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Sample Letter to Members of the U.S. House Representatives

Date

(Name of Representative)
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Representative:

I am writing in strong opposition to the misnamed America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 (H.R. 3200) because this legislation will increase health care costs, reduce access to affordable coverage and increase taxes on small businesses. I strongly urge you to vote against this legislation and speak out against it.

I support Congressional action for legislation that contains true reforms that will control health care costs and expands access to affordable coverage for all Americans. However, H.R. 3200 takes the wrong approach by relying almost completely on government mandates and programs rather than reforming the private market and thus will greatly exacerbate the problems in our health care system. Also, H.R. 3200 will raise taxes on those with the most difficulty in purchasing health insurance—small businesses—that are our nation's primary job creators; this will greatly hinder our nation's recovery from the current recession.

The "pay-or-play" employer mandate in H.R. 3200 would force employers to provide a designated level of coverage to employees or face a penalty of up to 8 percent of payroll. This mandate will be devastating to employers who are struggling to stay in business through the current economic downturn and likely will result in thousands of job losses.

To lower health care costs, we need greater competition and transparency in the private insurance market. However, the government-run health plan in H.R. 3200 will destabilize the current private system and inevitably shift costs to the private sector in inefficient ways, which will hurt both affordability and quality.

The $544 billion income tax surcharge in H.R. 3200 will greatly reduce after-tax profits of many small businesses at a time when entrepreneurs are struggling to find access to capital to sustain or expand their businesses.

Again, I strongly oppose H.R. 3200 and urge you to vote against this harmful legislation. Thank you for your consideration of my views on this matter of utmost importance.

Sincerely,

Name





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