Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Citizens Revolt Against Democrat Health Care

Rep. Tom Price

The revelation last week that a majority of Americans may actually disagree with the President was something for which his team was clearly not prepared. Their attempt to marginalize citizens across the country who dared to speak out against a government-takeover of health care is shameful, arrogant, and desperately sad.

With the American people growing increasingly unhappy with the President’s health care plan, Democrats in Congress are working feverishly to cast those who are concerned as, in their words, “phony, manufactured, staged, un-American, political terrorists”.

It appears that community organizing and grassroots are terms reserved solely for liberal activism.

The fact of the matter is that the White House and Democrats in power don’t want to hear from anyone who may have a different opinion on matters.

Blue Dog Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) revealed, Democrats were told directly not to work with Republicans. The only dialogue taking place is between Democrats and, well, Democrats. That’s when they’re not bullying doctors, hospitals, or insurance groups.

The notion that health care protests are now getting in the way of a civil discussion on health care is nonsense.

The outrage is coming from a health care plan that will force millions of Americans into a government-run system.

The outrage is coming from folks who don’t want a bureaucrat between them and their doctor.

The outrage is coming from a President whose actions lead many to believe he simply is not interested in people’s real concerns.

When Americans feel like no one is listening to them, they are going to speak up. There’s nothing manufactured about that! It’s what has defined our democracy for more than two centuries.

That the White House has asked people to report casual conversations they hear about those who may be opposed to their intrusive health care plan is both astounding and frightening.

When average Americans are not allowed to express dissent without having their motives being purposefully perverted, our democracy is truly at risk.

Americans want health reform that respects them, their decision making power, and their well-being.

And they want a debate that respects the democratic principles by which so much greatness has been accomplished.

If the White House wants to achieve positive reform, they ought to start with a baseline that preserves the positive elements of the best healthcare system in the world. That’s the one we have, not the one envisioned by the House bill against which Americans are speaking out.

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