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|Where's Hoeven On Health Care Reform?|
|Written by Chet|
Reasons Governor Hoeven Should
Tell North Dakotans
His Position on Health Care Reform *
Day 1. The Economy: With skyrocketing health insurance premium rates and health care costs, any health care reform legislation that passes in the U.S. Congress -- or the absence of health care reform -- is going to have a significant impact on the economy of the United States and the economy of North Dakota. (Friday, November 20, 2009)
Day 2. Bankruptcies: Because 540 of Governor John Hoeven's constituents go bankrupt every year because of health-care related costs. (Saturday, November 21, 2009)
Day 3. Health Insurance Costs: Because North Dakotans have been subjectetd to 74% premium increases between 2000 and 2007. (Sunday, November 22, 2009)
Day 4. Lack of Insurance. Because 58,000 of his constituents in North Dakota are currently uninsured. (Monday, November 23, 2009)
Day 5. It's his job. The executive branch in North Dakota -- which is run by Governor Hoeven -- administers programs that would likely be directly impacted by health care reform. Medicaid and SCHIP are examples. (Tuesday, November 24, 2009)
Day 6. I am one of his constituents. I am one of his constituents. He might not like that fact, or me. I'm not his biggest fan either. But -- like it or not -- I'm one of his constituents. I would like to know where he stands on Health Care Reform. I asked him. I deserve an answer. (Wednesday, November 25, 2009)
Day 7. You are one of his constituents. You care about North Dakota. You care about public policy issues. Whether you agree with stuff we write here at NorthDecoder.com or not, you seek out information. You hunger for information. You want to know where John Hoeven stands on Health Care Reform. You have a right to know. (Thursday, November 26, 2009)
Day 8. Intelligent people have opinions about health care reform. Was it Justice Clarence Thomas who -- at his confirmation hearing -- was asked if he'd ever talked about his opinion about Roe v. Wade? I think so. I think he essentially claimed that -- although the controversial opinion was decided while he was in law school -- he never really thought about Roe v. Wade? That was just unbelievable. Thomas was and is a bright man. Of course he talked and thought about Roe v. Wade. Has Hoeven ever thought about health care reform? Of course he has. As noted above, it's something that would have a huge impact on his job as Governor. (Friday, November 27, 2009)
Day 9. He's polling on it. Let's be honest; this ridiculous poll that was released by Zogby was obviously done by and/or for John Hoeven. He or his people wanted to take the temperature to see how North Dakotans feel about "Obamacare" (some fictional, demonized concept that doesn't really exist, but that's being sold to Western North Dakotans by the Bismarck Tribune). He obviously thinks its an important issue. That being the case, he should tell us how HE feels about it. (Saturday, November 28, 2009)
Day 10. Republicans are apparently against "dithering." Although Dick Cheney's administration dithered about Afghanistan, and made crap policy decisions when they didn't dither, Republicans are now apparently against "dithering." That being the case, John Hoeven should stop "dithering" about health care reform and tell us how he feels about it. (Sunday, November 29, 2009)
Day 11. Hoeven should not want to appear to be an opportunist. If Hoeven just sits back and takes no position on health care reform, a few months from now he can stick his finger in the air and see how the polls look regarding HCR, and can then take a position on health care. There's a word for people who do this, and it's not "leader." It's "opportunist." Unless Hoeven is an "opportunist," he should tell us how he feels about health care reform. (Monday, November 30, 2009)
Day 12. Portfolio. If Hoeven wants to have any kind of meaningful legacy in North Dakota -- other than that he fortuitously served as governor during an oil boom -- he should start building a portfolio of things about which he has taken a position. As of today, all we know about Hoeven is that he's "for business." That's a pretty empty plate. Hoeven should take a position on something. Might as well start with something that's important and relevant today: Health Care Reform. (Tuesday, December 1, 2009)
Day 13. The Local Media. The Bismarck Tribune certainly doesn't have a reporter on staff who has the journalistic integrity to ask you what your opinion is about something as important as health care reform. And the Fargo Forum doesn't have any reporters to speak of here in Bismarck, where you live. Even if the Forum did, it'd probably be one of their lame right-wing hack reporters who wouldn't want to trouble you with a tough question. I'm sure you'd have a word with their boss, and silence them (again) if they did. Forget about any of the other ForumComm newspapers or the Minot paper; they're all irrelevant. We -- you and I -- would be doing them all a huge favor if we could just publish your opinion on health care reform right here on NorthDecoder.com. I'd even be willing to put your positions into a press release so the traditional media people could just cut and paste from it, like how they typically write their stories about you. (Wednesday, December 2, 2009)
Day 14. Your Boss Is Calling. Above the legislature... above the Supreme Court... above the Governor's office... above all elected officials in North Dakota... situated at the top of the Government food chain are the people. Article I, section 2, of the North Dakota constitution should be a reminder to you that the people have power over all of Government; it's not the other way around. We are your boss and we've asked you to tell us your position on health care reform. (Reminder: You work for us.) Now be a good employee and tell your boss what your position is on this issue that's so important to your job. [tap, tap, tap] We're waiting. (Thursday, December 3, 2009)
The questions I've asked of Governor Hoeven are questions our state's media should have asked Governor Hoeven six months ago. North Dakota's media is dropping the ball, again, on doing real journalism. I am -- once again -- trying to do journalism for them because I believe North Dakota's citizens have a right to know these things. The citizens of North Dakota should know where it's government's leaders stand on health care reform, and so I'm starting by asking the Governor.
I have not yet heard from Governor Hoeven. I won't hold that against him as it has only been one day since I sent my questions to his office, and he's been pretty busy doing important governory stuff like declaring today "Thank a Farmer" Day. It's okay that he hasn't responded yet.
This is the first in what I hope is a very short series on the reasons why it's important to know where Governor Hoeven stands on health care reform. I'm going to try to post a new "why we deserve to know" for each day when Governor Hoeven doesn't respond. Realistically speaking, I probably won't be able to post every day, so I'd invite others to submit their additions to this list (by email, please, to northdecoder at gmail daught com) so I can try to post your ideas, with credit (if you want).
I hope I don't run out of reasons. I really hope Hoeven respects the right of North Dakota citizens to know where he stands on such an important issue. I hope he doesn't make us all wait long. I look forward to relaying Governor Hoeven's health care position to you.
The only time Hoeven has ever spoken about health care reform (that I can find [and I'm not counting this or this because they don't contribute anything worthwhile to the discussion]) was when he appeared on Fox News one day last summer. During that appearance, the only suggestion he had for addressing the health care crisis is that he wants to reduce accountability for doctors who negligently hurt or kill you or your family members. He supports legislation that would reduce medical negligence accountability in order to reduce all the needless "defensive medicine" doctors are supposedly doing. Those of you who read NorthDecoder regularly know Hoeven's idea might, potentially, reduce health insurance costs by about .2% (that's two-tenths of a percentage point).
According to the Congressional Budget Office, that 0.2% reduction in health care costs could have the effect of making people DIE YOUNGER. That's right. CBO (on page 5 of the letter) cites a study showing "a 10 percent reduction in costs related to medical malpractice liability would increase the nation's mortality rate by 0.2 percent." Well, that's enough to make you want to know what other great ideas Governor Hoeven has, isn't it? Surely he would be unsatisfied with a plan that only made your family members die younger. There has to be more to his plan or the plan he supports, dontcha think? I'd like to know what else he has in mind.
North Dakotans deserve to know. I want to help you find out, since the traditional media has given up its traditional role of doing journalism.