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McKeon, stop misleading

Posted: September 28, 2009 9:46 p.m.
Updated: September 29, 2009 4:55 a.m.
I would strongly encourage Buck McKeon and the Republican strategy groups to stop misleading citizens so citizens can learn what is unmistakably affecting their lives the most: health care.

The scare, blame and fear tactics used by the prior administrations need to stop also.

I have a copy of the 2002 Frank Luntz memorandum to the Bush Administration and it is apparent Republicans are reading the script.

Health care reform is on the table right now and every effort should be made to represent the citizens of the 25th Congressional District in obtaining affordable, efficient and full-coverage health insurance.

According to the Washington Post, "GOP focuses effort to kill health bills" (July 21, 2009), nearly 2,500 Americans are filing for bankruptcy because of the high costs of medical care, of which 75 percent had what they believed was adequate coverage.

According to the American Progress Action Fund, "Health care in crisis: 14,000 losing coverage each day" (Feb. 19, 2009), losing your job affects the loss of daily health care insurance and the numbers are climbing fast.

Multiply the number of other family members affected and the numbers are staggering.

You would think our legislators would care. The rate at which health care costs are increasing is outpacing the rate at which the average Americans' salary increases.

Instead of the various debates occurring, I'm sure Santa Claritians would like to see the Republicans and the Blue and Yellow-dog Democrats find the compassion, guts and action to meet Americans' need for health care.

Representative McKeon, can we depend on you for this response? You have the luxury of taxpayer-paid health care.

Is it asking too much to share that benefit with the rest of us? The more of us there are alive and healthy, the more of us can vote.
I just thought I'd ask.


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