[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 costâ€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 employerâ€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 costâ€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 longâ€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 Constitutionallyâ€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 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
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