But you decide:
Health care dominated much of the discussion Saturday morning when Congressman Rick Boucher held a town meeting at Floyd County High School.Does that mean that he supports John McCain's proposal that essentially provides tax credits to assist those who need to purchase health care coverage? And will he oppose Obama's public insurance policy plan?
He said 47 million people in the United States have no health insurance. The Congressman said the cost of care for the uninsured gets passed on to everyone else and that affects private health insurance rates. He told the group Saturday that you don’t fix what is not broken. “The good part of health care now is the delivery system….Our quality of care is the best in the world. What is broken is the access to this system.” Boucher said he does not favor something the government is running in regard to health care. He does favor everyone affording health care with the government’s help. “I think it’s the simplest way…and more economical than what we’re doing today.”
“Lobbyists are not going to dominate this debate by any means,” Boucher replied. In coming up with a plan, Boucher emphasized again that legislators have to be careful in approaching the issue. He said most people who have insurance are satisfied with what insurance they have. “If we have a purely public plan, you begin to put caps on charges….I’m going to be very cautious about putting a purely public plan in place.” [my emphasis]
I don't think I'd be holding my breath.
So what does it mean?
We move on:
One local man, who said that his parents and grandparents were legal immigrants, commented on the problem of illegal immigrants and remarked that illegal immigrants were contributing to the overloading of the health care system. Boucher agreed that illegal immigration is a major problem in the U.S., but he said he doesn’t think the health system is being overburdened by illegal immigrants since the federal government and most states do not support health care for illegal immigrants. Boucher said there is a problem in the way the law is structured now in regard to a child being born to parents of illegal immigrants in this country. He said he supports a change in legislation. [my emphasis]Does this mean that Boucher supports a Constitutional amendment that voids the "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside" section of the 14th Amendment?
I wouldn't hold my breath. But it is a nice conservative position.
We move on:
He pointed out there is already a law against employing illegal immigrants, and he would like to see an electronic identification system to verify identities. Also, he commented, “We’re building a fence along the Mexican border….On top of that we need a virtual fence (for information)…and cooperation from Mexico.” Boucher also commented he did not favor amnesty for illegal immigrants. [my emphasis]Hello? Is this the same Rick Boucher we've all come to know? Have aliens taken him over? These are - dare I say it - very conservative views. And darn good ones to hold.
But where was this guy when Bush's amnesty debate raged a year or two ago?
Then there's the Rick Boucher we've come to know and love:
Another citizen also remarked on the proposed rate hike by Appalachian Power. “People are struggling to pay their bills, and Appalachian is putting another 13 percent (on the bills).” Boucher said he is also opposed to the rate hike and has written a letter to the State Corporation Commission, but ...This is the same Rick Boucher who has inserted into pending legislation a provision that raises taxes on utilities, the revenue from which goes to funding "clean coal" research. A tax that will most assuredly be passed on to you.
Yet he's opposed to Appalachian's rate increase? Really?
And finally, the head-scratcher of the century:
Boucher said the time has come to balance the budget. He added the first order of business when Congress convened was to pass the Economic Stimulus Package.We need to get the national debt under control and he supported legislation that explodes the national debt.
Anyway, Rick Boucher is now a conservative. Go figure.