Vol 1 No 6

August 15, 2009

Nye-Gateway to Nevada’s Rurals
P o l i t i c a l N e w s a n d C o m m e n t a r y

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On former Sen. Fred Thompson’s radio show, former lieutenant governor of New York Betsy McCaughey said that the House’s proposed health care bill contained a provision that would institute mandatory counseling sessions telling seniors how ―to do what’s in society’s best interest… and cut your life short.‖ House Minority Leader John Boehner made a slightly more measured statement, warning that the same provision ―may start us down a treacherous path toward governmentencouraged euthanasia if enacted into law.‖

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Health Insurance Reform Reality Check How the Public Option was Sold Heller Won’t Challenge Reid
Finding the Public’s Role in Democracy

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There are scores of untrue, misleading, and ads, e-mails, websites, TV pundits etc pushing hard to defeat reform of the healthcare/insurance system in the United States. Many special interest groups are hard at work endeavoring to scare people in their effort to retain the status quo and insurance company profits derived from health insurance. Judging from the behavior of some at Town Hall Meetings throughout the U.S. those opposing reform are having some success.

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Conservatives for Patient’s Rights Ad Misleads 3 Birthers, HealthcareHecklers, Right Wingers

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attention on the blog to trying to bring your attention to sources of information about the validity or lack thereof of the credibility of some of the claims. I hope you take advantage of the information. It should assist you in keeping an objective focus. One of the best sources around is Fact Check.org. Read more.

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The claim that the House health care bill pushes suicide is nonsense. I have devoted a lot of

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One of the attacks on reform is that of the prolife special interest. An anti-abortion group’s TV ad shows a whitehaired man fretting that under a federal health

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Pitting one group of Americans against another is a time honored technique. Divide and conquer. Read more.

plan, ―They won’t pay for my surgery, but we’re forced to pay for abortions.‖ ―Will this be our future?‖ the ad asks, merging the fears of seniors

worried about their health care with those of anti-abortion advocates. ―Our greatest generation, denied care. Our future generation, denied life.‖

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Nye-Gateway to Nevada’s Rurals

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Nevada Senator Harry Reid has dodged a difficult potential challenger. The National Republican Senatorial Committee has confirmed that Congressman Dean Heller has decided not to run against the Senate Majority Leader next year. Heller, in his sec-

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ond term representing Nevada’s Second Congressional District, reportedly notified NRSC Chairman, Texas Senator John Cornyn, of the news today. In a statement released this afternoon, Senator Reid said Heller ―has served Nevada well in his

years of public service as secretary of state and in Congress…and will continue to be in an important position for Nevada.‖ Heller’s decision comes just days Danny Tarkanian announced his intention to challenge Reid for the Senate next year. Read more

Dean Heller

Harry Reid

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I n s u r a n c e R e f o r m C h e c k
Burden It Your Medicare is Safe and Stronger With Reform You Can Keep Your Own Insurance And from Fact Check: Seven Falsehoods

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About Healthcare Finally Bill Clinton: ―The President Needs Your Help‖

Health Insurance Reform is under strong attack. The White House is fighting for reform valiantly: See Veteran’s Health Care is Safe and Sound Reform will Benefit Small Business --Not

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Bait and Switch: How the Public Option was sold
Physicians for National Health Program. About how single-payer healthcare became victim of a bait and switch to “public option.” Read More

Dump Reid Pac is Born
Nevada conservative activist Chuck Muth has started a partnership with Michigan activist Saul Anuzis to form a political action committee called Dump Reid PAC. Read more

Push Back on Attacks for Health Insurance Reform Your representative, Dean Heller, needs to hear that voters are demanding health insurance reform this

year. Can you call the local office in Reno? Read more

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F i n d i n g
Progressive programs are coming to Pahrump. It is a good thing. The Nevada Center for Public Policy Dialogue (NCPPD) seminar was conducted in Pahrump. It was brought by the League of Women Voters. There was no debate. No voices were raised in frustration or anger at the day long session held at Great Basin College.

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The topic under discussion was democracy and the feeling of dissatisfaction with politics. The seminar gave voice to the frustration many people feel because there doesn’t seem to be any progress being made on the problems facing the country. About 40 people participated in the event. Each person was encouraged to give an opinion on the topics of discussion and

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opinions were summarized and posted at the front of the room. The League of Women Voters should receive a big hand of applause for bringing the NCPPD to Pahrump. The NCPPD represents a positive and progressive step in the right direction for the Pahrump Community. Read more

C o n s e r v a t i v e s f o r P a t i e n t ’ s M i s l e a d i n g A d
The latest ad from the group Conservatives for Patients’ Rights claims that ―new rules could hike your health insurance premiums 95 percent.‖ That’s misleading. The claim in the ad refers to only 5 percent of Americans who have health insurance – those who buy it on their own. The claim comes from an analysis by a group that advocates for insurance carriers that sell policies in the individual market, among other areas.

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experts that find premiums would actually go down under the leading proposals in Congress. Read more.

This ad puts forth a new claim, saying that ―new rules could hike your health insurance premiums 95 percent.‖ That’s a startling statement. But it’s contradicted by other

B i r t h e r s , H e a l t h C a r e H e c k l e r s a n d R i s e o f R i g h t - W i n g R a g e
In Pennsylvania last week, a citizen, burly, crew-cut and trembling with rage, went nose to nose with his baffled senator: ―One day God’s going to stand before you, and he’s going to judge you and the rest of your damned cronies up on the Hill. And then you will get your just deserts.‖ He was accusing Arlen Specter of being too kind to President Obama’s proposals to make it easier for people to get health insurance. In New Hampshire, outside a building where Obama spoke, cameras trained on the pistol strapped to the leg of libertarian William Kostric. He then explained on CNN why the ―tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time by the blood of tyrants and patriots.‖ New Hampshire or Pahrump? Read more

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August 2009
Relay for Life Date: August 15 and 16 Where: Petrack Park, Pahrump Information: Reva, 727-0911 Medicare Overview and Volunteer Training Date: Tuesday, August 18 Time: 9 a.m.—12:30 pm. Where: Great Basin College, 1541 E. Basin Ave., Classroom 8 What: SHIP volunteers provide unbiased health insurance information for seniors and pre-retirees—part of the federal network of State Health Insurance Programs. Call 5372323 ext. 204 to register.

September 2009
Nye County Democratic Central Committee September Meeting Date: Monday, September 28, 2009 Time: 6:30 p.m. Where: Ruud Community Center, Pahrump, NV What: Regular monthly business meeting

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