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While Lamar Smith has gained power and prestige in Congress, Texas has become the home to the highest number of uninsured children in America. According to the 2008 Census, almost 30% of children under 18 yrs old, in our district alone, are either uninsured or are already on a government insurance program. In our district alone, the newly passed health care reform bill will give the opportunity of insurance to over 25,000 of our uninsured children, over 93,000 uninsured adults, and almost 2,000 uninsured seniors. In our district alone, over 75,000 young adults, of whom 1 of 4 lives below the poverty level, will qualify to stay on their parents' insurance policy instead of adding them to the pool of uninsured or government subsidized. In our district alone, over 35% of our population of all ages, and 95% of our seniors, almost 300,000 of our neighbors, are either uninsured or are already on a government insurance program. Yet our community suffers from only a little over 4% unemployment. Our neighbors are not trying to get something for nothing. They work hard, and they deserve an opportunity to purchase the security net of affordable health insurance for themselves and their families.

Is it only a coincidence that the Insurance Industry is the top sector contributing to Lamar Smith's campaign in 2010? Or that two of the top 10 industries contributing to his campaign are the Insurance Companies and Pharmaceutical Companies, contributing a combined total of almost $330K over Lamar Smith's 22-year Congressional career. Could this be why Lamar Smith has spoken out against removing the anti-trust exemption for insurance companies, has voted several times against reauthorizing and expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program, and last night voted against the historic sweeping health care reform that will finally put in place regulations and safeguards to keep t he insurance companies in check to lower premiums and costs, increase private insurance competition, end discrimination against the sick, and insure 95% of Americans?

Lamar Smith has turned his back on our 300,000 neighbors in need, and has forgotten why he was sent to Capitol Hill 22 years ago. It is the People's House, not the Republican's, not the Insurance Company's, and not the State's. It's time that he casts his vote in the interests of our community, and it's time that we cast our votes for true representation. Whether we agree or disagree on this legislation, you can be assured that I will always represent all the people of this district, not only the wealthy, but also the most vulnerable. I will not be a puppet for my party or for special interests.


Lainey Melnick
Candidate for US Congress
Texas 21st District
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Originally posted to lmelnick on Mon Mar 22, 2010 at 09:43 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    -- Lainey Melnick Candidate for US Congress Texas 21st District

    by lmelnick on Mon Mar 22, 2010 at 09:43:52 PM PDT

  •  Rec this up folks. (3+ / 0-)
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    camlbacker, alpolitics, sturunner

    Impeach Obama- some dkos clown (Jan 05, 2010)

    by soms on Mon Mar 22, 2010 at 09:46:34 PM PDT

  •  rec'd and tipped (2+ / 0-)
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    camlbacker, soms

    would love to talk to you further about your race.

  •  Lamar Smith = only republican I ever voted for (1+ / 0-)
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    ...and boy how I have regretted it for years.  I had recently opened a business and my new in-laws were repubs and his son came blockwalking to my door and seemed like a nice kid...and next thing I knew I had voted for the jerk. Chalk it up to young and stupid.  Now I constantly remind young people that friends don't let friends EVER vote for republicans.  I'm just outside the district (in the 20th), but close to the SAAPAC (San Antonio Area Progressive Action Coalition) offices so I'll help out through them.  Good Luck!

    I'm already against the next war!

    by casamurphy on Mon Mar 22, 2010 at 10:34:57 PM PDT

    •  Phonebank at SAAPAC (0+ / 0-)

      Thank you for your support. We will be having phonebanking at SAAPAC, and can set you up to phonebank from home on your computer if you're interested.

      -- Lainey Melnick Candidate for US Congress Texas 21st District

      by lmelnick on Tue Mar 23, 2010 at 10:31:37 AM PDT

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  •  I have to answer, "Me" (0+ / 0-)

    As a resident of TX-21, here are my questions.

    You say on your site

    I absolutely cherish life.

    In this light, what is your political view on a person's right to die and on end of life decisions? Government does play a role in the making of these decisions, so where, in your mind, should the line be drawn?

    Also, what is your position on amending the disparity between crack and powder cocaine? If you believe they should be equalized, would you then support harsher penalties for drug offenders across the board?

    Do you support legalizing marijuana for medical purposes? Recreational?

    I thank you in advance.

    Tea Party H8riots - that ain't America

    by MKSinSA on Tue Mar 23, 2010 at 01:05:01 AM PDT

    •  The Gov't Doesn't Decide End of Life (0+ / 0-)

      Thank you for your message. I am interested in how you feel that Smith does represent you in his votes and if you feel he is consistent in his convictions.

      I don't believe that government has a place in end of life decisions but as a person who has gone through this with a 97 yr old grandmother, the end of life counselor was incredibly needed, nurturing, kind and prepared us for what was ahead and offered the family the necessary choices. This counseling needs to happen and needs to be covered by whatever insurance a senior is on, whether that is paid for by the government or not. This has been covered through Medicare for years, and they are the ones who paid for our counseling. The government didn't send anyone in to us though, or suggest a choice, the hospital did, the government only paid the bill.

      I am somewhat mixed on the marijuana question. I would be for medical use, but only in private and not exposing children. I do believe that there is a racist basis to the disparity between crack and cocaine and would like to see that equalized. Drugs need to be looked at in a more holistic fashion than only on criminalization. There is an emotional factor, addiction, lifestyle, income, etc, that also needs to be addressed. I would like to see something new similar to how the Haven for Hope works for the homeless to combine all the necessary services to rehabilitate drug users and make them ready to rejoin society.

      -- Lainey Melnick Candidate for US Congress Texas 21st District

      by lmelnick on Tue Mar 23, 2010 at 10:30:39 AM PDT

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      •  I removed my name (0+ / 0-)

        from his mailing list after receiving his letter of congratulations to the tea party containing the line, "Taxation without justification is an obamanation!" I sent a harsh response noting that I don't want my representative spending time and tax dollars churning out juvenile platitudes.

        While I did caucus for President Obama and have DEM stamped on my voter card, I am an Independent who finds the Democratic party the only grown ups working for me at the national level.

        More locally, I voted for, and am quite pleased with, my state rep, Jeff Wentworth, a fair-minded and reasonable Republican.

        I ask the end of life question because it was one that I addressed with my Texas congressional team, Cornyn, Hutchison and Smith, and disagreed with their attempt to override Oregon's state right to euthanasia using the Controlled Substance Act. I agree with you that these are family matters, but the laws we now have don't limit the families - it attempts to hamstring physicians' access to medications used for pain relief. Several attempts to loosen restrictions on these have been submitted but died in committee.

        My father passed in a VA Hospital where the doctors had a slightly different view of pain and its management than do most civilian hospitals. My mother, now 99, will be subjected to civilian policies and it is something that is high on my list of concerns.

        I agree with you on the question of marijuana for medical use and lessening its consequences to misdemeanors. As for the crack v. powder, I agree that the imbalance is wrong. Now, whether both are treated more harshly or more leniently, I'm ambivalent just as long as drugs of equal potency are scheduled as such and treated equally.

        I thank you for taking the time to respond and wish you the very best in your campaign. I will follow your web site with great interest as you develop your positions on more issues and, who knows, I could end up helping with the campaign if support enough of them!

        Tea Party H8riots - that ain't America

        by MKSinSA on Tue Mar 23, 2010 at 12:42:25 PM PDT

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