Letter: Bill Foster says, “Take a Number”

By on March 4, 2010

Last Saturday, I took some time away from my family to attend a meeting at the Geneva City Hall with our 14th Congressional District Representative, Bill Foster.

When I entered the building I was informed that only a limited number of people would be able to ask questions in a private room away from the public. Only 45 numbered slips of paper were given out, with each person rationed to a few minutes.

What I found interesting is that while Foster was taking numbers and seeing people in seclusion, Geneva’s Mayor Kevin Burns was holding an open forum, right outside of Foster’s private meeting room. Mayor Burns didn’t hide. He took tough questions about recently installed red light cameras and a possible water rate increase. Mayor Burns did not ask us to take a number or shuffle citizens to a side room. He took the heat.

After I waited for over three hours for Foster, he finally came out of the City Hall building. As he came down the steps, I wanted just a couple of minutes to ask about the impending health care bill and his voting record. He answered a question from an individual who adorned support for him; however, after being introduced as the Chairman of the Kane County Young Republicans, I was brushed aside and told, “Sorry, there isn’t enough time.”

Maybe by waiting in line, taking a number and rationing the amount of time each person had with Foster was a foreshadowing of what’s to come. As we move closer to socialized medicine, maybe Rep. Foster was giving us some lessons. Healthcare will be politicized. Everyone will take a number and wait in line. And if you wait long enough, eventually your time will run out.

Cody McCubbin
Kane County Young Republicans


  1. term limits

    March 4, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    We ask that President Obama and Congressional Democrats join with Republican leaders to start over on health insurance reform.

    We ask that they help craft sensible reforms designed to lower costs and expand access without violating individual rights or the integrity of the market.

    We ask that they enact medical liability reform and put an end to frivolous lawsuits that drive up the cost of medicine.

    We ask that they allow individuals and small businesses to pool together to purchase high-quality affordable health care coverage.

    We ask that they allow Americans to shop for health care coverage from coast to coast and purchase insurance policies across state lines.

    We ask that they create new incentives to save for current and future health care needs by allowing people to use their health savings accounts funds to pay premiums for high deductible health plans.

    We ask that they guarantee individuals with pre-existing conditions or past illnesses access to affordable coverage through the expansion of state-based, high-risk pools, and reinsurance programs.

    Thank you for reading this.

  2. RM

    March 4, 2010 at 8:31 PM

    Cody – you don’t seem to realize that we already have rationed healthcare. Insurers decide who is worthy of coverage and whether or not and how much they will pay. I don’t want government or the insurance company making those decisions but if I had to choose – I’d pick government. I want someone who actually understands healthcare and real costs to make those choices.

    If I honestly though starting over with a clean slate would work, I’d be 110% behind it. Unfortunately I have zero confidence that anything would be accomplished starting over. The Republican leadership has proven to me that they are ineffective and unsupportive of people over corporate America. I think the best plan is ram this thing through like Hastert did with senior prescription coverage and fix it after the fact.

  3. RM

    March 4, 2010 at 8:42 PM

    I’m tired of the lying scare tactic that we are moving toward socialized medicine. Never will all healthcare providers become government employees. It’s an economic impossiblity. Although I’d welcome the improved benefits and the ability to retire comfortably after 30 years. I could stay in the front of the line for healthcare as a government employee while others go without since that’s another falsehood Republicans would like us to believe.

  4. informed

    March 11, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Let’s have a quick lesson in health care shall we. Insurance IS NOT the same as health care. If health care (hospitals, doctors, tests, drugs, etc.) wasn’t so expensive we wouldn’t even need insurance. Do you have insurance for groceries? Gas? Electricity? No, they are provided to market at a fair price that all of us can afford. So why go after the insurance companies? They are the buffer that allow their paying members to afford this countries overpriced health care. Let’s go after the real culprits, the overpriced health care system. And as far as letting the government do that for us. Please! The governments list of successes is non-existent. Medicare, medicaid, social security, and Amtrack are all great examples of how our government runs things.

  5. RM

    March 11, 2010 at 8:15 PM

    Obviously informed has never been a recipient of Medicare or Medicaid. They work very well for those who have it and certainly much better than having nothing. Agreed that there are many things is the healthcare system that are grossly overpriced. Drugs are one of the worst.

    How are insurance companies acting as a buffer by denying insurance, refusing to pay most of the costs and pocketing the difference?