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Wilson: Active citizenry can make a difference

August 27, 2009
Congressman Joe Wilson - e-Newsletter


Guest Columnist – The State
August 27, 2009

Last week was one of the most inspiring of my public service career as I participated in four historic town hall meetings across the 2nd Congressional District.

For 25 years, I have hosted numerous district meetings. Traditionally, attendance at such events averaged 50 people. In four town halls I held this past week, we had a total attendance of nearly 6,000 citizens — the largest congressional town halls in the history of Richland, Lexington and Beaufort counties.

The American people have clearly taken notice and decided to get involved.

There was genuine concern by over 90 percent of those attending these events that expanding government’s control over our health care would limit individual freedom and choice. At each town hall, there were those exercising their right to protest either for or against the government health care plan, but their actions were patriotic not “un-American” — as some have chosen to characterize them.

Those who have stood up and shown up to have their voices heard have already made a difference in this debate. The Obama administration intended to push through their massive overhaul of our health care system by July 31.

And, they would have succeeded were it not for informed individuals making the case for more time and scrutiny. Because of their efforts, citizens have discovered and brought to light numerous aspects of the health care overhaul (H.R. 3200) that are deeply troubling.

These include the end of life counseling program, which has been correctly highlighted by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as a program which could lead to seniors being encouraged to seek less care in order to protect the government’s bottom line. Additionally, the Trojan Horse known as the “public option” has also been revealed as a not-so-clever means to make Americans more dependent on government.

These proposals do not promote better medical care; they enhance the power of politicians.

Before the town halls, efforts were made to amend this troubling big-government plan. As a member of the Education and Labor Committee, I was grateful to add two key amendments to the bill as it was pushed through our committee during a 20-hour, all-night marathon. We successfully secured a clarification within the bill to protect TRICARE from being swallowed by the government option or subject to new mandates and expenses. Over 9 million military personnel and veterans utilize TRICARE.

My second amendment promoted a simple but powerful standard of governmental accountability: If it is good enough for the American people, it is good enough for Congress. This provision encourages members of Congress who vote in favor of a government-run plan to forgo their current health insurance and enroll themselves in that plan.

This amendment was reluctantly adopted by the committee during hour 19 of debate after many members of the majority had gone home. It is vital that the American people demand this provision stay in the bill.

Health care reform is too important to simply oppose the administration’s misguided plan. This is why I was grateful to bring to town hall audiences an alternative plan, the Empowering Patients First Act (H.R. 3400). This bill would preserve the doctor-patient relationship through common-sense reforms focused on expanding health insurance opportunities, not shifting them into the hands of a health care czar.

It promotes association health plans to help small businesses provide insurance coverage to their employees at a reasonable price. This is in contrast to the administration’s plan which imposes new taxes on small businesses — an action the National Federation of Independent Businesses has estimated will eliminate 1.6 million jobs. H.R.3400 expands coverage to the uninsured by legalizing the purchase of insurance across state lines, providing a more robust market to shop for affordable insurance.

The growing revelation that the big-government plan will amount to a costly takeover of our health care system is a direct consequence of the American people standing up to have their voices heard.

Thanks to an active and concerned citizenry, we now have the opportunity to pause; read the bill; contact friends and family across the nation; and, contact members of Congress and senators of both parties to urge them to reform health insurance, not take over our health care system.

Despite a well-coordinated mainstream media propaganda push by the administration and their allies, Americans remain unconvinced that more government at a higher price tag will bring any type of real, positive reform to our health care system. They want and deserve this honest debate.

Rep. Wilson represents the 2nd District in the U.S. House.

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28 Comments leave one →
  1. September 9, 2009 10:24 pm

    “They want and deserve this honest debate.” from the man who calls the president a liar?

  2. September 9, 2009 11:35 pm

    “You lie!”.

  3. September 9, 2009 11:35 pm

    “You liar!”.

  4. September 10, 2009 12:31 am

    Joe Wilson’s outburst tonight typifies the current Republican mainstream and its elementary school playground mentality. This blog entry is more of the “sound and fury, signifying nothing” approach to government since the defeat of their own worst-ever-governance of all time with Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. Maybe he could go back home to South Carolina and run for Governor. I hear there will be an opening soon…

  5. Emily permalink
    September 10, 2009 1:34 am

    Actually his statement during the speech got me to seek out Rep. Wilson’s other statements. I liked the speech and it made me want to take another look at the President’s plan but I don’t know whether I will still feel the same way when I wake up in the morning and read again about how much it is going to cost.

    And Rep. Wilson makes some good points right here in this article. Maybe there aren’t officially ‘death panels’ but he explains clearly here how the government might not force, but could certainly lead, seniors into killing themselves off for the ‘betterment’ of society. That’s scary.

    I don’t know what to think, or who is ‘lying’ anymore. In fact, I think both sides are guilty of lying a whole lot more than they tell the truth.

    We do need to do something but isn’t there any way of doing it other than either ‘doing as little as possible’ or ‘a government plan?’

    As far as illegals are concerned, I’d just as soon they did get treated in emergency rooms, because we already know that is how the swine flu got to the United States and having infected people running around without getting treated is dangerous to all of us especially if there is a plaugue or a bioterror attack.

    It would be really nice if members of Congress from opposite parties (and the President) would actually talk to each other once in awhile instead of just being reflexively for or against something based on who’s idea it was. But anymore I don’t expect to see much of that.

    • Ginett permalink
      September 10, 2009 10:26 am

      Two guesses who you work for… you should all start calling Rush Limbaugh for jobs, he’s the only retard who would hire liars like you. Respect the President of the United States, and stop disrupting the American image for your own self profit.

  6. lmaze43 permalink
    September 10, 2009 1:39 am



  7. Paul Joseph Goebbels permalink
    September 10, 2009 3:41 am

    Joe Wilson is no gentleman! While his state’s Governor was “Hiking the Appalachian Trail” with his sweetie in Argentina, Joe was fabricating lies while the president was speaking truthfully on an important issue! I’m told that uncle Joe had to make his apology to Rahm Emmanuel, who if true to his reputation, ripped Joe a new one! Perhaps, in the future, Joe will learn to listen to others courteously and STFU!

  8. j d mitchell permalink
    September 10, 2009 7:27 am

    a neo-con idiot … what the hell is going on in the state of south carolina ? have these facists pompous racists drinking toilet water lanced with something ?
    “this is where succession began” …general sherman where are you now ?… the white males are going stupid again in South Carolina again !!! A state of discreet racists !!!

    • j d mitchell permalink
      September 10, 2009 7:28 am

      LACED not lanced

  9. j d mitchell permalink
    September 10, 2009 7:30 am

    he’s a coward his staff shut down his websites…neo-con idiot coward !!!

  10. Niki permalink
    September 10, 2009 8:55 am

    “My second amendment promoted a simple but powerful standard of governmental accountability: If it is good enough for the American people, it is good enough for Congress.”

    Perhaps you should try living without health insurance, as many in America do. If that is good enough for American Citizens, it ought to be good enough for you too.

  11. Ginett permalink
    September 10, 2009 10:22 am

    Thank you for being living proof that the Republican Party has stoop to its lowest level in history. Counting the days until you get fired. Clown!!! LMFAO!!!

  12. scott permalink
    September 10, 2009 10:31 am

    Joe Wilson – Y’all are an incompetent, ignorant weasel.
    Not studyin’ about what you are saying. Were you all
    tore up when making those comments about our President? Someone should jack slap you on the side of the head to knock some sense in you. Don’t be surprise when you find your self not re-elected next term.

  13. D B Ellis permalink
    September 10, 2009 10:52 am

    If the republicans, and I am one, cannot refrain from their present obstructionism on national healthcare, the American public will re-elect the current administration. As for Joe Wilson, find another, less stressful, job. Being ugly in public benefits no one.

  14. jack permalink
    September 10, 2009 12:37 pm

    You lie!

    You should be so ashamed of yourself. You further tarnished the image of the great state of South Carolina. And you have proven you are not capable of intelligent adult discourse.

    Step down. Now.

    • asassyvic permalink
      September 10, 2009 3:07 pm

      You step down. You sheep.

  15. Paul permalink
    September 10, 2009 1:35 pm

    Great job last night Joe. Your emotional blowout did more in generating support for the other side on this issue than you’ll ever know. Civility, decorum…who needs ’em when a good yell or holler will do. Right Joe?

  16. asassyvic permalink
    September 10, 2009 3:04 pm

    God bless Senator Wilson. Thank you Mr Wilson for saying what so many of us think.
    Obama is a LIAR.
    You liberals are genuflecting and making me sick.

  17. asassyvic permalink
    September 10, 2009 3:06 pm

    Jack, you LIE. Wilson is right Obuma is a LIAR.

  18. asassyvic permalink
    September 10, 2009 3:07 pm

    The government could not run a *horehouse, it went bankrupt under them. How do you think they can run a health care system?
    Don’t remember, well look up the Mustang Ranch.

  19. emptysuit permalink
    September 10, 2009 6:58 pm

    Wilson is right for calling Obama a LIE, because Obama is a LIE, Obama has lied about everything he stand for. Hell Obama can’t tell the truth on where he was born. Obama don’t know how many states are in the union to him its 57. Obama has even lied about the Healthcare Reform saying ‘it not about him’. Democrats are leaving this plan left and right, and Obama is the only one trying to keep it floating. This because his partner David Axelrod received ad deals, worth a total of $24 million. Obama has lied about Abortion in the bill, cutting Medicare benefits, and said the bill will be deficit neutral then lied about not insuring illegal immigrants.. OBAMA LIED, and Wilson let him know

  20. Jeanne permalink
    September 10, 2009 7:36 pm

    Thanks for the information, Joe. And thanks for saying out loud what over half of America thinks.

    I see all the Liberals are out in force with their vitriol and attacking anyone who disagrees with them or Obama, because they are emotionally invested in Obama — it’s their nature. So they’ll rip you apart like they destroyed Sarah Palin, Carrie Prejean, Joe the Plumber, and anyone who disagrees with them. They are the ‘haters’, who know nothing about the issues.

  21. March 5, 2016 3:47 am

    Dobra roboa


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