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I wrote a letter to my Senators and Representative on the health care issue a while back. Today, I got a response. Looks like a generic response... but the thing that really stuck out to me was the phrase "truly bipartisan approach." So I wrote Sen. Inouye again. Letter follows.

Dear Senator Inouye,

Mahalo for responding to my last message to you. However, I am disturbed when you discussed "a truly bipartisan approach." I do not think that a "bipartisan approach" is the solution at this point in time. The Republicans in Congress are determined to halt any progress on health care reform of any kind. For one example please remember the nonsense being peddled by your Republican colleagues on "death panels." That is not serious debate, nor should it merit serious consideration.

The people elected 59 Democrats to Congress and 257 Democrats to the House as a repudiation of Republican policies and their failure to implement the people's agenda from 2000-2006. From 2006 to 2008 the margins were slim, and with a Republican in the White House, meaningful change was elusive. Thus, in 2008 we saw the election of kama'aina President Obama and a real mandate for change. Incrementalism and bipartisanship are not "change," nor will they salvage the rusted hulk of America's health-care system. Only clear-eyed, decisive action by the Congress will ensure that all Americans have access to affordable healthcare.

We spend more, as a percentage of GDP, than any other nation for healthcare and we have by far the worst results. Because of this, our national industries are less competitive, our people are less free to change jobs for fear of losing their healthcare, and the health insurance industry posts profits in the billions of dollars while thousands of Americans who have paid for health insurance find themselves without coverage because of the evil doctrines of rescission and pre-existing conditions.

The plan being put forth by Sen. Baucus is an albatross. It places a mandate on individuals while providing scant guarantee that they will have access to quality healthcare. Such a plan will doom not only average Americans, but the future viability of the Democratic Party as the people learn that they have been sold down the river for "healthcare co-ops" and continued profitability for the death-by-spreadsheet industry.

Hawaii was the first state in the Union to mandate that employers provide health insurance to all full-time employees. Such a mandate has not harmed employment in our state, and it has resulted in Hawaii having one of the highest rates of insurance coverage, and one of the healthiest populations in the United States. Baucus' plan lacks even this common-sense provision which Hawaii achieved over 35 years ago.

Ultimately this Presidency, and this Congress, will be judged by how it grapples with the issue of healthcare for all Americans. I fervently hope you will show the Senate the validity of employer mandates as we have had in the Islands for many years now, as well as the "public option" which will help to contain costs and ensure that whatever reforms are passed do not simply flow from the taxpayer to the insurance companies' profit margins.

Originally posted to Oregon guy on Tue Sep 22, 2009 at 01:24 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye Who cheer when soldier lads march by, Sneak home and pray you'll never know The hell where youth and laughter go.

    by Oregon guy on Tue Sep 22, 2009 at 01:24:38 AM PDT

  •  I've always admired Inouye. (3+ / 0-)
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    happynz, Uncle Moji, mofembot

    The last few times I've heard him speak, though, he's seemed really tired.  I'm not trying to bash old people - I am and old person - but maybe he just doesn't have the fight in him anymore.  He hasn't had the spark since his wife died.  (I feel terrible just typing this...)  Perhaps your letter, in addition to others, can help him find some of the old fire.

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Tue Sep 22, 2009 at 02:07:33 AM PDT

  •  Hawaiian style... (1+ / 0-)
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    Uncle Moji

    I feel it's time for the Senate and House to realize that we are all on this "island" together. When one of us goes down, it's only a matter of time when the next one will go down, which could be any one of us. It's time to make right for all Americans. Isn't that what this country should be about?  Doing what's right.

  •  Mahalo (1+ / 0-)
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    Uncle Moji

    for posting about this.  I will call the Akaka & Inouye offices tomorrow in support of the points raised in your letter and the need to get the job done.  No more bi-partisan BS.

  •  Wonderful letter. Thank you. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    Uncle Moji

    Why do I think Russian Roulette whenever they start talking triggers with the Public Option?

    by bkamr on Tue Sep 22, 2009 at 03:34:47 AM PDT

  •  Inouye has never been progressive (0+ / 0-)

    Anytime I have ever written a letter to him , his responses have always been lukewarm and definitely not on the same page.  They are all on the take from Health Insurance Companies and Pharmaceuticals.  It's just a matter of how much money they receive in campaign funding.  Hawaii is a small state and it's very expensive to live there.  

  •  I don't believe Danny will oppose a public (0+ / 0-)

    option, nor will he vote against a final bill that Obama supports.  Why?  Because island ties are pretty strong, and though Inouye supported Clinton in the primary and said a rather crass and untrue comment about Barack being a privileged Punahou boy, the repercussions he faced about that comment, and in opposing a Hawai'i boy, were instructive to Danny, I think.  

    Thanks for the letter to Sen Inouye.  I agree that since his beloved wife passed away, he's not been the same (though he recently re-married).

    Mahalo.

    "Out of Many, One." This is the great promise of our nation -9.75 -6.87

    by Uncle Moji on Tue Sep 22, 2009 at 07:18:43 AM PDT

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