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Health care bill

August 12, 2009 - Blaine Hyska
The recent town hall meetings being conducted by members of Congress are fascinating.

They’re making supporters of Obama’s 227,000-word health care bill quite uncomfortable.

The protesters who show up for these events are against the health care overall.

Opponents and supports can argue the details of the bill, but I believe it’s more than that.

"This is really not about health care reform or insurance reform. It's a bill about government control," one man said at a meeting in Hagerstown, Md. The crowd agreed.

It seems lawmakers are telling the rest of the country how they ought to receive health care, yet they won’t even be affected by the bill.

Their credibility would take a huge step in the right direction if lawmakers agreed to live by the rules they want to pass onto the rest of us.

A review by The Associated Press showed lawmakers in 12 states get health insurance for free, while those in 28 states share the costs with taxpayers, often getting a better deal than private sector workers.

Get this. In Michigan, state lawmakers get retiree health care after just six years of service and can get retirement benefits at age 55.

With a 15.2 percent unemployment rate, is it any wonder why Michigan residents do not trust their lawmakers?

And they say they’re looking out for the common man. Hogwash.


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