I have the misfortune of living in California's 10th Congressional District, where our former congressperson, Ellen Tauscher, has resigned from her post to join the Obama administration. This leaves us without representation in the House of Representatives, until a special election is held on September 1st. As such, I have nobody in particular to appeal to with my protestations against the currently proposed health care bill (H.R. 3200). I have written two letters, to be addressed to whomever is elected, which I'd like to share here.
Honorable Congressperson ____:
I, Julie Pitt of Livermore, California, hereby register my disgust with the proposed health care "reform" bill known as H.R. 3200, and urge you to vote against it. Much of the argument for the government's proposed action lies in the claim that the free market has failed to provide affordable access to quality health care for upwards of 40% of Americans. This presupposes that our current health care system is market-based, which is an abject falsehood.
Government intervention is the cause of current health care woes, not the solution, and the idea that any governing body can successfully establish, execute and sustain an entitlement program that serves 300 million people is beyond ludicrous, not to mention in violation of our Constitution in innumerable ways. Government interventions obstructing the free market include Medicare and Medicaid, federal and state-mandated minimum coverage, licensing requirements for treatment, tax incentives for employers providing health benefits and a ban on interstate commerce. I urge you to work toward abolishing these interventionalist programs and legislation and return the resources they hold captive to the people, who are best equipped to reward and punish health care providers based on their respective merits and shortcomings.
Honorable Congressperson ____:
As your constituent, I, Julie Pitt of Livermore, CA, urge you to vote against the health care bill known as H.R. 3200 on the grounds that it is in violation of my constitutional rights, and that it will needlessly put my son, his peers and his descendants in debt. The 10th amendment states that powers not explicitly given to the federal government shall be given to the states, or to the people. Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that the federal government has the power to take my money, enslave my son with tens of thousands of dollars in debt and decide who can give my family health care, when we can have it, what treatments we're allowed and how much we're allotted.
To believe that socialized medicine can work is to ignore the folly of nations like Canada and the United Kingdom. If socialized medicine works, then why would any Canadian come to the U.S. for an MRI, rather than waiting for 6 months in his home country? Why are British women giving birth in hospital corridors and in the streets? Why is Europe no longer the leader in medical innovation and advancement? I am deeply disturbed by the utter disregard for our nation's founding principles in the advancement of H.R. 3200. The health and well-being of its citizens are not the government's responsibility; the protection of our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is. As one of our nation's leaders, I urge you to do all in your power to stop the encroachment of government into every aspect of the lives of private citizens, and further individual freedom and liberty.