Coalition Letter Regarding Healthcare Reform

[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.


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

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

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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