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03-17-2010, 06:53 AM
I wrote an email to my 2 senators and 2 representatives last week regarding the health care bill. I thought it was interesting that out of 4 people, I only heard back from one. In case you may be interested, here is the email that I received back from Congressman Walter Jones. It has already been about 5 days since I sent the emails, so I would think that if anyone was going to reply, they would have done so by now.

Dear Mr. Edwards:

Thank you for contacting me with your concerns regarding the Stupak-Pitts Amendment and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's health care bill, H.R. 3962. I appreciate hearing from you and I am happy to respond.

As you know, on November 7th, 2009, Speaker Pelosi and the current majority in the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3962, legislation that attempts to take over one-sixth of the American economy by creating a government run health care system. Before final passage, the House considered an amendment offered by Representatives Bart Stupak and Joe Pitts to prevent taxpayer funding in the bill from being used for elective abortions. As a strong pro-life advocate, I completely supported and voted for this essential amendment, which passed by a vote of 240 to 194.

However, while I support common-sense, incremental efforts to reform health care, I strongly opposed and voted against the Pelosi bill because it includes more than $700 billion in tax increases on small businesses and others, nearly $400 billion in Medicare cuts, and would provide coverage for illegal immigrants.

Instead of orchestrating a government takeover of healthcare, Congress should focus on cutting costs so health insurance is less expensive for working families. But unfortunately, according to the Congressional Budget Office this bill will require middle income families to pay 15% to 18% of their income toward health care. At a time when this Administration is running up record budget deficits while Americans are striving to keep their jobs and counting on benefits they've already been promised like Social Security and Medicare, this expensive bill - which according to the Congressional Budget office will cost over a trillion dollars - is not the prescription we need.

Furthermore, this legislation will inevitably force many Americans into a government health insurance plan. In fact, non-partisan actuaries estimate that it could lead to as many as 114 million Americans losing their current coverage. A government run system will make health care more expensive, will ration care, and will put bureaucrats in charge of your medical decisions instead of doctors.

Thank you once again for contacting me about this important issue. If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me. If you are interested in knowing how I am working on your behalf here in Congress, please sign up for my e-updates at http://jones.house.gov


Walter B. Jones
Member of Congress

03-19-2010, 10:52 AM
Here's a differing view. I finally got a letter back from our Dem. senator.

Thank you for contacting me regarding your concerns about health care reform. I greatly appreciate hearing your thoughts on these important issues.

Each year, costs associated with our current health care system increase. North Carolinians are struggling to afford insurance coverage, and the unprecedented economic crisis facing our nation has made it still more difficult for working families to manage medical costs while making ends meet. In North Carolina alone, the number of uninsured has risen to approximately 1.8 million, which represents 22 percent of the state's population.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, H.R. 3590, is a fiscally responsible plan that will reduce the deficit by nearly $118 billion in the next 10 years. I have heard from so many North Carolinians who are cut off from health care because of pre-existing conditions. Under this legislation, insurance companies will no longer be able to use 'pre-existing conditions' as an excuse to deny coverage. The bill expands coverage and lowers costs by focusing on prevention and cracking down on fraud and abuse in the system. Additionally, the legislation gives states the authority to form compacts to purchase health insurance across state lines and regionally.

As you know, there are various opposing views within the health care reform debate, and I would like to address a few here. When crafting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Senate went to great lengths to ensure that if you have a health insurance plan that you like, you can keep it. Also, the Senate legislation would require Members of Congress and their congressional staff to participate in the Exchange, where the uninsured and other eligible Americans will be able to obtain affordable health coverage.

I recognize that medical liability reform has the potential to reduce medical malpractice insurance premiums for health care providers and decrease defensive medicine practices. Accordingly, I am in favor of President Obama's plan to implement demonstration projects to evaluate medical liability models being used and implemented around the United States.

In addition, concern has been raised about illegal aliens being able to receive medical services under health care reform. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act defines an eligible individual as a citizen or national of the United States who is lawfully present in the United States. Illegal immigrants would be explicitly barred from receiving services under the legislation.

Also, some believe abortion services could be covered under health care reform. This is inaccurate, due to a long-standing federal law that includes a broad prohibition against using federal funds for abortion services. Health care reform would not change that prohibition, which is known as the Hyde Amendment.

Furthermore, it has come to my attention that some believe there would be rationing of health care services under health care reform. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would not do anything to limit the ability of your doctor to pursue the course of care he or she believes is most appropriate for you. While the bill would fund research into the comparative effectiveness of various treatments, that information will simply serve as a tool for practitioners to use as they see fit. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act specifically states that any recommendations made under health care reform shall not be construed as mandates for payment, coverage, or treatment of health services.

I will continue to work with my Senate colleagues and stakeholders throughout North Carolina to help pass pragmatic, comprehensive health care reform. To view the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, I encourage you to visit http://thomas.loc.gov/.
Again, thank you for contacting my office. It is truly an honor to represent North Carolina in the United States Senate, and I hope you will not hesitate to contact me in the future should you have any further questions or concerns.


Kay R. Hagan

Brad Turner
03-19-2010, 11:38 AM
I wrote a letter to Senator Bob Corker, from the great state of Tennessee. His office was quick to respond. I always wonder if they actually read these letters or if they have staffers do it?

03-19-2010, 10:01 PM
The letter from Kay Hagan was definitely a generic response. The Jones letter was the real deal I think. One addressed my concerns directly, the other didn't.

03-20-2010, 09:20 AM
The letter from Kay Hagan was definitely a generic response. The Jones letter was the real deal I think. One addressed my concerns directly, the other didn't.

Kay Hagen refused to have a town hall back in the summer. She claimed a phone in listen to her spout a pile of crap was ok.
I was one of those that went to her office in Greensboro and protested outside. SHE SUCKS!!!!
I wish she would get run over by a bus.