Wednesday, August 12, 2009

One More To the VA Congressional Delegation

I'm writing concerning the substance of H.R. 3200 bill. I do not want a form letter in response to my inquiry, what I want is a full accounting from you as to why you think this plan is in any way suitable for your constituents, our economy and the growing national deficit. There are items in the bill that are in direct contradiction to what is being promulgated by the Obama administration.

Specifically, I would like you to address the below points from H.R. 3200 as to why this is good for small business, families and the elderly.

1. Page 22 of H.R. 3200 mandates that the federal government will audit the books of all employers that self insure.
2. Page 30, Sec 123 of H.R. 3200 states that a federal government committee will decide what treatments/benefits will be given in place of the patient or provider.
3. Page 354, Sec 1177 of H.R. 3200 states that the federal government will restrict the enrollment of special needs patients.
4. Page 42 of H.R. 3200 states that the Health Choices Commissioner will choose individual health care benefits instead of individuals or their providers.
5. Page 50, Section 152, of H.R. 3200 states that health care will be provided to all non-US citizens, illegal or otherwise.
6. Page 58, of H.R. 3200 states that the federal government will have real-time access to individuals' finances and that a National ID health care card will be issued.
7. Page 59 of H.R. 3200, lines 21-24 state that the federal government will have access to individual bank accounts for electronic funds transfer, and seizure of individual funds.
8. Page 72, lines 8-14 of H.R. 3200 state that the federal government is creating a health care exchange to bring all private health care plans under federal government control.
9. Page 84 of H.R. 3200, Sec 203 states that federal government mandates all benefit packages for private health care plans in the Exchange.
10. Page 95 of H.R. 3200, lines 8-18 states that the federal government will use groups i.e., ACORN and Americorps, to sign up individuals for federal government health care plan.
11. Page 124 of H.R. 3200, lines 24-25 state that no company can sue federal government on price fixing. There will be no "judicial review"against a federal government monopoly.
12. Page 127 of H.R. 3200, lines 1-16 state that the federal government will determine physician salary regardless of training and experience.
13. Page 145 of H.R. 3200, lines 15-17 state that all Employers must auto-enroll employees into public option plan.
14. Page 126 of H.R. 3200, lines 22-25 state that employers must pay for health care for part time employees and their families.
15. Page 149 of H.R. 3200, lines 16-24 state that any Employer with payroll $400k & above, who does not provide public option, pays an 8% tax on all payrolls.
16. Page 150 of H.R. 3200, lines 9-13 state that businesses with payroll between 25,000 and 400,000, who don't provide public option, must pay 2-6% tax on all payrolls.
17. Page 167 of H.R. 3200, lines 18-23 state that any individual who doesn't have acceptable health care according to the federal government will be taxed an additional 2.5% of income.
18. Page 195 of H.R. 3200 states that the officers and employees of the health care Admin will have access to all Americans' finances/personal records.
19. Page 203 of H.R. 3200, lines 14-15 state: "The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax."
20. Page 239, H.R. 3200, lines 14-24 state that the federal government WILL REDUCE PHYSICIAN SERVICES for Medicaid Seniors, and low income people.
21. Page 241 of H.R. 3200, lines 6-8 state that regardless of training or experience, all physician salaries will be determined by the federal government.
22. Page 425 of H.R. 3200, lines 4-12 state federal government mandates Advance Care Planning Consultations for the elderly.
23. Page 425 of H.R. 3200, lines 17-19, state that the federal government will mandate and instruct living wills, durable powers of attorney.
24. Page 426 lines 1-3 state that the federal government will provide an approved list of end of life resources, guiding patients in death.
25. Page 427 of H.R. 3200, lines 15-24 state that the federal government mandates program for orders for end of life. The federal government has a say in how patients' lives end.
26. Page 429 of H.R. 3200, lines 1-9 state that an "advance care planning consult" will be used frequently as patients health deteriorates.
27. Page 429 of H.R. 3200, lines 10-12 state that an "advance care consultation" may include an ORDER FOR END OF LIFE plans.
28. Page 429 of H.R. 3200, lines 13-25 state that the federal government will specify which Doctors can write an end of life order.
29. Page 430 of H.R. 3200, lines 11-15 state that the federal government, not physicians or their patients, will decide what level of treatment willbe available at the end of life.
30.Will you support an amendment to this legislation requiring all senators and congressmen to enroll in the public option just like your constituents will be forced to do?

Yes or no.

I will take this opportunity to remind you that you were elected to represent your constituents and our best interests and not merely do the bidding of the democratic party. I am no right wing extremist, [I am Kenneth Gladney,] just a citizen with some legitimate questions and concerns about the pending legislation.

That being said, this bill looks like it is good for no one except the democratic party. There appear to be far less intrusive and oppressive free market reforms available that would meet the needs of the American public. If I am wrong, please explain to me in the detail listed above why this is good for my family. I would be pleased to travel to your office in Washington DC to meet with your staff for sufficient answers if you would rather explain them to me in person. Your support for irresponsible, immoral and intrusive legislation such as this will forfeit any confidence I have in you as my representative and I will gladly campaign, donate money, and organize for any democrat or republican likely to unseat you in the next election. Thank you for your time and I look forward to your response.

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