Lynne Kirby: No representation

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Excuse me, Mr. Salazar, but weren’t you elected as the U.S. Congressional representative for Colorado’s 3rd Congres­sional District? Key word: representative.

If you answer in the affirmative, I have just one question for you: Who in Colorado were you representing with your recent vote to pass HR 3590?

This monstrous health care bill would never have gotten the needed votes from the House without the reconciliation package. Your party justified the use of the reconciliation process in the Senate to pass the package by touting that a simple majority — 51 votes (just 51 percent) was sufficient to pass the biggest piece of legislation since the Social Security Act. How then do you justify not listening to the overwhelming majority — at times close to 60 percent — of the citizens in the U.S. who wanted you to vote no? Why didn’t that majority have a voice? Were the percentages in your district atypical of the rest of the nation, and of the rest of Colorado?

When elected officials don’t cast their votes based on the wishes of their constituents, they say it’s because they “voted their conscience.” I submit that in this case you voted not your conscience, but rather your arrogance. You simply thought you knew better than the rest of us, that you’re smarter, more in tune, more acutely aware of the facts. It’s a disease that seems to have hit particularly hard in Washington, D.C., of late.

Be warned, however, that we the voters also have egos and many of ours were bruised when you kicked us and our opinions aside. But our turn to vote is coming in November. In the interim, I promise to ignore your vision for the future of our nation, just as you ignored mine. I also will ignore all your e-mails, telephone calls and letters, just as you did mine. And I’m certain my vote won’t be representative of your needs, just as your vote did not represent mine.

Lynne Kirby

Steamboat Springs

Comments

beentheredonethat 4 years, 4 months ago

Thank you Senator Salazar for supporting Americans to own health insurance as a right, and not as a privilege. Please keep up the good work.

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trump_suit 4 years, 4 months ago

He was representing me too. Thank You Senator Salazar for supporting this reform in the face of a very noisy opposition.... We support you in Routt County.

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seeuski 4 years, 4 months ago

Salazar has 2 votes. Pretty sad that people look to Government for rights, what they don't plan on is that same Government issuing out their rights as they see fit. Pretty dangerous stuff and we've seen it before, as a matter of fact just look down south at Venezuela and Cuba. Enjoy fellas.

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Fred Duckels 4 years, 4 months ago

This bill was passed, thumbing their noses at the Ameican peoople, with tactics that even Hugo Chavez hadn't thought of. Now to deflect the criticism they turn to imagined violence of the right, and use it as a decoy. Somehow this administration reminds me of my jr hi days and the way we thought at that age. The left is noted for their four letter words and ability to get under the skin of others. This could lead to violence, but that would be playing right into their hands.

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housepoor 4 years, 4 months ago

Now to deflect the criticism they turn to imagined violence of the right? LOL

Your boy Bush actually went to war with Iraq for the same purpose!!

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trump_suit 4 years, 4 months ago

I absolutely love the way our conservative friends rail against the rights abuses of the Democratic healthcare reform. Have they forgotten that your Hero George Bush presided over the most glaring abuses of your right to privacy.

In the name of fighting terror, they illegally monitored ALL of your communications after 9/11. This in and of itself is not the problem. The real problem is that they bypassed the courts designed for this purpose and created their own legal opinions to justify these actions. Almost every single one of these opinions by John Woo have been overturned and it is apparent that our laws were broken by our last POTUS.

Where is the outrage on this abuse of our rights???? Why is it that one abuse is OK but one abuse is the devil? You cannot have it both ways.

PS lets not forget "You Lie" "Baby Killer" and death panels. All fabrications made up of outright lies to influence public opinion. When one train hets the end of the road, they make up another scary story to keep Americans scared. The most recent:

Now all of our Doctors are going to quit being doctors due to this bills passage. Is this a real concern? Like the old Wendy's commercial, I ask

"Where's the Beef?"

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the_Lizard 4 years, 4 months ago

Good letter Lynne. Let's not forget the misinformation and outright lies this president spread to get support for this HCR bill. It will save you 2500 dollars a year on your premium. No new taxes on employer benefits, well I guess people will get that one figured out when they start paying more for lift tickets and telephine service. You can keep you own insurance, well not quite. Not if you have a high deductable HSA. I will vote against Salazar, his lies and the arrogance of his vote.

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NamVet 4 years, 4 months ago

Where was all the outrage while the most fiscally irresponsible President in American history(BUSH) was spending us into the biggest disaster since the Great Depression? Where were the Tea Party people while the Republican controlled Congress was rubber stamping this massive government spending? Where were all the Conservatives when Bush refused to extend the Deficit Reduction Act so he could unleash his massive 6 trillion dollars of wasteful spending? The answer is nowhere to be found because they were on the receiving end. Where Obama made a his big mistake was that he should have called the uninsured Defense Contractors. This would have brought the Republicans all on board. I would rather Salazar stand up for the average American instead of the CEO's of the Insurance Companies. The time has come to stop the insurance companies from denying claims they accepted premiums for, pre-existing conditions and other abuses. It took decades to do this Bill but it is finally here though not perfect. It is just a start to finally bring the USA up to standards where all our citizens have health coverage like the rest of the Western World.

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conservative 4 years, 4 months ago

So my little liberal friends.... who will pay for the subsidies? who will pay for the lifting of pre-existing conditions? who will pay for cap removal? How many insurance jobs will be lost? How many government jobs will be created? who will pay for their health insurance? Who will pay for 16,000 new IRS agents? Who will pay for the additional Medicare risk pool for age 55-67? Who will pay for the student loans when they only have to pay it back at 10% of their disposable income? How will our northwestern Colorado businesses afford the taxation that goes along with this bill? Just a few of too many examples!! Yes, we all will. There is not enough "rich" people to cover these expenses....there is not enough money anywhere within the government....and the only place it can now come out of is yours & my pocketbook.
I am afraid none of you liberals know the complete truth about the totality of the insurance companies that you claim such abuses from. How many claims have they paid? How many people with pre-existing conditions were paid for? How many people really lost their insurance because of cancer, etc? If you talk about group plans dropping them because they no longer were able to work....where would this change under the Obama plan? Insurance companies on average earn 2.5% profit....there are a few out there that need alot of reform but there are some excellent ones in Northwestern Colorado whom already do 100% preventive care and a number of other requirements Obama is implementing for 2010-2011!! Just want to say "thanks for nothin" because your lack of intelligence in simple math has created a huge government entitlement we will never be able to pay!!! I will continue to work on getting rid of Salazar, Bennett, and Udall for their arrogance and complete disrespect to the many citizens of Colorado!!

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snoman 4 years, 4 months ago

As a small business owner with a pre-existing condition, Thanks John Salazar.

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NamVet 4 years, 4 months ago

Mr. Conservative, who paid for the 2.2 trillion Bush tax cuts, who paid for the the grossly mismanaged Iraq war, who paid for the Afghanistan war who paid for Medicare Part D, who paid Haliburton's cost plus 10% no bid contracts. We all do just like we pay for education, roads, fire and police protection etc. There is little difference between Republicans or Democrats except who they spend our money on. I for one would rather the money be spent on American citizens instead of the citizens of Iraq, Israel, Afghanistan etc. The only way things will change is when both parties are thrown out of office. If that is not done you can count on one thing and that is as soon as the Republicans are back in power the big corporations and the top 1 % will start receiving our tax dollars again. The year 2000 was the turning point for our country when the politicians and Wall St. forgot how to do simple math especially the so called conservatives.

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conservative 4 years, 4 months ago

NamVet - Yes you make a valid point. We must get rid of everyone who has been in Congress and Senate for both Bush and Obama terms. We must overhaul the system and put some balance back into our government and set up term limits to stop the abuse of power and put it back to our representatives serving the people! My wise father once said, " the worst kind of government is: Republican - Republican - Republican and Democrat - Democrat - Democrat. We must find the BALANCE and try very hard during the elections in November to rebalance the system. Some of the best Presidential records were received by having a balanced government that worked together in Bi-partisanship to create balance in America. We have been out of balance with Bush and now with Obama..... Let's work together as a people in a Bi-partisan way and elect new representatives in November......Let's get our teeter tooter balanced out and see what Obama really stands for when he stands balanced in the middle.... A leader who can maintain a balanced government is the best leader in our Republic!!!!

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NamVet 4 years, 4 months ago

I agree, the problem is how to accomplish it. The problem with the Tea Party people is the majority are people in their 60's and 70's. Which means they are most likely on Medicare and Social Security. They are all for a balanced budget providing it does not affect them. You cannot stop deficit spending without major cuts in Defense Spending, Medicare and Social Security or raising revenue or both. Medicare has a 36 trillion dollar unfunded liability over the next 40 years alone. There is no actual Social Security Trust Fund because the politicians of both parties have spend it all. The Defense Department is basically run by the Defense Contractors like Halliburton who make sure big campaign contributions are available to all politicians that keep the money flowing their way. The last time our government actually did the right thing was when Clinton and Gingrich signed the Deficit Reduction Act which put our country on the right path. Unfortunately Bush refused to continue it and unleashed this massive government spending that continues today. That coupled with Sen Phil Graham (R-Tex) last minute bill in 2000 that repealed the Glass-Steagall Act of 1934 and establishing Credit Default Swaps which opened the door for the biggest financial disaster since the Great Depression. His reward was a Vice Chairman job at one the Investment Banks he just deregulated when he retired from the Senate that same year.
I'm not optimistic because we now have a country with politicians who only care about what is in it for them(campaign contributions) and not the good of the entire country.

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