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NFRW Political Briefing

2009 August 18


As Support for Health Care Slips, President Obama and the Democrats are Lashing out

In July 2009, five polls from major polling organizations pointed to growing American opposition to President Obama and the Democrats’ health care reform overhaul.  The heart of the matter remains that the American people are continuing to object to government
interference in their health care choices.  Americans maintain they want the freedom to determine their own important health care decisions like choosing doctors, care, and insurance plans.

In a recent opinion column in USA Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer characterized recent opposition in response to the health care reform plan in townhalls across the United States as “un-American.”
Pelosi and Hoyer state, “These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views – but of the facts themselves. Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American.”
The Democratic Party is charging that “anti-reform mobs “are simply “right wing extremists – funded by special interest lobbyists, and directed by GOP operatives – who are out to disrupt any thoughtful conversation about reform.”
Democrats are lashing out in a last ditch effort to save their fledgling health care overhaul plan.  Make sure that over the month of August you get in touch with your Congressional Members to let your voice be heard on this important issue!

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“Hands Off My Health Care” Bus Tour

Coming soon to an area near you….
The Patients First “Hands Off My Health Care” Bus Tour will be making its way through several states including Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming.
Click here to find the full schedule of stops in your state.
Invite your family, friends, and co-workers to come out and make your voices heard on health care!

On the Hill

Capitol Hill

President Obama announced this week that his promise to implement comprehensive immigration form would have to wait until 2010.
Senator Mel Martinez, (R-FL), announced his resignation last week. Gov. Crist will be appointing a successor to fill his seat until the next general election.
Last Thursday, the Senate voted 68-31 to confirm Sonia Sotomayor as a United States Supreme Court Justice.  On Saturday, Sotomayor was sworn into the Supreme Court.
Last week, the Senate voted to spend an extra $2 billion to revitalize the “cash for clunkers” program.
The Senate confirmed former US Rep. Jim Leach (R-IA) to head the National Endowment for Humanities.  They also confirmed UT Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr. as Ambassador to China.
House leaders dropped plans to spend $550 million on luxury Air Force passenger planes used by senior government officials.
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) urged his colleagues to go after Blue Dog Democrats in order to make it difficult for them to vote with the Democrats on health care reform in September.

GET YOUR COPY OF THE “Facts About Health Care Reform-What YOU Can Do ABout It” booklet today!

The Fairbanks Republican Women Federated Club have developed a “Facts About Health Care Reform-What You Can Do About It” Booklet which higlights the things you should know about President Obama and the Democrat’s health care plan.
Click here to get your copy of the Facts About Health Care Reform – What You Can Do About It” Booklet.  The booklet is also posted on the NFRW Legislative Action Center under the “Focus on the Issues” section.

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