Congresswoman Louise Slaughter On The H.R. 3200 Health Care Bill 

D-Rep. Louise Slaughter Makes Anti-H.R.3200 Comment, Just Feet Away From Me

Debra J.M. Smith
August 19, 2009

The following is the main content of a letter to my congresswoman.

Dear Congresswoman Slaughter: 

As per your August 7, 2009 email, you have made up your mind to vote for H.R. 3200 before any town hall type meeting with your constituents by saying,
"...not allow opponents of reform to block our progress.” I am requesting a meeting (in person) with you to talk about the health care bill before you vote on it. I would like to show you in the bill the reasons that I am against it.

I would like to express my deep disappointment in your decision to have a telephone meeting with your constituents instead of meeting with us in person. A staff member in your office told me that this is due to your concern over groups that travel the country to various meetings that might disrupt a meeting that is held in person A check of voter registration cards could help prevent such. How can you represent us properly if you are unable to meet with us on a whole? Nonetheless, I have requested to be on the telephone meeting and hope to be called on to speak.

While at your Rochester office yesterday, I heard you express in an opened door meeting room that a lot of trouble could have been saved if Medicaid had just been extended. I could see you in the meeting with a few others and heard you speaking about the health care bill. Your space in the federal building is quite small, it was very quiet, and you were easily heard. I believe your exact words were, “We could have saved ourselves a lot of trouble if we had just extended Medicaid.”

From what I heard you say, it is clear to me that you have come to realize that H.R. 3200 is not the answer to our nation’s medical problems. Why not take that stand and vote against the bill?

While speaking with your office help, I became privy to another piece of information. I was told that you are currently on your husband’s Kodak health insurance policy and that you are considering switching to the health insurance that is offered to members of congress—if H.R. 3200 becomes law.

To be considering a switch to the congressional health insurance, if H.R. 3200 becomes law, translates to me that you are aware of the adverse effects the bill will have on people who choose to keep their private health insurance coverage in the event that the bill becomes law.

In closing, I hope you will come to a district meeting to discuss the bill if I am able to put one together in this short period of time. I will contact your office with the details, if such a meeting does get scheduled. And the press would be invited, as well

Debra J.M. Smith

Along with this letter that was sent by U.S. Mail, Louise Slaughter's Rochester and D.C. offices were called with (and her Rochester office was faxed) information on the Sept. 03 meeting.

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