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AFP’s Patients First Bus Tour in Arkansas

Teresa Crossland-Oelke, Americans for Prosperity-Arkansas: Next week, Americans for Prosperity (AFP) Arkansas’ Patients First Bus Tour is rolling into your area! The tour has already visited Virginia and North Carolina and you would not BELIEVE the energy and excitement at these rallies! Hundreds of people have come out to show their support for free-market health care solutions, morning, noon and night, and local news media have been all over it.

As it becomes increasingly apparent that some Congressmen and women intend on voting against the will of the people, it is up to us to remind them who they work for. At each stop, we will have a press conference/rally before rolling onto the next city. Everyone will have an opportunity to sign our petition telling the government to keep their Hands Off Our Healthcare! Look at the list of cities below and see which bus tour stop you will attend! By doing so, signing petitions, and voicing your opinion we will make certain that Congress knows that if they continue to ignore us (their employer) they will find themselves without a job in 2010.

Monday, 8/24/09

Cabot – 8:00 a.m.
Outside City Hall
101 North Cabot Street

Beebe – 9:00 a.m.
Knight’s Super Foods
1701 W. DeWitt Henry Drive

Newport – 12:00 p.m.
Village Mall Parking Lot
2100 Block Malcolm Ave.

Walnut Ridge – 3:00 p.m.
Lawrence Co. Courthouse
315 West Main Street

Pocahontas – 4:00 p.m.
Across from New Courthouse
107 West Broadway

Paragould – 5:30 p.m.
Greene Co. Courthouse
320 West Court Street

Tuesday, 8/25/09

Jonesboro – 8:00 a.m.
Old Courthouse Square

Marion – 10:30 a.m.
Fidelity National Bank
330 West Military Road

West Memphis – 12:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn
2007 S. Service Road

Forrest City – 2:30 p.m.
Parking Lot N. or Burger King
2400 N. Washington Street

Lonoke – 4:30 p.m.
The Lonoke Depot
102 SW Front Street

Wednesday, 8/26/09

Stuttgart – 8:00 a.m.
Stuttgart One Stop
408 E. 22 nd Street

England – 10:00 a.m.
William Foster City park
Downtown England

Hot Springs Village – 12:00 p.m.
Balboa Pavillion

Little Rock – 4:30 p.m.
State Capital Steps

P.S. If you can’t make it out to a Patients First Bus Tour stop, go online and sign the petition anyway. www.JoinPatientsFirst.com


Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is the nation’s premier grassroots organization committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and scope of government is the best safeguard to ensuring individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans.

August 20, 2009 Posted by | Health Care, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

$1 TRILLION for Democrats’ Criminalization of America’s Health Care

ARRA News Service: Yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other House democrats rolled out their health care plan called “America’s Affordable Health Choices.” Part of their plan would force employers to offer workers health coverage or face severe fines. Also it would forcw individuals to participate in a health insurance plan or face penalties that would generally vary with their income level. Maybe it should have been called “Criminalizing of America’s Health Care” or the “Destroy Individual Choices in Health Care.”

The Heritage Foundation is reporting the cost of the bill at $1.3 Trillion. The bill is 1,018 pages and comes to $1.264 billion per page. It even includes universal abortion coverage at taxpayer expense. The Congressional Budget Office, not a conservative “right minded” think-tank, reported that the health care reform plan proposed by House Democrats on Tuesday will add more than $1 trillion ($1,042 billion) to the national federal budget deficit over 10 years (2010–2019) . And, this is only their preliminary estimate of the damage.

The CBO report states that its cost estimates are not comprehensive. They are only preliminary as administrative and other costs are not yet projected. Heritage advises, “But even this analysis understates the true costs of the bill. The CBO only scores bills on a ten-year time frame, and House Democrats have designed their bill to obscure the catastrophic long-term fiscal path on which it places our country.”

Heritage identifies that according to the CBO, the cost for the first four years is just $84 billion, but then it accelerates sharply. By 2019, the new entitlement is set to cost American taxpayers $254 billion. So while many Americans may look at the $1.3 trillion price tag over ten years and conclude the plan will cost $130 billion a year, in reality it will cost nearly double that. By backloading all the spending, the House is hiding the true cost of their plan from the American people. Between 2018 and 2019, federal costs for the new entitlement and the enlargement of Medicaid would increase by a combined 8.9%.

Last week CNS News reported that Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) introduced legislation calling for a $540-billion tax hike to pay for the health plan that President Barack Obama insists will be “deficit neutral.” This tax is a new surtax on households earning $350,000 and above. It starts at 1%, bumping up to 1.5% at $500,000 in income and to 5.4% at $1 million. Since many small business owners fall within this income range, this surtax will also be a huge job killer.

The Washington Post writes: [T]here is no case to be made for the House Democratic majority’s proposal to fund health-care legislation through an ad hoc income tax surcharge for top-earning households. …There is simply no way to close the gap by taxing a handful of high earners. … Pretending that “the rich” alone can fund government, let alone the kind of activist government that the president and Congress envision, is bad policy any way you look at it.

Summary: President Obama, Democrats in Congress, powerful special interests and influential lobbyists are hard at work in Washington, D.C. trying to drastically change our current health care system. They are seeking to replace it with a “nationalized health care ” system where the politicians and government officials will dictate the kind of medical services you and your family receive and the rules under which you access care and coverage. Read : Patients First – Vote No on Government Run Health Care and then take action.

July 15, 2009 Posted by | Health Care | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment