2009-08-14 / Letters

No Real Health Care Plan

Dear Editor,

We have been watching the unruly crowds at the town hall meetings in reference to the health care plan. Some commentators claim that the demonstrations are staged and others claim it is just the public expressing their opinions. Maybe it's a little of both. My complaint is, why do all the Democrats in Congress have town hall meetings all across the country on health care without having a plan to show the people? Our neighboring congressman in Far Rockaway, Gregory Meeks, appeared on MSNBC August 8, and spoke about the plan like it was the greatest thing since Irish soda bread, but in the end he had to admit that there isn't a plan at all. He admitted to three different plans in the Congress, none of which are finalized. That is more like the truth.

There is another plan in the Senate, making it four plans that have to be combined into one single final plan. So why all the town hall meetings if there isn't a plan? Simple: we are the sheep and we need to be led around. They, the congressional representatives, are the leaders and we are the followers, the dumb ones, and maybe a little deaf, too. Maybe they reached too far this time?

The plans for town hall meetings are falling apart in a hurry. Don't they wish now that they had stayed in Congress and worked out the final plan? It would have been a hell of lot better and a great deal safer for them, but they couldn't do that; they wanted to have their cake and eat it as well. It looks like they put their hands in the cookie jar and grabbed for too much, and now they are coming up empty. Why the hurry to pass a plan that isn't a plan yet? We waited more than sixty years, but according to the president the world will come to an end if he can't ram it through now, even though he, too, admits that he doesn't know what is in the final plan. This is becoming a comedian's paradise.

When the people see the final plan they will approve it if it is as good as they say it is. Has anyone seen our congressman, Anthony Weiner, around lately? I wonder if anyone told him yet that Rockaway is in his district. Maybe he is smart enough to wait for the final plan before stopping around, especially after what we have been witnessing all over the country. One thing for sure, the Congress, like everyone, makes mistakes, but this one is a doozy, and most likely will go in the record book as the dumbest of all, to date. In the meantime, stick a fork in this plan. It is done.

JOHN BAXTER

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