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Urgent Calls Needed—Health Care Bill May Be Scheduled for Vote

William A. Estrada, Esq.
Director of Federal Relations

March 5, 2010

After numerous false starts, dropped passes, and goal line fumbles, it appears that the health care reform proposal may still have life in it.

Since President Obama’s Summit on February 25, Democrat leaders have been working to have the U.S. House of Representatives pass the Senate’s health care reform bill. This is the same bill that the U.S. Senate passed on Christmas Eve. It contains numerous unpopular provisions, including special deals for certain states, federal subsidies for health insurance programs that include abortion, and home visitation programs.

If the House passes this bill, President Obama has promised he would sign it into law. Then, Democrat leaders have promised to write another bill that is supposed to fix many of the unpopular provisions, and pass it into law via a technical path called budget reconciliation.

HSLDA strongly opposes the health care reform proposal that is being pushed through the House of Representatives. This mammoth bill will not only expand the government’s role in early education, it will interfere with medical decisions between you and your doctor and force employers to make decisions that could lead to lay-offs or lower wages. While health care reform is needed, the current health care reform bill is not the answer, as it will bring higher taxes, and more government control over families.

Furthermore, it is doubtful that Congress will pass a second bill to fix many of the unpopular provisions in the original bill. In this current political environment, there are no guarantees that another health care bill could get through Congress, even if President Obama pushed hard for it.

We ask you to call your U.S. representative and respectfully urge him or her to oppose the federal government’s takeover of health care. There is no need to identify yourself as a homeschooler because this bill will affect all Americans. You can use some or all of the following message:

“Please oppose the health care reform bill. Congress should not force an unpopular bill upon Americans, especially one that increases the power of the federal government and increases the national debt. I am also opposed the bill’s creation of government home visitation programs. Parents, not federal or state officials, should make child rearing decisions for their young children.”

You can reach your U.S. representative by calling the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121, or toll-free at 866-220-0044. You can identify your U.S. Representative by using HSLDA’s Legislative Toolbox.

Please forward this email on to your friends and family. Together, we can work to stop this bill, and start over on meaningful health care reform that would benefit all of America’s families, without increasing the size and scope of the federal government.

 Other Resources

For more details on the Senate’s health care bill, please read HSLDA’s legislative analysis.