An open letter to Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Representative Rodgers had an opinion piece published in the Washington Post a couple days ago. Here is my response to it:

Ms. Rodgers:

With all due respect, your article is a lie and you are a hypocrite.

  1. You don’t know what you’re talking about. You voted on this bill, and posted that opinion piece, before the CBO scored the bill. No one has a good understanding of what the actual impact will be. You make a lot of claims about how much better this will be, but you’re making it all up. Shame on you.
  2. You claim that this bill “guarantee[s] that access to health coverage can’t be denied for people with preexisting conditions.” That is a lie. Shame on you.
  3. You suggest that your son’s pre-existing condition gives you a personal stake in this bill, but you exempted yourself and the rest of Congress from it. Your son is safe. Your personal story is irrelevant. You are a hypocrite. Shame on you.
  4. You are exploiting your son’s condition for political gain. Many parents celebrate their children. Some even celebrate their children when they have Down Syndrome. You use your son as a prop for your messaging. Shame on you.

Ms. Rodgers, you have published an articulate and well-written opinion piece. The opinion it expresses is contemptible. Shame on you.

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