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North Suburban Republican Forum

June, 2012
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Our next meeting is from 9:30-11:30 am, Saturday, May 12th. Youll be able to hear from your candidates involved in a primary election on June 26th to be on the November 6 th ballot. Well have candidates for Adams County District 1 Commissioner (Kaarl Hoopes and Gary Mikes), CU Regent-at-Large (Matt Arnold and Brian Davidson), and Colorado Senate District 21 (Francine Bigelow and Matt Plichta). After opening statements, they will answer questions from NSRF attendees. Please Bring your checkbook and/or time to volunteer as our candidates need your support to win on November 6th. We meet at the Anythink Huron Street Library community room, 9417 Huron St, Thornton, CO, 80260.

NSRF upcoming calendar in 2012: July 14 -- Board of Education officials discussing issues in their school district August 11 -- RTD members discussing transportation concerns and FasTracks September 8 Republican County Chairs forum about winning on November 6th October 13 -- State of Colorado elected official ??? November 10 -- Election recap and discussion December 8 -- Colorado Senate and House members talking about the bills they will introduce in 2013 1

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Table of Contents:

List of north metro candidates

Colorado primary elections move from August to June Voters to decide Board Expansion question Mike Coffman Campaign Kickoff Adams County justice: Convicted criminal in paving scandal allowed to remain free due to shoulder injury Volunteer for Romneys campaign and earn free gear Top Colorado Democrat currently registered to vote in both D.C. and Colorado New presidential poll shows tight race in Colorado Compass Colorado The surprising truth about Senate Obstructionism Scott Gessler aide: Feds stall voter-citizenship checks Adams County Assessor charged with misconduct Adams County adding to reforms ObamaCare: The facts about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) Elected officials NSRF Board of Directors

Heres the list of north metro candidates

Adams County Commissioner District 1: Adams County Commissioner District 2: Adams County District Attorney: HD-29: HD-30: HD-31: HD-32: HD-33: HD-34: HD-35: HD-56 HD-63: SD-21 SD-23 SD-25: CU Regent: Robert Ramirez Mike Sheely Beth Martinez Humenik Paul Reimer Dave Pigott Jodina Widhalm Brian Vande Krol Kevin Priola Lori Saine Fran Bigelow, Matt Plichta Glenn Vaad, Vicki Marble John Sampson Matt Arnold, Brian Davidson 2 Gary Mikes, Kaarl Hoopes Donnia Howell

CU Regent CD7 CD-2: CD-6: CD-7:

Mary Dambman Kevin Lundberg, Eric Weissman Mike Coffman Joe Coors

Colorado Primary Elections Move from August to June

Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB 11-189 into law, moving the Primary date for future elections from the second Tuesday in August to the last Tuesday in June. Voters will witness the shift when the Primary falls on June 26, 2012. (Polls open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.) All ballots must be in the hands of the county clerk by 7:00 p.m. on election day.

Voters to decide board-expansion question

Posted: Friday, June 1, 2012 9:43 am

Tammy Kranz Adams County voters will decide whether to expand the Board of Commissioners from three members to five. The commissioners agreed on the ballot language for the Nov. 6 general election during their regularly scheduled meeting on May 23. The language includes the question of how the commissioners should be elected if there are new members: by voters in specific districts or by voters in the entire county. District 3 Commissioner Erik Hansen said he was a long-term supporter of taking a look at expanding the board. I think its important the citizens get a chance to weigh in on this and decide, he said. Its been not without some controversy, and there will be some controversy. My guess is it will be a close vote. The county conducted a public survey last year and asked respondents if they wanted to see the commissioner question on the ballot. The majority answered yes. The ballot measure is part of the countys reform efforts, and the commissioners approved two other resolutions at the meeting that extend those efforts. One of the resolutions deals with establishing a training-orientation program for all newly elected officials and management-level employees that covers the countys code, policies and procedures. I think this is extremely important, said Alice Nichol, District 2 commissioner. Were putting policies in place for the new commissioners who are going to come in, and this way they have something to follow as they are learning to be a commissioner and represent the people Hansen said it would be beneficial for newly elected officials to undergo training during the two months between the November election and their swearing-in in January. I think its important we have a program that allows people to make as easy a transition as possible, he said. The other resolution directs the county administrator and finance department to develop a countywide elected-officialvehicle policy and a policy regulating use of take-home vehicles. Of course as the resolution states, this will be a collaborative effort with the Adams County elected officials in developing these policies, said Jim Robinson, county administrator. Board Chair W.R. Skip Fischer, District 1, reiterated Robinsons sentiment, saying that the resolution was merely a direction for staff to start the procedure. I assure you, there will be input from the elected officials before anything is adopted, he said.


Adams County justice: Convicted criminal in paving scandal allowed to remain free due to shoulder injury
May 31st, 2012

Adams County style justice? Convicted felon allowed to remain free because he suffers from a minor shoulder injury.

As one of the key figures in the Quality Paving scandal in Adams County, the companys owner was found guilty of 23 felony counts and sentenced to nine years in jail. In a shocking development today, the judge in the case has delayed the administration of justice and allowed Jerry Rhea to remain free while he seeks medical treatment for a shoulder injury. Rhea, his employees, county employees and possibly Democrat Adams County officials ran a scheme that bilked taxpayers out of nearly $2 million. The Quality Paving scandal has been one of many indignations Adams County residents have suffered due to rampant corruption at the county level of government. Today Judge Steven Eugene Shinn took the highly unusual move of allowing Rhea to remain free while he seeks treatment for a torn rotator cuff. This done despite the fact that treatment of the relatively minor injury could easily be treated while Rhea begins to serve his sentence. According to the Denver Post, Adams County prosecutors were incredulous at the ruling. Prosecutor Jess Redman had no sympathy for the criminal saying, All of us find ourselves in a situation in which we cant sleep or are in pain. County prosecutor Dave Young said the handling of the issue by the judge was unusual. To continue to delay the execution of his sentence because of a possible rotator cuff injury when so many people in the DOC [Department of Corrections] have similar injuries is really rare. Amazingly enough, Judge Shinn acknowledged that medical conditions are not an allowable excuse to delay the jailing of Rhea yet he did it anyway. Questionable conduct by Adams County officials has been witnessed in recent years from low level employees all the way to the County Commissioners. Now we appear to have a county judge that has a role in the Adams Family. It is absolutely reprehensible that Judge Shinn has delayed the administration of justice in the Rhea case. Voters would do well to remember Shinns name when he comes up for retention.


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Top Colorado Democrat Currently Registered to Vote in Both D.C. and Colorado
Though modern physicists are yet to figure out a way for one person to be in two places at the same time, the top spokesman for Colorado Democrats has figured out a way to vote in two places at once. Matt Inzeo, the communications director for the Colorado Democratic Party, holds active voter registrations in both Colorado and Washington, D.C., according to a voter fraud investigation by Media Trackers Colorado.

Colorado Democratic Party Communications Director Matt Inzeo

Publicly available voter registration records show that Inzeo registered to vote as a Democrat in Denver on March 1, 2012. However, his voter registration in Washington, D.C. which dates back to January 10, 2006 still remains active. Media Trackers spoke with an official at the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics last Thursday who confirmed that Inzeos D.C. voter registration remained active. The official told Media Trackers that while Inzeo did not vote in the districts most recent 2012 election in April, he was certainly free and able to do so. Inzeos voter registration status in Colorado is also active according to public records. Inzeos last vote in D.C. came in a special election held on April 26, 2011, roughly ten months before he registered to vote in Colorado.

Although Inzeo was first hired by the Colorado Democratic Party in May of 2011 according to his LinkedIn profile, he waited nearly a year before registering to vote in Colorado. Inzeos voter registration became active a mere five days before the state partys presidential nominating caucuses which were held on March 6, 2012. State law requires prospective caucus participants to have been registered in the state for at least two months prior to voting in the caucus. When Media Trackers attempted to contact Inzeo on his cell phone to ask whether he voted in the 2012 caucus, he abruptly hung up before providing any comment.

While holding an active voter registration in more than one jurisdiction at the same time is not specifically a crime, the mere ability to cast two votes raises serious questions about how states purge voter rolls of ineligible voters. Many states do not have effective rules in place to insure the integrity and validity of the voter rolls, leaving the door open for fraud and abuse. Voting rolls in

Washington, D.C., for example, are purged only once every four years, while Colorado rolls are not purged on a regular basis at all. Instead, the current system purges voters who have not participated in any of the two previous general elections.

Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler recently attempted to push through stronger vote integrity measures aimed at reducing the incidence of fraud, but a coalition of state Democrats including Inzeo himself and left-wing activists groups such as Common Cause sought to prevent the reforms. In March, Inzeo and his boss, Colorado Democratic Party Chair Rick Palacio, suggested that Gessler be recalled from office for his reform attempts. If Scott Gessler is unwilling to fulfill his duties as a non-partisan election officer, the people of Colorado should consider all avenues necessary to remove him as Secretary of State, Palacio said in a press release. Palacio did not say at the time whether violent efforts like those of the Occupy movement fell within the category of all avenues necessary to remove an elected official from office. The party chairs press release was issued in response to Gesslers testimony in the Colorado House against a measure that would have redefined inactive voters as active voters. Colorado Common Cause lobbied for the redefinition of inactive voters and actively worked against Gessler and efforts by Colorado House Republicans to require photo identification to vote. Common Cause joined forces with Mi Familia Vota and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in litigation against Gessler, accusing him of voter suppression and violating federal election rules by performing actions meant to uphold the integrity of the Colorado voter rolls. To date, the Inzeo-backed effort to recall Gessler has been less than successful.


New presidential poll shows tight race in Colorado

DENVER- The results of a new poll of Colorado voters show a one-point race between President Barack Obama and the eventual GOP nominee Mitt Romney with about five months left before Election Day. According to the NBC News / Marist poll Obama has 46 percent of the vote in critical swing state of Colorado to Mitt Romney's 45 percent. The poll finds President Obama's recent announcement that he supports gay marriage is a neutral factor in Colorado, though overall the state's voters agree more with President Obama when asked about the candidates' combined views on gay marriage, abortion, and contraception. Still, Colorado voters are overwhelmingly more concerned about the economy than social issues according to the results. While Romney had a three-point advantage when voters asked who is better on the economy, voters seemed to give President Obama some slack. Most said that Mister Obama inherited the country's economic conditions rather than cause it with his policies. The full results of Colorado's poll can be read here - or you can read some of the key findings 8

below. NBC News / Marist polls released on the same day show similarly close races in Nevada and Iowa, which are also seen as key battleground states for the campaigns. ---------THE BASICS---------PRESIDENTIAL RACE (IF HELD TODAY) 46% Obama 45% Romney 9% Undecided/unsure STRENGTH OF DECISION 71% Strongly support chosen candidate 29% Somewhat support/might vote differently OBAMA JOB APPROVAL 45% Approve 49% Disapprove OVERALL DIRECTION OF COUNTRY 38% Right direction 56% Wrong track BETTER UNDERSTANDS YOUR PROBLEMS 49% Obama 40% Romney MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES 74% Economy 20% Social issues ---------ECONOMY---------BETTER ON ECONOMY 45% Romney 42% Obama 13% Unsure BETTER REDUCING NAT'L DEBT 37% Obama 50% Romney

OBAMA ECONOMIC CONDITIONS 54% Obama inherited economy 37% Obama policies created ECONOMY DIRECTION 39% Worst yet to come 54% Worst is behind us YOUR HOME FINANCES OVER NEXT YEAR WILL 29% Get better 10% Get worse 61% Stay about the same ---------SOCIAL ISSUES---------SHARES YOUR VIEW ON ABORTION/CONTRACEPTION/SAME-SEX MARRIAGE 48% Obama 41% Romney SAME-SEX MARRIAGE STANCE 45% Makes no difference in vote 28% More likely to vote Obama for supporting 27% More likely to vote Romney for opposing ---------MORE DETAIL---------OBAMA OPINION 47% Favorable 47% Unfavorable ROMNEY OPINION 43% Favorable 43% Unfavorable BETTER ON FOREIGN POLICY 47% Obama 39% Romney (KUSA-TV 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation) http://www.9news.com/news/article/270312/339/New-presidential-poll-shows-tight-race-in-Colorado



The Surprising Truth About Senate Obstructionism

The real cause of the current gridlock is the majority's desire to avoid difficult votes.
By BRIAN REARDON And ERIC UELAND There's a growing chorus complaining that the Senate is broken, that Republicans are to blame, and that the rules of procedure need to be changed. This argument has any number of flaws, but at its core it relies on a general misrepresentation of how the Senate, and the filibuster in particular, works. For example, here's how Politico's congressional reporter Scott Wong characterized the situation as part of a recent story on a lawsuit brought against the Senate by Common Cause to declare the filibuster unconstitutional: Getty Images Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

"From 1981 to 2006, both parties used the filibuster when they were in the minority. During that period, the majority party in each Congress filed fewer than 90 cloture motions to overcome a filibuster by the minority. "But since Democrats seized power in fall 2006, Republicans have turned to the filibuster far more frequently. The majority has averaged about 140 cloture motions in both the 110th and 111th Congress. And Democrats are on pace to repeat that feat again this Congress." So Republicans are to blame for all those cloture petitions to end filibusters, right? Wrong. The fact that the majority has filed so many cloture petitions is as much a symptom of its own efforts to block the Senate from working its will as anything the minority has done. Consider this example. On March 19, Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) introduced legislation (S. 2204) to promote renewable energy with the cost offset by a tax hike on large oil producers. The normal process would have been for this legislation to be referred to committee for action. Majority Leader Harry Reid bypassed the committee process, however, and using something called Rule 14 had the bill placed directly on the Senate calendar. Two days later, he started the process to call up the bill by moving to "proceed to it" and immediately filed a cloture petition to end debate on that motion. The following Monday, the Senate then voted 92-4 to curtail debate on the motion to proceed to the bill. The next day, as soon as the bill was before the Senate, Mr. Reid offered five consecutive amendments and one motion in order to effectively block the consideration of any competing amendments or motions. He then filed a cloture motion to close out debate on the bill. Two days later, the Senate rejected cloture on a party-line vote and moved on to other business, leaving the Menendez bill adrift.


Now go back to the Politico story and ask yourself how exactly Republicans filibustered this bill? They didn't have time to filibuster anything, it was over so quickly. Moreover, their ability to take meaningful action was effectively nullified by four specific parliamentary maneuvers taken by Mr. Reid. Why does the majority go to all this trouble? The simple answer is to protect its members from tough votes. The Senate is a wide open forum where almost any issue can be raised and voted on at almost any time. This environment is a function of the Senate's tradition of unlimited debate, but it does leave members vulnerable to having to vote on difficult issues at inconvenient times, like when they are up for re-election. In response, Majority Leader Reid has adopted the practice of blocking amendments from being offered. No amendments, no surprises, and no tough votes. Taken alone, Sen. Reid's actions on S. 2204 are not historically unique. Every recent majority leader has used them on occasion. But what used to be relatively rare has been repeated dozens of times in recent years. The very first bill considered by the Senate after the election of President Obama and a filibuster-proof Democratic majority was adopted under exactly the same truncated process used for S. 2204Rule 14, cloture, block out any competing amendments, cloture. Since that time, the Senate has voted on cloture repeatedly, yet has very little to show for it: By some measures, 2011 was the least productive session in modern congressional history. So where does that leave us? Lawsuits like the one filed by Common Cause are frivolous public-relations efforts and will be rejected by the courts the Constitution grants the Senate the right to craft its own rules, after all. But the possibility that the Democratic majority, threatened at the polls and frustrated by the current legislative stalemate, will move to change long-standing Senate rules to further limit debate and make it harder for senators to offer amendments on behalf of their beliefs is very real and must be strenuously opposed. As we have seen, any systematic effort to block amendments, short-circuit debate, and force a preordained outcome turns the Senate into a legislative dead end. The salutary news is that on bills where the Democratic majority actually worked with the Republican minority to respect their rights to help craft bills and to debate and propose amendments, the Senate has been able to work its will and pass legislationfor example, the recent reauthorization of the Food and Drug Administration's user-fee program. The Senate is the most uniquely American of all our federal institutions. It is a powerful and proud body that has protected us and our freedoms for more than 200 years. In order to work properly, however, senators must have their freedom toothe freedom to debate and offer amendments and, ultimately, vote. That is what they were elected to do, and that is how the Senate should work. Mr. Reardon is a principal at Venn Strategies, and served on the National Economic Council under President George


W. Bush. Mr. Ueland is vice president of the Duberstein Group and was chief of staff to former Senate Majority leader Bill Frist.

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Scott Gessler aide: Feds "stall" Colorado voter-citizenship checks

By Sara Burnett The Denver Post POSTED: 06/01/2012 04:29:28 PM MDT UPDATED: 06/02/2012 12:32:39 AM MDT

Colorado Secretary of State, Scott Gessler, left, during a campaign and political finance hearing at the Secretary of State offices last December. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post )


Read DHS Director Alejandro Mayorkas' letter to Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler. (PDF, 1 page)

Secretary of State Scott Gessler's office accused the Department of Homeland Security on Friday of using "stall tactics" to prevent Colorado from verifying the citizenship status of about 4,500 registered voters. Gessler asked the DHS in March to help his office ensure no noncitizens are on the state's voter rolls. In a letter to Secretary Janet Napolitano, he said that ensuring only citizens are registered and voting is "imperative to the integrity of Colorado elections." Critics said they feared the effort would intimidate voters in advance of the November presidential election and that trying to match state and federal databases could result in people who are eligible


to vote being incorrectly removed. Last month, the director ofU.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sent Gessler a responsethat said the department "must further assess serious legal and operational issues that remain before we can make a determination on your request." Director Alejandro Mayorkas also said his office would provide an updated response to Gessler's request once the assessment is complete. "We're disappointed," Andrew Cole, a spokesman for Gessler's office, said Friday. "It's politics, but it's also a federal bureaucracy that is unable or unwilling to work toward a solution." The roughly 4,500 names the state wants verified are people who provided a noncitizen document such as an alien-registration card, or "green card" when they applied for a Colorado driver's license and who also are registered to vote. About 2,000 of those people have cast ballots in recent elections, spokesman Rich Coolidge said. The list may include people who are in the country legally but are not citizens and who registered to vote, either when getting a driver's license or through some other method. It also may include those who became citizens after applying for a driver's license. The office is evaluating its options, and Gessler is discussing the issue with fellow secretaries of state in Florida and Michigan, which have had similar requests denied, Coolidge said. Sara Burnett: 303-954-1661 or sburnett@denverpost.com
Read more:Scott Gessler aide: Feds "stall" Colorado voter-citizenship checks - The Denver Posthttp://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_20762666/gessler-aide-homeland-security-stalling-colorado-voterchecks#ixzz1wrcdRobD Read The Denver Post's Terms of Use of its content: http://www.denverpost.com/termsofuse

Adams County assessor charged with misconduct

The Associated Press POSTED: UPDATED: 05/11/2012 04:37:06 PM MDT 05/11/2012 04:37:06 PM MDT

BRIGHTON, Colo.Adams County prosecutors have charged the county assessor with nine counts of official misconduct, alleging he improperly lowered the property taxes of one of his campaign contributors. Prosecutors say Assessor Gil Reyes is accused of having the appraisal values of nine warehouses owned by Majestic Realty Co. lowered in 2005 and 2007, without following protocol. A state investigation last year concluded the warehouses weren't valued correctly.


In August, Reyes pleaded guilty to not reporting gifts after accepting baseball tickets from an executive of Majestic Realty. The Denver Post has reported Majestic saved more than $800,000 when it had $23 million shaved from the value of its warehouses. Reyes was out of the office Friday afternoon for a child's graduation events and wasn't available for comment
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Adams County adding to reforms

Three more resolutions will be introduced to avert ills in the scandal-plagued county.
By Yesenia Robles The Denver Post POSTED: UPDATED: 05/23/2012 01:00:00 AM MDT 05/23/2012 06:48:37 AM MDT

A year after the Adams County commissioners drew up a seven-point road map for reforming the scandal-plagued county, a few more things are being revised, proving to the commissioners that reform is slow. "We had no idea, really, how long it would take," commission Chairman Skip Fischer said. "People talked about three to five years, but it wasn't until we started ourselves that we really learned it just takes patience." Today, the commissioners are expected to introduce and approve three more resolutions to add to the seven implemented in May 2011 after theQuality Paving scandal, which led to a series of criminal chargesand media investigations into county practices. Fischer and Commissioner Erik Hansen discussed the proposed reforms with The Denver Post on Tuesday. Commissioner Alice Nichol, who is the focus of an active criminal investigation into her relationship with Quality Paving, did not participate on the advice of her attorney. Last year's resolutions included changes that centralized purchasing, hired an auditor and rewrote ethics standards specifically prohibiting county officials and employees from doing personal business with county contractors. The resolutions also outlined specific duties for the county administrator so that department heads report directly to him, rather than having the ability to go around to commissioners or other employees. "We've had to modify our systems and build in checks and balances," Administrator Jim Robinson said. Purchasing has not been completely centralized yet, he said, but the changes are rolling through the departments as employees are trained in new systems. Some departments have been consolidated, and all employees started taking leadership- trust classes this week. Today's resolutions will continue to address internal issues, directing staff to update and correct a 1989 policy that governs use of take-home vehicles for employees and elected officials.


The other resolutions will certify a ballot question asking voters whether the county should expand the board of commissioners to five from three and will require training for all new elected officials. Training elected officials ensures that reform momentum will not slow, Robinson and the commissioners said. But among the candidates running for commissioner, Republican Gary Mikes still is not content with the reforms. On Tuesday, he said he favors a tougher approach. "I'm not in favor of having to spend all of this money just to keep people honest," Mikes said. "I would evaluate all employees to see if they were put there for the right reasons. It's a sad state of affairs that they need this." But Robinson and the commissioners say the reforms already have saved the county nearly $1 million by contracting for items that hadn't previously been put to bid such as trash, janitorial and lawn services. The largest savings came from a contract for custodial work put out to bid at the start of the reforms and saved the county about $396,000 this year. The previous contract had been in place since 1999. Looking ahead, Hansen said there are talks of finding multiple new communication forms for the public in addition to a new resident survey that will go out next month, including possible coffee meetings with employees to be open to the public. "I think we had to work on getting our own house in order, and now we're working with citizens to get feedback so we know if what we're doing is working," Hansen said. "We need to regain the public trust." Yesenia Robles: 303-954-1372 or yrobles@denverpost.com

Adams County's reform plan Centralized purchasing process Internal auditing procedures Filing federal lawsuits in the Quality Paving scandal to recover $8.6 million in estimated stolen tax money Reforms to oversee property acquisition so elected officials could not profit from their positions Citizen surveys Hiring an ethics officer and rewriting ethics codes Reforms that place all county directors under the supervision of a county administrator Directing staff to create a new policy on county vehicles used as take-home vehicles by elected officials and employees Certifying a November ballot question asking Adams County residents whether the board of commissioners should be increased to five members from three Directing county staff to create a training program for newly elected officials
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Will Everyone Really be Insured?

No. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), even if everything worked out as the supporters of the law claim, there would still be 22 million Americans without health insurance.

How will the newly insured be covered?

According to the CBO, 47% of the newly insured will be covered under Medicaid or other government-sponsored insurance. The states will be responsible for most of the expenses for these new enrollees. This will add to the financial burden on the states and be paid for by YOU, the taxpayer.

Will Obamacare decrease my premium costs?

Since Obamacare passed, healthcare premiums have increased from 10-22%! The CBO estimates that the premium costs for a typical family of 4 will be $20,000 per year by the year 2016. Thats how much you or your employer will have to pay. You may be eligible to receive a subsidy from the government, but that money must come from state or federal funds, and therefore, from YOU, the taxpayer.

Will Obamacare decrease overall healthcare costs?

The only way this law proposes to decrease overall healthcare costs is by restricting patient access to tests and treatments (healthcare rationing), or by decreasing payments to doctors and hospitals, forcing many qualified providers to stop seeing Medicaid and Medicare patients. Massachusetts has a similar plan to Obamacare, and the average wait time to see a primary care physician there is 48 days!

How Will Medicare be affected?

Overall, over $500 Billion dollars is scheduled to be cut from Medicare. Obamacare is the ONLY healthcare reform plan being proposed that decreases benefits to CURRENT Medicare recipients! All other plans, including those proposed by Congressman Paul Ryan and Republicans, do NOT affect current Medicare patients. Many services, such as hospice, home health care, outpatient surgery, will be restricted. In addition, federal subsidies for Medicare Advantage will be severely cut, leaving millions of Medicare patients unable to afford the premiums.

How will my doctor be affected?

Obamacare directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (now Kathleen Sebelius, NOT a physician) to determine, through government bureaucrats, how doctors are allowed to diagnose and treat patients. If doctors do not comply with their rules, they may not be paid, they could be fined, or even put in jail! 45% of physicians surveyed have said that they will stop practicing medicine if these rules are allowed to go into full effect.

What are the waivers Ive heard about?

Because the premium costs of the proposed government plans are so high, and the rules that businesses have to follow are so extensive, many businesses have requested waivers so that they will not have to participate in parts of Obamacare. Even the entire state of Nevada (Senator Harry Reids state) was granted a waiver! Many small employers will stop offering health insurance to their employees altogether, since the premium costs will be so high. We may end up with MORE uninsured after this law goes into effect!

Why did the American Medical Association support Obamacare?

Thats a really good question! The AMA only represents 17% of physicians, most of whom are not actually practicing physicians. So most of the physicians affected by this law are NOT represented by the AMA!

So what CAN we do to fix the Healthcare system?

There are lots of great ideas being discussed that use market-based solutions rather than government bureaucracy to solve the broken healthcare system. To learn more, watch this YouTube video series: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDk_GhE9Q1E.
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Bigger government More onerous rules and regulations More government control over your life More government spending & higher tax rates Anti-business policies Gun control & weak national defense Obamacare Equality of outcome Social justice Liberal/Progressive Community and social responsibility-based The U.S. debt is due to a revenue problem

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The North Suburban Republican Forum

NSRF Membership Application
We meet on the second Saturday of each month to discuss politics from 9:15-10:45am at Gander Mountain (9923 Grant St, Thornton, CO, 80229) in the employee training community room. A continental breakfast is provided with coffee, tea, orange juice and bottled water. Http://www.NorthSuburbanRepublicanForum.com Name: ___________________________________________________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________________________________________ City: ____________________________________________________________Zip: _____________________ Best phone number to reach you: H/W/C______________-________________-________________________ Email: __________________________________________________________@_______________________ How did you hear about the NSRF? ____________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________ Signature: ________________________________________________________________________________ ______ New member ______ Current member renewal ______ Individual Membership $20 per calendar year ______ Family Membership $30 per calendar year for couples ______ Deluxe $56 individual/$66 family per year includes 12 monthly fees + yearly dues Paid via __________ cash __________ check #__________ Todays date: _____________________________________________________________________________ Received by NSRF board member: ____________________________________________________________

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