Federal politics matter on the local level. The votes of our Congressional representatives touch and affect our daily lives. And apparently my Congressional representative plans to stand with his fellow House Republicans in voting against health care reform.
I plan to attend Congressman Ed Royce’s town hall meeting this Saturday to ask him what Republican plans are, then, to provide health insurance coverage for 47 million uninsured Americans, including likely tens of thousands in his own district, which includes Fullerton, Placentia, Buena Park, Cypress and Stanton.
Rep. Royce wrote in a July 14, 2009 op-ed, “… the uninsured weigh heavily on our infrastructure and are a significant contributor to the escalating cost of coverage.” Royce penned nary a word about a helping hand for the unemployed, uninsured and underinsured citizens he represents.
Frankly, there’s little I don’t like and a lot I admire about the House Healthcare Bill, despite the bill being watered down by the Blue Dogs. (You can read a summary of Key Provisions of the House Healthcare Bill at my About.com article.)
Another question I hope to ask Rep. Royce is how Republicans plan to reform the egregious practices of private, for-profit health insurers. House legisation… the bill that Royce plans to vote down… also incorporates President Obama’s long overdue 8-point Health Insurance Consumer Protections, which includes:
- No pre-existing conditions to exclude coverage
- No dropping coverage due to serious illness
- Capping out-of-pocket expenses annually
- No gender discrimination
Join me if you can at Rep. Ed Royce’s town hall meeting at Placentia City Hall this Saturday, August 8th, from 1 to 2 pm. Let’s ask him how he plans to address the health insurance needs of his constituents if he plans to vote down America’s Affordable Health Choices Act.
Look here next week for my report on Rep. Royce’s responses.