Tom Reed’s priorities

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Reading about Republican healthcare proposals, evidently

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.

https://www.c-span.org/video/?420723-4/washington-journal-representative-tom-reed-discusses-house-republican-agenda

http://www.observertoday.com/news/local-region/2017/01/reed-lauds-local-accomplishments-during-year-in-review/

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4 Responses to Tom Reed’s priorities

  1. whungerford says:

    Here are some of my priorities:

    • A dignified retirement for all supported by adequate social security benefits.
    • Affordable health care for all regardless of ability to pay.
    • Living wage for all workers.
    • Clean energy
    • Protect the environment
  2. Deb Meeker says:

    Another concern I have about Tom Reed, now that his opportunity has come – that he’ll happily throw women and their healthcare to the winds of uncertainty at best, and shut those rights off entirely at worst.
    Reed must feel like a kid at Christmas. He’s sure he’s been good, and he’ll be allowed to kill protections for all William’s priorities, plus many more.

  3. Carol LaBorie says:

    And his attached postcard in the mailing for us to use to tell him our priorities didn’t even have his mailing address on it! Just one more step to make it more difficult to respond to his priorities.

    • whungerford says:

      Thanks for mentioning that; I see it now. I think Tom only intends to collect names and has no interest in priorities other than his own.

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