LETTER: Luetkemeyer will keep campaign promise to work on affordable health care

Thursday, January 15, 2009 | 10:15 a.m. CST; updated 11:29 a.m. CDT, Thursday, September 3, 2009

Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer understands the importance of affordable health care and your Jan. 14 letter from Ron Sergent reflect concerns being voiced to Blaine by the people of the Ninth Congressional District.

As a candidate for Congress back on June 18, Blaine signed the pledge cited by Mr. Sergent.

In the pledge, Blaine committed to working across party lines to support legislation providing people with access to quality, affordable health care; strengthen Social Security; provide greater access to retirement plans; and develop policies that ensure all workers, regardless of age, can continue to work and contribute to society.

Blaine continues to stand by that pledge as a member of Congress because that’s what the people of the Ninth District expect.



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Ed Ricciotti January 16, 2009 | 4:28 p.m.

Really? Luetkemeyer voted against the passage of H.R. 2 Children’S Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009. on January the 15th. The 9th district expects action, not some flowery words from a press secretary. In this time of economic crisis, Luetkemeyer decides it is not in his constituent's interest to provide affordable healthcare to families with sick children, causing many of them to go bankrupt. Too bad those families don't have a 1.5 million dollars of their own money to spend on health care like Luetkemeyer spent on his campaign. Talk is cheap. Luetkemeyer is already out of touch with his district and he just started.

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Charles Dudley Jr January 16, 2009 | 5:03 p.m.

Oh but Ed Ricciotti the people just so badly had to have him now didn't they. Now they reap what they sowed.

Unfortunately all of us do too.

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Ayn Rand January 16, 2009 | 5:19 p.m.

Why should taxpayers be forced to pay for health care for children in households that have incomes 300%-400% above the poverty level? For a family of four, that would be $82,000-plus. Some states, such as New Jersey, gave SCHIP to households making over $250,000 simply because they do a lousy or no job of verifying need and means ( ).

SCHIP in its current form is NOT a prudent use of taxpayer money.

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Ed Ricciotti January 16, 2009 | 7:50 p.m.

Try to raise a family of 4 with a home and a sick child in New York or California for $82,000 a year.

BTW, those parents have to pay a premium to obtain this as well. Bankrupting families so they end up on Medicaid rolls is not a prudent way of using taxpayers money.

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Charles Dudley Jr January 17, 2009 | 3:14 a.m.

Gary Nolan was taking about this last night on the round table discussion with a few other prominent politicians he had on his show. It was interesting.

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Ayn Rand January 17, 2009 | 5:53 p.m.

Ed, if their finances are that shaky, then they should hold off having kids until they're more secure. And $82,000 in New York or California is still enough to live on. The median household income in Suffolk and Nassau counties is $77,000-$80,000. In Orange County, it's $62,000. As long as you don't live beyond your means, $82,000 will get you a solid middle class lifestyle.

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Tim Dance January 19, 2009 | 5:42 p.m.

Ayn Rand,

you r full of yourself, how dare you tell someone when they can have children. If left to fiances, no one should be having kids.

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Ayn Rand January 19, 2009 | 9:47 p.m.

Tim, get off your high horse. They can have all of the kids they want -- just don't expect the rest of us to help support them. And it's a cop-out that "if left to fiances, no one should be having kids." Most people are able to support the kids they choose to make. It's the exceptions who cost us dearly. For example, we spend $7.6 billion annually just to support kids born to teenagers.

Of course, you are free to pay for medical care for other people's children if you feel that government programs fall short. You are already doing that, right? Are you putting your money where your mouth is?

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