- The Washington Times - Monday, August 31, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

It doesn’t say much about the knowledge of Rep. James P. Moran, Virginia Democrat, that he had to drag along a health care expert (namely, Howard Dean) to his recent town-hall meeting to answer questions about the pending health care reform bill, H.R. 3200.

According to an editorial in The Washington Times (“Health care run by trial lawyers,” Opinion, Thursday), Mr. Moran had to refer more than half of the audience’s questions to Mr. Dean. Mr. Moran’s extensive lack of knowledge about the health care legislation makes one wonder if he is competent to occupy his congressional seat.

Even more disturbing was his dismissive remark that opponents of the bill “really don’t belong here.” The message he conveyed with this disturbing statement was that only supporters of the bill should have a voice in the matter. So much for a full and candid airing of the issues. If this is democracy in action, Moran-style, I want none of it.

HARRISON E. MCCANDLISH

Alexandria

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