Why aren't you doing anything?
By Brian Summers
Throughout the last couple of days, I've spoken to many brokers and many of them have expressed doubt in regards to their future business if the Health Care Reform Bill passes. As they speak, I get disgusted. Some of these men and women have built very successful companies and are people I respect and have sought advice from in the past. Now the tone of their voice sounds defeated. The one question I asked them was, "What are you doing about it?" The most common answer was, "What can I do?"
I have been logging onto ProducersWEB daily, waiting for someone to write something and it appears that most of us are going to stand by like an ostrich with its head in the sand while a piece of legislation is passed that not only affects many of us financially, but threatens our lives.
The government cannot balance a budget. Our "representatives" seem more interested in taxpayer funded trips to Argentina to see their mistresses than the best interests of the people they are supposed to represent.
According to a poll published on 7/17/2009 by Rasmussen Reports, just 35 percent of U.S. voters now support the creation of a government health insurance company to compete with private health insurers.
Why isn't the majority being heard on this subject? Why does there seem to be non-stop coverage on MSN, FoxNews and CNN about the proposed health care reform, yet if someone attempts to debate or expresses doubt over the proposed plan, they are immediately lambasted and everyone turns it into a Democrat versus Republican debate? When will everyone wake up and realize this is not a political party issue but an issue that affects every American, whether you vote as an ass or as an elephant.
Do you truly believe that our President, members of Congress and the Senate have your best interests in mind? Did you know that the currently proposed Democratic bill exempts members of Congress from the government run health care option? An article written by Dr. John Fleming for the New York Post details the following:
- Americans don't know that there is an attending physician on call exclusively for members of Congress
- Congress enjoys VIP access and admission to Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Medical Center.
In an article entitled, "Give Pols Same Care They Force On Us," he says:
"Congress has the bad habit of exempting itself from the problems it inflicts on the American people. From common workplace protections to transparency and accountability measures, lawmakers always seem to place themselves and their staffs just out of reach of the laws they create.
What we don't need is to insert the government into the system. Government-run care will only lead to more taxes, the collapse of private insurance and DMV-style medicine with long lines.
Public servants should always be accountable and responsible for what they are advocating, and I challenge the American people to demand this from their representatives."
So let's review: Fleming owns a business with more than 500 employees, is a member of Congress, wants members of Congress to have the same health care as you and I yet many people will read this article and all they will see is that he is a Republican who isn't happy that Obama won the election.
The current administration wants you to believe that only the rich will be taxed to pay for health care reform. Who cares that someone making more than $2million per year will pay more than 50 percent in taxes. The media and the pols want you to believe that they are taxing the rich to give to the poor, like some modern day Robin Hoods. If someone complains, they must be rich and you should ignore that person's thoughts.
This plan is about helping the lower-class and the middle-class so we all say, "screw the upper class."
"Today, Americans get their coverage tax free, which is one reason they spend so much on health care. By implementing a tax on those benefits, the government could raise money to pay for more health insurance while simultaneously reducing demand," Burgess says.
"Health economists generally agree this plan would have good effects in terms of improving the system's efficiency and equity, Herring says. But the idea has faced resistance in part because Obama campaigned on the promise of not raising taxes on people with incomes under $250,000. A tax on health benefits would impact virtually all workers who get coverage through their employer and would be inconsistent with that pledge, " he says.
From: "What Health Care Will Really Cost You," Lisa Scherzer, Smart Money, July 16, 2009.
That means everyone pays. Do you also know that if you choose not to pay for or enroll in a government sponsored health plan, the current proposal requires that you pay a 2.5 percent "tax" on your gross earnings?
Stop believing this "Robin Hood" rhetoric and get the facts. Everyone will pay more for a government run health plan. This is not a health care reform bill being proposed, it's a government-run health plan that will eliminate all private insurers and force every American to enroll in a program within five years... except members of Congress.
"If we don't get it done this year, we're not going to get it done," Obama said Thursday in a conference call aimed at rallying his supporters on the issue. But why the rush to pass this bill? The administration wants you to believe that the current situation is so bad that if it isn't fixed now, it will be too late. This scare tactic is the same one that Democrats all told us about against the Bush administration.
"The latest `let's scare everyone' campaign is in full swing now, because the President's approval ratings go up every time the threat level reaches red. With the enthusiastic cooperation of the media, the government has managed to convince us that we are surrounded on every side by crazed bomb throwers and that we must at all times be vigilant and allow the government `to do its job,' which is code for `anything it wants.'"
The above excerpt was published on September 8, 2006 by Jon Carroll of the San Francisco Chronicle. The media took the time to inform Americans that they were being "bamboozled" by the government and that we shouldn't give up our rights to ensure our safety at any cost.
Now, we are supposed to believe the same media and government when they try to scare us and tell us that we have to change health care now.
The real reason to pass this bill? Votes.
"If you don't have it this year, you won't have it for four years," Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the top Republican on the Finance Committee, warned in an interview. He noted that 2010 was a Congressional election year and by 2011, the next presidential campaign would be underway, when politicians might be reluctant to cast tough votes.
The rush to pass this bill has nothing to do with the best interests of Americans. It has to do with the best interests of our representatives in Congress and the Senate. They don't want to be forced to make a decision that may cost them your vote in two years. Why? Because they know most Americans will forget about how they voted for health care reform and that the overall savings for this reform may not be seen for years. This allows them ample time to get re-elected while telling everyone that it is too early to see the results.
We all hear that there are more than 40 million uninsured people in the United States. What we don't hear is why are they uninsured.
Let's take the time and break down the numbers:
- The number of people insured in the United States: 253.4 Million
- The number of people uninsured in the United States: 45.7 Million
Let's take the time to dissect the 45.7 million people who do not have health insurance (this breakdown of 2005 data can be found at www.keithhennessey.com):
- 6.4 million are possibly part of a Medicaid undercount. These are people who are on one of two government health insurance programs (Medicaid or SCHIP) but mistakenly (intentionally or not) tell the census taker that they are uninsured. There is disagreement about the size of the Medicaid undercount. This figure is based on a 2005 analysis from the Department of Health and Human Services.
- Another 4.3 million are eligible for free or heavily subsidized government health insurance (again, either Medicaid or SCHIP), but have not yet signed up. While these people are not pre-enrolled in a health insurance program and are therefore counted as uninsured, if they were to go to an emergency room (or a free clinic), they would be automatically enrolled in that program by the provider after receiving medical care.
- Another 9.3 million are non-citizens. I cannot break that down into documented vs. undocumented citizens.
- Another 10.1 million do not fit into any of the above categories, and they have incomes more than three times the poverty level. For a single person that means their income exceeded $30,600 in 2007, when the median income for a single male was $33,200 and for a female, $21,000. For a family of four, if your income was more than 3X the poverty level in 2007, you had $62,000 of income or more, and you were above the national median.
- Of the remaining 15.6 million uninsured, 5 million are adults between ages 18 and 34 and without kids.
- The remaining 10.6 million do not fit into any of the above categories, so they are:
- U.S. citizens
- With income below 300 percent of poverty
- Not on or eligible for a taxpayer-subsidized health insurance program
- Not a childless adult between age 18 and 34
- U.S. citizens
The truth is simple: The government cannot spend over a trillion dollars and expect everyone to believe that only a small portion of Americans will have their taxes increased. Whether it is a tax, fine or "line item" cost, every American will pay.
We allow our representatives in Congress to decide our health care future while making legislators exempt from the same the same care.
So why aren't you doing anything about it? Why aren't you telling your clients the truth about health care reform? Are you afraid of losing a client because they may not like what you say? You can lose that account now or you can lose them when they are forced to join a government run health care system in the next five years.
Why aren't you writing your elected officials and telling them that if they vote for this bill you will not vote for them in two, three or four years from now.
We are at a pivotal time in our nation. Spending (stimulus money) is out of control. The highest deficit this country has ever seen and now we may add another trillion dollars or so to the deficit. Don't worry, our grandkids will pay for it.
Today, I am not a Republican or a Democrat. I am an informed American who wants to know the facts. I am not going to vote for someone because of their affiliation. It is time we tell our elected officials that we will no longer vote because of a "party," but will vote based on their actions current and future. If the Democratic members of Congress do not step up and express the concerns over this bill, then we have no choice but to not elect them.
The last question we should be asking ourselves is why our elected officials will not commit to giving the public a week to read the bill. CNSNews, recently asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi if she would commit to allowing the public a week to review the text. Her response:
"Well, we will abide by the regular order. You heard the question," she said. "It was about having the health care bill out there a week in advance. We will have the regular order in terms of the appropriate amount of time, 48 hours in advance for amendments before you file the bill, another day before you can take up the bill. But this bill is something that has been unfolding before the American people for a long time now. The areas of controversy are well known." (cnsnnews.com - 6/29/2009)
Why don't they want the public to know what is in the bill?
I urge you all to take the time and educate yourself about the proposed health care reform bill. Most of us do not take the time to learn the facts. Do not debate this issue based on your beliefs in a political party. It scares me when people know more about the death of Michael Jackson than the truth in regards to this proposed bill.
"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance." -- Cicero, 55 BC
So, what have we learned in 2,064 years? Considering the quote above, evidently nothing.
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