Pleasanton Weekly Editor: Why No Editorials or Articles on McNerney's Position on National Healthcare? State, National, International, posted by Concerned American, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:12 am
Given the importance of the healthcare topic, it is unfathomable that your paper has not posted articles on what Jerry McNerney's position is on National Healthcare tho we all know he votes nearly 100% with Pelosi).
Also, while you're at it, can you ask him...
1. Does he plan to ACTUALLY READ the bill before voting on it? (What a novel concept...since he did not read the Stimulus Package bill or the Cap n Trade Bill)
2. Will you also ask him if HE plans to enroll himself and his family in the National Healthcare program he is about to FORCE on us...especially since it it'll be SO WONDERFUL? !!!
The Pleasanton citizens are anxious to read about your upcoming articles on National Healthcare and McNerney's position.
Posted by Amy, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Jul 17, 2009 at 11:21 am
I hope that YOU will read and get yourself informed on the health care issues. Our current system is a MESS. I am a health care provider and I see the many failings of the corporate health care system on a regular basis. I have spent numerous hours (unpaid) to help my clients/patients get their rightful coverage for my services. I know colleagues who get threatening letters from the insurance industry demanding that they see their clients less frequently (even when the person is supposedly granted a larger number of allotted appointments). These letters are not written by clinicians with like training or expertise; they come from admin staff who are ordered to short change their customers.
The current legislation is for people who are uninsured. These are often employed individuals (or newly unemployed) who cannot afford their own coverage and who are not eligible for MediCare (MediCal in CA). They are also people who get cut from the roles of the insurance industry due to pre-existing medical conditions. Any of us can easily be in their position.
I welcome a government sponsored health care system that provides health benefits to all. We all benefit when each of our citizens have access to preventive health care. I would feel better knowing that their is a safety cushion in the event that my health coverage needs changes. Ask any senior is they would feel comfortable taking away their Medicare. This is a massive govt system that for the most part really works well. You get to a certain age, you get the coverage. End of story.
If you believe for a moment that the current system is free of a middle man interfering with your doctors expertise, training and decision making, you are surely out of touch with reality.
Posted by Kevin, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Jul 17, 2009 at 12:38 pm
You are doing the right thing by helping those who need the coverage at no cost, thank you.
Unfortunately, it sounds like you trust the government more than the private insurance providers. This is the point that many Americans disagree for several reasons:
Government does not create, they are not held accountable, they take and take from our pockets with no incentive for improvement or efficiency due to the lack of a free market profit motive.
Douglas Elmendorf, the Director of the Congressional Budget Office who, under questioning by members of the Senate Budget Committee, had this to say...
"Instead of saving the federal government from fiscal catastrophe, the health reform measures being drafted by congressional Democrats would worsen an already bleak budget outlook, increasing deficit projections and driving the nation more deeply into debt."
He went on to say... That "bills crafted by House leaders and the Senate Health Committee do NOT propose the sort of fundamental changes that would be necessary to reduce the trajectory of federal health spending by a significant amount."
But... I doubt they listen to him... For when it comes to spending and driving up the deficits.. They haven't listened to former CBO director, Alice Rivlin... And they haven't listened to former Comptroller General, David Walker... Why the current CBO director now?"
Re: The current legislation is for people who are uninsured. These are often employed individuals (or newly unemployed) who cannot afford their own coverage - If the people are employed, why can't they afford insurance? Why can't their family help? Unfortunately , the truth is that many of these people are not employed or even seeking employment. Also, why is there no provision being discussed to limit benefits to illegal aliens? The incentive structure in this country is all wrong. What happened to personal responsibility, hard work, respect for the law, and family? How about privately funded charities? If you are not a healthcare provider and you feel strongly about supporting this cause, give to your local charity, church or community group. Or, how about local government - locally managed government activity is always superior to a centrally controlled federal system.
The last thing we need is another bloated / unsustainable federal government program.
Not to mention that I don't trust a central command bureaucrat with my families healthcare needs.
Posted by Susan, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Jul 17, 2009 at 4:34 pm
Amy's right this is all about the UNinsured...not the majority. And, you talk about it is for citizens, oh really, I see nothing about that. They not requiring fingerprints or passports...it is for the WORLD ! It is verified it will take about 50% of our taxes. ANY NUMERS they use today are just a 'sales pitch'..they WILL syrocket including all middle-class. What you going to do in a couple years when it's going broke like medicare , shrug 'oh well' & pay up. The US is the last best hope. It won't just be WHERE are Canadians go, it will be WHERE are WE going to go ????
Jed, yes I saw the CBOs money talk before Congress today. We do not want McWeenie 'using' the Weekly. He doesn't do independent thoughts anyway. It would only be a script written by Pelosi staffers. He votes as they tell him to. (I do remember SEEING however, one vote that this District would have wanted him to vote one way...and the was an EASY pass the other way for the Dems...then surprisingly the vote got close, so there was a big McNerney fuss up at the mike &speaker, as he tried & DID change his vote since it was 'needed'..against most in our dist....you really need to watch this stuff.) Anyway, if he had thoughts or if he was allowed to speak them, it would be nice, but we don't want to be insulted by a typed insert from Pelosi's office ! for sure ! I do recall before he was elected he said he needed the position, then he would have medical because he did NOT have insurance ! He didn't have a job. And, we didn't learn until days before election day, that the company the Dem pundits talked about didn't exist...just a phone & fax. He at that LAST minute admitted, ""the company never got off the ground"" !!! He only reported earning $1,500. the year before the campaign.
Posted by Karen, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 17, 2009 at 4:41 pm
Today, both Dems & Reps ask Obama for a bit more time..He said he's wants it now...fast. Both Dems & Reps said they didn't want to ram it thru so fast. After all this is the biggest program and it is FOREVER....no do-over if it's botched. Isn't right better than FAST ??? My mother always said, better to do it right. DON'T WE STILL NEED TO.. FIX.. THE ECONOMY ? ? ? RAM & RUSH, quick before anybody figures out what we're doing !!
Posted by Scott Walsh, a resident of the Pleasanton Valley neighborhood, on Jul 17, 2009 at 5:10 pm
There are ways to handle things---the Right Way and the Political Way. I have met the Congressman and he is a very nice guy. I believe McNerney wants to do what's right but the Political Way is the ticket to survival in Washington. If you ain't writing him or calling him with your views and ideas, then don't bitch......It's no secret that to be successful in Washington you have to be "on the team". Pelosi controls Demo money and support and who gets it. McNerney has "given" to "get". Same thing for the Republicans--there are no "their own person" congressional or senate people. They all answer to their parties, something George Washington feared about political parties and why he did not favor their creation.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Jul 17, 2009 at 5:48 pm Stacey is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
I challenge everyone to dump their health insurance or get off Medicare/Medicaid and let the free market control health care costs. If you want it, pay for it with your own money, not the money of an insurance company.