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IFL Joins Coalition Warning Of Senate Health Compromise

Published Wednesday, December 9, 2009 7:00 am

                                                         December 9, 2009

 

Senator Mitch McConnell                                                     Senator Jon Kyl

Republican Leader                                                                   Republican Whip

S-231, U.S. Capitol                                                                   S-208, U.S. Capitol

Washington, D.C. 20510                                                        Washington, D.C. 20510

 

 

Dear Senators McConnell and Kyl,

 

Thank you for your leadership in opposing the Democrat healthcare legislation these past many months.  Now that Majority Leader Reid has announced a so-called “compromise” please do not allow him to railroad the Senate into a quick vote on cloture on this bill.  On behalf of conservative leaders we urge you to take every action and use every Senatorial prerogative to gain additional time for the American people to understand how devastating this bill is to America’s economic future and quality healthcare.

 

Public opinion polls show Americans are opposed to the massive government makeover of our healthcare system.  Based on media reports of the so-called Reid “compromise,” the bill has become even worse:  it is a huge and expensive expansion of Medicare, it establishes the Federal bureaucracy as a stalking horse for government regulation of health insurance, and the bill allows Federal funding for abortions.  When the American people understand these points it is likely that polls will show even greater disapproval.

 

You have been true statesmen in leading the opposition to the bill so far.  Now that the majority has put together a one-party “compromise” it is critical that Republicans make it clear that you will use every prerogative of the minority to prevent them from jamming this new bill through.   Please use every procedural tool available to you to ensure there is a full debate, including full debate on each amendment, and to ensure ample time for the American people to communicate their opposition to their elected representatives.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edwin Meese

Former Attorney General

 

Tim Phillips

President, Americans for Prosperity

 

David McIntosh

Former Member of Congress, Indiana

 

Colin Hanna

President, Let Freedom Ring

 

William Wilson

President, Americans for Limited Government

 

Duane Parde,

President, National Taxpayers Union

 

Tom Schatz

President, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

 

Craig Shirley

Chairman, Citizens for the Republic

 

Brent Bozell

President, Media Research Center

 

Wendy Wright

President, Concerned Women for America

 

Alfred Regnery

Publisher, American Spectator

 

Tony Perkins

President, Family Research Council

 

Brian McManus

Council for Affordable Health Insurance

 

Jim Martin

President, 60 Plus Association

 

Jenny Beth Martin

National Coordinator, Tea Party Patriots

 

William Haygood Shaker

President, American Council for Health Care Reform

 

J. Bradley Jansen

Director, Center for Financial Privacy & Human Rights

 

Karen Kerrigan

President, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

 

 

Karl Ottosen

United States Federation of Small Businesses

 

T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.

Former Chief Domestic Advisor to President Reagan

 

Andrea Lafferty

Executive Director, Traditional Values Coalition

 

Thomas Henry

President, RealCare Insurance Marketing

 

Gary Bauer

President, American Values

 

Beverly Gossage

Founder & Director, HSA Benefits Consulting

 

Tom DeWeese

President, American Policy Center

 

Susan Carleson

Chairman & CEO, American Civil Rights Union

 

Ralph F. Weber, CLU

 

Forest Thigpen

President, Mississippi Center for Public Policy

 

Kerri (Houston) Toloczko

Senior Vice President for Policy, Institute for Liberty

 

Marion Edwyn Harrison

Counsel, Free Congress Foundation

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