You may have noticed that my research about the reality of proposed health care reform has caused me to dig deeper into the positions, statements and information being disseminated by Representative Scott Garrett. Its become increasingly clear to me that he really is just a shill of corporate campaign donors who benefit from maintaining the status quo, regardless of the negative impact it has on his actual constituents.
If you check his website you notice a disturbing skew to everything. In the health care section http://garrett.house.gov/Issues/Issue/?IssueID=5208, he posts a report from the Lewin Group, as if this was some non-biased source of information, but the reality is that this company is fully owned by United Healthcare - a huge insurance company.
Then you take a look at the "Health Care Comments" on this page, which supposedly represents the emails from his constituents. However, there is not a single email in favor, even though the majority of Americans do favor health care reform. Really, not one email?
Probably the most misleading section is one titled "Reading Guide for Reform" http://garrett.house.gov/UploadedFiles/Pelosi_HC_Bill_Reading_Guide_102909.pdf. This is essentially the contents of the email that Garrett sent out to his constituents, and was easily dissected in my earlier post as being full of misinformation. What's really disturbing is that this is clearly a prepared "talking points" document for Republicans, so they have a list of alarming (but untrue) statements with which to get misinformed voters riled up. Apparently, but not surprising, Garrett doesn't have the integrity to stand up to those in his party that are trying to push this drivel.
With this lack of honesty about such an important issue, I really don't understand how this congressman can sleep at night.
PS Apparently I'm not the only one noticing Garrett isn't really being honest - there is a good deal of content about his reckless positioning at this informative web site http://blogthefifth.blogspot.com/ !