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Monday, August 10, 2009

Democrat Rep. Niki Tsongas Confronted About Why She Won't Sign On for ObamaCare Public Option - Video 8/9/09

Tsongas Tells Audience She Won't Sign On to ObamaCare

Longer Clip from Tsongas Town Hall

Here is video of Democrat Rep. Niki Tsongas of Massachusetts being put on the hot seat yesterday at a Health Care Town Hall Meeting she held. An attendee asked her point-blank:

"My question to you, Congresswoman Tsongas, is that if this is such a great plan, why did you opt out of it when you took the vote?"
And here is how Tsongas responded:

People often say why don’t the American people have what those of us in Congress have. [Audience erupts] Let me explain what I have. Let me explain what I have. What I have is a tremendous array — you know, last year when I went to a discussion — what I have is a tremendous array of choices. And I made a choice based on what I was willing to pay for and what made sense in terms of coverage for me and my family. [Audience shouts out: "We want choice! We want choice!] This is essentially what we are creating for the American people. We are creating greater choice.

Essentially, Tsongas told the people "I'm keeping my Health Care because I have the choice to do so!" But the Democrats are trying to move all the rest of us to a Government System that over time would destroy the choices we have and funnel us all into a "single-payer" system. That is the goal whatever they may say. Obama has said so in the past, and Barney Frank has revealed that fact recently.

Via Michelle Malkin


Anonymous,  August 10, 2009 at 2:24 PM  

Did anyone happen to ask Ms. Tongas exactly how much she is paying for the health plan she so "carefully researched" before selecting for her coverage?

Anonymous,  August 10, 2009 at 5:30 PM  

Why does there have to be a specific mention of reimbursing a doctor for talking to a patient about a specific issue? Why can't he/she just be paid for the time spent with the patient no matter what they talk about?


Diogenes August 10, 2009 at 8:09 PM  

Glad you asked... that one's easy.

Medicare (and almost any insurance policy) only covers expenses for treatment of an illness or injury. Talking about living wills, durable powers of attorney, etc does not fall within this definition, since it technically isn't "treatment" and it doesn't specifically depend on any given "illness or injury".

It may sound silly to split hairs like that, but insurance polciies are, after all, legal contracts, and specific legal language is in there to protect both parties.

That's one of the aggravating factors in this whole mess: somebody (don't know who) was trying to do something good for people, to get something paid that isn't paid now, and it's being totally distorted and misrepresented into being something that it's clearly not.

Anonymous,  August 10, 2009 at 9:06 PM  

But doctors and patients have all kinds of discussions. Why is this one discussion singled out in the bill?

Also, these are legal issues as well. Shouldn't the patient discuss these with a lawyer as well?

None of this seems like it belongs in the Congressional bill, unless the bill itemizes every kind of cost that can be charged ... and if that were the case it would be much longer than 1,000 pages.


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