THESE (healthcare and insurance) ARE TWO MARKETPLACES THAT NEED TO BE SUPPORTED AND CREATED AND BRING IN MARKET PRESSURE AND EMPOWER THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE TRANSACTIONS TO MAKE INFORMED CHOICES THAT WILL DRIVE COSTS DOWN.–Tom Reed
(Heath care and insurance aren’t luxuries that people can do without if they are too expensive, but necessities. Market forces have never been sufficient, and it is an idle dream to suppose that they ever will be.)
Today I got a postcard from Tom Reed, mailed at public expense, explaining how he has fought for “your” priorities in 2016. Whatever Tom may mean by “your priorities,” he clearly hasn’t fought for my priorities in 2016 or any other year. I believe he is interested only in his priorities.
In 2016, Tom claims to have:
- Supported Local Communities
- Improved local infrastructure
He supported local communities with a pork barrel water resources act. He improved local infrastructure by securing funding for unspecified local projects. Even if these efforts were worthwhile, they weren’t among my priorities.
For 2017, Tom offers to:
- Provide economic opportunity
- Create a simple, fair, and competitive tax code
- Protect access to health care
To provide economic opportunity Tom offers to promote high-tech jobs. He proposes to reduce taxes for all without explaining how the bills would be paid. He proposes to protect access to health care by repealing Obamacare throwing his constituents under the bus.
Tom wasted public money with this self-promoting mailing. After examining it, I am even more convinced that his priorities are wrong, that he isn’t acting responsibly in the interest of his constituents.