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J. Michael Smith, Esq.
President

Michael P. Farris, Esq.
Chairman

Health Care Debate Continues

Melanie Palazzo
Federal Relations

September 14, 2009

We saw President Obama address the nation in a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, September 9, 2009, continuing to push for passage of his health care plan. The following Saturday, September 12, 2009, a crowd met the president in Minneapolis to listen again to his plan, while another crowd met in Washington, D.C. to protest the plans proposed by Congress.

The Senate Finance Committee has announced that it will publish its version of the health care bill this week and will vote on it the next week. Three committees in the House of Representatives had voted on their version of the bill before recess and will soon schedule it for a vote on the House floor.

Home School Legal Defense Association is very concerned about H.R. 3200, the House version of the health care bill, because we see it as a dangerous threat to parental rights. Specifically, the large amount of power H.R. 3200 would hand over to the federal government, and the creation of government-funded home visitation programs. These programs would allow government workers into private homes to teach parents how to raise their children according to government deemed age-appropriate behavior.

For a detailed legislative analysis of H.R. 3200 visit our legislative summary page.

We urge you to call, write letters and emails to your representatives and two senators, as well as write letters to the editor (congressional offices do read them) and comment on blogs to express your opinions on this bill.

You can find the contact information for the local offices of your elected officials by visiting HSLDA’s Legislative Toolbox and putting in your ZIP code. You can also call the office nearest you and ask to meet with a staff member from your representative or senators’ offices to talk about the health care bill.

Please contact HSLDA’s Federal Relations Department at federalrelations@hslda.org or 540-338-5600 if you have any additional questions.