National Center for Policy Analysis and Salem Radio Network Deliver Million-Plus...

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National Center for Policy Analysis and Salem Radio Network Deliver
Million-Plus Signature Petition Opposing Government Run Health Care




More than 1.3 million Americans go on the record to protect 'choice, access,
fairness and responsibility'

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Leading opponents of
government-run health care provided a massive demonstration of strength today,
as the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) and Salem Radio Network
delivered the more than 1.3 million signatures behind their joint "Free Our
Health Care Now" petition to Congress at a rally held on Capitol Hill.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ),
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), House Minority Whip Eric Cantor
(R-VA), House Republican Conference Chair Mike Pence (R-IN) and Republican
Study Committee Chair Tom Price (R-GA) headed a large delegation of Members on
hand to take delivery of the largest health policy petition ever delivered to
Congress.  The petitions will be presented to Congressional leadership.

The NCPA, a leader in public policy research for more than 25 years, provided
the content and analysis on almost all facets of the debate, including
educational guidance on the framing and substance of the petition itself.

"Today, more than a million Americans stood up and were counted in the debate
over how best to repair a dysfunctional health care system," said NCPA
President and Kellye Wright Fellow John C. Goodman. "To the naysayers who have
dismissed the town hall protestors as unrepresentative of the American people
as a whole, we present this petition as evidence the opposition is real, it is
deep, and it extends to voters in all 50 states."

The petition was launched on May 25 by the Salem Radio Network team of
nationally-syndicated talk show hosts.  Mike Gallagher, Bill Bennett, Hugh
Hewitt, Michael Medved, Dennis Prager and Janet Parshall reach millions of
listeners each week and cover 90 percent of the United States.

"With the mainstream media as determined as ever to aid and abet the liberal
Washington establishment, talk radio has once again proved to be the
counterweight that can keep the debate alive and elevate the concerns of
Americans across the country," said SRN president Greg Anderson.  "That more
than a million people took time out of their busy lives to sign this petition
shows just how opposed our audience has become to a debate-free imposition of
government-run health care."

Additional members of Congress at the event included:  Rep. Phil Gingrey
(R-GA), Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC), Rep. Steve King
(R-IA), Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) and Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ).

The signatures for the "Free Our Health Care Now" petition filled more than
61,000 pages, which were delivered in boxes to Congress via ambulance and
gurney.  

The National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan
public policy research organization, established in 1983. The NCPA's goal is
to develop and promote private alternatives to government regulation and
control, solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive,
entrepreneurial private sector. Topics include reforms in health care, taxes,
Social Security, welfare, criminal justice, education and environmental
regulation. More than 25,000 documents are accessible for research at
www.ncpa.org.

NCPA President and Kellye Wright Fellow John C. Goodman is credited by the
Media Research Center as playing the pivotal role,  along with former Sen.
Phil Gramm and columnist Bill Kristol,  in the defeat of "HillaryCare" -- the
Clinton Administration's plan to overhaul the U.S. health care system.  The
Wall Street Journal has called Dr. Goodman "the father of health savings
Accounts," and The National Journal declared him the "winner of the devolution
derby" because his ideas on ways to transfer power from government to the
people have had a significant impact on Capitol Hill.  

Salem Radio Network is a division of Salem Communications a leading U.S. radio
broadcaster, Internet content provider, and magazine and book publisher
targeting audiences interested in Christian and family-themed content and
conservative values. Salem owns radio properties, the Dallas-based  Salem
Radio Network(R), which syndicates talk, news and music programming to
approximately 2,000 affiliates; Salem Radio Representatives(TM), a national
radio advertising sales force; Salem Web Network(TM), an Internet provider of
Christian content and online streaming; and Salem Publishing(TM), a publisher
of Christian-themed magazines. Upon the close of all announced transactions,
the company will own 93 radio stations, including 58 stations in 22 of the top
25 markets. Additional information about Salem may be accessed at the
company's website, www.salem.cc.



SOURCE  National Center for Policy Analysis

Sean McCabe for National Center for Policy Analysis, +1-703-969-7975,
mccabe@pinkstongroup.com; or  Catherine Daniell of National Center for Policy
Analysis, +1-817-991-1041, catherine.daniell@ncpa.org
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