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Jared Polis is coming to my business this morning, and I'm going to attend his meet-up (I hesitate to call it a town hall, because the whole town isn't invited to this on-campus event).  I'm wearing my HCAN T-shirt, and I'm planning on inviting the Congressman to have Congress do a survey as to what it would take for them to individually apply for health care, given their ages (many would qualify for Medicare, but some wouldn't) and various preconditions.  Maybe then they might begin to appreciate what their constituents have to go through.  Additional suggestions welcome.

This is short since I have to go off to work.  I'll be checking in before the meeting, though, and I would appreciate any suggestions from the Kossack world on things to ask him.

He was on Stephen Colbert last night (and I'm going to congratulate him on having the "boulders" to venture onto that show) and then I flipped over to the news and saw him again at a town hall with various people around a table at a town hall, so I'm hopeful it won't be one question and done this morning.  I don't know how many people on my campus might be coming over to see him, but I'm hopeful it will be a lot (but not enough that I don't get to tell him I'm pleased he's supporting the Public Option, at the least).

My own congressman, Mike Coffman, was on the same news broadcast complaining about the cost of government health care, as if there is no cost to the country for not doing anything and he's eligible for VA as well as his congressional health care, so he's not got to worry about what those in his district go through every day.  Grrr...

Thanks in advance for suggestions.

Originally posted to ColoTim on Tue Aug 18, 2009 at 05:58 AM PDT.

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  •  he' (0+ / 0-)

    We are building a team that is continuously being built. - Sarah Palin

    by burrow owl on Tue Aug 18, 2009 at 06:07:21 AM PDT

    •  I'm not sure how that happened. (3+ / 0-)
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      CJnyc, ms badger, ColoTim

      That said:

      He's the guy that opposed Rangel's surcharge tax on the very wealthy to fund HCR.  If he opposes that and also opposes additional national debt, how would he fund HCR?  And since his instinct will be to mumble a waffling non-answer, I'd make it clear that a failure to answer demonstrates that he's not a Serious Person.

      We are building a team that is continuously being built. - Sarah Palin

      by burrow owl on Tue Aug 18, 2009 at 06:10:39 AM PDT

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  •  Looking at the poll (2+ / 0-)
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    I see some of our fellow Kossacks are blessed with progressive dems as their reps. Must be nice (mine is a batshit RW crazy type).
    I'm going to be attending his town hall this morning, should be interesting in that I think I'm almost literally the only Democrat that lives in this town. I'm going to wait and see how the conversation goes before I decide what to ask him.

    Save the Earth! It's the only one that has chocolate.

    by skohayes on Tue Aug 18, 2009 at 06:09:44 AM PDT

  •  ask him to lead demonstrations to 850 KOA (1+ / 0-)
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    the Denver megastation and paul revere in reverse that has lead the way in the way in CO laundering lies from the insurance lobbyists and puts on global warming denialists like limbaugh to obstruct reaction to global warming and energy  reform- global warming that will adversely effect CO farmers and the ski industry- global warming that is considered a national security priority but is  not only ignored by loudest political soapbox in the state, it is denied.

    for progressives, KOA not only is the biggest obstacle in the state, it was instrumental lying us into bush and iraq and this economy.

    ignoring the talk radio monopoly continues to be the biggest political blunder in decades

    by certainot on Tue Aug 18, 2009 at 06:29:30 AM PDT

    •  I was listening to Michael Brown the other night (0+ / 0-)

      while driving home (yes, that "Brownie") and he was complaining on the traffic jam caused by Nancy Pelosi's motorcade.  I can't recall how many times Bush and Cheney came to town over the last eight years and they seemed to time their visit so they would be traveling on the busiest highways during rush hour - I think it was some sort of statement on how important they were - they could inconvenience thousands and force you to know they were there.  Some sort of testosterone fix, I guess, but since I'm a progressive I have empathy (yeah, the dirty word) for those other poor shlubs who are just trying to drive home after a long day at the office.

      Gunny Bob is actually the host I hate the most on KOA, though Mike Rosen's sanctimony is a close second - at least of their local hosts.  Brownie wasn't nearly so bad, but I only had ten minutes of him before I got home so it didn't hurt too much.

      •  gummy bob reaches new mexico and wyoming at night (1+ / 0-)
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        what a lousy thing to do to your neighbors

        38 states they claim to pollute at night with gummy bob and crew

        it stuck me that not long after progressive talk radio hit CO (can't remember the call letters) they went blue - i don't think it was a coincidence--- same thing happened in NM

        the signals are small and fewer in comparison to RW but it seems to make a real difference

        ignoring the talk radio monopoly continues to be the biggest political blunder in decades

        by certainot on Tue Aug 18, 2009 at 05:50:51 PM PDT

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      •  oh yeah , and joe caldera, ayn randian (1+ / 0-)
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        wet dreamer who likes living in boulder to enjoy the liberalism but just can't stand the liberalism

        ignoring the talk radio monopoly continues to be the biggest political blunder in decades

        by certainot on Tue Aug 18, 2009 at 05:52:25 PM PDT

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  •  Affordability... (2+ / 0-)
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    seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle.

    Ask him about that: what good will "reform" do in (1) forcing people to buy health insurance that (2) has various "consumer protections" in it if the third part... cost controls... aren't in place.

    In less than five years I'll likely be thrown -- with my autistic son -- into the individual health insurance market when the Mister goes on Medicare and we lose his employer (union) based insurance.

    So, how is a 55 y/o woman, with a retired husband, an 18 y/o kid with autism, and a young adult son (he'll be 21 and, hopefully, a student), fucking going to afford the price of insurance in five years if we have no cost controls?  Technically the insurance will be mandated to be "available".  Untechnically -- can we afford it?

    Evil is making the premedicated choice to be a dick -- Jason Stackhouse

    by Frankenoid on Tue Aug 18, 2009 at 06:35:19 AM PDT

    •  Your older son will probably be on a (0+ / 0-)

      scholarship - maybe a Rhodes one by that point, if that's the way he decides to go.  

      I hear you on the rest of the affordability.

    •  I agree affordability is the achilles heel (1+ / 0-)
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      of all these plans. Even a public option will be too expensive for anyone with an income below 100,000.

      And the bluedogs are also trying to reduce the public subsidies for families with incomes below 50,000 (in addition to trying to kill the Public option).

      For those earning between 50 and 100,000 it is going to be very difficult to get health insurance. It isn't going to go down in cost; all we can hope for initially is that the increases will not be as high.

      Family insurance is at least 15,000 per year now. So if you're earning 60K you would be paying 25% of your income for health insurance. We need some kind of % of income cap in the subsidy program.

  •  I don't have a question for him (1+ / 0-)
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    Rather just a thank you.

    I went to his "congress on your corner" last evening on broadway and table mesa. Normaly he talks to five contstituants at a time so to avoid being yelled at by the screamers. Last night after a while he stood up, and took some questions from the crowd. I got the feeling he decided the heck with the screamers. And they didn't scream and yell anyway.

    What he said was nothing new to anyone here. But he said it, and it made sense. "those who want to be insured by big insurance can, and those who want to be insured by a government option can" then all can have whatever they want and we don't need to be yelling at each other" I'm paraphrasing.

    The setting sun was to his face, he was speaking without a mike by speaking very very loud. It seemed the quinticential congressman meats his constituants moment. He has also moderated tons on his funding stuff, and on some of it he is very right. (there's tons of savings yet to be realized by cutting out waste in the system)

    If you could just tell him thank you from me that would be great. I have a young wife that works double shifts at the nursing home and two little kids. I'm real greatfull to anyone working on health care reform.

    Thanks to all.

    Ban Nock

    "Don't fall or we both go" Derek Hersey

    by ban nock on Tue Aug 18, 2009 at 06:49:11 AM PDT

  •  I voted for Polis despite (1+ / 0-)
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    my problems with his ridiculous "charter schools will fix education stance" (they won't Jared read something). I think Polis is now one of those that has drunk once too often at the market fundamentalism fountain, ironic coming from a guy who's wealth depended on the internet bubble. That being said, I would ask him when we are going to get a progressive tax code in this country. Why is it that no CEO in America has taken Warren Buffets challenge and collected one million dollars by proving they pay a higher tax percentage than their secretaries? He won't have an answer, I hope is primary at this point.

  •  Ask Jared (1+ / 0-)
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    to make certain that the public option is available to those with higher incomes. My wife is worried that the public option will only be for lower income people, and that it will either not be available for us, or priced on some sliding scale where we'd be better off self-insuring.

    I saw Coffman last night on 9News. Idiot was saying "The American people have spoken against government run health care."

    Now, I would guess that at most 20,000 people, total, have show up at town halls and spoken against the public option. Many who have shown up didn't even know what they were against.

    20,000 people was a medium-sized anti-war protest in February 2003, Mike. That's what the American people speaking out looks like. By your logic, we should never ever have even considered invading Iraq.

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference.

    by blue aardvark on Tue Aug 18, 2009 at 07:19:47 AM PDT

  •  Ask him to explain why he voted against the bill (1+ / 0-)
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    in Committee, and challenge him when he says he was "protecting" small business. He was against taxing the wealthy (of which he is extremely wealthy) and used small business as cover.

    Don't let him off the hook even as you thank him for supporting the PO. He voted against it, though.

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