Tuesday, August 11, 2009

10 Questions Politicans Won't Answer

This article was found on National Review Online and written by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK).

The article deals specifically with the health care issue.

And these are the 10 Questions his fellow politicians won't answer:

  1. Why do we need to increase spending on health care by at least $1.6 trillion and steal prosperity from our children and grandchildren when we spend nearly twice per person what other industrialized nations spend on health care?
  2. What programs will you cut and whose taxes will you raise to pay for health care reform?
  3. What earmarks or pet projects that you have sponsored will you sacrifice to help finance the cost of health care reform?
  4. Will you vote for a public option that requires taxpayer-funded abortion?
  5. If the public option is so wonderful, will you lead by example and vote for a plan to enroll you and your family in the public option?
  6. Will you vote for a plan that will allow a board of politicians and bureaucrats to override decisions made by you and your doctor?
  7. If you sponsor a "comparative effectiveness" board, what qualifies you to practice medicine?
  8. How will a government run public option run better than other failing government programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Indian Health Care?
  9. If increasing spending on health care was the solution, why hasn't it worked yet?
  10. Are you more committed to doing reform right or quickly? Would you consider backing a thoughtful alternative to the public option? If so, which one?
These are questions that you can ask at town hall meetings with your elected officials (if they even show up at these meetings). These are questions you can demand answers of if you call or email your elected officials.

Senator Coburn has introduced a bill entitled the Patient's Choice Act that guarantees coverage and choice for Americans without raising taxes or increasing spending. Novel concept, eh?

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