I ask, before I make allegations, because she's married to Congressman Rick Boucher.
I ask because the Gazette this morning is cheerleading for our feckless Congressman.
I ask because that would be highly inappropriate and, frankly appalling.
If she is the editor of the Galax Gazette:
Boucher prepares for 2009Here's one interesting segment (in a series of interesting segments) that should give any intelligent reporter pause:
By April Wright
Looking into the new year with a new president, Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon) said president-elect Barack Obama will have a cooperative U.S. Congress that will serve in confronting the nation's challenges.
Boucher discussed future plans, legislative agenda and the previous year's successes during his annual stop at The Gazette on Dec. 31.
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In order to help the 47 million people without health insurance, which is a societal cost to the nation, Boucher plans to support a new program — backed by both Congress and Obama — that would allow everyone to have affordable access to healthcare.
Currently, the uninsured are often treated in the emergency room after conditions become serious. This is the most expensive form of healthcare, and the cost is passed along to Medicare and Medicaid — as well as insured patients — and is driving up the cost of healthcare for everyone.
“We will find a national means to do this and will work actively, starting next month, to do this,” [Boucher] said.
Who is "We?," the reporter might have asked. And is that statement true?
(1) A sizeable portion of that 47 million uninsured Americans involves those who choose to not have insurance, and who find it more cost-effective to be insurance free. Young, employed, healthy males, for example. Statistics tell them they don't need insurance.
(2) Covering those 47 million uninsured Americans is the responsibility of the United States government (says the reporter). So Boucher is going to do what? Have the government provide coverage for those 47 million Americans.
Not mentioned is the fact that the rest of us will be required to accept his government-administered health care as well - at the point of a gun. That's how the government can afford to pay for the health care of those 47 million - many of whom don't want it.
Anyway, the Galax Gazette provides Congressman Rick Boucher a big, wet kiss (for reasons unknown ... ahem).