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By Masada Disenhouse


November 9, 2009 (La Mesa) -- As an East County resident I was very disappointed, though not surprised, that my Congressperson, Duncan Hunter, voted against the best interests of his constituents when he voted no on the House of Representatives healthcare bill. Though the bill is not perfect, still giving too much to insurance companies and too little to citizens, it would be a step forward.

* Mr. Hunter voted against banning insurance companies from rescinding your insurance policy when you get sick.

* He voted against preventing insurance companies from using a pre-existing condition as a pretext to deny you coverage or raise your rates.

* He voted against moving towards a time when all East County residents have affordable access to basic healthcare.

I urge Mr. Hunter and the rest of the San Diego County delegation to put their constitutents first and support these positive changes when the bill comes back to the House.

Masada Disenhouse is co-chair of the Green Party of San Diego County and a La Mesa resident. The views in this editorial reflect the views of its author and do not necessarily reflect the views of East County Magazine. If you wish to submit an editorial for consideration, contact editor@eastcountymagazine.org.

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Follow the Dollars

Take a look at this chart from OpenSecrets.org:


Do a "Find" on "Hunter" (It's way down near the bottom of the list) or sort it according to name. You'll see that he has received very little from health care concerns.

If anything, it at least shows that he's voting without being influenced by Health Care bribes. I wonder who really is putting their constituents first.

It 's about us, Duncan.

I hope your listening, Duncan. It's not about fighting Obama. It's not about trying to prevent the Republican Party from becoming irrelevant. It's not about getting more campaign contributions from the insurance industry. It's about WE, THE PEOPLE. That's why we sent you to Washington. To be OUR advocate. And WE want to no longer live in fear of losing our insurance coverage due to illness or a "pre-existing condition". WE want to stop giving 25% of insurance premiums to Wall street investors and insurance company executives. WE want a public option, available to ALL.

Hunter keeps my vote!

It's unlikely that Disenhouse voted for Hunter (or any Republican, so her "disappointment" is ridiculous. I’m pleased that Duncan Hunter voted against – I just wish more of his associates did too. It’s a train wreak that we can and should avoid.