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Letter From a Senator

I write my political leaders once in a while and let them know what I think. I usually receive letters in return (mostly packaged) and I am many times blown away with how terrible they are. I decided to start sharing portions of these letters as I receive them here on The Current.

The last letter I received was from Senator Kent Conrad in response to a letter that I wrote. The letter was half packaged as it spoke of the issues I talked about in my letter to him, but the material was obviously put together previously in order to respond to these specific topics. It’s the way that our politicians try to fool us into thinking that they are really listening to us. It seems that they have a staffer pick out the subjects of your letter and then put out a letter out in response that respond generically to those topics. This is obvious because none of my questions or arguments were approached, but they were side stepped by a generic response to the subject, “You mentioned the importance of focusing on national security issues….(blah blah blah).”

On to the letter. The letter starts out with the patronizing line:

Thank you for contacting me to share your concerns about health care reform and national security. It was good to hear from you.

First off, it shouldn’t have been good to hear from me since the last line of my letter said something to the effect of, “I’ve given up on you and will try my best to have you out of office.”

The next paragraph has the old bait and hook line the DNC has been pumping:

The result of this work in the Senate, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, would not only expand coverage to millions of uninsured and vulnerable Americans, but would also reduce our nation’s deficit, extend the solvency of the Medicare program, and reduce the burden of high health care costs on families, businesses, and the government.

Apparently he forgot to add that unicorns and faeries will bless every hospital with their presence too. How stupid do these politicians think we are? Apparently they created a bill that solves all of the health care problems for less money than we are spending now. How amazing! My grandpa always said that if something sounds too good to be true, it’s probably a politician making promises he can’t keep. Did I mention that he said North Dakota will also get better Medicare provisions? We can have our cake and eat it too.

Kent Conrad made it clear that the right has been selling me short with misinformation. Among this misinformation is the idea that a public option will be in the bill. Now, how does he know that? We don’t have a final bill. Frankly, this is a dishonest statement because many of the democrats in the House, Senate, and White House want the public option. Am I to believe that Kent Conrad has stopped this? Nay, if anyone stopped the public option it is us.

He also says that the bill will not fund abortion. That’s odd, because it seems every week his leadership reinstates the abortion language into the bill discussion. As I see it, the abortion funding is still very much in play. How can Sen. Conrad be so sure? Because if there is abortion provided through health care they will be “required to segregate funds for individuals receiving subsidies”. Ah, the prestige. Did you catch it?

Check this out:

Individuals would not go to jail if they do not carry qualified health insurance. While the bill does include a requirement for individuals to carry insurance, it explicitly states that the penalty for not carrying insurance will not result in criminal persecution or civil action.

I love that he told me what the penalty won’t be, and never mentioned what it would be. The penalty is a fine greater than the cost of the insurance policy. How is this not an infringement on our liberties? You have to buy this product, and if you don’t we will penalize you. Okay, maybe no public option is in the bill, but what is this – free enterprise?

Just so you’re aware, this bill won’t provide health insurance for illegal immigrants. However, he didn’t explain if they will be required. If not, doesn’t that still create a giant burden on the tax payer who eventually pays for the illegals? If so, how is that fair at all? How about you take care of the illegals first.

This legislation does include provisions to encourage medical malpractice reform… The bill includes a $50 million program to evaluate alternatives to existing medical tort litigation.

Thanks for throwing us a bone! This is really pathetic and insulting. Apparently the democrats have ever single facet of health care reform figured out except tort reform. They are, however, willing to spend $50 million to act as if they care about it. “Provisions to encourage malpractice reform” might be the most pathetic bit of language I’ve ever seen in a letter from a politician.

3/4ths of the letter was a response to health care and the last two paragraphs focused on national security issues – perhaps a telling formula of the democratic priorities. His response, of course, was a reassurance that this is a top priority and that Obama’s going to spend more money than Bush ever did. A comforting thought to end on eh?


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  • Scott Afeld February 24, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    I too have received the same type of correspondence from my Senator, Blanche Lincoln. What is it with these politicians, even one on one they seem programmed to evade even the simplest of questions. They have the inept ability to stroke your ego, look deep in your eyes, and tell you everything is going to be ok., it's not my fault, I will do everything to help you, I hear what your saying, yada, yada, yada. The only thing I want to hear come out of their mouths is a yes vote for term limits!

    Just one cowboy's opinion.

  • Ron Russell February 24, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    The same old same old run around. I know they never read the letters and that some staffer does occasionally read a few and then they have that form letter for their pitiful lying reply.

    I was wondering what will they do if you don't buy the insurance? Fine you! But then if you don't pay I suppose they will just hold it out of your pay, or perhaps have your power cut off! now that would really get ones attention. You can bet one thing, if this bill passes and you don't buy their damn insurance they will have a way to make you—count on it!

  • John Carey February 24, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    Great post Right.

    I do see people challenging the forced buy in of this bill. They will challenge to see where the government takes it.

  • Anonymous February 25, 2010 at 2:53 AM

    Reagan Speaking of socialized Health care check it out if you haven't heard this yet.

  • Right Hand Man February 25, 2010 at 6:40 PM

    Thanks for the comments. Even though your government officials might not read or respond to your every letter – the numbers matter. What I mean by that is they get 1000 angry letters a month, that tells them something. Obviously the majority of democrats are deaf to the public's voice right now, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't speak. Write your politicians – especially the local ones and let them know what you are thinking.