Grijalva repeated his threat to block any health care reform after dodging questions on the issue at a Yuma forum on Wednesday: "The public option is central to healthcare reform. Real reform, which lowers costs and ensures all Americans get the quality, affordable healthcare that they deserve, cannot be accomplished without a robust public option. As we have stated repeatedly for months now, a majority of the members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus will oppose any healthcare reform legislation that does not include a robust public option. Our position has not, and will not, change. As Co-Chair of the Progressive Caucus, I look forward to working with my colleagues to develop comprehensive legislation that allows all Americans to choose the healthcare plan that’s right for them and their families. But I will not support any bill that does not include a public option."
Grijalva has become the standard bearer for socialized healthcare in the House, but to a Yuma meeting room, prepacked with Somerton supporters carrying preprinted signs his responses to questions was more tentative:
He said including a public option would help create a free market and in turn, help drive down and control the cost of health care.
The idea that somehow the government will create a free market is absolutely prposterous. Grijalva neither knows what a free market economy entails nor wants to; Whle his salary is paid for by you and I, funds for his campaigns come from ACORN and liberal professors at the University of Arizona. This lack of accountability is what allows Grijalva to ignore constituent questions and call people who oppose his views "uncivil" and "undemocratic."
People at the forum were angry, felt like Grijalva was talking down to them, that there was no dialogue.
the fact of the matter is that Grijalva and other Democrats have stopped listening to constituents and are now only listening to Union Leaders and those who contributed to their campaigns.
They do not know how to take responsibility (it's George Bush's fault)
They do not know how to listen (constituents who disagree with them are "unAmerican")
They do not know how to count (the Republicans are blocking reform even though there are enough Democratic votes to pass anything they want)
They do not know how to read ("the bill doesn't say that..." when it does)
They do not know how to use a dictionary (free market means socialism, end of life counseling means hospice, American means quiet)
They do not know what hope (I Timothy 6:17) and change (Matt 18:3)are.
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