Healthcare

 

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April 9, 2009

 

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

 

My Dear Mr. President:

 

Over the last several weeks Iíve been experiencing moderate to severe rectal pain.My thought was that it was caused by the stress of all the crazy things you people in Washington are doing.Imagine my surprise when my doctor told me that I just had a bad case of hemorrhoids.†† He wrote a prescription for hydrocortisone acetate suppositories.I took my prescription to the pharmacy to have it filled.It was there that I discovered that the bureaucrats at Medicare have recently removed hydrocortisone acetate suppositories from the Medicare formulary.This means that my insurance will not pay for this medication.If the bureaucrats at Medicare can mess up the cure for a simple case of hemorrhoids, I shutter to think what youíll do to some serious illness.I shutter to think about what happens to anything government gets involved in.The law of unintended consequences has not been repealed.

 

It turns out that I was right originally.Washington is the source of my rectal pain.And thatís as politely as I can put it.

 

Sincerely yours,

 


The former RINO Republican Senator (now Democratic) Arlen Spector sent this answer to the above letter.  And yet another answer from Senator Specter.  Sometimes it's hard to relate the letter to your representative with the answer you get.

 

Congressman Jim Gerlach sent this answer.  Neither recognized the tongue-in-cheek nature of the letter.

 


 

October 16, 2009

  

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20500

 

My Dear Mr. President:

 

I, for one, am tired of the lies.  You may think that youíre fooling the American people but you are not.  What lies am I talking about?  Well, letís name a fewÖ

 

46 million people donít have and need health insurance.  Like any number that comes out of Washington this one is greatly exaggerated.

It will cost less money.  Nobody could believe this.  What government program ever cost less money?

Benefits wonít be cut.  They will be.  How else do you think youíre going to take $160 billion out of Advantage Care?

Care wonít be rationed.  It will be and you know it.

It will be better than they have in Canada.  It will be worse.

It will not be the same as the disaster that they have in England.  It will be worse.

There wonít be death panels for the senior citizens.  There will be.  How else could it be with bureaucrats transferred from the post office and the IRS running the health care system?  Theyíll be telling me my wife canít have a life saving operation because itís not cost effective.

Federal funds wonít be used for abortions.  You know they will be.

Federal funds wonít be used to assist people with suicides.  It will be on a Medicare website and there will be mandates for medical practitioners to give people advice on assisted suicide.

Federal funds wonít be used for illegal aliens.  Itís in the bills.

Medical research wonít be discouraged.  Itís already part of the plan to reduce costs since new procedures usually cost more money.

Youíve read the bills being proposed and you know whatís in them.  Thatís the biggest whopper of them all.

Nationalizing the health care industry is constitutional.  Of course it is not as even a casual reading will confirm.

Congress will be on the same health care plan as everybody else.  Oh wait, you havenít even bothered to tell that lie yet!

 

No more lies!  Opposition to socialized medicine champions my freedom.  Supporters of socialized medicine are enemies of my freedom.

 

Sincerely yours,


 

October 18, 2009

 

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20500

 

My Dear Mr. President:

 

Just so you know Ė just because Iím a senior citizen, doesnít mean that AARP represents me. They may tell you that they are an organization of retired people but they are not.  Theyíre just an insurance agency with socialist tendencies.   The only representation that they do is for the insurance companies whose insurance they sell and get commissions on.  They donít represent any senior citizens. They certainly donít represent me.  Just so you know!

 

Sincerely yours,


I got a comprehensive response from Congressman Jim Gerlach on healthcare.  He expresses he opposition to H.R. 3200 (and he voted against it).  He also enclosed a copy of a summary of Medical Rights and Reform Act which is a bipartisan alternative to Pelosi-care.  This at least addresses the issue of tort reform without which there can be no cost control.  Isn't it strange that we didn't hear anything about this from the state sympathetic media?


 November 15, 2009

  

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20500

 

My Dear Mr. President:

 

Letís make a little comparison:

 

Harry Potter and the Deadly Hollows Ė 784 pages

Gone With the Wind Ė 1472 pages

The Bible Ė 1567 pages

The Pelosi Healthcare Bill Ė over 2000 pages

 

You may have read the first three but Iíll bet you dollars to donuts that you havenít read the last one.  How can you support something that you havenít even read and have no idea whatís in it?  From the book reviews Iíve read this is terrible legislation.  Donít support it.  Be the champion of my freedom not its enemy.

 

Sincerely yours,


November 15, 2009

 

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20500

 

My Dear Mr. President:

 

The problem is that it has not been shown that healthcare needs to be reformed.  The phony reason being given in the state sympathetic media is that there are 46 million people who donít have healthcare insurance and NEED it.

 

It might be instructive to examine just where that number comes from.  Apparently it comes from the 2007 Census Bureau report where the given number was 45,700,000 people who didnít have health insurance.  Since these are statistical estimates, letís assume that the range is 43,000,000 to 48,000,000.  Letís look behind the curtainÖ

 

  • 40% of these folks were between 19 years old and 29 years old.  Now you might think that some of these didnít have insurance by choice.  Theyíre young and they think theyíre going to live forever.  Theyíd rather buy beer than health insurance.  Can we say that accounts for 8,000,000 to 10,000,000?

 

  • 20% are not US citizens.  Shell we say 8,000,000 to 10,000,000?  Perhaps these are Canadian citizens here to get good health care.

 

  • The census estimates that there are about 6,000,000 to 8,000,000 that are included in the often quoted 46,000,000 that are actually on Medicaid but lied to the Census Bureau.  Go figure!  Who would lie to the government?  (Can you say Martha Stewart?)

 

  • It was estimated that some 10,500,000 to 12,500,000 are eligible for Medicaid but for whatever reason havenít signed up.  Thereís government efficiency for you.  Canít even get the customers to buy the produce when itís free.  It would be touching, the faith that socialist have in government programs, if it wasnít so dangerous to our freedom.

 

  • And finally at least some of the remainder donít have healthcare insurance because they really, really donít need it.  They can afford to be self insuring.  Do you think Bill Gates has to buy health insurance?  We might guess that this would be between 1,500,000 to 2,500,000 folks.

 

So if are to believe the census bureau, the real number of people that donít have health insurance and NEED it are between NONE and 14,000,000.  Phrased another way, there may be no people that donít have health insurance and NEED it.  In the worst case there are 14,000,000 people.  Hardly sufficient reason to socialize 16% of the US economy and ruin health care for the rest of us.  No health care bill is what we really need.

 

Sincerely yours,


November 23, 2009

 

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20500

 

My Dear Mr. President:

 

NO!  BAD!  STOP!  BARNYARD BYPRODUCT!

 

Why do you hate people having jobs?  You are supporting a bill that will cause untold harm and mischief for employers and employees alike.  The program being considered will:

 

  • Raise healthcare premiums.
  • Raise healthcare costs.
  • Raise totals costs increasing the public debt our grandchildren will be stuck with.
  • Ruin our healthcare system and stick us with the socialized medicine like they have in Canada and England.
  • Tax medical devices like pacemakers, wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs, hearing aids, etc
  • Levy a tax on sick people (increasing the threshold for deducting medical expenses from 7.5 percent to 10 percent of income.  Can you say, ďAdding insult to injury?Ē
  • Gives us the additional fiscal burden on the states of the increase in Medicaid eligibility.  Just who do you think is going to pay these state costs?
  • The 40 percent tax on health insurance premiums.
  • Mandates audits of all employers that self-insure!
  • All non-US citizens, illegal or not, will be provided with free healthcare services.  Thatíll be cost effective. NOT!
  • All private healthcare plans must conform to government rules to participate in a Healthcare Exchange.   All private healthcare plans must participate in the Healthcare Exchange (i.e., total government control of private plans) 
  • Employers MUST pay for healthcare for part time employees AND their families.  Does anybody think that this will result in anything but more job losses?
  • ANY employer with payroll of $400,000.00 and above who does not the public option pays 8% tax on all payroll
  • A business with payroll between $251,000.00 to $400,000.00 who doesnít provide the public option pays 2-6% tax on all payroll.  Do you have any concept of how small a company might be and have a gross payroll of $251,000.00?
  • Fine people who donít have health insurance and presents us with the possibility of up to five years in prison for failing to buy insurance or pay the fine.  ďYou have got to be kidding me!Ē
  • And finally, the most arrogant provision of all is that you will be exempt from all of its provisions. Unbelievable!

 

Who knows what other nonsense is in this bill.  Itís ill-conceived, costly, and unbelievably invasive and will destroy our healthcare system.  At a time when unemployment has reached record heights these measures will only result in more unemployment.  Only an enemy of my freedom could support this measure.  I urge you to be the champion of my freedom instead.  Do not cast further favorable votes for this measure!

 

 

Sincerely yours,


November 23, 2009

 

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20500

 

My Dear Mr. President:

 

NO!  BAD!  STOP!  BARNYARD BYPRODUCT!

 

Why do you hate seniors so?  You are supporting a bill that will cause untold harm and mischief for senior citizens.  The program being considered will:

 

  • Raise healthcare premiums.
  • Raise costs to seniors.
  • Severely curtailed Medicare Advantage programs. The government will have the authority to disqualify Medicare Advantage Plans, HMOs, etc. This will have the effect of forcing people into the government plan
  • Raise totals costs increasing the public debt our grandchildren will be stuck with.
  • Start medical rationing just when we seniors have started to need medical attention.  The prospect of federal government death panels deciding who lives and who dies is so hateful. This rationing will come in the form of government panels regulating outcome based measures.
  • Ruin our healthcare system and stick us with the socialized medicine like they have in Canada and England.
  • Tax medical devices like pacemakers, wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs, hearing aids, etc
  • Levy a tax on sick people (increasing the threshold for deducting medical expenses from 7.5 percent to 10 percent of income
  • Contains a section (1233) that might require and push people on Medicare to undergo euthanasia counseling if thatís legal in their state.
  • Create a government committee that will decide what treatments and benefits you get (and, unlike an insurer, there will be no appeals process)
  • Create a "Health Choices Commissioner" will decide health benefits for you. We will have no choice. None. 
  • Give the government have real-time access to individual finances and a National ID Health card will be issued!
  • Give the government direct access to our banks accounts for electronic funds transfer
  • Will reduce physician services for Medicaid. Seniors, low income, and poor will be affected by this.
  • Will prohibit expansion of hospitals.  Thatís a cute idea.
  • The government will decide what level of treatment you will have at end of life. 
  • Cover mental health services including defining, creating, rationing those services.
  • And finally, the most arrogant provision of all is that you will be exempt from all of its provisions. Unbelievable!

 

Who knows what other nonsense is in this bill.  Itís ill-conceived, costly, and unbelievably invasive and will destroy our healthcare system.  Only an enemy of my freedom could support this measure.  I urge you to be the champion of my freedom instead.  Do not cast further favorable votes for this measure!

 

 

Sincerely yours,


Here's my letter on the cost of ObamaCare to the people of Pennsylvania.  I posted this on my Facebook page on December 1st and had numerous comments.  I also sent this letter to Senator Specter and Senator Casey but I personalized it for them.


December 2, 2009

 

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20500

 

My Dear Mr. President:

 

What a thrill it is to be so ably represented in the Senate as we are in Pennsylvania.  Wow!  Both of our senators are supporting the ObamaCare ďhealth reformĒ bill now before the senate.  If this bill passes, state taxes in Pennsylvania will have to be raised at least 5.2 %.  This is the minimum but it could be more.  This is because of the increased unfunded cost liabilities.  Itís been estimated that by raising Medicaid eligibility above the current income cutoffs, the increased state cost to Pennsylvania will be $1,450 million.  Isnít that just dandy, an increase in federal taxes AND an increase in state taxes?  The voters of Pennsylvania will just have to find some way to thank them.
 

Sincerely yours,


Here are three letters on ObamaCare.  They raise three issues (1) it's hard on poor families, (2) it'll kill jobs and raise taxes  and (3) it's terrible public policy.


December 3, 2009

 

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20500

 

My Dear Mr. President:

 

Have we noticed that employment is slow to respond?  What could be causing that do you suppose? Could it be ObamaCare?ObamaCareís employer mandate is especially punitive on poor families. Firms that hire an employee from a low-income family are charged a tax penalty of $3,000. Worse, companies only have to pay $750 an employee instead of $3,000 if one quarter of employees are low-income. This creates a situation where, if a company has a lot of low-income workers, they can actually save money by dropping their health plan.  It should not be a surprise then that employers are reluctant to add to payroll until they see what the future will bring.  We know that the way to prosperity is lower taxes and reduced government regulation.  So what is this administration doing?  Just the opposite! Theyíre raising taxes and vastly increasing government regulations. Merry Christmas to all the still unemployed especially to low income families!
 

Sincerely yours,


December 3, 2009

 

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20500

 

My Dear Mr. President:

 

Have we noticed that employment is slow to respond?  What could be causing that do you suppose? Could it be ObamaCare?This bill raises taxes by $370.2 billion over the next ten years with unemployment at 10.2%. Worse, the bill includes a job killing employer mandate which taxes companies for hiring people. Specifically, companies with more than 50 employees that do not offer a health plan approved by federal bureaucrats will be forced to pay a $750 per employee job tax.  It should not be a surprise then that employers are reluctant to add to payroll until they see what the future will bring.  We know that the way to prosperity is lower taxes and reduced government regulation.  So what is this administration doing?  Just the opposite! Theyíre raising taxes and vastly increasing government regulations. Merry Christmas to all the still unemployed!

 

Sincerely yours,


December 3, 2009

 

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20500

 

My Dear Mr. President:

 

Have we noticed that employment is slow to respond?  What could be causing that do you suppose? Could it be ObamaCare?ObamaCare is terrible public policy for small businesses even though it includes a ďsmall business tax creditĒ to minimize the impact of the job killing employer mandates and regulation-caused increases in private health insurance premiums. But, after all the exclusions, the only eligible firms are those firms with 10 or fewer workers as well as those with low-income workersóthe least likely to offer coverage.  It should not be a surprise then that employers are reluctant to add to payroll until they see what the future will bring.  We know that the way to prosperity is lower taxes and reduced government regulation.  So what is this administration doing?  Just the opposite! Theyíre raising taxes and vastly increasing government regulations. Merry Christmas to all the still unemployed!
 

Sincerely yours,


I finally got a letter from the president on healthcare.  Now here's a surprise!  He doesn't agree with me and my letters haven't changed his mind.  Boy, I didn't see that coming!


Here's the latest on ObamaCare.


 December 4, 2009

 

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20500

 

My Dear Mr. President:

 

The Senate has voted to keep the draconian cuts in Medicare Advantage in the ObamaCare bill.  This is a major component of the plan to socialize medical care.  Ruin health care and get the seniors who really need it the most to pay for it.  I canít imagine a more evil plan?  The theory of the democratic senators may be that senior citizens will have died by the time they come up for reelection. As an alternative their theory might be that seniors, because they are old and senile, they wonít remember.  Should either of these alternatives come to pass, my plan is to let my sons know about these events so that they can either vote in my place (Chicago politics) or remind me if I forget.  How do you like them apples?

 

Sincerely yours,


 

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