We suffered a tough defeat on the health care takeover vote in Congress. But take heart — we won with the American people. And trust me, this battle is not over.
219 members in the U.S. House put blind adherence to a radical government-first ideology ahead of the wishes of the American people. We will be less free tomorrow than we are today. Bureaucrats and politicians will stand between patients and doctors. And our health care will now be permanently politicized, subject to the whim of our often out of touch political class.
At least we know that we did everything we could. Every AFP activist put his or her heart and soul into this fight, and we stopped this steamroller for a year. In the end, they just didn’t care. They were going to vote for it no matter what the people wanted.
Thank you everyone. We fought the good fight and we will see this through November and beyond, in the fight for real health reform that reverses this disaster and moves us toward real reform that gives us more choices and more control.
Why are the American people with us and against the liberals in Congress?
They’re with us for two key inter-connected reasons.
First, the energy and determination and sacrifice of literally hundreds-of-thousands of grassroots activists just like you helped win our fellow citizens to our side. They saw the “hands off my health care” rallies, congressional town hall meetings (when members of Congress would actually hold them), tea parties, bus tours. They heard you talking to them, read your emails and blogs, watched your passion and heard your reasoning.
When Speaker Pelosi called us “un-American” and Majority Leader Reid said we were “evil-mongers” and the Obama Administration said we were “astro-turf” they looked around and realized that in fact you and I and so many grassroots activists are friends, family, neighbors, little league coaches, teachers, veterans, students. In short, our freedom movement is so big that political independents now personally know and hear from us and that’s makes a huge difference.
Second, the facts of this issue are simply on our side. Our fellow citizens know a Washington, D.C. passed bill over 2,000 pages long, costing $1.2 trillion just in the first decade, adding at least 118 new federal agencies, and hiring 16,000 new IRS agents to enforce the $569.2 billion in new tax increases is another disastrous big government scheme.
Our fellow citizens know that a government powerful enough to create new health care boards and to mandate what is or is not acceptable health insurance coverage will in the end get between us and our doctors. They know government control of health care means bureaucrats deciding who gets what treatment and when. After all, they only have to look north to Canada or across the Atlantic to Europe for frightening examples.
The North Carolina Congressional Delegation voted 8-5 against the legislation. Democrat Rep.Heath Shuler, Rep. Larry Kissell, Rep. Mike McIntyre joined all 5 Republicans in opposing the health care overhaul legislation.
North Carolina Congressional Delegation
•Butterfield, G.K., North Carolina, 1st
•Etheridge, Bob, North Carolina, 2nd
•Miller, Brad, North Carolina, 13th
•Price, David, North Carolina, 4th
•Watt, Mel, North Carolina, 12th
•Shuler, Heath, North Carolina, 11th
•Coble, Howard, North Carolina, 6th
•Myrick, Sue, North Carolina, 9th
•Foxx, Virginia, North Carolina, 5th
•Jones, Walter B., North Carolina, 3rd
•Kissell, Larry, North Carolina, 8th
•McHenry, Patrick T., North Carolina, 10th
•McIntyre, Mike, North Carolina, 7th
Our NovemberisComing.com website petition continues to grow with over hundreds of thousands of people signing the petition in just 4 days. Let’s make sure Congress sees this list of citizens grow each and every day. Please forward our NovemberisComing.com website to everyone you know as we not resting and moving forward.
Americans for Prosperity-North Carolina State Director
200 West Morgan Street, Suite 100
Raleigh NC 27601