The Health Care Debate, Resource Center

Table of Contents

Legislation:
List of bills and their links to the full text & sponsors

Activist Tools:

References:

Historical Resources:

Primary Proposed Legislation:

DEMOCRATIC PARTY REPUBLICAN PARTY
H.R. 3200: America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes.Rep. John Dingell [D-MI15] (Sponsor)Rep. Robert Andrews [D-NJ1]Rep. Dale Kildee [D-MI5]Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY14]Rep. George Miller [D-CA7]Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ6]Rep. Charles Rangel [D-NY15]Rep. Fortney Stark [D-CA13]Rep. Henry Waxman [D-CA30] S. 1099: Patients’ Choice ActA bill to provide comprehensive solutions for the health care system of the United States, and for other purposes.Sen. Thomas Coburn [R-OK] (Sponsor)Sen. Lamar Alexander [R-TN]Sen. Jim Bunning [R-KY]Sen. Richard Burr [R-NC]Sen. Saxby Chambliss [R-GA]Sen. Lindsey Graham [R-SC]Sen. James Inhofe [R-OK]Sen. John Isakson [R-GA]
H.R. 2520: Patients’ Choice ActA bill to provide comprehensive solutions for the health care system of the United States, and for other purposes.Rep. Paul Ryan [R-WI1] (Sponsor)Rep. Ken Calvert [R-CA44]Rep. John Campbell [R-CA48]Rep. John Linder [R-GA7]Rep. Kenny Marchant [R-TX24]Rep. Tom McClintock [R-CA4]Rep. Devin Nunes [R-CA21]

Secondary Health Care Legislation (all parties):

H.R. 502: Health Care Freedom of Choice ActTo amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve health care choice by providing for the tax deductibility of medical expenses by individuals.

Sponsor: Michele Bachmann (R-MN6)

H.R. 2630: Protect Patients and Physicians Privacy ActTo protect the privacy of patients and physicians.

Sponsor: Ronald Paul (R-TX14)

H.R. 859: Small Business CHOICE Act of 2009To encourage the development of small business cooperatives for healthcare options to improve coverage for employees (CHOICE) including through a small business CHOICE tax credit.

Sponsor: Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D-NY12]

H.R. 195: Informed Choice ActTo authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to make grants to nonprofit tax-exempt organizations for the purchase of ultrasound equipment to provide free examinations to pregnant women needing such services, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Clifford Stearns [R-FL6]

H.R. 684: Medicare Prescription Drug Savings and Choice Act of 2009 (and S. 330 sister bill) To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to deliver a meaningful benefit and lower prescription drug prices under the Medicare Program.

Sponsor: Rep. Robert Berry [D-AR1]

H.R. 2668: Choice in Health Options Insures Care for Everyone (CHOICE) Act of 2009To provide for the offering of an American Trust Health Plan to provide choice in health insurance options so as to ensure quality, affordable health coverage for all Americans.

Sponsor: Rep. Christopher Murphy [D-CT5]

S. 1259: PATIENTS Act of 2009 (and sister bill H.R. 3002) A bill to protect all patients by prohibiting the use of data obtained from comparative effectiveness research to deny coverage of items or services under Federal health care programs and to ensure that comparative effectiveness research accounts for advancements in personalized medicine and differences in patient treatment response.

Sponsor: Sen. Jon Kyl [R-AZ]

S. 1240: Roadmap for America’s Future Act of 2009A bill to provide for the reform of health care, the Social Security system, the tax code for individuals and business, and the budget process.

Sponsor: Sen. Jim DeMint [R-SC]

S. 1324: Health Care Freedom Act of 2009A bill to ensure that every American has a health insurance plan that they can afford, own, and keep.

Sponsor: Sen. Jim DeMint [R-SC]

H.R. 676: United States National Health Care Act or the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act

Also frequently referred to as the “Single Payer Health System” proposal.

To provide for comprehensive health insurance coverage for all United States residents, improved health care delivery, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. John Conyers [D-MI]

Free Market Health Care Talking Points:

Smart Girl Politics, Health Care Talking Points (flyer)

Smart Girl Politics: Other Health Care Resources

Smart Girl Politics: NJ Groups

Smart Girl Politics: State Groups

The Heritage Foundation: Health Care Required Reading

Mayo Clinic Health Policy Center

The Obama Experiment (GOP campaign)

Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI): Health Care Info Packet

Tea Party Patriots, Health Care Talking Points

Dr. Frank Luntz, “The Language of Health Care 2009”

Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Health Care Reform Action Center

National Center for Policy Analysis, Action Pack

New England Journal of Medicine, Health Care Reform Center

PajamasTV Health Care Forum

Free Our Health Care: Health Care Code Blue

Letters, Pamphlets, Handouts, Activism Kits

These are not endorsed by nor affiliated with Liberty Chick.  These links are simply provided for your reference – as always, please do your own research to familiarize yourself with the content and determine if it reflects your views.  Read the related bills, find more facts, then form your own opinion and speak with others.

Printable Letter to Send to Your Congressman and Senators
From Tea Party Patriots / American Liberty Alliance (Word .doc)

Health Care Recess Action Kit
From FreedomWorks
This is an excellent package of resources that includes:

  • Legislative Feedback Form
  • Sample Letter to the Editor (makes writing to your newspaper easy)
  • Community Petition template
  • “ObamaCare Translator”: Interpreting the Spin
  • ObamaCare health insurance card, key bullet points of negative impacts of a public option

Health Care Reform & Seniors (PDF)

A fact sheet handout prepared by the Heritage Foundation

The Top 10 Myths of American Health Care: a Citizen’s Guide
by Sally Pipes
An EXCELLENT and comprehensive guide from a professional in the field.  Sally Pipes has been on the Medical Advisory Council of Genworth Financial’s Long-Term Care Insurance Division in 2006, the national advisory board of Capital Research Center, the advisory board for the Bastiat Journalism Prize, the board of advisors of the San Francisco Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society, the Advisory Board of the California Association of Scholars, and the State Policy Network president’s advisory council. She has served as a trustee of St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation in San Francisco, a board member of the Independent Women’s Forum, and as a governor of the Donner Canadian Foundation.

Health Care Legislation and “The Public Option”
Basic Health Care Legislation Resource Kit
author, Lou Flanagan

Written by Flanagan, using industry sources as well as those compiled by various citizen organizations and volunteers who worked with professionals in the medical field to collect their input, this is a comprehensive activist kit for engaging physicians in the health care debate, and collaborating with patients and businesses to educate all on the real impacts of the public option in the health care legislation. It is filled with lots of information that has been directly gathered from medical professionals, as well as articles, reports and figures from relevant studies. Also download as part of the full kit the following files:

  • Healthcare Advocacy Summary, download this set of instructions with the full kit. This file contains a Program Checklist for ideas, needs and resource AND checklist of items for the promotion of this program
  • Publicity & Press Release Program:  includes a template, recommendations for structuring the role of PR personnel in your organization, a suggested PR schedule, and tips on what to say and what not to say

Industry Related Health Care Plans & Viewpoints
(opposing & supporting views)

Reports on Health Reform (from HealthReform.gov)

American Medical Association

Physicians for a National Health Reform

New England Journal of Medicine, The Proposed Government Health Insurance Company – No Substitute for Real Reform

American College of Physicians

American Medical Group Association, Health Care Reform Principles

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

American Psychological Association

America’s Health Insurance Plans (coalition of insurance companies)

Institute for America’s Future, Jacob Hacker, “The Case for Public Plan Choice in National Health Reform“, University of CA Berkeley

Rasmussen Reports: Health Care Polls

Health Care Coalition & Research Websites:

ReformPlans.com
World Health Care Congress’ Forum on the Changes Ahead

Central website that is an aggregate of many health care plans and organizations from all perspectives (though the site’s editorial content leans left).

Patients United Now (from Americans for Prosperity):
http://patientsunitednow.com

Conservatives for Patients Rights:
http://www.cprights.org

Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Health Care Reform Action Center
http://www.aapsonline.org/action

Heritage Foundation, “Fix Health Care Policy”:
http://fixhealthcarepolicy.com

Cato Institute, “Health, Welfare & Entitlements”:
http://www.cato.org/researcharea.php?display=6

Tea Party Patriots, Health Care Events & Action Center:
http://teapartypatriots.org/HC.aspx

American Liberty Alliance:
http://healthcarehorserace.com

The Galen Institute
http://www.galen.org/

Mayo Clinic Health Policy Center
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthpolicycenter

Socialized & Single-Payer Health Care Talking Points:

(Not all inclusive)

All The President’s Followers:  Organizing for America

Health Care for America Now
Coalition of unions and organizations that are demanding government-run health care instead of REAL reform for America that represents fundamental American free-market principles.  NOTE: this group is heavily funded by the Tides Foundation, and shares the same address as Americans Against Escalation in Iraq , Campaign for America’s Future , and Democracy 21

SEIU, Health Care

SEIU Health Care campaigns & partner organizations

SEIU Health Care Partner Organizations

AFL-CIO, “In America, No One Should Go Without Health Care” center

AFSCME, Health Care for America

AMA

Links on Health Reform Proposals Under the Prior Administration:

Bush Drive to Reform Health Care

Democrats Launch Rival Health Plans (2003)

Bush, Kerry Spar on Health Care (2004)

Congress Approves Health Reform for Elderly (2003)

Employment Policies Institute, Comparing the Effects of Health Insurance Reform Proposals

American Enterprise Institute, Analysis of George W Bush’s Health Care reform policies

Prior Bills:

S. 2042 Access to Affordable Health Care Act – Susan Collins (R-ME)

S. 569 Health Care Access Improvement Act – Conrad Burns (R-MT)

S. 24 Health Care Assurance Act of 2001 – Arlen Specter (R-PA) [former Republican, now a Democrat]

H.R. 5705 Health Care Freedom of Choice Act – Christopher Cox (R-CA)

See complete lists of prior proposed Health Care Reform bills:

2001-2002

2003-2004

2005-2006

2007-2008

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2 responses to “The Health Care Debate, Resource Center

  1. Please oppose increased government involvement in health care. Please work to reduce government involvement in health care. The best government is less government!

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