Kudos to our Congressman Jerry McNerney for his courageous vote for Health Reform legislation - in this evenly split Democrat-Republican district of ours. And this, just two days after his district office was besieged by a couple hundred vitriolic Tea Party members loudly expressing their opposition to the pending legislation.
In the months prior, however, Congressman McNerney reached out broadly to his constituents on a number of occasions (I got at least two solicitations) for our opinions before ultimately reviewing the last version of the bill and voting his conscience in an informed and principled manner. In so doing, what else could he do but vote in favor of this long-overdue reform of our health care system?
What's not to like about extending the basic human right of health care to some 32 million more Americans? Allowing our children to stay on our health care policies until out of school and in their first jobs by age 27? Allowing any of us to no longer fear getting summarily dumped from our policies for simply using the benefits provided? Allowing those with pre-existing conditions, through no fault of their own, to have access to insurance for the care they so desperately need? (Or the added funding to community health centers, like Axis, here in Pleasanton, that I was unaware of until reading about in last week's editorial.)
And all this at a cost that the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates to save taxpayers $130 billion in the first 10 years and over $1 trillion in the next decade. For this, the Tea Party members want to boot McNerney out of office? I, for one, will be working to retain him.