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Takes issue with McNerney on health care reform stance

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POSTED September 10, 2009 2:09 a.m.
Editor, Manteca Bulletin,
The following is an on open letter to Congressman Jerry McNerney:

Dear Congressman:
Thank you for your Aug. 25 letter.  While I appreciate the response, I am disappointed that your letter was only a recitation of the standard Democrat Party talking points regarding government-sponsored health care reform.  Therefore, please let me again attempt to explain my concerns regarding this issue.  

We can agree on one point from your letter: that the health care system in America is in need of reform.  However, the question of how and from what sector reform should take place is a point on which we, and a majority of voters, disagree completely.  As is the case with many of our national “crises”, this is another one which government and the media have hyped to the point of hysteria in order to frighten voters into believing that only the benevolent, all-knowing federal government can alleviate.  This technique is essential in diverting the voter’s attention away from two critical, yet constantly overlooked issues:

Issue #1:  Since the days of FDR, the federal government has thrown multiple trillions of our tax dollars at a multitude of programs and policies, and has solution track record of precisely ZERO.  The only thing it HAS successfully done is create an entire dependency class of people who have grown up believing that their success or failure is the government’s responsibility.  This, of course, is exactly what government hopes to achieve with its ever-expansive and intrusive policies.  A massive bloc of dependents is what keeps a bloated government in power.

Issue #2:   The Constitution of the United States very specifically defines the role of the federal government.  It also very clearly states that all powers not assigned to the central government by that document are reserved to the states or to the people.  A quick read will quickly show you that the federal government has no constitutional authority whatever to insert itself in any way into health care reform, nor a multitude of other issues in which it currently involves itself.

Health care is a very personal, private matter between doctors and their patients.  The reforms our system needs can and should come from the private sector and from market demand.  The only thing the federal government is allowed to do under the Constitution is to get out of the way.  I therefore urge you once again to reject ANY form of federal government involvement in our health care system.  Please stop enabling paternalistic big government and begin supporting and defending the Constitution of this country, as I believe you swore to do upon taking office.

Lastly, I caution you not to take these points lightly.  Federal government currently equates to massive expansion, runaway deficit spending and absorption of private enterprise.  We, your constituents do not want this, and unless you reject these notions outright, we will most certainly not return you to another term of office.
Ken Ross
Manteca
Sept. 9, 2009
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