Saturday, March 20, 2010

Was Rogers Hiding from the Public?

Either Rep. Mike Rogers is taking a lot of heat for his opposition to the health care reform bill. Or he is so afraid of his constituents that he refused to answer the phone.

Rogers' Washington, D.C., office line was busy all day Friday.

And why shouldn't people in the 8th District be upset with Rogers? After all, the bill only helps 150,000 families and 15,100 small businesses in the district with tax credits and other help affording insurance.

It also closes the prescription drug donut hole for 90,000 senior citizens.

And it provides health insurance coverage to 20,000 people who don't have it now -- people who are clogging our emergency rooms and seeking expensive health care that hospitals are never reimbursed for.

And it allows 63,000 young adults get health insurance coverage, allowing them to stay on their parents' insurance plans until age 26.

And it provides $29 million to area hospitals for care they give to the needy, costs that the hospitals have had to pass on to other people.

It does all that, while cutting the budget deficit $1.3 trillion over the next 20 years.

No wonder people were jamming Rogers' phone lines.

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