I got an email from my congressman today, letting me know the status of the healthcare debate from his point of view. My congressman and I disagree on how to settle the matter, and I will write about it here in the near future...certainly by this September debate. In fact, once we're done with the Summer knowledge project, I'm going to host a debate on this blog, so be looking for it!
Ok, enough for now. Below is my congressman's letter to me. I only included the part about healthcare.
August 21, 2009
Mr. S. Daniel Smith
3202 Sederstrom Way
San Diego, CA 92123-2004
Congress has been debating many issues this year, ranging from health care reform, border security to water shortage issues. As your representative in Congress, it is an honor to serve you and I wanted to take a moment to update you on these matters and ask that you keep me informed of your views on issues of importance to you.
Health care reform is a conversation we continue to have in our homes and in Washington. During a recent teletown hall, many of you expressed your concern with the speed with which Congress was moving forward with health care legislation and the establishment of a government-run system. While everyone expressed their concern that we do need to reform our health care delivery system, many questioned if the plan being considered by Congress is the best way to go. Like many of you, I do not feel a government run option is the solution, not only because of the cost, but also because this approach limits choice for consumers and the availability of quality care for those who need it most.
Given the broad-range of questions raised by many in Congress, health care reform legislation will not be considered until September. We have also been given assurances that the legislation will be made available 72 hours prior to the vote so that not only those of us in Congress, but the American people too will have a chance to review this legislation as well. On my website, under Quicklinks, a copy of the current House bill is available for your review and this link will be updated with new versions of the legislation as they become available.
Again, I just wanted to take this opportunity to let you know of some issues of concern and ask that you let me know how you feel on matters affecting our nation and community. If you would like to contact me, please go to my website and sign up for my e-newsletter and specific updates on topics of interest to you. In addition, if you sign up for my e-newsletter, you will be invited to participate in my video townhalls. I look forward to hearing from you.
Member of Congress
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