Congresswoman Louise Slaughter's Fear of An In-Person Public 
Health Care Meeting Leads This Constituent To Hold One With Or Without Her

August 24, 2009



Just this past March 16th, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter had no problem showing up for an RIT public event. (Pictured at right) So why is she suddenly scared of her constituents, and can she really represent constituents that she is scared to meet with?

People are asking, "Where's Louise?" around the Rochester, New York area. What is she scared of?

I was at her office just last week and was quiet as a mouse. She was very relaxed, had her meeting door open while talking with a few others and had no problem speaking candidly about the health care bill saying, "We could have saved ourselves a lot of trouble if we had just extended Medicaid." Oh, if she would only say that on Capital Hill!

Louise had posted on her site that she would be having meetings. I called almost daily for a while wanting the dates and times. To my surprise, when the answer came, it was that Louise would only conduct telephone meetings with people like me, also known as, her constituents.

I was one of the first to sign up for the phone meeting that took place this past Thursday night. All of the people that signed up were to be called for the phone meeting. They did not call me.

Reading Saturday's Democrat and Chronicle, an article spoke of the phone meeting having had no critics of the health care plan actually speaking on the call. This did not surprise me.

The D&C article titled "Slaughter pledges vote on 'single-payer' health care option," described the "single-payer" proposal as that which "would make the government the nation's only source of health care." That pretty much sums it up.

If that bothers you as much as it bothers me, then we need to talk about this. And we need to talk with or without Louise. 

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 Debra J.M. Smith