Congress is Lying or is Inept – Which is Worse?

I have been calling my Congressman relentlessly since Congress decided to go Socialist. In the latest reply from Gerry Connolly, I really got fired up. I am so tired of hearing Barrack Obama, Pelosi, Reid and all the others explain that a competitive public option will help Americans and our health care issues.

Since when does the Government have to “compete” with the marketplace?!

These bureaucrats know that the government never has to compete. But they pretend to you that it does. This oversight amounts to, in my opinion, a lie. An out and out lie. So when Gerry Connolly said it again in a response letter to me, I let him have it. Here is a copy of the letter I sent to him this morning:

Dear Sir,

I have contacted you a couple times re: Health Care. In your most recent response via email dated Monday, 7/27/09, you said in part, “With a competitive public option, we can make coverage more affordable for everyone, while maintaining the freedom to choose your own doctor and your own plan…”

This is absurd, and this is the reason that people like me are revolting against the government getting involved in health care in any way. With all due respect, this response ensures that I will not support you in the next election. I am sorry, but that’s how I feel. Here’s why…

How can a “public option” be competitive? The government has no profit motive. It can print money. The current government run health option (Medicare and Medicaid) are hopelessly headed into bankruptcy. Moreover, government has no incentive to provide quality service. So while a private health provider and private health insurance companies must make decisions based on providing high value, and do so with a profit motive (lest they go out of business) the government does not have to consider any of these things.

Employers face a decision: Dump their employee base onto the government or continue to foot the bill. What will they do?

Individuals face a decision: Continue with their current provider, or go with the much cheaper (for the aforementioned reasons) government plan. What will they do?

Families will have a decision: Continue with their current plan, or go with the cheaper government plan. What will they do?

People with a preexisting condition will have a decision: find a private plan, or go with the cheaper government plan. What will they do?

In each of these questions, the answer is obvious. And what will the result be? A massive transfer of people to a government run system. What is the result of that? My taxes going up, rationing of care, and intense government intrusion into the lives of all Americans (and possibly 18 million illegals!). NO THANK YOU!

Again, with all respect, please don’t patronize me by talking about a “competitive public option.” By definition, the government does not compete in the marketplace. By saying this, you have represented either a lack of understanding of market economics, or are outright trying to obfuscate the issue to your constituents. Either one is bad.

Sincerely,

ToBeRIght

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  1. jacksmith says:

    LEAD, FOLLOW, OR GET OUT OF THE WAY. (Thomas Paine)

    We have the 37th worst quality of healthcare in the developed world. Conservative estimates are that over 120,000 of you dies each year in America from treatable illness that people in other developed countries don’t die from. Rich, middle class, and poor a like. Insured and uninsured. Men, women, children, and babies. This is what being 37th in quality of healthcare means.

    I know that many of you are angry and frustrated that REPUBLICANS! In congress are dragging their feet and trying to block TRUE healthcare reform. What republicans want is just a taxpayer bailout of the DISGRACEFUL GREED DRIVEN PRIVATE FOR PROFIT health insurance industry, and the DISGRACEFUL GREED DRIVEN PRIVATE FOR PROFIT healthcare industry. A trillion dollar taxpayer funded private health insurance bailout is all you really get without a robust government-run public option available on day one.

    YOU CANT HAVE AN INSURANCE MANDATE WITHOUT A ROBUST PUBLIC OPTION. MANDATING PRIVATE FOR PROFIT HEALTH INSURANCE AS YOUR ONLY CHOICE WOULD BE UNETHICAL, CORRUPT, AND MORALLY REPUGNANT. AND PROBABLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL AS WELL.

    These industries have been slaughtering you and your loved ones like cattle for decades for profit. Including members of congress and their families. These REPUBLICANS are FOOLS!

    Republicans and their traitorous allies have been trying to make it look like it’s President Obama’s fault for the delays, and foot dragging. But I think you all know better than that. President Obama inherited one of the worst government catastrophes in American history from these REPUBLICANS! And President Obama has done a brilliant job of turning things around, and working his heart out for all of us.

    But Republicans think you are just a bunch of stupid, idiot, cash cows with short memories. Just like they did under the Bush administration when they helped Bush and Cheney rape America and the rest of the World.

    But you don’t have to put up with that. And this is what you can do. The Republicans below will be up for reelection on November 2, 2010. Just a little over 13 months from now. And many of you will be able to vote early. So pick some names and tell their voters that their representatives (by name) are obstructing TRUE healthcare reform. And are sellouts to the insurance and medical lobbyist.

    Ask them to contact their representatives and tell them that they are going to work to throw them out of office on November 2, 2010, if not before by impeachment, or recall elections. Doing this will give you something more to do to make things better in America. And it will help you feel better too.

    There are many resources on the internet that can help you find people to call and contact. For example, many social networking sites can be searched by state, city, or University. Be inventive and creative. I can think of many ways to do this. But be nice. These are your neighbors. And most will want to help.

    I know there are a few democrats that have been trying to obstruct TRUE healthcare reform too. But the main problem is the Bush Republicans. Removing them is the best thing tactically to do. On the other hand. If you can easily replace a democrat obstructionist with a supportive democrat, DO IT!

    You have been AMAZING!!! my people. Don’t loose heart. You knew it wasn’t going to be easy saving the World. 🙂

    God Bless You

    jacksmith — Working Class

    I REST MY CASE (http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/25/why-markets-cant-cure-healthcare/)

    Republican Senators up for re-election in 2010.

    * Richard Shelby of Alabama
    * Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
    * John McCain of Arizona
    * Mel Martinez of Florida
    * Johnny Isakson of Georgia
    * Mike Crapo of Idaho
    * Chuck Grassley of Iowa
    * Sam Brownback of Kansas
    * Jim Bunning of Kentucky
    * David Vitter of Louisiana
    * Kit Bond of Missouri
    * Judd Gregg of New Hampshire
    * Richard Burr of North Carolina
    * George Voinovich of Ohio
    * Tom Coburn of Oklahoma
    * Jim DeMint of South Carolina
    * John Thune of South Dakota
    * Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas
    * Bob Bennett of Utah

  2. Nice form article. This is so good, I think I’ll post a reply on the front page! Read the systematic destruction of this comment.

  3. I for 1 know Congressman Connolly will use tax payer dollars for any gain. Including teeth. He is an absent minded individual who attempt to use manipulation to gain power. I have spoken with him before, and anyone with a little intelligence can outwit him. BOOOOOOOOO Connolly! U disgrace ur country

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