Today Senator Reid is holding a teleconference where he will accept screened questions from selected constituents. It’s unfortunate that Senator Reid has declined to hold even a single public town hall for his constituents on the principal reform issue of our day, instead ducking debate and calling constituents who oppose his far-reaching agenda names such as “evil-mongers” and “phonies.”
Since Senator Reid declined to hold a public forum, on August 20th, I took the initiative and held an open town hall on health care reform in Las Vegas - without screening attendees. In fact, about 20 percent of the audience members were open supporters of Harry Reid and they asked me some tough questions.
Yesterday I registered for Senator Reid’s teleconference, but since I’m unlikely to be chosen to participate, here are five questions I think Nevadans should ask Senator Reid if they are one of the very few to get through his screeners.
My first question is prompted by my memory of one woman at my own town hall who threw up her hands and asked, “I don’t want a government plan. Why can’t I just keep the health care I have?”
So here’s my question on her behalf:
1. Senator Reid, will you pledge today to sign up personally for a "public option" health plan, if it becomes law?
Perhaps the strongest argument against Senator Reid’s “public option” healthcare plan is that members of Congress keep exempting themselves from it. When Congressman Dean Heller (R – Nevada) offered an amendment last month to require members of Congress to “enroll in any new government-run healthcare system,” members of the House Ways and Means Committee killed it.
It is easy to see why American and even members of Congress want no part of this plan. This “public option” is the sort of government-run system that traps so many Canadians and Britons. They face the frightening reality that 46 percent of British breast cancer patients die from their disease, versus just 25 percent in America, and that prostate cancer is fatal in 57 percent of Britain’s patients, rather than just 19 percent here. In Canada, only 5 percent of the population has had colonoscopies, compared to 30 percent in America.
2. Senator Reid, you claim you support expanding Nevadans’ health care choices, so why did you vote to kill Medical Savings Accounts, which would have done exactly that?