Saturday, March 20, 2010

Dear Representative Peter De Fazio,

We know how hard you work for us here in Southern Oregon. Whenever there is a question to your office, you get back to us promptly and with real answers.  We see you often enough at our town halls to understand your work and your tireless committment.

 We like what you are doing.

We also like that you are looking out for us, examining the ways  any bill affects our economy or our way of life, or our gorgeous natural resources.

Right now, you have some reservations regarding the proposed health care bill due for a vote tomorrow.
All of us find that this bill is not perfect, does not do all it needs to do.

But, we need you to support this legislation in your vote tomorrow.
Our country needs this health bill.

Thank you for your attention.

Rosaria Williams,
Precinct Representative, Curry County.


Unknown said...

good for you! We do need it to pass.

Rachel Cotterill said...

Wow, is the vote tomorrow? It's sort of dropped out of the UK news cycle.

Maggie May said...

Hope it goes well tomorrow.
I don't really know enough about it to comment more.

Nuts in May

Brian Miller said...

will be intersting to see...was listening to talk radio on my drive back...of course the talking head polarize everything...

Nancy said...

I dunno. I feel like all it does now is mandate even more business for the insurance companies. What was the outgoing Cigna CEO getting - $110,000,000 on his way out the door...?

Anonymous said...

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that all goes well. We've been hearing more about this on TV lately. The French are dumbfounded by any country not having comprehensive health care.

NitWit1 said...

I just won't it over with. There are good and bad things in the bill whose primary purpose seems to be to rein in insurance companies.

Since I've been in a business which has dealt with health insurance a very long time (pharmacy), I can already visualize how they will get around it.

You can't make them sell insurance. They will find a way around it or simply sell something else.

Then it will surely become rationed.

My beef is the bill does not reign in pharmaceutical companies at all...I know a lot about their operations.

Rosaria Williams said...

Wow, we all know something to add to this discussion! The problem I think is the definition of a free market being more important than social justice. If we accept the fact that a government's main function is to protect and ensure the welfare of all, then we can move on and fix what needs to be failed.

All the market wants is to make money.

It is up to the government to ensure fairness and equitable access. When you add needs of those who are too poor or too disadvantaged to the equitable issue, you have to come in with social services that insure everyone has a leg to stand on.

Mind you, if we throw words at each other, rather than solutions, we will continually bicker and never help anyone.

Will our premiums go up?
Will everyone be covered?
Will we get better protection?
Will we reign in the insurance companies, the pharmaceuticals, the medical costs?

I don't know! This is just a start that needed to have happened long ago.

You can tell I'm a democrat; I even hold an official office, precinct captain. I don't think we can label ourselves and finish with that. WE need to engage in dialogue. De Fazio was worried about the reimbursement to states for Medicaid and Medicare payments. His point is valid. BTW, he did get an 11th hour adjustment on this issue.

So, we'll be watching on C-Span today.

Wishing all of us a great day, and a move forward.

Thank you, good people for your visit.

Helen said...

The Bend Bulletin had a great front page article this morning regarding DeFazio, Medicare and how OR is going to benefit from change.

Cheryl Cato said...

good post. I called my Congressman on Friday & asked for his support of the bill. It may not be perfect, but damn, we need to start somewhere and this is as good as it's gonna get for now!

Hilary said...

I hope it goes in your favour.

Velva said...

I called my Florida representative on Friday and asked that he support the health care bill ( he was one of the undecided). It is not a perfect bill but, it is a good start.

Pseudo said...

Well done.

Lori ann said...

yes we do!
thank you for writing this letter.

potsoc said...

Congratulations, Rosaria. You won your fight and your Mr De Fazio listened to you.
The US of A, this morning, are a more humane society thanks to people like you.

janis said...

Rosaria~ I have something for you at my blog. Come see me! :)

Rosaria Williams said...

Yes, we can!

Lots of excitement last night watching as the drama unfolded. Thanks, everyone!