Health Care Transparency and the 61st Vote
The following is an email from Senator John Thune (R-SD)
Thank you to those of you who’ve signed my petition against the Democrats’ health care bill.
I am leading the Republican charge to open health care reform negotiations to public scrutiny and challenging Senate Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to allow C-SPAN to televise the closed-door negotiations going on between Senate and House Democrats and the White House.
During the presidential campaign in 2008 President Obama said of health care reform, “… we’ll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents, and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies.”
Yet, that is not what has happened. Instead, the Democrats are negotiating this 2,000 + page bill among themselves and locking Republicans and the American people out.
I’m working to change that. Read the letter my Republican colleagues and I sent to Senator Harry Reid.
Meanwhile, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has called into question the savings Democrats claim would result from their bill and has pointed out that health care costs under the bill will actually increase by more than $200 billion.
Of the purported “savings” in the bill, the report uses terms like “unrealistic”, “doubtful”, and “difficult to obtain,” as well as saying that the bill could lead to “price increases, cost-shifting, and/or changes in providers’ willingness to treat patients with low-reimbursement health coverage.”
That’s why I will continue to oppose the bill and will do all I can to see it defeated, along with all 39 of my Republican colleagues in the Senate.
If you want to know what you can do to help, in addition to contacting your elected representatives again, there’s only one additional thing I know of we can do: help deny the Democrats their 60-vote, filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.
One week from today Massachusetts will elect a new Senator in a special election. Like me, Republican State Senator Scott Brown vehemently opposes the Democrats’ health care legislation and will vote to stop it, work to send it back to the drawing board and try to enact real reform that will lower costs without spending trillions of dollars and raising billions in new taxes we can’t afford.
The polls have shown the race in a dead heat. The Wall Street Journal says of him, “Mr. Brown … has been running against Washington’s blowout spending and has called for a freeze on the wages of federal employees.” And, “The mere fact that Democrats have to fight so hard to save Ted Kennedy’s seat shows how badly they have misjudged America by governing so far to the left.”
In an editorial the Boston Herald noted, “… if you’re not happy with the status quo, if you think the way business is being conducted on Capitol Hill today is a disgrace and an affront to taxpayers, then you probably agree it’s time for a change. Scott Brown can single-handedly deliver on that kind of change and the Herald is pleased to endorse his candidacy in the race for U.S. Senate.”
I couldn’t agree more, and I hope that you do also.
Thank you again for getting involved and helping us make a difference. I sincerely appreciate your interest and support.