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Democrats Block GOP Health Care Mailing

From Roll Call:

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Democrats Block GOP Health Care Mailing

By Jackie Kucinich
July 23, 2009

Democrats are preventing Republican House Members from sending their constituents a mailing that is critical of the majority’s health care reform plan, blocking the mailing by alleging that it is inaccurate.

House Republicans are crying foul and claiming that the Democrats are using their majority to prevent GOP Members from communicating with their constituents.

The dispute centers on a chart [see above] created by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Republican staff of the Joint Economic Committee to illustrate the organization of the Democratic health care plan….

In a memo sent Monday to Republicans on the House franking commission, Democrats argue that sending the chart to constituents as official mail would violate House rules because the information is misleading.

In their eight-point memo, which was obtained by Roll Call, Democrats identify a litany of areas where they believe the chart is incorrect.

For example, Democrats argue that the chart depicts a “Health Insurance Exchange Trust Fund” that is “simply a recipient of IRS funds, with no outflow. … This is false.”

The chart’s illustration of low-income subsidies is also “misleading and false,” Democrats argue.

Congressional rules for franked mail bar Members from using taxpayer-funded mail for newsletters that use “partisan, politicized or personalized” comments to criticize legislation or policy.

The dispute over Brady’s chart is being reviewed by the franking commission, which must approve any mail before it can be sent. No decision had been made on the matter by press time.

Brady adamantly denied that the chart was misleading and said Democrats are simply threatened by the content of the graphic.

“I think their review was laughable,” Brady said. “It’s … downright false in most of the cases. The chart depicts their health care plan as their committees developed it.”

“The chart reveals how their health care bureaucracy works, and people are frightened by it,” he added. “So this is their effort to try and discredit” the chart…

As the article notes, the regulations state that the franking privilege should not be used for political or partisan purposes.

And, as the article also notes, the Democrats are saying it can’t go out because it is inaccurate.

But, even if these allegations were true (and they are not), when have these standards ever been applied?

Instead, this is yet one more example of how the Democrats will use any tool at their disposal to get and maintain as much power as they can hold at any time.

They really are a thug party.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, July 24th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Democrats Block GOP Health Care Mailing”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    We are being held against our wishes by our own government.


    WOOOOooooo …..when will they ever get it?

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    My head hurts just looking at it.

  3. 1laidbackRN says:

    I never realized liberals worried about inaccuracies. Oh well, at least now we know what liberals call facts.

  4. neocon mom says:

    So, fix the “inaccuracies” and it’ll still look like a nightmare.

  5. canary says:

    Obama owns the internet but Republicans can’t practice freedom. So far only transparacy has been Obama showing his mug all the time.

  6. MinnesotaRush says:

    Yet another attack on Freedom of Speech!

  7. Clarissimus says:

    All this confusion is probably resulting from the fact that no one involved knows exactly what this health care plan proposes. Unelected bureaucrats will work out the necessary details.

  8. Gil says:



    Isn’t this what the people voted for?

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