Citizens Nationwide Hold Lawmakers Accountable

Citizens Nationwide Hold Lawmakers Accountable

Never in my lifetime have I seen such public outrage on a national scale as we witnessed in recent weeks in relation to the new president and his policies — and now the resistance shown this week against repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Confrontations between voters and their representatives in Congress have been going on nationwide during the week of February 18, when the Congress was in recess.

President Donald J. Trump and members of his administration have said this resistance is staged and paid for by "the opposition," whatever or whoever that might be, but the reality is that citizens all over this country have awakened to the dangers posed by Trump, his appointees and members of Congress, and they are finally calling them to account at town hall meetings in all 50 states.

Whether you agree or disagree with those resisting Trump's policies, you have to be encouraged that the American people are finally speaking out against what they perceive as a danger to them and their country. Or you can just watch "the Donald" at his various appearances as he repeats the same tired stories about himself and his great victory, the fake press, bad dudes from Mexico, and how he's going to "make America great again" by "building a wall that Mexico will pay for."

According to an article by Paul J. Gough in the Pittsburgh Business Times, Pennsylvania's Gov.Tom Wolf joined the fray with a letter to the state's congressional delegation citing concerns about access to care for seniors, pregnant women and newborns and both mental health and substance abuse services. He said the bill would "put the health care of millions of Pennsylvanians in jeopardy."

Wolf urged the lawmakers to "Put your constituents before the pressure of your leaders in Washington by voting no. For consumers, your decisions could mean the difference between being able to afford health care and being able to keep the lights on in their homes."

Beau Weisman, Editor