Coalition Letter Regarding Healthcare Reform

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[This is a letter that was sent by CNP Action Inc…. Notice that the Chairman of the Chattanooga Tea Party, Mark West, signed it.]

The Honorable Christopher J. Dodd
Member
United States Senate
448 Russell Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Senator Dodd,

We, the undersigned individuals and organizations representing millions of Americans, urge you to pass healthcare legislation that prohibits unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. from controlling the system. We doubt the government’s ability to fix the nation’s healthcare system in a cost‐effective manner while protecting individual liberty.

History shows that government interference in markets rarely produces positive results. For instance, government interference in the form of wage controls led to the current employer‐provided insurance system. On this note, it’s unreasonable to assume that a few people in Washington, no matter how intelligent, can utilize imperfect information and the powers of government to heal a byzantine system broken (in the first place) by government.

While we applaud efforts to tackle this growing crisis, we ask that you tread carefully when considering the government’s role. As a nation empowered by its individuals, we recognize that choices made by consumers reflect the only true way to identify what people really want. Therefore, allowing individuals to choose their own doctor, their own hospital, and insurance policy is vital to success.

We also recognize that controlling the purse strings means controlling the final product. With this in mind, we oppose any expansion in direct public spending to fund the healthcare system. A universal tax credit, however, that allows individuals to buy their own insurance would be one way to ensure consumers remain in control. When individuals directly pay for their healthcare, they’re in charge, not government bureaucrats. They choose the plan with the benefits they desire. They know the real costs of that plan and can decide whether or not it’s cost‐effective.

In an effort to reduce cost inflation by introducing competition to the market, we ask Congress to eliminate barriers prohibiting the sale of insurance across state lines. In doing so, Congress provides everyone the equal opportunity to obtain health insurance, maximizes the platter of options, and saves taxpayer money by not hiring an army of bureaucrats to oversee another government program.

In addition, we urge you to consider the understated costs of past healthcare reform proposals. According to a report by Dr. Lawrence Hunter of the Social Security Institute, in 1966 the House Ways and Means Committee projected that Medicare would cost around $12 billion by 1990. However, in 1990, it cost $107 billion. He also noted that the Clinton Administration greatly underestimated the potential for inflation which would have practically doubled their original annual cost estimates within 15 short years. As you’re aware, the Congressional Budget Office recently rated Senator Kennedy’s bill and reported that it only covers 16 of the 50 million uninsured Americans, and conservatively estimated the cost at $1 trillion over 10 years. These unsustainable numbers must be avoided if this country seeks to remain solvent in the long‐term.

With burgeoning unfunded liabilities just around the fiscal corner, we hope this Congress resists the urge to further expand government control and spending. While nobody argues against reforming the healthcare system, freedom dictates that such reforms must protect individual liberty, control costs, and respect the Constitutionally‐mandated structure of divided authority and diffused power.

Sincerely,

Gary Aldrich
Chairman
CNP Action, Inc.

Cathie Adams
President
Texas Eagle Forum

Dr. Theodore Baehr
Chairman and CEO
Good News Communications
Christian Film and Television Commission

Dr. Sheldon E. Baker Ph.D
C.E.O.
Harvest Projects International Inc.

Gary Bauer
President
American Values

Dr. Randy Brinson

Floyd G. Brown
President
Policy Issues Institute

Susan A. Carleson
Chairman/CEO
American Civil Rights Union

David J. Colletti Jr.
CEO & General Counsel
Lionheart Apparel, LLC

Laura Elena Colletti
3228 Lakenheath Pl.
Dallas, TX 75204

Chad Connelly
Founder and President
The Foundation for American Restoration

Peggy Dau
The Voice of the Martyrs

Tricia Erickson
President
Angel Pictures, LLC

Steve Forbes
Chairman & CEO
Forbes Media

Foster Friess
Founder
Brandywine Funds

Jeffrey M. Frederick
Member, House of Delegates
Virginia General Assembly

Alan M. Gottlieb
President
Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise

William Greene Ph.D.
President
RightMarch.com

Colin A. Hanna
President
Let Freedom Ring

Kristan Hawkins
Executive Director
Students for Life of America

Micah R. Hobart
Chief Operating Officer
Paperless Transaction Corp

Deborah Honeycutt, MD
Medical Director
D. Ann Travis, MD, LLC
Fayetteville, Georgia

Lawrence A. Hunter, Ph.D.
President
The Social Security Institute
Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt
The Pray In Jesus Name Project

Amy Kremer
National Coordinator
Tea Party Patriots

Dr. Beverly LaHaye
Chairman
Concerned Women for America

Dr. Tim LaHaye
President and Author
Tim LaHaye Ministries

Andrea Lafferty
Executive Director
Traditional Values Coalition

Mario H. Lopez
President
Hispanic Leadership Fund

Christopher N. Malagisi
President
Young Conservatives Coalition

Jim Martin
President
60 Plus Association

Ken Mettler
President
California Republican Assembly

Grover Norquist
President
Americans for Tax Reform

Sen. Dave Schultheis
Colorado State Senator

Richard A. Segal, Jr.
Chairman
Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions
Columbus, Ohio

Fred L. Smith
President
Competitive Enterprise Institute

Mike Spence
California Taxpayer Protection Committee

Matt Staver
Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel
Dean and Professor of Law
Liberty University School of Law

Dave Stewart

John F. Tate
President
Campaign for Liberty

Dr. John G. Trulio
President
Applied Theory, Inc.

Rick Tyler
Founding Director
Renewing American Leadership (ReAL)

Lewis K. Uhler
Founder and President
National Tax Limitation Committee

Richard A. Viguerie
Chairman
ConservativeHQ.com

C. Frederick Wehba

Mark D. West
Chattanooga, TN

John V. Westberg
President
New Hope for America Foundation

Jack Wheeler
Freedom Research Foundation

Mark Williamson
Founder and President
Federal Intercessors

J.C. Willke, M.D.
President
Life Issues Institute

William Wilson
President
Americans for Limited Government

Wendy Wright
President
Concerned Women for America

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