DownsizeDC.org
June 23, 2009
Health care victory may be easier than you think
By James Wilson

ATTENTION: Iowa citizens, as well as DC Downsizers who live in the districts of Blue Dog Democrats, please be sure to read this message!

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Subject: Health care victory may be easier than you think

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says the Democrats' health care plans will cost more than a trillion dollars over ten years.

But the true cost is likely to be vastly higher. In fact...

The consulting group HSI Network estimates that the real price tag would be closer to $4 trillion.

As a result, support for the plan is declining, both in Congress, and among the public. Indeed, at least one opinion poll shows only minority support for increased government intervention in the health system.

We can win this fight if we keep pushing. We need to...

Tell our Congressional employees to oppose increased government involvement in health care.

Use your personal comments to object to the $1 trillion price tag estimated by the CBO, and to assert that you believe the real price would be even higher. Mention the $4 trillion estimate by HSI Network.

But don't stop there. Send this message to your friends and ask them to also send a message to Congress opposing increased government involvement in health care. Please also Digg the blog version of this message on our website.

But there's one thing more. Victory may be easier than you think because this issue will be decided by only a handful of people in the House and Senate. We must increase the pressure on these people...

* If you live in Iowa please call Senator Grassley and tell him to oppose any compromise that would increase government involvement in health care.
* If your House Rep. is a Blue Dog Democrat please call him or her and urge opposition to any increase in government involvement in health care. You can find the list of Blue Dog Democrats here.

You can see your Representative's and Senator's phone number once you're logged into our Educate the Powerful System.

Please take action. Victory is possible. To exceed the 36,512 messages we sent last month we need to send at least 1,351 messages today.

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Jim Babka
President
DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

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