mandates Advance Care Planning Consult. Think Senior Citizens end of life patients.
Page 425 Lines 17-19: Govt will instruct & consult regarding living wills, durable powers of attorney. Mandatory!
Page 425 Lines 22-25, 426 Lines 1-3: Govt provides approved list of end of life resources, guiding you in death. (assisted suicide)
Page 427 Lines 15-24: Govt mandates program for orders for end of life. The Govt has a say in how your life ends.
Page 429 Lines 1-9: An "advanced care planning consultant" will be used frequently as patients health deteriorates.
Page 429 Lines 10-12: "advanced care consultation" may include an ORDER for end of life plans. AN ORDER from GOVT!
Page 429 Lines 13-25: The govt will specify which Doctors can write an end of life order.
Page 430 Lines 11-15: The Govt will decide what level of treatment you will have at end of life!
Page 469: Community Based Home Medical Services = Non profit organizations. Hello, ACORN Medical Services here!!?
Page 472 Lines 14-17: PAYMENT TO COMMUNITY-BASED ORIGINATION. 1 monthly payment 2 a community-based organization. Like ACORN?
Page 489 Sec 1308: The Govt will cover Marriage & Family therapy. Which means they will insert Govt into your marriage.
Page 494-498: Govt will cover Mental Health Services including defining, creating, rationing those services.
To: We-Surround-Them-Dothan-Wiregrass-list Sent: Tue, Jul 28, 2009 8:08 pm
Subject: RE: [We-Surround-Them-Dothan-Wiregrass] Healthcare Bill
I would beg to disagree that Bobby Bright agrees with the rest of us.
1. Bobby Bright did not say he's against Federal Government involvement in our healthcare.
2. Bobby Bright did not say the free market should solve this problem, and that he wanted the government to get out of the way.
3. Bobby Bright did not say the Federal Government is misleading people and outright lying to us about what it contains.
4. Bobby Bright did not say that it is un-constitutional for the Federal Government to implement such a proposal.
5. And lastly he did not acknowledge that the Federal Government would be taking away some of our freedoms.
He has been promoting the plan in the district, I know because I witnessed it. What people are failing to understand is he is for parts of it and against other parts. He is playing it both ways, depending on his audience.
Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 8:20 PMTo: We-Surround-Them-Dothan-Wiregrass-list
Subject: Re: [We-Surround-Them-Dothan-Wiregrass] Healthcare Bill
TOTALLY agree but I think so far he has voted the way we have asked him to. I've called, e-mailed, faxed, etc., and his responses are the typical bureaucrat-speak but his vote has been on the right side. That means you are right - he is depending on his audience. Make his audience big enough on the right side of the coin and we could get his vote. I could be wrong about ALL of his votes but I think so far he's going with the crowd who has called him the most. In other words, he's a typical politician.
Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 To: We-Surround-Them-Dothan-Wiregrass-list
Subject: Re: [We-Surround-Them-Dothan-Wiregrass] Healthcare Bill
I understand, but we should be very, very vigilant. I still believes he votes for too much spending, same problem I had with GW Bush. Were he more confident of being re-elected would he have voted the same?
In my mind a real conservative votes against un-constitutional spending regardless of the good name or intentions of the bill. We have a Federal system, not a National system of government. Most politicians fail at federalism, a key principle and cornerstone of the Constitution.
It's not just Congress, it's ALL Federal workers as well as all Union workers who will be exempt from the Government Plan.
You are correct again. Perhaps the "shape of things to come" has me so bent out of shape and scared to death that I will take whatever vote comes our way. I have no illusions Bright is any where NEAR conservative but he's sucking up to those he considers his constituents. If more of his "natural persuasion" people petition him for his vote, that's how it goes, but it's the "vigilance" part that becomes OUR responsibility and we certainly need to be reminded of that. Thank You. I haven't seen too many of EITHER side of the aisle back down from spending so they all require a sharp eye............