It’s tough work, being a United States Senator.
You’ve got to shake all those hands. You’ve got to go to all those fundraisers. You’ve got to read all those bills. You’ve got to sit in all those committee hearings. You’ve got to vote on all those bills.
It’s tough work, being a United States Senator. But nobody forced them to run for the job. So, we don’t have to feel sorry for them, once they’re there. And we don’t have to hesitate to tell them when we think they’re dead wrong on any issue.
So, here goes: Senator Kent Conrad, You’re a good man, but I think you’re dead wrong on the public plan option.
You told us yesterday you’re against it because Medicare reimbursement rates aren’t high enough for North Dakota. OK, so fix Medicare for North Dakota, but don’t penalize the whole country.
You also said you’re against it because it’s not fair for the people of North Dakota. Frankly, I don’t believe that. I think there are thousands of people, even in North Dakota, who need and would benefit from a public plan option.
But, even if you’re right, why deny 47 million Americans health care just to mollify 642,000 residents of the Peace Garden State?
Senator Conrad, you’re wrong!
That’s my parting shot for today.