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In her recent cover story on the surprising number of doctors and businessmen running for Congress, WORLD's Emily Belz reported:

"Docs4PatientCare, a group of physicians, has spread a letter to thousands of doctors to post in their waiting rooms, detailing what the implications of healthcare reform could be and calling for voters to oust Democrats who supported the bill. 'America's doctors have millions of personal interactions each week with patients,' wrote the group's president, Hal Scherz, in a Wall Street Journal editorial. 'We have political power.'"

The idea of posting such a letter in doctors' office across the country caught the attention of long-time WORLD reader Shelley Boyd. She noted that Valero had begun to post on its gas pumps an estimated increase in the cost of a gallon of gas should a cap-and-trade bill passed Congress.

"What if this were to become a movement?" Shelley wrote to us. "Large and small businesses could post the increases in the cost of their products that new government regulations have caused this year, or that proposed legislation would cause, and provide a link to information on what concerned consumers could do about it."

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Shelley speculated on what would happen if such a movement could gain momentum: "Surely it would have a huge impact on public opinion if, every week, the average citizen saw many such posters at businesses they frequent, telling them how much extra money they are having to spend because of government interference in our free-market system."

Readers, is this something that could work in the businesses you own, work at, or shop at?

Mickey McLean
Mickey McLean

Mickey is executive editor of WORLD Digital. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, teenage daughter, and a dog/administrative assistant named Daisy.

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