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September 30, 2009
Purchase a Health Care Plan or go to Jail
Senator Baucus` proposal contains `hidden consequences`

A healthcare expert says the healthcare bill drafted by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Montana) creates new taxes and cuts to the Medicare program to reduce the cost to the federal government, but does nothing to reduce the cost of healthcare in the family budget.

The Wall Street Journal says the Baucus bill would break all 50 state budgets by permanently expanding Medicaid, the joint state-federal program for the poor. The bill would for the first time make Medicaid available to childless adults and also extend healthcare insurance subsidies to people up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level.
Under the senator`s plan -- known as "America`s Healthy Future Act" -- individuals who fail to pay the $1,900 fee for not buying health insurance could be charged with a misdemeanor and face up to a year in jail or a $25,000 fine.
Dennis Smith (Heritage)Dennis Smith is a senior fellow in healthcare reform at The Heritage Foundation`s Center for Health Policy Studies. He says that penalty is just one of the many "hidden, unknown consequences" in the legislation.
"We`ve been warning about this for some time of how intrusive the federal government is going to become in all of this," he states. "Obviously when you have a mandate, you have to enforce that mandate."
Smith says expanding the current Medicaid entitlement is irresponsible. As he points out, states cannot afford the existing Medicaid program.
"Congress earlier this year had to bail out the states to the tune of $87 billion over a two-year period," he notes. "[So] it makes no sense when you know the current program is unsustainable to add another 11 [million] to 15 million more people into the Medicaid program."
Senator Max Baucus (D-Montana)Smith notes that although the Baucus bill does not contain a public health insurance option, an amendment for one will be offered today in the Finance Committee -- and if that public option amendment is not approved in committee, he expects it will be offered on the Senate floor as well.
As originally introduced in mid-September, the America`s Healthy Future Act carries a price tag of $856 billion -- but "will not add to the federal deficit," states a press release from Baucus` office.

September 29, 2009
Tea Parties Planned in Front of Press Offices


American citizens outraged by President Obama and the actions of Congress have set their sights on a new target – the so-called mainstream media – with tea-party protests now set to boil in front of more than 30 press offices across the U.S.

Following a WND report on the growing popularity of "Operation: Can You Hear Us Now?" taxpayers are making plans to bring their protests to the front doors of major media outlets.

Nearly 2,000 fans have flocked to a new Facebook page for the event. The following are some locations for protests being planned for Oct. 17:




Phoenix – KPNX-TV 12 (NBC), 1101 N. Central Ave., from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Burbank – NBC Studios, 3,000 W. Alameda Ave. from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Fresno – KMPH-TV Fox 26 and KSEE-TV 24 News, 5111 E. McKinley Ave (KMPH) and 5035 E. McKinley Ave. (KSEE), from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  

La Jolla – at GE building, corner of Genesee and Executive Square, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sacramento – KCRA-TV (NBC), 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

San Diego – NBC studios, 225 Broadway, 3 p.m.


Denver – location TBA, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Doral – CBS 4, 8900 NW 18th Terrace, time TBA

Miami – ABC

Mirimar – NBC


Atlanta – CNN Center, One CNN Center, corner of Marietta Street and Centennial Olympic Park Drive, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Boise – location TBA, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Chicago – location TBA, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Indianapolis – WRTV 6 (ABC), 1330 N. Meridian St., 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Indianapolis – WISH-TV 8 (CBS), 1950 N. Meridian St., 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Indianapolis – WTHR-TV 13 (NBC), 1,000 N. Meridian St., 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Troy – ABC studios in Southfield or NBC corporate offices in Troy, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Grand Rapids – Location TBA, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Minneapolis – KARE 11 (NBC), 8811 Olson Memorial Hwy


Kansas City – location TBA, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saint Louis – KSDK-TV 5, Memorial Drive, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

North Carolina

Asheville – WLOS-TV (ABC), 110 Technology Drive, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Charlotte – location TBA, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Raleigh – WRAL-TV (CBS),from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Wilmington – Star News, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Winston-Salem – NBC News, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

New York

New York City – location TBA, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Rochester – location to be determined, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m..


Tulsa – KJRH-TV 2 (NBC), 3707 S. Peoria Ave., 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Coos Bay – location TBA, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Eugene – location TBA, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Medford – KOBI-TV 5 (CBS), 125 South Fir Street, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Portland – KGW-TV 8 (tentative), 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Roseburg – location TBA, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Salem – location TBA, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Brooklyn – The Plain Dealer Tiedeman Production Center, 4800 Tiedeman Rd., 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Cincinnati – Location TBA, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Cleveland – The Plain Dealer, 1801 Superior Ave., from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Zanesville – Times Recorder newspaper, meet at Times Recorder, 34 South 4th Street at 12 p.m. and go to WHIZ, 629 Downard Rd. at 2 p.m.


Tulsa – ABC, CBS, NBC, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Allentown – The Morning Call, 101 North 6th Street, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Philadelphia – ABC and CBS affiliates, 4100 City Line Ave., from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Scranton – WNEP-TV 16, 16 Montage Mountain Rd. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Austin – KXAN-TV (NBC), 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

San Antonio

Houston – Channels 2 (NBC) at 8181 Southwest Freeway, 11 (CBS) at 1945 Allen Parkway, and 13 (ABC), from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Richmond – WTVR 6, 3301 W. Broad St., 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Richmond – WWBT 12, 5710 Midlothian Turnpike, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Richmond – WRIC TV 8, 301 Arboretum Pl, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.


Seattle – KOMO-TV 4 (ABC), 140 4th Ave., from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Seattle – KING-TV 5 (NBC), 333 Dexter Ave. N., from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Seattle – KIRO-TV 7 (CBS), 2807 Third Ave., from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Seattle – Seattle Times, 1120 John Street, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tacoma – Tacoma Tribune, 1950 South State Street, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Green Bay – WGBA-TV 26 (NBC), 1391 North Rd.

Milwaukee – location TBA, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

As WND reported, the "Operation: Can You Hear Us Now?" webmaster, who has chosen to remain nameless, launched his website on Sept. 15. After only one week, he is experiencing an outpouring of support from citizens interested in hosting and attending rallies. 

"People are really psyched up," he told WND today. "There are thousands of new visitors coming to the site daily."

The operation website states, "Imagine: There was a million-plus person march on Washington, and no one reported it. It did not happen."


The operation website asks citizens to rally outside "left-wing media outlets" on Oct. 17 and lists the following locations as suggestions:

  • CNN – One CNN Center, Atlanta, Ga.
  • NBC`s "Nightly News with Brian Williams" – 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, N.Y.
  • ABC`s "World News with Charles Gibson" – 7 West 66th St., New York, N.Y.
  • ABC News` "Nightline" – 7 West 66th St., New York, N.Y.
  • ABC News` "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos – 7 West 66th St., New York, N.Y.
  • CBS` News` "Evening News" with Katie Couric – 524 West 57th St., New York, N.Y.
  • CBS` "The Early Show" – 524 West 57th St., New York, N.Y.
  • ABC News` "Good Morning America" – 7 West 66th St., New York, N.Y.
  • MSNBC`s "Today" Show – 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, N.Y.
  • "Dateline NBC" – 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, N.Y.
  • MSNBC`s "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" – 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, N.Y.
  • MSNBC`s "Meet The Press" – 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, N.Y.
  • New York Times – 620 Eighth Ave., New York, N.Y.
  • Los Angeles Times – 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Atlanta Journal Constitution – 72 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Seattle Times – 1120 John St, Seattle, Wash.

The webmaster said citizens should connect through tea party groups, Facebook, Twitter, blogs and message boards to spread the word. He also said organizers must pick the best times and local media locations for the Oct. 17 events.

"Some people messaged me and asked why not a more symbolic day," he said. "I say, why shouldn`t we be the ones to make it a symbolic day, a day in history the press will never forget?"

The operation is planning a coordinated e-mail, phone and fax campaign against four major media outlets with the simple message: "Can you hear us now?"

9-12 Washington march photo by Barbara Hauchter

Attendees are encouraged to bring signs, banners, flags and voices to the events. Make no mistake, the webmaster said, there is no "Astroturf" springing from his website – it`s just another grassroots movement catching fire.

"I`m just one guy, not an activist," he told WND. "I have no sponsors, no bankroll, no agenda – except to help put a nail in the mainstream-media coffin."

Citizens interested in adding or coordinating an event may contact organizers.


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