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Dear Lowman,

Pat Toomey has some common sense Free Market ideas to reduce the cost of health care. The Postal Service is a government run monopoly and we see how cost efficient that is. Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security Entitlements are all bankrupt. Government run health care monopoly is not a good idea.

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Pat Toomey's FIVE IDEAS For More Affordable Healthcare

Pat Toomey's five realistic and viable free market ideas to provide more health care for more people at more affordable price.
A bipartisan health-care Rx by Pat Toomey
THE HOUSE of Representatives has now voted for the largest possible government takeover of health care, despite bipartisan opposition. Thirty-nine House Democrats, including two from Pennsylvania, joined 176 Republicans in opposing this massive $1.2 trillion change in our health-care system.

Fortunately, the haste of House Democrats isn't being matched in the Senate. A few Democrats there have wisely put the brakes on this move to national bankruptcy. After promising a vote on health care by autumn, top Senate Democrats are now saying the legislation could even be delayed into 2010.
This is good news. Voters made their voices heard in New Jersey and Virginia two weeks ago. Months of frustration and concern over the economy, unemployment and rising debt culminated in an electoral rebuke, and at least some D.C. Democrats are starting to listen.
But this delay shouldn't be an excuse for doing nothing. Too often, Washington is plagued by a "my way or the highway" mentality that does little to solve our problems. Our health care badly needs reform. Over the last 30 years, costs have soared past inflation, and many hardworking Pennsylvania families simply can't afford insurance.
In the spirit of bipartisan reform, there are a number of sensible actions that Congress can rally around that will go a long way toward bringing down the cost of health care and health insurance. And these reforms will neither bankrupt the country nor force people to lose their current private coverage, as the House bill would.
FIRST, WE SHOULD eliminate the unfair discrimination against individually purchased health insurance in our tax code.
Employers are now able to deduct the cost of health insurance they buy for their employees, while individuals are not permitted to deduct the cost of buying their own. This makes insurance much more expensive for those whose employers don't offer it. We can eliminate this unfairness by providing individuals with the same tax deduction employers get. This shouldn't be controversial. Both Democrats and Republican can agree that it's unfair to penalize people simply because they don't have employer-provided insurance.
Second, we should let people buy insurance across state lines. Consumers are now captive to the options available in their state. This limits competition and breeds fewer choices and high prices.
In Pennsylvania, for example, BlueCross/BlueShield occupies more than half of the health-insurance market. When a single male buys insurance, he's forced to pay for 52 areas of coverage, even if he has no interest in, say, maternity benefits or a marriage therapist. Letting people buy insurance that fits their needs, regardless of where they live, will inject competition into the system at no cost to taxpayers.
Third, we should pass reasonable tort reform. According to a 2005 study, 93 percent of high-risk specialists in Pennsylvania order unnecessary tests and procedures to diminish the risk of being sued. This raises costs dramatically. In addition, a 2006 report demonstrated that Pennsylvania is losing full-time physicians due to rising insurance costs.
Tort reform can help stem this tide. President Obama has expressed interest in this reform, and, hopefully, that will mean Democrats in Congress who've frequently buckled under pressure from the deep-pocketed and well-organized trial lawyers will have a change of heart.
FOURTH, WE should let small businesses and organizations band together to form associations that would be able to buy health insurance under federal regulation on behalf of their members. Association with health plans can create larger pools, driving costs down, and allowing them to pre-empt costly state regulations. This will let small businesses compete with larger corporations when it comes to providing employees with insurance.
Fifth, we need to make health care costs more transparent. The best way to keep costs down is to make the costs visible.
These reforms may not be as radical as a government takeover, but they will go a long way toward helping hard working Pennsylvanians reduce their health-care costs and gain insurance coverage for many of the uninsured.
They don't rely on massive new government spending, debt or tax increases that would kill jobs, and they wouldn't drive anyone off the private coverage plans with which they're now satisfied.
And these commonsense reforms should be able to pick up the bipartisan support needed to move our country forward on health care in the kind of unified way that was missing from last weekend's House vote.
Pat Toomey is running for the Republican nomination for the Senate in Pennsylvania in 2010.
John Murtha Votes for PelosiCare

The 220-215 roll call Saturday by which the House passed a Democratic-written health care bill. This is government takeover of health care sponsored by Pelosi Leftists.
John Murtha voted "yes" to Speaker Pelosi's communistic government takeover of means of production of health care as well as controlling the means of financing the providing of health care. Where will the Canadians go for health care?
Oakland man on death row dies in hospital 11.21.09
A "yes" vote is a vote to pass the bill.
Voting yes were 219 Democrats and 1 Republican.
Voting no were 39 Democrats and 176 Republicans.
X denotes those not voting.
Present denotes those who voted they were "present" at the time of the vote but did not vote yes or no on the issue.
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The Postal Model Is Not The Republican Model

Arlen Specter, in his own words, is voting for, and working with Sen. Harry Reid, to have the government takeover health care in America.
If you think that government takeover of the health care will be as beneficial as government takeover of Citigroup, AIG, General Motors, GMAC, Chrysler and others, then you are a Specter Republican, another word for Big Government, Big Spending, Statist, Communist Democrat. Government control of means of production and government control of the means of financing production are, by definition, communist. If it isn't, what is it? Not Constitutional Limited Government and economic freedom, is it? Not Free Market, is it? Specter Republicans need to follow their leader to the Democratic Party where they will find like minded people who support these ideas. The Republican Party does not support this policy nor the ideas that justifies it. The Postal Model is not the Republican Model.

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