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U.S. Congressman Dean Heller - Letter To The President
Dean Heller's Website ^ | September 8, 2009 | U.S. Congressman Dean Heller

Posted on 09/12/2009 8:19:17 AM PDT by ninergold3

Congressman Heller sent this letter to President Obama on September 8, 2009 offering options to help bridge the gap between Republicans and Democrats on health care reform:

September 8, 2009

The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C., 20006

Dear Mr. President:

Yesterday, you said those critical of your healthcare plan were "trying to scare the American people and preserve the status quo." You rhetorically asked critics "what's your answer? What's your solution?" and asserted that "the truth is, they don't have one. It's do nothing." (Speech before the AFL-CIO, Cincinnati, Ohio, September 7, 2009)

As you may recall, I have written to you previously on the subject of healthcare. While I have yet to receive a response from the White House regarding my proposal that Members of Congress participate in the government-run plan proposed in H.R. 3200, I wanted to bring to your attention to the fact that many individual Republican Members of Congress have introduced their own unique bills reflecting the concerns and needs of their constituents as part of the healthcare debate.

For my part, I introduced the Steps Toward Access and Reform (STAR) Act (H.R. 3483) in late July. While this legislation will not be a "silver bullet" solution to all the problems facing our healthcare system, my bill addresses medical liability reform, improves access to breast and lung cancer screenings, and takes other important steps toward reform that I think most Americans would support. My legislation also addresses prescription drug reimportation -- an idea I support along with many of my Democrat colleagues.

I introduced some provisions of the STAR Act as amendments during the House Ways & Means Committee's consideration of H.R. 3200. Unfortunately, each of my amendments were defeated -- largely along party-line votes -- by the very individuals who continue to incorrectly label Republicans as the "party of no."

Mr. President, I respectfully urge you to take a look at the STAR Act and other Republican alternatives to H.R. 3200. Your leadership would encourage congressional Democrats to actually consider Republican ideas instead of voting no on amendments just because they were introduced by a Member on the other side of the aisle. I hope you will familiarize yourself with these proposals so our shared goal of a meaningful bipartisan dialogue on healthcare can be realized.


Dean Heller
Member of Congress

TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: dean; heller; nevada; obama
I love this guy. He was the only elected official to come out and speak to the masses during our tax-day Tea Party. He listens.
1 posted on 09/12/2009 8:19:17 AM PDT by ninergold3
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To: ninergold3

He needs to read this on Fox. The others won’t allow it.

2 posted on 09/12/2009 8:24:00 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

I was paid to write a couple of articles on Heller and Nevada politics a few months ago. The guy is a-jay squared away, that’s for sure.

3 posted on 09/12/2009 8:37:59 AM PDT by BigKahuna
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To: BigKahuna

“The guy is a-jay squared away, that’s for sure.”

He’s my congressman. I’m tempted to send him one of these

4 posted on 09/12/2009 9:36:55 AM PDT by fretzer
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To: ninergold3
The thing we have to do now, without any hesitation, is vote out this current Congress in 2010. Then take back our Nation in 2012. If we do not mobilize ourselves and others now to do this in ways far beyond where most of us have ever engaged in political matters, we will lose this country. And have ourselves to blame.
5 posted on 09/12/2009 12:48:19 PM PDT by UncleVanya
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To: UncleVanya

My husband and I will soon be involved up to our eyeballs. We are getting involved with one of the candidates who is not only running against Harry Reid - but we belive has a very good chance of beating the Rat.

6 posted on 09/12/2009 1:45:55 PM PDT by ninergold3 ("Has it ever occurred to you that nothing occurs to God?" -Mark Lowry)
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