Friday, February 11, 2011
by Rick Jacobs
...Rena and her son were also both recently diagnosed long-term health problems. Their Congressman’s response was voting to allow their insurance provider to deny them coverage for these “pre-existing” conditions. Facing a spike in her health insurance costs, a choice between her own medication and medicine for her son, and the even the prospect of losing her coverage altogether, Rena decided to contact her Congressman.
Not for the first time, Rena called Issa's office asking to meet with him. Instead of getting a meeting, she was told that she won't ever get one.
Instead of meeting with Rena, Issa did make time for folks who shelled out $125 a pop to attend a Vista Chamber of Commerce event at the posh Shadowridge Country Club Friday night. While Issa was inside vowing to champion the cause of the DC Lobbyists he’s asked to help drive his committee’s agenda, Rena was outside for hours in the chilly night— hoping for just a few seconds to speak to her Congressman.
Tragically, Rena’s experience mirrors that of a growing number of Americans for whom the concept of a truly “Representative” government is almost always out of reach. A few weeks ago, Rena’s Congressman, Rep. Darrell Issa, sent letters to more than 150 corporate lobbyists who aren’t in his district to ask what he could do to make their lives a little easier. But Rena—one of the small business owners who create nearly two-thirds of the new jobs in this country and one of the 331,000 CA 49 residents with pre-existing conditions who are directly impacted by the new healthcare law -- couldn’t even get a meeting...