Wednesday, December 16, 2009

E-Mail from Bob Corker

So, a short while ago, I sent an e-mail to my Senators about the health care bill, urging them not to vote for it. Today, I was pleasantly surprised with an e-mail I received from the only representative who has cared to reply to me about anything. I'm really beginning to like Corker now. Here's what he sent me:

Thank you for taking the time to contact my office about H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Your input is important to me, and I appreciate the time you took to share your thoughts.

I share your concerns about the bill and assure you that I will not vote for it if it is even close to its present form when it comes before the Senate for a final vote. I believe all Americans should have the opportunity to be able to purchase affordable, private, quality health care coverage and have presented several reforms to achieve that goal. However, among many other significant problems, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would take money away from Medicare, which is predicted to be insolvent by 2017, and leverage it to create a new entitlement program rather than using it to make Medicare more solvent. The bill also expands Medicaid and sends the cost to states, a huge unfunded mandate that creates a very painful situation for Tennessee as well as other states. H.R. 3590 uses typical Washington budget gimmickry, taking ten years of new taxes to finance six years of spending, resulting in huge deficits in the next decades. In addition, studies are showing that Tennesseans who have health insurance will see their costs rise dramatically as a result of this bill.

Thank you again for your letter. I hope you will continue to share your thoughts with me.


Bob Corker
United States Senator

Remember, if you haven't contacted your Senators, there's still time. Let 'em hear it.


Anonymous said...

I emailed Corker asking him to vote for it. he responded by email stating the he agrred with me and pledged to vote against it. The exact opposite of my request.

If we are going to take the time to contact him, he should at least take the time to make sure his emails are accurate. BTW, that was the first time he responded to any of my emails.

Matt said...

Yeah, I've had a notion that the responses are basically just form letters that possibly aids would send back. There definitely needs to be more accountability and actual contact when it comes to our reps. Whether or not we'll see it . . . that's another story, unless we make it happen.