As we prepare questions for tonight’s Town Hall with Chet Edwards, we must review statements from Edwards’ Saturday interview on WTAW. Last Saturday’s interview was chocked full of non sequiturs. According to wikipedia, a non sequitur “is a conversational and literary device, often used for comical purposes”. However, the future of our individual liberty and health care is NOT a humorous endeavor.
The first non sequitur in the Saturday interview was when Chet admitted insurance rates were high because of Anti-Trust Laws. However, Edwards’ solution is not deregulation of Anti-Trust Laws, but rather more government involvement. Chet repeated the admission of Anti-Trust Laws being a problem several times, although his solution of more government “fairness” is deserving of a sit-com laugh track.
Anti-Trust Laws are the reason some insurance companies can’t operate in other states and also our inablity to select insurance coverage a la cart rather than have all insurance coverage mandated by government. This is why those of us beyond child-bearing are still required to carry maternity insurance. Government mandates require that our policies include things we as individuals would never need. Paying for things you don’t need is a waste of money for the individual. De-regulating Anti-Trust laws is the logical solution to this high cost problem, but our comedic Congressman believes more government intrusion into our private affairs is the non sequitur solution to the high cost of insurance.
Chet admitted that “competition in the private market drives down prices” but in humorous non sequitur fashion, his solution to high prices is a public/private co-op. How’s that Amtrack thingy working?
Chet believes that Health Care is probably a 10th Amendment issue. However, because we already have the 10th Amendment busting Medicare and Medicaide programs, the solution is more 10th Amendment busting legislation. [Sitcom laugh track]
When asked about Congressman Waxman’s, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, letter to insurance companies demanding information concerning their employees’ insurance and compensation plans including perks and bonuses, Edwards said he didn’t know anything about that. However, later on in the interview Edwards said his source information for Statistical Analysis came from the House Energy and Commerce Committee – Waxman’s own committee and fiefdom.
Another source of Statistical Analysis used by Edwards to support the “fact” that the average Texas family would be paying $24K a year for health care by the year 2015 is the “non-partisan” New America Foundation. This statement: “New America is headquartered in Washington D.C. and also has a significant presence in California, the nation’s largest laboratory of democracy” along with founder Ted Halstead’s book The Radical Center should tell us all we need to know about the Left Wing…errrr I mean “non partisan” nature of this group. [hahahhhaha!]
Edwards said he would not support any legislation “heavily subsidized by the taxpayers.” However, he did vote for the Recovery Act (Bailout) funded with 3 trillion dollars of borrowed money which has ballooned to a 9 trillion dollar debt. Edwards now supports the “Pay As You Go” method of funding legislation. [insert sit-com laugh track] Those silly non sequiturs just keep us rolling on the floor laughing!!
Edwards chastised Nancy Pelosi for calling insurance companies “evil” and then goes on to describe the evil practices of insurance companies who through Anti-Trust Laws amassed huge (immoral) profits while (diabolically) denying coverage to small businesses because of someone’s pre-existing condition in an anecdotal story. A local insurance man called in saying that he could offer an affordable policy to that small business which totally debunked Edwards’ anecdotal story. Edwards was “shocked!”
The insurance man was invited to Edwards’ Bryan/College Station office to explain how such a thing could be possible in this grossly unfair nation! [Note: we would like to know how that meeting went.]
The final funny in all this is Edwards’ declaration that he has not decided how he will vote on the Health Care Legislation coming out of the House, while declaring with equal ferocity “Doing nothing is not an option!”
So, get your questions together for tonight’s Town Hall and be prepared for a really hilarious show!