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Ask the people what they want for health care
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Editor, Manteca Bulletin,
Here is a suggestion I recently sent to Congressman Jerry McNerney - give the people a voice on their health care.

The concept would be to hold information gathering town hall meetings to get suggestions of what the people want and need in their health care plan. It would be a superior plan to the current proposals and would have public support. Once congress got the input, free from special interests and political motivation we would have an idea of what was wanted by those who vote for the legislators. They could select a panel from health care providers, lawyers and citizens of various ages to cover the range of those that would be covered.

After they finalized a health care plan it could be published for public review and then after sufficient time voted on by congress with full public support. Isn’t that an interesting concept, public support because they had input on the bill?

The biggest problem we have with our legislators is that most of them are career politicians and they have no clue what it is like to live on less than $50,000 a year. They have no concept of what common people have to do in order to live on their incomes. Too many of the politicians are far more concerned with how to gain advantages for their career than they are in representing those who voted for them. Yet all the while they take it on themselves to tell us how to live.  They somehow have been led to believe they know what is best for us even while they have no clue of what the real world is like.

The voters have to take on some of the responsibility for this condition. We have allowed them too much free rein in our affairs without holding their feet to the fire. The voters have been replaced by special interests. Now is the time for change. We have been handed a crisis with this health care controversy and we need to demand our needs be looked out for. We have voices and we know what we the voters need so we should be telling them what kind of health care plan to pass. We are not an ignorant people and we do understand the needs we have.
Jerry Johnson
Aug. 26, 2009