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Sunday, November 08, 2009

Congressman Herger Step up or Stand Down on Health Care

As a tribal member of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, located in the Congressman's district in California, I am not surprised that Mr. Herger voted against reform of a system that has apparently contributed to his campaigns over the years. What is upsetting to me is that people of my Tribe and our fellow citizens of this nation where not truly represented by this man who's record of decisions made "on our behalf" has been so lopsided in favor of his own party's direction.
We have a chance for reform and assistance to many people living in this nation, for those who voted for this Act, we send our thanks and prayers that you can do what you are now promising the people of this nation. For those of you, like our own Congressman, I say take off the glasses that see only your party's pathway and use your heart, not your election funds to direct you to truly representing all the people.
We are not seen by the Congressman, he says he cannot help as there are Bureaus designed to assist us. Because of the failure of the government to live up to its own laws we cannot use Indian Health in our area but must travel over 3 hours to a clinic in Sacramento to have our elders and children see. I hope that with the passage of legislation like this we will have the health care we so desperately need.
I started with "step up or stand down": maybe what we need is for the Congressman to return to California and leave Washington to those who truly believe in the maxim "For the people and by the people."