Open letter to McClintock

By From page A5 | October 07, 2013


This is an open letter to Congressman Tom McClintock.

I am writing this letter because you keep saying that your constituents don’t want Obamacare.

I want Obamacare. I have called your office back in Washington D.C. several times to let you know I do not want it “repealed” or “defunded” before it’s been given a chance. Instead you refuse to hear us.

So far my granddaughter and adult son, with preexisting conditions, are covered. For the first time in 10 years our premiums did “not” jump by double digits. And best part is that my No. 3 son can finally shop for heath care coverage. Do you want to take that away? Why? Small businesses get AHA tax breaks, and Walmart has been excused for a year. You and your staff have been excused from it as well (so you can keep your Cadillac plans).

Truth be known, the Affordable Care Act is really a giveaway to the insurance companies. (Republicans were the ones who called it “Obamacare” to stigmatize it. Looks like that backfired.) Insurance companies are really cash-cows, ask any stock broker. But now they have to compete for customers and not dictate “who they will cover.” That’s open competition.

I thought that’s what Republicans and Tea-Party members liked, an open market.

We were losing jobs long before 2009 and Obamacare, so to say it’s costing jobs is a false statement. Compared to what? We didn’t have health care to blame with the financial crash, and the millions of jobs were lost then. You didn’t shut down the government to stop banks from killing jobs and sucking up tax dollars. They did far more harm to this country than Obamacare.

So why is it that you and the other 29 Tea Party House Republicans are fighting so hard to stop Obamacare to the point of bringing down the government? Why are all of you in a panic?

Mr. McClintock, you are an elegant speaker, and you keep saying all you hear is objection to the law.

That can’t be true. Besides my calls, I know personally of seven other Divide residents and at least four Placerville residents who have called and e-mailed you. I have seen three petitions with over 300 to 600 signatures against what you are doing. There is a very loud voice against your actions. Just saying “I don’t hear it” does “not” make it true.

Tom, just look at the 5 million hits on the California’s AHA Website on the first day. That shows a strong interest in “Affordable Health Care.” Why aren’t you taking the lead from the people in your district and not from the insurance companies or freedom works or whoever you listening to. The facts show a very large majority say “No” to what you’re doing. Why aren’t you listening?

Garden Valley

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