Skip to comments.Sen. Jim Webb says health care debate has overheated
Posted on 08/28/2009 6:34:29 AM PDT by csvset
If Congress wants meaningful health care reform, its leaders must stop rushing to pass a bill and hold legislative hearings to air the pros and cons of specific proposals, U.S. Sen. Jim Webb said Thursday.
"My thought right now is to slow this down," the Virginia Democrat said. "Open it up. Have some hearings. Let people get their different viewpoints out in a very public way."
The problems today with angry people shouting at each other during community forums around the country and the confusion over what might be included in any health care overhaul have their roots in the Obama administration's failure to present a specific framework for reforms, he said.
Instead, the president has left to Congress the task of creating a proposal.
"We've got five different committees bubbling up legislation, and it's all supposed to come together," Webb said, but none of the panels have had Washington hearings in recent months.
While some of the issues with health care have been talked about for years, he said, there should be new hearings on specific proposals.
"By not having these hearings, I think we have encouraged the type of frustrated environment that's out there," Webb said during a meeting with The Virginian-Pilot's editorial board. The senator also spoke about the issue at a private Chamber of Commerce meeting in Norfolk.
"There's a lot of worry out there - a legitimate worry out there - that the government is going to stuff something down their throat in terms of the nature of the care they're going to receive," he said.
Webb has not scheduled any town hall gatherings with constituents to discuss health care because he doesn't believe they're necessary.
"We listen constantly. I don't need to go to a town hall meeting and have a thousand people screaming to say that we've been able to listen to them," he said. "We've responded to 34,000 pieces of mail and e-mail in our office on this issue."
Webb has said he favors overhauling health care to deal with rising prices and to provide coverage for people who are unable to get insurance. He has been supportive of a government insurance plan to compete with private insurance if it can lead to lower costs by competitive pricing.
He restated his desire to examine other systems as possible models for overhauling health care, including the Department of Veterans Affairs. Webb, who recently returned from a multi nation trip to Asia, said the United States also should take a harder look at health systems in Singapore and Switzerland.
Congress is scheduled to resume consideration of health care legislation when it returns Sept. 8 after a month long recess.
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>>>> GET ILLEGALS/UNDOCUMENTED OUT OF THE SYSTEM. <<<<<
Can’t do that, the entire point of “health care reform” is to get our 20 million++ peasant illegal aliens INTO the system, so that you and I and other American taxpayers can pay their bills since they consume MASSIVE amounts of American state and federal health and social services.
Basically, we are being targeted by Zer0 and the sociopaths in the U.S. Congress to give up our health insurance system (the best in the world) and to “spread the wealth around” to our peasant illegal aliens.
And those 20 million++ peasant illegal aliens from Mexico and Mesoamerica are to be made legal in 2010, according to Zer0 less than three weeks ago in Mexico.
So you can be certain that they’ll be huge beneficiaries of this con game by the Unites States Congress.
“So you can be certain that theyll be huge beneficiaries of this con game by the Unites States Congress”
Yup!...and vote Democrat till their dying day! Which is the very reason that RINO’s are tripping all over their own feet competing with Liberals for these ‘votes’.
Reminds me of the Lee Marvin line in ‘The Professioanls’: “We been had!”
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