U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen, D-Appleton, will hold a public listening session on Monday in Green Bay to discuss the latest news about health-care reform.
The 8th District congressman will meet with constituents at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Brown County Central Library, 515 Pine St.
Kagen said he wants to discuss the latest health-care bill and hear input from the community.
Now, if you are going to this event, know the following:
- Kagen (and his press staff) will try to stack the deck with a large number of his supporters. These will include: Unions like the SEIU, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, and the like; the AARP, and others. They will likely be in some sort of colored T-shirt.
- The TV Press from Green Bay will only be there if Kagen expects to control the evening with his talking points. The one thing he hates is looking bad on TV.
- Finally, what Kagen tells you in that room will not be how he will act in DC.
So knowing all this, here are some quick questions — again if there are questions — you might want to ask Rep. Kagen.
Question 1: Congressman Kagen, you’ve made it more than publicly-known that you do not have the same health insurance as Congress does until ‘all Americans have the same health insurance their elected Representatives do.’ Dr. Kagen, does that mean either 1) You’ll be joining the efforts to make sure Members of Congress, their families, and staffs are also subject to what is passed in this bill, or 2) You’ll be signing up separately if it were to become law.
Question 2: Congressman Kagen, where do you stand on the effort by Congressman Bart Stupak up there in the U.P. on trying to make sure my tax dollars aren’t spent paying for abortions? Say what you want about a woman’s right to choose, but are we really going to have taxpayer-funding for it?
Question 3: Congressman Kagen, you’ve said previously the Stimulus was a ‘jobs bill,’ that the “Cap and Trade” Bill was a ‘jobs bill, and now you say the health care reform bill is also a ‘jobs bill.’ Given the track record of little to no jobs from the previous two, why should we believe you this time?
Question 4: Congressman, you just had to re-appropriate an additional $2 Billion for the “Cash for Clunkers” program, is it at all possible that no one on Capitol Hill has the price tag on this correct, and we’re looking at debt as far as the eye can see for our kids and grand-kids?