Saturday, November 21, 2009

Call to Action: Okyay Calls Current Health Proposal "Garbage"!

Raquel Okyay has issued a call to action concerning the new health care proposals.

>Action Needed Now!
November 20, 2009 – 1:25 pm

To my dear friends,

I have been losing sleep over the healthcare reform measures circulating Congress. Of what I have been able to read and ascertain, all of it is GARBAGE! These bills are not REFORM, they are an attempt to nationalize healthcare, or in other words, put the government in charge of healthcare, rather than the free market.

The government will win the People will lose.

The Senate will vote to start debate tomorrow. It is imperative that the government hear our voices. Please take a few minutes out of your day, to make a few phone calls. Thanks!

I copied the following from an email forward:

This is a three part action alert. We need to call the Senate, our local Governor and the House.

Reid received the cost estimates from the CBO and the bill is now live. Reid has “SAID” the general public will have 72 hours to view the bill before they vote on it. We need as many Patriots to take action in the next 48-72 hours if we want to stop the Government Takeover of Health Care!

It is up to us, the American Patriots, to stop this government takeover of health care.


Call the list of 13 Senators plus Snowe, Lincoln and Pryor.
Call the DC offices and the local offices.
Tell them the following:

Vote No on Cloture
Vote No on the Motion to Proceed with the Health Care bill
REMIND THEM - YES to Proceed is the same as voting YES for government control and mandates on health care.

Please note: All of these Senators are not local to NY. When you call - tell them
Their vote will affect all Americans. Think about what happened in New Jersey & Virginia this past election. You would be very happy to contribute to the campaign of their opponent the next time they are up for reelection!

Together we can Kill This Bill!

Senator Evan Bayh (IN)
Chief of Staff: Thomas Sugar)
Washington, DC (202) 224-5623 / (202) 228-1377 fax
Indianapolis (317) 554-0750 / (317) 554-0760 fax
Evansville (812) 465-6500 / (812) 465-6503 fax
Fort Wayne (260) 426-3151 / (260) 420-0060 fax
Hammond (219) 852-2763 / (219) 852-2787 fax
Jeffersonville (812) 218-2317 / (812) 218-2370 fax
South Bend (574) 236-8302 / (574) 236-8319 fax

Senator Michael Bennet (CO)
Chief of Staff: Jeff Lane
Washington, DC (202) 224-5852 / (202) 228-5036
Denver (303) 455-7600 / (303) 455-8851 fax
Durango (970) 259-1710 / (970) 259-9789 fax
Colorado Springs (719) 328-1100 / (719) 328-1129 fax
Fort Collins (970) 224-2200 / (970) 224-2205 fax
Fort Morgan (970) 542-9446 / (970) 542-3088 fax
Grand Junction (970) 241-6631 / (970) 241-8313 fax
Pueblo (719) 542-7550 / (719) 542-7555 fax
Alamosa (719) 587-0096 / (719) 587-0098 fax

Senator Joe Lieberman (CT)
Chief of Staff: Clarine Riddle (
Washington, DC (202) 224-4041 / (202) 224-9750 fax
Hartford (860) 549-8463 / (866) 317-2242 fax

Senator Bill Nelson (NE)
Chief of Staff: Tim Becker
Washington, DC (202) 224-6551 / (202) 228-0012 fax
Lincoln (402) 441-4600 / (402) 476-8753 fax
Omaha (402) 391-3411 / (402) 391-4725 fax

Senator Blanche Lincoln (AR)
Chief of Staff: Elizabeth Burks (
Washington, DC (202) 224-4843 / (202) 228-1371 fax
Little Rock (800) 352-9364 / (501) 375-7064 fax

Senator Mary Landrieu (LA)
Chief of Staff: Jane Campbell (
Washington, DC (202) 224-5824 / (202) 224-9735 fax
New Orleans (504) 589-2427 / (504) 589-4023 fax
Baton Rouge (225) 389-0395 / (225) 389-0660 fax
Shreveport (318) 676-3085 / (318) 676-3100 fax
Lake Charles (337) 436-6650 / (337) 439-3762 fax

Senator Mark Pryor (AR)
Chief of Staff: Bob Russell (
Washington, DC (202) 224-2353 / (202) 228-0908 fax
Little Rock (501) 324-6336 / (501) 324-5320 fax

Senator Mark Warner (VA)
Chief of Staff: Luke Albee (
Washington, DC (202) 224-2023 / (202) 224-6295 fax
Abingdon (276) 628-8158 / (276) 628-1036 fax
Norfolk (757) 441-3079 / (757) 441-6250 fax
Roanoke (540) 857-2676 / (540) 857-2800 fax
Midlothian (804) 739-0247 / (804) 739-3478 fax

Senator Mark Begich (AK)
Chief of Staff: David Ramseur (
Washington, DC (202) 224-3004 / (202) 224-2354 fax
Anchorage (907) 271-5915 / (907) 258-9305 fax
Fairbanks (907) 456-0261 / (907) 451-7290 fax
Juneau (907) 586-7700 / (907) 586-7702 fax
Ketchikan (907) 225-3000 / (907) 247-3000 fax

Senator Robert Byrd (WV)
Chief of Staff: Barbara Videnieks (
Washington, DC (202) 224-3954 / (202) 228-0002 fax
Charleston (304) 342-5855 / (304) 343-7144 fax
Martinsburg (304) 264-4626 / (304) 262-3039 fax

Senator Thomas Carper (DE)
Chief of Staff: Jim Reilly (
Washington, DC (202) 224-2441 / (202) 228-2190 fax
Wilmington (302) 573-6291 / (302) 573-6434 fax
Dover (302) 674-3308 / (302) 674-5464 fax
Georgetown (302) 856-7690 / (302) 856-3001 fax

Senator Jim Webb (VA)
Chief of Staff: Paul Reagan (
Washington, DC (202) 224-4024 / 202-228-6363 fax
Danville (434) 792-0976 / (434) 972-0960 fax
Virginia Beach (757) 518-1674 / (757) 518-1679 fax
Falls Church (703) 573-7090 / (703) 573-7098 fax
Norton (276) 679-4925 / (276) 679-4929 fax
Richmond (804) 771-2221 / (804) 771-8313 fax
Roanoke (540) 772-4236 / (540) 772-6870 fax

Senator Jon Tester (MT)
Chief of Staff (Deputy): Mary Walsh
Washington, DC (202) 224-2644 / (202) 224-8594 fax
Billings (406) 252-0550 / (406) 252-7768 fax
Bozeman (406) 586-4450 / (406) 586-7647 fax
Butte (406) 723-3277 / (406) 782c8-4717 fax
Glendive (406) 365-2391 / (406) 365-8836 fax
Great Falls (406) 452-9585 / (406) 452-9586 fax
Helena (406) 449-5401 / (406) 449-5462 fax
Kalispell (406) 257-3360 / (406) 257-3974 fax
Missoula (406) 728-3003 / (406) 728-2193 fax

Senator Olympia Snowe (ME)
Chief of Staff: Unknown
Washington, DC (202) 224-5344 / (202) 224-1946 f
Auburn (207) 786-2451 / (207) 782-1438 f
Augusta (207) 622-8292 / (207) 622-7295 f
Bangor (207) 945-0432 / (207) 941-9525 f
Biddeford (207) 282-4144 / (207) 284-2358 f
Portland (207) 874-0883 / (207) 874-7631 f
Presque Isle (207) 764-5124 / (207) 764-6420 f

Senator Blanche Lincoln (AR)
Chief of Staff: Elizabeth Burks (
Washington, DC (202) 224-4843 / (202) 228-1371 f
Little Rock (800) 352-9364 / (501) 375-7064 f

Senator Mark Pryor (AR)
Chief of Staff: Bob Russell (email address unknown)
Washington, DC (202) 224-2353 / (202) 228-0908 fax
Little Rock (501) 324-6336 / (501) 324-5320 fax

CALL Governor Patterson’s office (Phone: 518-474-8390 and/or send him an email using their link at:

Tell Patterson to stand up for the citizens of the state and ask the our NY State Senators to vote NO for a motion to proceed.

Tell Patterson it is important he helps us in this fight.
* The federal government is looking to make enormous cuts in medicare.
* The plans being discussed will require that states make up for these cuts.
* With the high unemployment rate of over 10% and the state of our economy it would be detrimental to state governments.

Patterson needs to know we don’t want NY State to have to make up the difference, and we need their help in stopping this bill.

FYI: Patterson’s PROPOSED budget will include $1 billion in new taxes on medical services. These taxes would be imposed on health care providers that will be passed on to insurers or local governments. In other words, the tax payers will be paying the bill. These new taxes will be imposed IN ADDITION to the $8 BILLION in new taxes and fees approved earlier.


Tell Congress “Vote NO on HR 3961″ Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act of 2009
Doc Fix Bill NOT What the Doctor Ordered.
Payoff to AMA for HR 3962 Endorsement?
Survey shows MONEY is not primary concern of doctors, but government interference is.

ACTION: Call Your House Member today & tomorrow.
Tell them “VOTE NO on Hr 3961!”

We killed this back in the Senate last month, let’s do it again!!

Use this link to find out info on your Congressmen:

Here are some simple points on HR 3961 - the so called “Doc Fix”.

* Doctors: It may freeze the physician Medicare pay cuts for next year, but it’s a far shot from a permanent solution. It just trades one complicated federal formula for another, and still leaves physician pay subject to Congressional whim in the future.
* Patients: Physicians are bailing out of Medicare at the rate of 25-33% percent. This does absolutely nothing to assure doctors that it is financially safe to start taking Medicare patients again. And common sense says the only way to offset more pay is to cut back on care.
* Taxpayers: This is a blatant effort by House Democrats to shuffle money around so they can pretend that HR 3962, which passed last week, doesn’t increase the deficit.
*This bait-and-switch tactic that was slapped down in the Senate last month, so why is it back in the House? So the House can “freeze the fees” then fix them later in a new payment system.
*The bill was introduced in time to secure an AMA endorsement for HR 3962, but then the House couldn’t find time to vote on it along with HR 3962 last week. This new bill may have something to do with the rebellion that needed to be quashed at the AMA meeting during the vote. Apparently the fix is in with the AMA, and the House is using the doc fix to keep the AMA in line.


* Physician pay isn’t even the primary reason that doctors are turning away new Medicare patients and restricting services, according to a new survey conducted this summer and fall.
* The problem is the ‘hassle factor’. The number one reason for refusing new Medicare patients is “Billing and regulatory requirements, which was rated ‘extremely important’ or ‘important’ by 95% of respondents
* The second reason: ‘Hassles and/or threats from Medicare carriers/government’ rated 91%.
* ‘Fees too low’ was in third place, with only an 81% rating.

If Congress passes the current health care reform bills that are on the table, there is no imaginable doc pay-fix that could offset the enormous increase in government interference in the day-to-day-practice of Medicine.

The Doctors feel they do not want the Govt to throw them a bone - a few dollars - and expect them to fall in line for more government red tape and interference. They need reform that puts patients and doctors back in charge, not government and bureaucracy.

Statement released from Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina).

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina), chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, made the following statement:

“Let’s be clear: Any senator who votes to proceed to this bill is voting for a government takeover of health care. Senators who hide behind procedure and claim they just want to allow for debate are not being honest, they are trying to deceive their voters while helping to pass this terrible bill that will make health care more expensive.

“Earlier today, Democrat leaders told reporters that the Senate may vote to proceed to a shell bill, not related to health care reform, in an effort to grant the President’s wish for a government takeover of our nation’s health care by Christmas. These outrageous shell games won’t fool Americans. Voters will remember who stands up for their freedom and who stands with the special interests who want to ram through this takeover.”

“President Obama and Democrats have now put forward at least four different versions of their government takeover, and Harry Reid has been secretly working behind closed doors on the fifth act of this fiasco. But despite the nuances, every Democrat bill puts Washington in control of health care, slashes Medicare coverage for seniors, raises premiums for families, raises taxes, places bureaucrats between patients and doctors, punishes young adults who choose not to buy coverage, and opens the door to government rationing of care.

“Americans have loudly and repeatedly rejected the President’s government takeover of health care. It’s time to for the Senate to listen, stop the shell games, and start over with real solutions that will provide every American the opportunity to afford, own and keep a health care plan that best meets their needs.”


Please forward this to Action Alert to your email contact list and post it on any Social Networks of which you are a member. We have less than 24 hours to get the word out so everyone can take part in this effort!

Please do your part TODAY! There is no time to waste!

Thanks for all you do! We are making a difference!


Judy Pepenella
Conservative Society for Action
Executive Board
Twitter: JudyPep

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Olive Day Exposed

The Olive Press just published my letter:

Dear Editor,
Ternice Winne cannot understand how the Town of Olive Democratic Committee's illegal receipt of in-kind benefits from the Town of Olive might possibly be a campaign issue. Likewise, she cannot understand how the Democratic Committee's failure to report receipt of these benefits to the New York State Board of Elections might be considered to be improper. As well, she cannot understand how a fundraiser on behalf of the Democrats might be construed as partisan. It seems that the Olive Democrats have been stealing for so long that the Democratic partisans have concluded that stealing is moral.
A public service is one that is not for profit. The Olive Democrats use a public park, do not pay their fair share, and pocket the proceeds. A butcher performs a service when he sells meat, but his business is a for-profit business because he pockets the proceeds. Likewise, the Democrats might put on an entertaining fundraiser (one that crowds my block and one that I have never attended) but they pocket the proceeds.
Olive Day is a partisan fundraiser for the Democratic Committee. We Republicans should not be forced to subsidize a partisan event, and forcing us to do so is corrupt.
Nationally, the Democrats have shown that their moral leadership has offices in the Goldman Sachs building on 85 Broad. The corruption of the Barack Obama administration is greater than that associated with Jay Gould, John D. Rockefeller, Willie Durant, the Teapot Dome Scandal, insider trading during the 1920s, Richard M. Nixon and Enron combined and multiplied by 20. Obama's four trillion dollar bailout of his bosses on 85 Broad reminds us that the Democrats have always had but one chief concern: Wall Street.
While at the national level we watch the Democrats suck the nation dry with the most corrupt presidential administration in the nation's history, at the local level we read Ms. Winne's claim that a partisan event involving illegal public subsidy of a partisan entity is not partisan because people she knows benefit from it.
Can Democrats do anything but steal?
Mitchell Langbert, PH.D.
West Shokan, NY