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Blue Dog health care thoughts

I was thrilled when I read this on Congressman Dennis Moore’s (KS-3) website – because that’s how low my expectations are:

. . . there are approximately 47 million Americans without health insurance and that is unacceptable to me – as it should be to you. We must look for solutions. We must listen to each other, since no political party has a monopoly on good ideas. And, we must work together, with all possible solutions on the table for discussion, to reform our current health care system so that we improve the quality of care, reduce costs and increase access to care for all Americans.

But, wasn’t incredibly surprised to read this clarification in an interview published today in a local paper:

“When you have 47 million people without access to health care, we have a huge problem and we need to address that,” he said. “Can we correct it all in the next few months? Probably not. But we do need to address that as a nation.

“I certainly want to preserve private insurance companies and I don’t want a government-run (health care) program – absolutely not.”

I called his office today to point out that his website confused his priorities and to thank him for clarifying the issue — that to Congressman Moore the bit that is unacceptable is that 47 million Americans aren’t paying for private insurance. . . . . NOT that 47 million Americans don’t have access to health care.

Thank you, Congressman Moore.