With word that Rep. Jim Matheson has declared he will vote against the health reform measure before Congress, saying it is complex and doesn’t do enough to curb costs, I can only say I join Utah’s 364,000 uninsured in sincerely thanking Rep. Jim Matheson for absolutely nothing.
Less than nothing. Has worked to improve the bill? Voted to oppose his darling friends in the GOP to keep constant opposition from making the bill too complex?
Or has he simply heeled to the political leanings of the perceived majority of his district where, need one note, a majority of those uninsured live.
This is a disgrace. It is also — since Matheson only cares about reelection — the result of the equally disgraceful gerrymandering of Utah’s congressional district. To have the Second District also contain huge swaths of rural Utah, when it traditionally was just Salt Lake County, was so obviously an attempt by the state’s so-called leaders to dilute those damned liberals it drew, at the time, national scorn even from the Wall Street Journal.
Now they have their reward –a Utah politician who votes like a republican but pretends to be a democrat, and if the bill fails Utah’s thousands of uninsured will continue to be that way, utah’s small businesses will continue to lose money and employees, and for some reason the state’s republicans will cheer this as a good thing.
If this fails, and if you need medical care, I suggest you contact Rep. Matheson whose office, I am sure, will find you charitable care, since that seems to be the Utah option of choice, as per the Utah legislature.