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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Who they representing?

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 1:29 PM

I mentioned this morning the paradox in U.S. Reps. Mike Ross and Marion Berry becoming major stumbling blocks to universal health care because they represent some of the country's neediest people.

Nate Silver read my mind. Or I read his. Thanks for a pointer to an analysis from Silver's blog on the uninsured rates in Democrat-represented congressional districts that voted for McCain. Ross and Berry are near the top with 21.8 percent and 23.7 percent uninsured rates.

The bottom line is that the health care bill, among other things, is designed to help out the poor and the uninsured, and somehow or another will tax the rich in order to do so. I can understand if, say, Jason Altmire from PA-4 wants to vote against the health care bill. His district is suburban and pretty well off, and almost everyone there has health insurance. But Mike Ross of the Arkansas 4th, where almost 22 percent of the population is uninsured? This is a bill designed to help districts like his. And the same goes for most of the other Blue Dogs. A lot of the time, these guys are stuck in a tough spot between their party and their constituents. Here, those interests are mostly aligned. If a lot of the people on the top half of this list are voting against health insurance, first check the lobbying numbers, and then check to see if they're still in office four years hence.

Sigh. Knowing that his God loves guns, hates gays and cares little about the plight of poor people,  Mike Ross fears no defeat.

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