Questions to U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa during a protest Friday
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The following questions were given to U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa during a protest Friday over a national health care bill.

Congressman Hinojosa, please answer these health care questions immediately:

1. Will we be forced to use doctors that are assigned to us by the government? Will you guarantee you will not vote for anything that will infringe on our ability to choose our own doctor?

2. Will we wind up with rationing of medical services as more and more people have access to government run health care? Will you guarantee you will not vote for anything that will result in rationing of medical services?

3. Will there be waiting lists for standard procedures and/or diagnosis requiring treatment, as in Canada and England? Can you guarantee you will not vote for anything that will result in waiting lists for standard procedures and/or diagnosis?

4. If you insist on voting for socialized health care, will you immediately change your health insurance, as well as that of your wife and children, to the government option? If not, why? Do you not have confidence in the plan?

5. Will our medical decisions be made by government employed bureaucrats or by doctors? Will the final decision rest between the doctor and the patient or will the final decision for treatment lie outside of the doctor-patient relationship?

6. Will you sign a pledge not to vote on any nationalized health care bill, including all amendments, for at least 72 hours? 48 hours? 24 hours? Will you sign a pledge to actually read the entire bill?

7. During the debate on the so-called stimulus package, the president’s estimates on future unemployment and economic recovery proved to be wildly off-base. Why should Americans now believe they will not be forced out of the private coverage they enjoy, as basic economics would dictate?

8. Despite the president’s assertions that health care reform will save money, the reality is that plans proposed by Democrats would cost taxpayers between $1 trillion and $2 trillion How does this save money and how will we pay for this?

9. If, as the president claims, a government run option is essential to maintaining honest competition in the health insurance market, why is it not also true that we need a government-run competitor in the fast food industry or major league baseball?

10. Proponents of a government-run option claim that it will compete on a level playing field with private insurance providers. In that case, will the government run plan operate under a for profit model and be forced to pay all applicable state, federal, and local taxes?

11. How will we meet the growing need for medical professionals if the government-run plan pays lower than market rates to physicians while forcing them to participate or lose a majority of their patients and their livelihood?

12. If the government mandates that all Americans purchase health insurance, it must also define what qualifies as health insurance. Can you provide us your definition (with details please) and explain how this definition will not limit innovation and choice in health care?

13. According to the House Democrats plan, a family of four with an income of $88,200, four times the federal poverty level, would qualify for health insurance subsidies. In your view, is this a subsidy for low income Americans or an effort to put more health care under the purview of the federal government?

14. The new Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research is charged with determining what treatments should be offered to patients. Do you believe that these personal medical decisions should be made by patients in consultation with their doctors, or by unaccountable bureaucrats?

15. Why are there no actively practicing physicians included in the membership of the Council for Comparative Effective research?

16. If the final reform proposal is controversial enough that it will not receive the necessary 60 votes in the Senate, democrats have left open the possibility of using a procedural move to pass it with only 51 votes. Do you believe massive changes to such a vital area of American life should be pushed through in this manner with only 51 votes?

We urge you to vote against this bill.

Thank you,

Bee County Patriots

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El Nino
July 23, 2009
One thing which would reduce Doctors' overhead (and thereby reduce costs) is to follow the English Court rules which dictate that if a Plaintiff loses a lawsuit, he pays for the Defendant's attorney's fees and expenses. Many people assume this is how our legal procedures work, but it's not so. If you can find a lawyer to sue, you do not pay the Defendant's costs if you lose unless there is a statute specifically allowing it. This gives a "nuisance value" to all lawsuits which is why there are so many settlements. The cost of these settlements is passed on to the consumer.