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Government health care in action: Vancouver to begin denying surgeries

Today's Vancouver Sun reports on one reason Libertarians, joined by most Americans, oppose Obama's proposed government takeover of health care.  Government control of health care has always led to rationing and denial of medically necessary surgery:

VANCOUVER — Vancouver patients needing neurosurgery, treatment for vascular diseases and other medically necessary procedures can expect to wait longer for care, NDP health critic Adrian Dix said Monday.

LP Monday Message: Dems not backing down on public option, but stepping up the fight

Dear friend,

Faced with withering criticism from the independent voters who elected Obama, as well as polls showing majorities of Americans oppose their health care reform plans and would prefer government inaction to the current system, the media reported this weekend Democrats may consider removing a provision for government-run health insurance from a massive bill outlining a government takeover of the nation’s health care system.
 

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Libertarians press Congress on DOMA, ‘don’t’ ask, don’t tell’

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Hate crimes bill opposed, cast as attempt by marriage opponents to buy LBGT votes

WASHINGTON -- America’s third largest party challenged House and Senate Democrats Monday to fully commit to the equal justice for gay and lesbian Americans by rejecting a proposed hate crimes law and repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy barring military service by “out” gays and lesbians.
 

Event

LNC Platform Committee Meeting

When:

Start date: 
Saturday, December 12, 2009 - 2:00pm
End date: 
Sunday, December 13, 2009 - 2:59pm
Time Zone: 
US/Pacific

Where:

Stratosphere Hotel
Las Vegas, NV 89104

Description:

Party members interested in attending the committee meeting can take advantage of our group arrangements.  We're contracted for a room rate of $47.50 ($40 + mandatory $7.50 resort fee) per night.  For hotel reservations, call the Group Reservations Department at 1-800-998-6937 between the hours of 7AM to 10 PM PST and reference the Group: Libertarian Party Platform Commitee and/or Group Code: C-LPPC.  Reservations should be made by November 11 to get the g

The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey lays out the problems with government-run health care, the need for serious reform and offers a libertarian alternative in a tremendous column in The Wall Street Journal.  Click here to read the full column.

Mackey suggests Congress, among other things:

• Remove the legal obstacles that slow the creation of high-deductible health insurance plans and health savings accounts (HSAs).

Indianapolis LP councilman seeks to get city out budget rough by selling off government golf courses

Ed Coleman, Libertarian member of the City-County Council in Indianapolis, sought support today for a proposal to cut unneeded spending as many taxpayers struggle to make ends meet.  Coleman proposed the city sell off 12 of its government-owned golf courses.

"Most of our golf courses currently aren't making money, and the ones that are aren't making much," Coleman told Indianapolis' Channel 6 News. "In economic times like these, we should look into whether we should be in the golf business or not."

Town hall face-offs erode health support

As more and more concerned Americans make their first trip to a "town hall" meeting to voice their doubts about Obama's proposed government takeover of health care, support for the risky experiment plunges.  No wonder Democrats were working so hard this week to slander attendees and discourage people from attending meetings they couldn't risk canceling.

Not that the opposition has stopped the bill.  Democrats have clearly stated they will pass some form of a government takeover regardless of what voters think.

Rationing away medical care

Also from today's Washington Times.  The unavoidable reality of rationing basic care is one of many reasons why Libertarians oppose government-run health care and prefer to open up the insurance market.  Click here to read the full editorial, which states:

"The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax imposed by this chapter. ..."

Yes, the proposed government takeover of health care actually contains that language, which The Washington Times editorializes as "Orwellian."

Click here to read the editorial, which goes on to debunk the Obama claim he isn't raising taxes:

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