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Help support freedom of health speech and end criminalization of vitamin, supplement makers

End censorship of the science behind health supplementsTake Action Today!

Read the bills in Congress:
H.R.4913 – Free Speech About Science Act of 2010
H.R.3394 Freedom of Health Speech Act
H.R.3395 – Health Freedom Act

From Citizens For Health:

Consumers are largely kept in the dark about the potential health benefits of foods and supplements. Why? Because current law makes it illegal for food and supplement producers to share this information. In fact, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act states that a drug is defined as that which is intended to cure, treat, mitigate, diagnose, or prevent disease conditions. Therefore, foods or dietary supplements found to be beneficial for health conditions are in the eyes of the Federal Regulators unapproved drugs. Representatives Jason Chaffetz (R, UT) and Jared Polis (D, CO), both co-chairs of the Dietary Supplement Caucus, have introduced H.R. 4913, the Free Speech about Science Act. This landmark legislation ensures basic free speech rights, ends censorship of science, and enables the natural health products community to share peer-reviewed scientific findings about natural health products with the public. This is a small bill with vast potential leverage.

Along with Representative Ron Paul’s bills – HR 3394, the Freedom of Health Speech Act, and HR 3395, the Health Freedom Act – this newly-introduced legislation can finally advance the debate regarding the suppression of knowledge about the relationship between food, supplements and health. Representative Paul has long championed permitting sound science to be used by marketers of both food and supplements .

Ron Paul on the Health Care ‘Reform’ bill:

Food police raid organic food co-op in California

Here’s merely one of the ridiculously outrageous but real stories in the news today.

This story was picked up by the LA Times.

Raw-food raid highlights a hunger, July 25, 2010

…Then, guns drawn, four officers fanned out across Rawesome Foods in Venice. Skirting past the arugula and peering under crates of zucchini, they found the raid’s target inside a walk-in refrigerator: unmarked jugs of raw milk.

“I still can’t believe they took our yogurt,” said Rawesome volunteer Sea J. Jones, a few days after the raid. “There’s a medical marijuana shop a couple miles away, and they’re raiding us because we’re selling raw dairy products?”

Cartons of raw goat and cow milk and blocks of unpasteurized goat cheese were among the groceries seized in the June 30 raid by federal, state and local authorities — the latest salvo in the heated food fight over what people can put in their mouths.

On one side are government regulators, who say they are enforcing rules designed to protect consumers from unsafe foods and to provide a level playing field for producers. On the other side are ” healthy food” consumers — a faction of foodies who challenge government science and seek food in its most pure form.

They want almonds cracked fresh from the shell, not those run through a federally mandated pasteurization process that uses either heat or a chemical to kill off salmonella and other possible contaminants. They hunger for meat slaughtered on the farm. And they’re willing to pay a premium — $6, $8 or more — for a gallon of milk straight from the cow.

So despite research outlining the dangers of consuming raw milk and other unprocessed foods, they’re finding ways to circumnavigate federal, state and local laws that seek to control what they can serve at the dinner table. Such defiance, they said, comes from growing distrust of a food sector that has become more industrialized and consolidated — and whose products have been at the root of some of the country’s deadliest food contamination cases.

“This is about control and profit, not our health,” said Aajonus Vonderplanitz, co-founder of Rawesome Foods. “How can we not have the freedom to choose what we eat?”

…But in the case of Rawesome, regulators allege that the group broke the law by failing to have the proper permits to sell food to the public. While the raid was happening at Rawesome, another went down at one of its suppliers, Healthy Family Farms in Ventura County. California agriculture officials said farm owner Sharon Palmer’s processing plant had not met standards to obtain a license. Palmer could not be reached for comment.

The image of police drawing guns and sneaking around vegetables would be funny if it wasn’t born from an actual police raid on a simple food market without a “permit” to sell raw food. When considering the extent of real crime that occurs in southern California, the massive layoffs of police happening in California and nationwide, how in the world can a police department even justify something like this? They couldn’t win the war on drugs so now they’re going to pick on organic farmers’ markets?

More:

Swat Team conducts food raid in rural Ohio

Farmer fined $4,000 for dealing raw milk

Ron Paul on the Government Healthcare Takeover

“…if it was a good program, you wouldn’t need coercion…this is coercion. Using the power of the state as a coercive body rather than as a representative of the American will.”

The majority of Americans opposed the healthcare takeover and yet the bill was still forced through, now states are fighting back:

States Launch Legal Challenge to Health Care Law

“We are convinced that this legislation is fundamentally flawed as a matter of constitutional law, that it exceeds the scope of proper constitutional authority of the federal government and tramples upon the rights and prerogatives of states and their citizens,

See also:

An accurate depiction of the healthcare bill, YAL

20 Ways ObamaCare Will Take Away Our Freedoms

1. You are young and don’t want health insurance? You are starting up a small business and need to minimize expenses, and one way to do that is to forego health insurance? Tough. You have to pay $750 annually for the “privilege.” (Section 1501)

2. You are young and healthy and want to pay for insurance that reflects that status? Tough. You’ll have to pay for premiums that cover not only you, but also the guy who smokes three packs a day, drink a gallon of whiskey and eats chicken fat off the floor. That’s because insurance companies will no longer be able to underwrite on the basis of a person’s health status. (Section 2701).

… 9. If you are a large employer (defined as at least 101 employees) and you do not want to provide health insurance to your employee, then you will pay a $750 fine per employee (It could be $2,000 to $3,000 under the reconciliation changes). Think you know how to better spend that money? Tough. (Section 1513).

10. You are an employer who offers health flexible spending arrangements and your employees want to deduct more than $2,500 from their salaries for it? Sorry, can’t do that. (Section 9005 (i)).

11. If you are a physician and you don’t want the government looking over your shoulder? Tough. The Secretary of Health and Human Services is authorized to use your claims data to issue you reports that measure the resources you use, provide information on the quality of care you provide, and compare the resources you use to those used by other physicians. Of course, this will all be just for informational purposes. It’s not like the government will ever use it to intervene in your practice and patients’ care. Of course not. (Section 3003 (i))

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Healthcare Takeover Bill Passage: A Thief In the Night

Healthcare Takeover Bill Passage: A Thief In the Night

The fact that a bill like this is passed in the House late on a Saturday (with greatly decreased news coverage and less people watching news) shows how little regard Congress has for the American people and that they know most Americans on the whole wouldn’t approve of the bill if they fully understood its details.

Details such as felony penalties for noncompliance, including massive fines and prison time. And details such as an individual mandate tax for anyone that does not obtain qualifying coverage. It looks like there’s the possibility of obtaining a religious exemption for this, although it would probably be hard to obtain (there should be religious exemptions for all income taxes). So much for Obama’s promise of no new taxes for the middle class.

The taxes certainly don’t end there and it seems that small business owners have the most to lose with this bill, during a time of deep recession and the highest unemployment rate since the Great Depression. But probably worst of all is the loss of individual choice and health freedom–another dagger to the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

On Opencongress.org 80% of users are opposed to the House bill 3962 — which one would expect to be a more informed group. A Gallup poll a few weeks ago showed that only 1 in 4 people supported the bill, and another poll showed that half of Americans expect their healthcare costs to get worse with the passage of this bill.

Read the full text of the bill at OpenCongress.org.

More:

[The End of America happens in the middle of the night, Freeman Institute ]
While normal everyday oblivious Americans were preparing their beds to sleep Saturday night their elected officials quietly passed H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act. Indeed, the passage of this act deals one of the final death blows to the Constitution and with it our liberties.

…It is the everyday middle class American that will suffer the consequences of this travesty. Indeed, while the economy is reeling and unemployment pushes depression-era levels the arrogant Congress has decided to pass the biggest expansion of government in the history of the United States. It will create a new tax that will primarily be felt by the middle class, the ones most likely affected by the current depression. This is because as Americans are forced to purchase health insurance, the wealthy will have no problem paying for escalating costs. Nor will the poor feel the burden as they will receive government health insurance subsidies. Yet, the forgotten man will be the middle class working American who now already struggling against the burden of economic ruin will be forced to pay fines or even face possible jail time for not complying with our government’s take over of his/her health care. As this tax sinks in, the middle class will be forced downward into the ranks of the working poor and therefore into the ranks of government rationed medical care. Inevitably, government healthcare will swallow the whole of the medical insurance world and there will be no escape.

This dystopian vision will consist of patients waiting in long lines and when they are finally permitted to see their doctor there will be much fruitless begging and pleading for the treatment that they desperately need. But no mercy will be given because the doctor will have become nothing more than a desk-clerk, simply following the government treatment protocols.”

Healthcare Reform Assumes Millions Will Pay Fines

Though the bill is estimated to expand coverage from the current 83 percent to 96 percent of legal U.S. residents, the windfall of projected penalty payments also exposes a potential contradiction in reform. A significant part of the plan to expand coverage relies financially on fines from the uninsured.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated in its study last week that the House bill would bring in $167 billion over 10 years — $33 billion from fines paid by individuals who decline to buy insurance, and the rest from employers who don’t offer insurance to workers or contribute enough toward premiums.

Ernest Istook, a former Republican congressman from Oklahoma who is now a fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, calculated that anywhere between 8 million and 14 million people would end up paying the fines.

This raises a few problems, he said. First, if those millions somehow get covered and don’t pay the fine, then the health program is faced with a budget hole.

Second, he said, it speaks to a flaw with the insurance packages that are being offered. “If you say people would rather pay $167 billion in penalties rather than buy insurance under your new plan, what’s wrong with your new plan?” he asked.

The answer, Istook said: “It’s expensive.”

11/9/09 Ron Paul: Healthcare “Reform” Will Make a Flawed System Immeasurably Worse

Ron Paul on the Government Healthcare Takeover

Lawmakers Refusing To Provide Details of Healthcare Bill

The healthcare bill is proving to be another “conceptual” unread bill that sold-out legislators will attempt to ram through Congress. Lawmakers are refusing to provide the text of the actual bill, leaving it’s cost and other details completely unkown to all except those who are writing it. Idaho Congressman Mike Crapo has so far been unable to obtain the text of the bill.

Governement Healthcare: Presenting Us False Choices

Government Healthcare Opponents Speaking Out, Grassroots Movement Growing

There’s been many attempts to spin, misrepresent and silence the large number of Americans who are speaking out against the proposed government takeover of the healthcare system. From calling it a “fake grassroots” movement, a “conspiracy of mobs”, and maybe the most absurd is from an AP report that “Harry Reid of Nevada accused the protesters of trying to “sabotage” the democratic process”. What could be more democratic than a large, lively debate?

On the one hand are groups of average people peacefully exercising their 1st Amendment rights like this rally in Troy, Michigan:

And like this heated debate at a town hall meeting in Philadelphia:

And in St. Louis after many government healthcare opponents are refused entrance into a town hall meeting:

And many others that can be viewed here and here.

On the other hand you have instances like these thugs with matching SEIU T-shirts physically assaulting and intimidating protestors like this after the town hall meeting in St. Louis—this is despicable:

Its not too hard to identify which movement is organic.

Think Congress will read this bill? They passed the banker bailout without reading it, they passed the cap and trade without reading it, is it really asking too much of our representatives/senators to at least read the bills before passing them?

Read it for yourself here.

More:

SEIU Protest in St. Louis

biggovhealth.org

publicplanfacts.org

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