Lee’s Summit, August 16, 2010 – Today I received a response from Representative Emanuel Cleaver.  In reading my letter to him and his response I get the feeling that these two are not part of a written conversation, but rather two soliloquies aimed at the other.  In his response Representative Cleaver continues to hold on to the notion that he has done something right. I cannot see it.

The number of Representative Cleaver’s constituents that are against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka, Obamacare) far exceeds the number for it; yet Representative Cleaver continues to push Obamacare as something that is “good” for Missouri.  Yet, over 70% of Missouri voted for Prop C and against Obamacare.

I don’t believe he gets it.

Thank you for contacting me regarding Proposition C and health care reform.  I appreciate you sharing your thoughts on this critical issue.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will cover 32 million Americans who do not currently have health insurance. It will close the Medicare Part D donut hole, and offer affordability credits to those who cannot afford to purchase health insurance. Furthermore, this law will create state-wide health insurance exchanges, wherein insurance shoppers can compare and contrast plans before committing to one.

On August 3, 2010, Missourians approved Proposition C, a measure to challenge the upcoming federal health insurance mandate, and to modify laws regarding the liquidation of certain domestic insurance companies. As your Congressional representative, I have no jurisdiction in state matters, only with federal matters. While this particular matter has yet to be resolved within the judicial system, the United States Constitution states that federal law supersedes state law. Rest assured I am closely following this issue and will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind.

Again, thank you for sharing your views with me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I may be of further assistance. Also, I encourage you to visit my website at http://www.house.gov/cleaver, where you can sign up for my electronic newsletter and receive updates on my latest activities as your Representative.

Emanuel Cleaver, II

I must be fair here, and while I completely disagree with Representative Cleaver, he has made his position clear and continues to do so.  As a voter, I find this very valuable because it lets me vote with a clear understanding of what I’m voting for.

However, as a fiscal conservative, the burden Obamacare puts on the budget, and the lack of representation from Representative Cleaver leads me to the conclusion that he is not the person that will truly represent those who vote for him.

Take the time, and study the issues and vote with knowledge on November 2nd.

Respectfully Submitted,
The Lee’s Summit Conservative