Senator Mark Pryor
500 Clinton Ave., Suite 401
Little Rock, AR 72201
Dear Senator Pryor
We do not support a Government take-over of our health care system.
We don't want you to take away our right to choose our doctors and hospitals.
We don't want you to force us into a one-size fits-all government health care plan.
We don't want our private medical records to be put into an interactive government database by 1014 or any other date.
We don't want a system to "guide" our doctor in his or her treatment decisions.
We don't want Washington to "cut costs" by delaying and denying our care.
" In government-managed systems, bureaucrats and politicians decide where and when new medicines will be available. In Britain, for example, two new highly-effective drugs for kidney cancer have been denied to cancer sufferers because they are too expensive.
"The Canadian government and others with centrally-managed health systems often refuse to purchase newer drugs until they've been on the market for several years, if then. From 1997 to 1999, for instance, 100 drugs were introduced in America, while only 43 of those drugs became available in Canada.
"In the interest of national budgets, state-administered health systems have an incentive to put saving money before saving lives. This means restricted access to the newest treatments and medical treatments, including oncology drugs. For example, in the United States, the survival rate is 90% for patients diagnosed with Stage I colon cancer. In Britain, it's just 70%. For American women diagnosed with Stage I breast cancer, 97% are still alive after five years. In Britain, only 78%." From
We have heard it said and believe it to be true that "If you think health care is expensive now, wait until it is free."
The first paragraph of a Washington Post story today proves that point: "With budget deficits soaring and President Obama pushing a trillion-dollar-plus expansion of health coverage, some Washington policymakers are taking a fresh look at a money-making idea long considered politically taboo: a national sales tax. Common around the world, including in Europe, such a tax -- called a value-added tax, or VAT -- has not been seriously considered in the United States. But advocates say few other options can generate the kind of money the nation will need to avert fiscal calamity."
A later paragraph in the article reads: "What would it cost? Emanuel argues in his book that a 10 percent VAT would pay for every American not entitled to Medicare or Medicaid to enroll in a health plan with no deductibles and minimal co-payments."
If you think TEA Party sympathizers were intense before, wait until they discover the real cost of health care and the possibility of a national sales tax!
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