- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 20, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

As one of two-dozen members of the 10th Amendment Foundation, I traveled from southwestern Virginia to Washington on Tuesday to attend a health care rally. Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, and Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican, addressed the crowd of 4,000 with a refreshing display of veracity. They exposed the current health care legislation for what it is - a government takeover. Or, as former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean recently said, “This is a bigger bailout for the insurance industry than AIG.”

Our 22nd request for an appointment with Sen. Mark Warner, Virginia Democrat, granted a conference with his chief of staff, Luke Albee, who apologized that Mr. Warner couldn’t be there because he was “in a meeting.” In response to our constitutional attorney’s statement that this legislation is in direct violation of the mandate of the 10th Amendment, he murmured something about it being “debatable” and went on to awe us by sharing that he had just read four historical biographies!

Our numbers grew to 200. After an hour of continued demands from small-business owners, nurses and legal immigrants from all over the world that Mr. Warner vote to “kill the bill,” Mr. Albee responded that the senator is focused on making it “fiscally responsible.” Needing fresh air, I had to leave the room.

CATHERINE TURNER

Abingdon, Va.

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