Will Target Dems Listen as Local Business Groups Oppose Healthcare Takeover?

September 10, 2009

FYI, a version of the release below went out to the following districts: Michael Arcuri (NY-24); Tim Bishop (NY-01); John Boccieri (OH-16); Allen Boyd (FL-02); Bruce Braley (IA-01); Chris Carney (PA-10); Gerry Connolly (VA-11); Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-03); Joe Donnelly (IN-02); Steve Driehaus (OH-01); Chet Edwards (TX-17); Brad Ellsworth (IN-08); Bill Foster (IL-14); Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-08); Bart Gordon (TN-06); Alan Grayson (FL-08); Debbie Halvorson (IL-11); Martin Heinrich (NM-01);  Baron Hill (IN-09); Jim Himes (CT-04); Steve Kagen (WI-08); Paul Kanjorski (PA-11); Mary Jo Kilroy (OH-15); Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-01); Ron Kind (WI-03): Larry Kissell (NC-08); Ron Klein (FL-22); Suzanne Kosmas (FL-24); Dave Loebsack (IA-02); Dan Maffei (NY-25); Jim Marshall (GA-08); Michael McMahon (NY-13); Jerry McNerney (CA-11); Harry Mitchell (AZ-05); Dennis Moore (KS-03); Glenn Nye (VA-02); Gary Peters (MI-09); Ciro Rodriguez (TX-23); Loretta Sanchez (CA-47); Mark Schauer (MI-07);  Kurt Schrader (OR-05); Heath Shuler (NC-11); Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01); Vic Snyder (AR-02) Zack Space (OH-18);  Harry Teague (NM-02); Dina Titus (NV-03); Tim Walz (MN-01); David Wu (OR-01).

Will Steve Kagen Listen as Local Business Groups Oppose Healthcare Takeover?

As Democrats Push Reckless Agenda, Local Businesses Speak Out


Washington– As Steve Kagen’s party continues their attempts to force through a failing healthcare agenda, local businesses and business groups continue to speak out about the threat of a government healthcare takeover to the country’s economic well-being. As the devastating impact of the Democrats’ plans continue to dominate the healthcare debate across the country, it looks like Steve Kagen is ready to go toe-to-toe with the very businesses that would be the driving force behind a long-awaited economic recovery.


With the Democrats’ plan on life support, local groups such as the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, the Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and Industry joined over 3,000 local businesses and business groups across the country in opposition to the push for a government-run healthcare system:


“The creation of a new government-run insurance plan is a step in the wrong direction. Employers currently suffer a significant cost-shift from existing public programs, and the program described in House legislation would significantly increase costs for every American who purchases private insurance.” (Letter from National and Local Business Associations to Members of Congress, 9/9/09)


“Does Steve Kagen really want to square off against the local Wisconsin businesses that could be the engines of economic recovery?” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “With local business leaders joining Americans across the country in their concern that the Democrats’ healthcare agenda will be a job-killer, it seems that Steve Kagen is the only one who doesn’t realize the devastating consequences of a government healthcare takeover.”


Text of the letter can be found here.