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September 1 2009

Calling a Spade a Spade

Nicole Kurokawa Neily

As Congress prepares to come back from recess and give the health bill another shot, here's a great video of Rep. Mike Rodgers (R-MI) pointing out the flaws of the proposed health care legislation.

He cites the National Cancer Intelligence Center in the UK and the Canadian Cancer Registry, and highlights that survival rates for prostate cancer, skin cancer, breast cancer, bladder cancer, cervical cancer, kidney cancer, ovarian cancer, leukemia, etc. are far lower under national health systems than in the United States.

Rogers states:

"What you have said to America is: we give up. It's just too hard. The government has to do it. That's insulting. So what you're going to do is, you're going to look your mothers, and your daughters in the eye, and say ‘I'm sorry. We couldn't figure it out. We wouldn't allow innovation to do it. We're not going to allow the private sector to fix this problem for us. That's too hard. But I am going to tell you that if you get breast cancer, I'm sorry, honey. You have less of a chance of survival now than you did before this bill passed.' I will not punish any woman in America to this kind of system, knowing how great America is."

We can only hope that more members of Congress come to the same conclusions. It's time to say no, and it's time to start from scratch to create a health reform plan that will actually help Americans, not harm them.

Independent Women's Forum is an educational 501(c)(3) dedicated to developing and advancing policies that aren’t just well intended, but actually enhance people’s freedom, choices, and opportunities. IWF is the sister organization of the Independent Women’s Voice.​
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