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Conservative Grassroots: Let Reyes know we do not support health care bill

E-mail received in the NPT inbox:

Now is the time we need your help. Congress will be voting on the Health Care Bill this week which could have a tremendous impact on the El Paso community. Health Care Reform is needed in the United States, but not at the expense of the American Taxpayer. Under the proposed legislation, every individual will be required to have health insurance and if you choose not to have health insurance coverage you will pay a 2.5% tax penalty; if you make over $350,000 per year you will pay a health insurance tax of 5.4%. Employers would be required to provide health insurance to their employees, or they will face a penalty of 8% of payroll greater than $500,000 per year.

The proposed Health Care Reform will only increase the federal budget deficit, and increase taxes on small businesses and individuals. The type of health care plan will no longer be a matter of choice – government health care will be mandated. This significant expansion of government passed out of a Senate committee this week. With the Obama Administration actively pushing Congress to have the health care legislation passed before their August recess, we have only two weeks to let Representative Reyes know that we do not support the proposed health care bill.

Help us get the message to Representative Reyes and forward this email, call your friends and family and let them know to join us in calling his office! We must call his office locally and in Washington, and for those of you who want to talk to him in person we encourage you to make an appointment to do so. Make your voices heard!

Conservative Grass Roots

Representative Silvestre Reyes
310 N. Mesa Ste 400
El Paso, TX 79901
(915) 534-4400
F: (915) 534-7426
(202) 225-4831
F: (202) 225-2016


Written by newspapertreeelpaso

July 20, 2009 at 10:07 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Waste of time Congressman Reyes only takes calls for Pelosi or her lowest level assistant as I doubt she wastes time calling directly as he will jump just at the use of her name.

    Too Tired To Care

    July 20, 2009 at 10:28 am

  2. It’s ok to say “no” but do you (you personally or professionally) have a plan? What do you think health care reform should entail? Why don’t you share it with us?

    Or should we just leave health care like it is right now?

    Carole Powell

    July 20, 2009 at 2:16 pm

  3. Sure I have a plan – or actually have been reading a plan here on NPT that I find to be leading to a viable alternative. Just search “Tim Collins” on NPT, he has been writing a series on the topic and I find his arguments and alternate plan sensical

    Too Tired To Care

    July 20, 2009 at 3:51 pm

  4. The population needs Healthcare. We will never agree on a plan. We need to start somewhere, and I’m glad Obama has the “courage” to go forward with this.


    July 20, 2009 at 4:05 pm

  5. Where is it written that we have a health care crisis? People are not refused medical care in this country if they have insurance or lack insurance. We, the tax payer pay for health care for undocumented immigrants and all people who cannot pay for care. What should be controlled are the astronomical costs of medicine and hospitals. Granted all business are there to make a profit, including hospitals, but all within reason. Start there.

    Anne Flores

    July 20, 2009 at 4:07 pm

  6. We have the best health care in the world and we’re waiting now to see providers. What will it be like if they get this idiotic idea approved. My God, I thought the plan died with the rest of Hillary’s dumb ideas. Bill burried her nutsness under his philandering ways. At least then it was laughable. Now, not so much.
    Obama is trying to shove this down our throats like he did the so called stimulus package.
    We don’t want it!

    Pat Aboud

    July 20, 2009 at 5:34 pm

  7. Dear Congressman Reyes:
    If you’re reading this, please ignore these people. They obviously haven’t a clue.

    Pass health care reform with a public option now.

    Thank you.

    L Chuco

    July 20, 2009 at 6:26 pm

  8. Whether or not you favor health care reform, what is the hurry? I think we, the taxpayers and citizens, should know what is in the legislation before it is voted on. It will affect all of us. We should have time to voice an opinion. I know we won’t all agree on what type of health care is best or right, but nevertheless, the contents of the bill should not be a secret and it should not be rushed. We’ll have to live with these decisions a long, long time. Let’s ask Congress to get it right!


    July 20, 2009 at 10:17 pm

  9. Maybe those actually voting on it should read it and debate it as well instead of simply saluting their party leaders and doing what they are told.

    Tim Collins

    July 21, 2009 at 5:08 am

  10. I suspect none of those opposing a form of national health care lack the fiscal resources to buy their own coverage. Wonder if their “tune” would be different if he/she or one of their children were sick and had no money to see a provider or let alone buy the medications. Of course they sure want to have these “poor people” mow their lawn, clean their house, or watch their children. Very sad commentary on probably what are a pre-domoninate “Christian” group.


    July 21, 2009 at 8:13 am

  11. Why is NPT serving as a vehicle for this kind of politically motivated tripe? I don’t think it is appropriate and lowers my opinion of NPT. The email is not a comment on one of your stories – just an attempt to organize at no cost.


    July 21, 2009 at 11:23 am

  12. Bob
    I would silmply avail myself of the services of our county hospital, the medical and dental care offered through YISD.

    There is a myth that NO medical care is available to the poor. It is available, just not convenient (though I am not sure my “insured care” is all that convenient either as last time I went I waited 3 hours to see my doctor even with an appointment).

    Within the state of texas there are 81 Public Hospitals and 152 non-profit hospitals as oppossed to 34 for-profit hospitals. Not to mention countless free clinics etc. So to say the poor are denied all medical care is a lie.

    Lets at least attempt to discuss the issue with a minimum of emotion or we will end up with no room for compromise and a logical improvement

    Too Tired To Care

    July 21, 2009 at 11:29 am

  13. More to Bob:
    Bob, democracy will fail when people have the ability to vote themselves a benefit. We’re nearing that tipping point now with only 50% of the public paying federal taxes. If you don’t pay, should you be able to vote for health care for yourself that someone else will be paying for? Why not institue transportation and housing at the same time? Welfare state — here we come!


    July 21, 2009 at 1:14 pm

  14. Geez, it would be cool to disband the for-profit insurers and so-called health care corporations. I agree it is morally wrong and a conflict of interest for a health care provider or insurer to be driven by the profit motive.

    What do you think, could all these self-serving milo minderbinders be divested and disbanded by legislative fiat? How do you think it could be done.

    Let’s make some tracks here, instead of talking about waterloos and political defeat.

    Carole Powell

    July 21, 2009 at 1:55 pm

  15. This is really a tough issue and there’s alot of emotional reactions. Perhaps it would be better to slow down the process and take a more detailed study.

    We can find out why the national medical sysytem is not working in Europe, Canada and Mass. Why rush into it? Too much politics on both sides.


    July 21, 2009 at 5:01 pm

  16. Carole Powell

    No need to disband by fiat, stay tuned for my next opinion piece on NPT discussing the already existing government health care delivery system and a method to improve its funding through legislative changes and structural changes in operations of health care delivery infrastructure

    Tim Collins

    July 22, 2009 at 7:56 am

  17. For those of you in favor of the bill… WAKE-UP. Even Congress won’t use this plan. Government can’t run Medicare, Medicaid and can’t even mail a letter! (post office is run horribly) And you all think this will work?

    This has NOTHING to do with Healthcare and EVERYTHING to do with government controlling your life.

    Reyes won’t answer his constituents. He’s worthless and needs to be voted out. It’s obvious he’s Nancy Pelosi’s b****.


    July 27, 2009 at 3:13 pm


    Take a look at what actually is in the Health Care bill:

    Pg 22 of the HC Bill mandates the Government will audit books of all
    employers that self insure. Can you imagine what that will do to small
    businesses? Every one will abandon �self insurance� and go on Government
    insurance. So when Obama says that there will still be private health
    care, it�is simply a lie: this mandate will force employers to abandon
    their private plans.

    Pg 30 Sec 123 of HC bill � a Government committee (good luck with that!)
    will decide what treatments/benefits a person may receive.

    Pg 29 lines 4-16 in the HC bill – YOUR HEALTHCARE WILL BE RATIONED! (We
    all knew this, because health care is rationed in Canada and Britain, but
    Obama kept saying it would not be).

    Pg 42 of HC Bill � The Health Choices Commissioner will choose your HC
    Benefits for you. You will have no choice!

    PG 50 Section 152 in HC bill – HC will be provided to ALL non US citizens,
    illegal or otherwise.

    Pg 58 HC Bill � Government will have real-time access to individual�s
    finances and a National ID Healthcard will be issued!

    Pg 59 HC Bill lines 21-24 Government will have direct access to your bank
    accts for election funds transfer

    PG 65 Sec 164 is a payoff subsidized plan for retirees and their families
    in Unions & community organizations (read: ACORN).

    Pg 72 Lines 8-14 Government will create an20HC Exchange to bring private
    HC plans under Government control.

    PG 84 Sec 203 HC bill – Government mandates ALL benefit packages for
    private HC plans in the Exchange.

    PG 85 Line 7 HC Bill – Specifics of Benefit Levels for Plans = The
    Government will ration your Healthcare!

    PG 91 Lines 4-7 HC Bill – Government mandates linguistic appropriate
    services. Example – Translation for illegal aliens.

    Pg 95 HC Bill Lines 8-18 The Government will use groups, i.e. ACORN &
    Americorps, to sign up individuals for Government HC plan.

    PG 85 Line 7 HC Bill – Specifics of Benefit Levels for Plans. AARP members
    – your Health care WILL be rationed.

    -PG 102 Lines 12-18 HC Bill – Medicaid Eligible Individuals will be
    automatically enrolled in Medicaid. No choice.

    pg 124 lines 24-25 HC No company can sue Government on price fixing. No
    “judicial review” against Government Monopoly.

    pg 127 Lines 1-16 HC Bill – Doctors/ AMA – The Government will tell YOU
    what you can earn.

    Pg 145 Line 15-17 An Employer MUST auto enroll employees into public
    option plan. NO CHOICE.

    Pg 126 Lines 22-25 Employers MUST pay for HC for part time employees AND
    their families.

    Pg 149 Lines 16-24 ANY Employer with payroll $400k & above who does not
    provide public option pays 8% tax on all payroll.

    pg 150 Lines 9-13 Businesses wit h payroll between $251k & $400k who don�t
    provide public option pay 2-6% tax on all payroll.

    Pg 167 Lines 18-23 ANY individual who doesn�t have acceptable HC according
    to Government will be taxed 2.5% of income.

    Pg 170 Lines 1-3 HC Bill Any NONRESIDENT Alien is exempt from individual
    taxes. (Americans will pay.)

    Pg 195 HC Bill -officers & employees of HC Admin (the GOVERNMENT) will
    have access to ALL Americans� finances and personal records.

    PG 203 Line 14-15 HC – “The tax imposed under this section shall not be
    treated as tax” Yes, it says that.

    Pg 239 Line 14-24 HC Bill Government will reduce physician services for
    Medicaid. Seniors, low income, poor affected.

    Pg 241 Line 6-8 HC Bill � Doctors � doesn�t matter what specialty � will
    all be paid the same.

    PG 253 Line 10-18 Government sets value of Doctor�s time, professional
    judgment, etc. Literally, value of humans.

    PG 265 Sec 1131 Government mandates & controls productivity for private HC

    PG 268 Sec 1141 Federal Government regulates rental & purchase of power
    driven wheelchairs.

    – welcome to rationing!

    Page 280 Sec 1151 The Government will penalize hospitals for what
    Government deems preventable readmissions.

    Pg 298 Lines 9-11 Doctors who treat a patient during initial admission
    that results in a readmission – Government will penalize you.

    Pg 317 L 13-20 PROHIBITION on ownership/investment. Government tells
    Doctors what/how much they can own.

    Pg 317-318 lines 21-25,1-3 PROHIBITION on expansion – Government will
    mandate hospitals cannot expand.

    pg 321 2-13 Hospitals have opportunity to apply for exception BUT
    community input required. Can u say ACORN?!

    Pg335 L 16-25 Pg 336-339 – Government mandates establishment of
    outcome-based measures which of course forces health care rationing.

    Pg 341 Lines 3-9 Government has authority to disqualify Medicare Adv
    Plans, HMOs, etc., forcing people into Government plan.

    Pg 354 Sec 1177 – Government will RESTRICT enrollment of Special needs

    Pg 379 Sec 1191 Government creates more bureaucracy – Telehealth Advisory
    Committee. HC by phone.

    PG 425 Lines 4-12 Government mandates Advance Care Planning Consultations.
    Think Senior Citizens end of life prodding.

    Pg 425 Lines 17-19 Government will instruct & consult regarding living
    wills, durable powers of attorney. Mandatory!

    PG 425 Lines 22-25, 426 Lines 1-3 Government provides approved list of end
    of life resources, guiding you in how to die.

    PG 427 Lines 15-24 Government mandates program for orders for end of life.
    The Government has a say in how your life ends.

    Pg 429 Lines 1-9 An “advanced care planning consultant” will be used
    frequently as patients� health deteriorates.

    PG 429 Lines 10-12 “advanced care consultation” may include an ORDER for
    end of life plans. AN ORDER from the Government to end a life!

    Pg 429 Lines 13-25 – The Government will specify which Doctors can write
    an end of life order.

    PG 430 Lines 11-15 The Government will decide what level of treatment you
    will have at end of life.

    Pg 469 – Community Based Home Medical Services/Non profit orgs. (ACORN
    Medical Services here?)

    Page 472 Lines 14-17 PAYMENT TO COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATION. 1 monthly
    payment to a community-based organization. (Like ACORN?)

    PG 489 Sec 1308 The Government will cover Marriage & Family therapy. Which
    means they will insert Government into our marriages.

    Pg 494-498 Government will cover Mental Health Services including
    defining, creating, rationing those services. You�d better speak up now
    before you are on the “advanced care consultation” list.

    Thanks for taking time to read this. Let’s put some action behind our concerns.


    July 29, 2009 at 8:13 am

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