House Minority leader Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, is warning that Congress should not move forward with a government-controlled health-care plan that people don’t need and don’t want.
“The American people are speaking loudly and clearly. They do not want their Medicare cut. The 27,000 Medicare Advantage recipients in my district don’t want their health-care plan taken away from them. The American people do not want to pay higher taxes, they don’t want to pay higher premiums for their health insurance. … And my message today to the American people is to stay engaged in this,” he told Fox News earlier today.
The socialization of health-care decisions is a prime target of WND’s pink-slips campaign, which allows constituents to tell members of Congress they don’t want the president’s health-care takeover, more spending, cap-and-trade legislation or hate-crimes legislation.
The “Send Congress a Pink Slip” campaign, which recently topped 9 million and is now poised to reach the 10 million mark, is a not-so-subtle way of reminding an out-of-control federal government that their bosses are paying close attention to their work performance – and are prepared to put them back into the job market in November 2010.
The grass-roots effort, organized by WND founder and CEO Joseph Farah and WND columnist Janet Porter, warns members of the U.S. House and Senate they could be facing a “pink slip” as early as 2010.
Boehner told Fox News the Democrats’ plans are just bad news.
“This is not the time to give up. This is the time to fight harder to make sure this never happens,” Boehner said.
“It’s pretty clear that the American people do not want any part of this health-care bill. The president said yesterday that we’re on the edge of a dangerous precipice. Well, a precipice is the edge of a big cliff. This is a very risky proposition: to take one-sixth of our economy, health care that affects every single American, and to have the government basically take control of it. While it may not have public option, it may not have the Medicare buy-in, what it does have is over 100 commissions, mandates, bureaus that will require tens of thousands of new federal employees. Because it’s a setup, all to get ready for the government takeover of our health-care system,” Boehner warned.
The pink-slips campaign ensures FedEx will deliver this powerful message to all 535 members of the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate – all for a remarkably low price based on economies of scale.
At $29.95, that translates to 6 cents per message – shipped by FedEx.
With members of Congress – many under pressure from their party and the president – weighing legislation to command control of the health-care system, it could be the least expensive medical-related cost you ever pay. And it may very well carry the highest savings. That’s because by avoiding a government-run health system destined to ration care, downgrade service and bureaucratize life-and-death treatment, dollars won’t be the only things saved.
Evidence mounts daily that the public action must be overwhelming. In a shocking display of disdain for the citizens they’re elected to serve, officials persist in dismissing the Constitution and remaking America into a mutant version of its former greatness. President Obama recently signed into law hate-crimes legislation that creates a special class of protected citizens while criminalizing speech. Despite a national debt that’s rocketing skyward at facial-contorting speeds, lawmakers still mull over the prospect of nationalizing health care.
So far, the onslaught of support for the campaign has twice wiped out supplies of pink paper across North America. As boxes of “Send Congress a Pink Slip” notices pile up in their offices, many members of Congress have embraced the effort and openly admit that they’re getting the message. Others are “talking about it, but they’re only talking about it behind closed doors and in the elevators as they go up and down and in very whispered tones,” said Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga.
“What you hear are people saying, ‘How many of those did you get or how many people came to your office today? And what are you going to do and how are you going to vote on this?'” Price continued.
Price recently joined Reps. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., Steve King, R-Iowa, Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and Louis Gohmert, R-Texas, in publicly thanking Farah and Porter for the program’s results.
“It’s an amazing feat, to get that many slips to Congress,” King told WND. “If you look through them, you can index each one back to an individual. That’s powerful. There is a person behind each one of the slips.”
“This is putting everyone on notice,” said Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., during an interview on Fox News. “And I think this is what the American people have been doing for months now, saying if you keep spending and borrowing, you’re going to get fired.”
Reps. Tom Price, R-Ga., and Todd Akin, R-Mo., have also vocally supported the campaign.
Akin said: “The pink-slip campaign serves as a good reminder of the unavoidable fact that every member of Congress answers to their constituents and that they ignore their voices at their own peril.”
Voices in unison pose the best hopes for stirring the conscience of Congress, said Farah, and the program makes the cost of sending mail to 535 people not only manageable but a downright bargain.
“We encourage citizens to take individual actions,” said Farah. “But when we act as a group, it’s more cost-effective and the results more dramatic. Just try FedExing members of Congress yourself and see what it costs. We have learned from past experience that FedEx actually ensures delivery to members. What they do with them at that point is their choice.”
If all the pink slips Congress has received were put end to end, the stripe of pink would stretch from Washington beyond Phoenix, at more than 2,400 miles.
Stacked, they would soar 3,000 feet in the air, or nearly six times as high as the Washington Monument.
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