Government healthcare

Dear Editor:Well, as President Reagan would say, here we go again. After reading Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard's comments, she states that it was the most important single piece of legislation being considered by this 111th Congress. ("Roybal-Allard's Remarks on Healthcare," 11/13/09) However, when she was called two days before the vote, Roybal-Allard didn't know how she was going to vote. She also states that without a doubt this has been the most transparent and inclusive legislative effort she's seen in 17 years in Congress. Transparent to whom? They had four days to read almost 2,000 pages and it was not put out for the public to read in time for them to react. It seems that her constituency doesn't matter since Congress doesn't seem to understand or care what the "lowly people" think. Maybe just as the word "illegal" isn't understood in D.C., so the word "transparent" isn't understood either. I understand that people who have good insurance will probably lose it and be forced to go on this government plan. I also understand that we will either be taxed heavily or President Obama and Congress will drop the tax codes that are helpful. I understand that Congress and the "elites" will still have their "Cadillac" policies. If we are forced to go on this government program, then President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, senators Boxer and Feinstein, and the other big spenders should be standing in the same health care line with us. Roybal-Allard says, "We can't afford to do nothing." I don't understand why. Congress and she have sat around 17 years and have done nothing to help or correct the waste they say is in Medicare and Medi-Cal. Everything the government has control over is deeply in debt and going deeper every day. Taxes will be imposed and collected as soon as the bill is passed, but it won't be effective until 2013. Strangely this is just after the presidential election. - Betty Logan, Downey

********** Published: November 20, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 31