Letter to Sen. Begich
By Rodney Dial
December 23, 2009
Dear Senator Begich, I am writing you in this forum because you
seem unwilling to respond to those who question your support
of the health care reform bills. My question for you is this:
Since you support the Senate Health Care Reform plan, which is
designed to comply with the President's mandate that the reform
be "deficit neutral" (if that is even possible), can
we expect you to stand by ALL elements of this bill? Specifically,
this legislation requires congress to cut Medicare by $480 Billion
over the next ten years.
My strong concern is that you are supporting this legislation
because you have been told to by the Democratic leadership
in Washington. Further, that after this bill is passed you will
flip-fop at some later date and oppose the cuts to Medicare
that this legislation depends on, claiming that this will disproportionately
effect Alaska (as we all know it will).
Essentially Sir, you need to "own" your vote. If you
are going to disregard the overwhelming will of Alaskans in this
matter, then don't expect to "sell us" on your future
epiphany that the cuts you are voting for now, suddenly become
bad in the future.
Perhaps you should remember the pledge you made during your campaign:
A Senator as Independent as Alaska , stop listening to Washington
and start listening to Alaskans.
Received December 22, 2009
- Published December 23, 2009
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