Letter: Where’s Foster?

By on January 28, 2010

I called Congressman Foster’s office in Washington, D.C., and asked about the current health care reconciliation process.

Specifically, I wanted to know how involved my representative was in these negotiations. Eventually I was transferred to a staffer named Kyle. Kyle told me Foster was not involved in the meetings. Fair enough; there is only so much room.

I asked how he was kept in the loop by the Democratic leadership about what was going on. Kyle told me that while there are caucus calls, “Congressman Foster knows as much about what is happening as you or I do by reading the papers and watching TV.”

I want to know where my representative stands on the issues. I want a congressman that will fight for me and carry my views to congress. This is why I am supporting Ethan Hastert. Ethan understands that we can fix health care without a government takeover. Ethan’s plan to improve transparency, increase competition and curb junk lawsuits to stop the practice of defensive medicine will hold the line on cost and create options for Americans.

Still, regardless of what side of the debate you are on, is Bill Foster the type of representative the 14th District should have in Washington? Someone who apparently cares so little about health care that he doesn’t demand input into the process? I would expect my congressman to be spending a lot of time getting details, talking to other congressmen and committee heads, making sure the view of his constituents was heard.

Where’s Foster? I guess he doesn’t think this is important enough to get involved.

Kent Alcott