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Dicks was arrogant and uninformed

We attended U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks’ Town Hall meeting in Bremerton on Aug. 31 and it would have been a complete waste of time except it was heartening to see how many of his constituents oppose his position on big-government healthcare.

He appeared to have already made his decision to support it and even said he has “always supported a single-payer system.”

Meanwhile, he was inarticulate and unaware of the facts.

Some of his posted bullet points were erroneous.

He guessed that the number of illegal aliens who are part of the uninsured total was only 1 percent (470,000), when the real number per the Congressional Budget Office is nearly 8.5 million.

He was also dismissive of several constituents with whom he disagreed.

We were shocked at his lack of command of the facts, his flippant style and his closed-mindedness to his constituency.

We expected to have a spirited debate on the facts, not to be met with his defensive attitude and the current regime’s talking points.

His 100 percent opposition to any form of tort reform proves he is not truly interested in cost-containment.

He could not explain how the healthcare program will be paid for (except by reducing Medicare and fraud) and he insisted private insurance will not be extinguished by being forced to compete with the deep-pocketed government option.

This is wishful thinking but defies logic.

Dicks’ representation of our interests on this matter is deplorable.

He did not listen to learn, but to defend his pre-determined position.

He dismissed sound ideas that were based on the facts, many of which he was unaware.

I urge others to contact his office to demand he vote to defeat this freedom-grabbing, budget-busting healthcare bill.

True reform must start with tort reform, competitive insurance across state lines and the elimination of a public option.

If he is not willing to vote for real reform, join me in working to replace him in 2010 with someone who has our best interests at heart.


Gig Harbor

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