DownsizeDC.org
June 25, 2009
Good offense is good defense
By James Wilson

Quote of the Day: "Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys." – P.J. O’Rourke

Subject: Good offense is good defense

When we tell Congress not to pass their planned health care legislation we're playing good defense, but when we ask Congress to pass legislation that would help restore free market health care, we're playing good offense and defense at the same time. This is very important to recognize...

Saying YES to free market health care is the same as saying NO to further government meddling in health care.

We've so far sent more than 5,000 messages opposing increased government control of your medical care. This is good. But we also need to stay on the offensive, by demanding that Congress restore the free market.

Congress has it in its power right now, with one simple change, to make health insurance more affordable for tens of millions of Americans. It can do this NOT by increasing government involvement, but by REDUCING it.

Congress has the legitimate authority, under the commerce clause, to allow Americans to buy health insurance regulated by the state of their choice. One major reason health insurance is so expensive is that state legislators have created mandates to enrich insurance companies and health care providers at the expenses of health care consumers.

Please remember that state governments make health insurance more expensive by requiring coverage for things like...

* Maternity care for single males
* Infertility treatments for people who don't want children
* Alcoholism therapy for people who don't drink

The solution for this is very simple. Congress must create free trade across state borders, by allowing YOU and all other Americans to buy health insurance regulated by the state of your choice. This kind of thing was a major reason why the commerce clause was included in the Constitution.

Mostly Congress abuses the commerce clause, but this is a perfect opportunity for them to use it correctly. So why aren't they doing it? There are several reasons...

* Restoring free market health care does nothing to enhance their power
* Insurance companies and health care providers pay lobbyists to fight these kinds of reforms
* Too many Americans fail to use their right to petition Congress for a redress of grievances

But there's one other problem -- our own human psychology. We naturally respond more to things we fear than to opportunities for positive improvement. We see this constantly in response to our various campaigns. We tend to get more participation when we're trying to stop bad bills than when we're trying to promote good bills.

We need to recognize this and adjust our behaviour. Saying no to something bad is defensive only, while saying yes to something good both promotes the good and fights the bad. It's offense and defense at the same time.

Please go to DownsizeDC.org's campaign page for free market health insurance and tell your Congressional employees to pass legislation enabling both individuals and employers to buy health insurance regulated by the state of their choice.

Do this even if you've sent a message about this before. You don't issue instructions to your employees only once -- you must do it constantly until they get the job done.

Use your personal comments to tell your Congressional employees that...

* Representative Shadegg and Senator DeMint introduced legislation on this in the previous Congress
* Ask your Representative and your two Senators to contact Shadegg and DeMint to request that they reintroduce their inter-state health insurance legislation
* Tell your Congressional employees to ask Shadegg and DeMint to also improve their legislation by giving employers the same ability to buy health insurance regulated by other states

If you live in South Carolina or Representative Shadegg's district, please contact us at the following email address, because we need your help to get this legislation re-introduced and improved: Feedback@DownsizeDC.org

Remember, the end of the month is near and we're pushing hard to meet our month-end goals. To exceed the 36,512 messages we sent last month we need to send at least 647 messages today.

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Perry Willis
Communications Director
DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

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