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GOP pushing non-reform

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Sue Lani Madsen (Letters, Aug. 28) is a great supporter of U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who dances around the truth to support a dubious position. Having listened to the congresswoman hold forth in Spokane, I heard her recite the Republican line on health care reform, which is: no reform. She and the Rs (voting 95 percent party line) are opposed to the government alternative insurance plan and especially the single-payer option, similar to Medicare or the Canadian alternative.

The Rs say the answer is simple: Just make health insurance more affordable for everyone. When asked how, there was a quick disconnect from reality. She trotted out the old canard that the state of Washington has only two or three health insurance companies, due to burdensome regulations. Makes me wonder what the other 20 health insurance companies in this state are offering. As far as I can see, the credit card companies and insurance companies are represented well by our congresswoman. The rest of us have a way to go, donation-wise.

Ms. Madsen points to protesters invited in to express their concerns – in one ear and … Forgetting them in the other Washington does not make her their representative.

Jim McArthur



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