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Time to check in again on the elected officials who'd rather pocket insurance company money than make sure your children can see a doctor. Today's duo are Alabama "Representative" Spencer Bachus, a Republican, and Tennessee "Senator" Lamar Alexander, a Republican also.
"Representative" Spencer Bachus has a pull-down menu of "issues" on his website. Here's a look at that:
See anything missing from those "issues?" Where's health care, Spencer? Spencer Bachus lives in and represents a state in which an estimated 12 people per week die because they don't have insurance. Those 12 dead people per week aren't worried about Internet gambling, "Representative Bachus."
Maybe representative Bachus doesn't think health care is a big deal because over the course of his career, he's taken in $701,850 from insurance companies -- they're his second-biggest campaign donor. He's taken another quarter-million from health professionals. So Spencer Bachus is a health-insurance, bought-and-paid-for millionaire.
Don't put up with it. Call Spencer at 202-225-4921 and tell him I'm willing to pay an extra one percent of my gross income if it means universal health care. Or email him by clicking this link, and tell Bachus to quit taking insurance company money while letting children die. I did just that:
Note: when you click through those links, it'll ask you for your zip code. Use the zip code for Bachus' Alabama office: 35243.
Then there's Lamar Alexander. Lamar thinks his "Little Plaid Book," whatever that stupid idea is, provides rules for dealing with things like health care, and he proposes "No More 1,000 page bills." (Maybe Lamar doesn't like to read the bills the insurance companies pay him to vote against?)
Lamar says we need simple, step-by-step fixes, so he'll no doubt welcome mine: (1) Require all insurers to provide coverage for pre-existing conditions, but let them charge whatever they want to do so, and (2) pass a law that anyone can buy the same coverage members of Congress get, with the premiums based on income and ability to pay.
Simple. Step-by-step. Not anywhere near 1,000 pages. (I counted.) Will Lamar vote for it? We'll see -- Lamar's taken nearly $1,000,000 in contributions from health care professionals, another half-million from hospitals, and yet another half-million from the insurance companies. But assuming there's a piece of his soul he hasn't sold yet, you can contact Lamar at (202) 224-4944 and tell him Vote for this plan: (1) Require all insurers to provide coverage for pre-existing conditions, but let them charge whatever they want to do so, and (2) pass a law that anyone can buy the same coverage members of Congress get, with the premiums based on income and ability to pay. Or email him by clicking this link. (Use the zip code 37402.