I found it hard to believe that Carlos Curbelo, one of two U.S. representatives from Miami to vote to eliminate Americans’ health insurance, has the audacity to try to justify his action. His claim that he had “serious and legitimate concerns” about what he voted for rings hollow when he obviously has voted against the interests of his own voters. The arrogance is amazing. He voted for something so bad it had to be cobbled together while in hiding with the leaders of the Florida Republican Party.
When he writes about the “sheer complexity of healthcare in America,” I think I’m reading something by Donald Trump, who apparently had no idea the job was so hard. What the voters want, Rep. Curbelo, has been stated over and over again in town meetings (Do you dare have one?), in letters to the editor, in polls on healthcare issues. Single payer, and including pre-existing health conditions in the coverage, and government negotiation with the “drug pushers” to assure the lowest cost of medication. Now wasn’t that simple?
Curbelo says that he “made a promise that I would fight for better healthcare for our country.” His Yes vote on this atrocity of a healthcare bill shows that he has failed to keep that promise. He lied. He should have the dignity to resign.
Michael Tesh, Miami
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