Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) has told me, for the third time, that I don’t matter to her. You see, I’ve asked her 3 times what article of the Us Constitution gives Congress the authority for the health care reform bill. Her response—or rather that of her staff—is another form letter espousing the wonders of health care reform. Gag me with a spoon. In fairness, I’ve asked the other Michigan Senator, Carl Levin, also a Democrat, the same question. I’m still waiting for his third answer.
Here’s the email I sent both Senators after their last form-letter responses.
You must vote no on all future votes on the current health care reform bill in the US Senate.
I am disappointed in your failure to answer whether or not you have read the entire HR 3780 and each of the 478 Senate amendments to the bill for which you have voted in favor of cloture. I am also disillusioned by your apparent complicity in the corruption and bribing of your fellow Senators to reach the necessary 60 votes.
You have also failed to inform me as the the specific Article(s) of the US Constitution from which the Congress derives the authority to require citizens to purchase private health insurance. I find it inexcusable that my elected representatives can vote yea on legislation for which they have not established clear Constitutional authority to do so.
According to recent public opinion polls, somewhere between 53% and 85% expect higher costs, either in premiums or taxes or both, from this fiasco. The bill does not enjoy public support and you need to vote in accordance with your constituents. Failure to do so is a violation of their sacred trust. Vote against SA 2786 at the next vote.
My US Representative, Sander Levin (D-Royal Oak), got a similar email from me. And yes, Sander and Carl are brothers. At least Stabenow’s staff sent me a response even while failing to address my questions. The Brothers Levin have yet to do so.
Since Stabenow obviously doesn’t care about her constitutents, I fired off a final email to her.
Why do you refuse to answer this question: what article of the US Constitution authorizes Congress to make laws mandating citizens by anything?
I am insulted by you and your staff. You have repeatedly responded with form letters that fail to answer my fundamental questions. I am not interested in hype supporting health care reform.
You have lost your credibility with me. I will not vote for you in the next election because of your failure to be honest with me.
Nonetheless, I urge you to consider how morally wrong and unethical it would be for Democrats to use budget reconciliation measures to push health care reform through. It is not a budget bill.
I don’t expect to achieve anything with the ignorant, pompous Ms. Stabenow. But I’ve clearly stated my position and that’s as close to the nuclear option as I can get. Truth be told, I wasn’t going to vote for her next election anyway. At least now she’d know—if she ever read my emails.