Representative Mark Amodei (R-NV2) was pleased to spend his 2016 campaign season supporting the candidacy of one Donald J. Trump. Now that the campaign is over — there are some pertinent questions the District 2 Representative might address should he ever have one of those ‘town hall’ things.Carter Page
#1. Do the constituents in your district deserve a full and complete explication of the ties between the present administration and the Russian government, its agents, and its affiliated operatives? How likely is it that there will be a full explanation without an independent commission investigation?
We have some hints at the extent of Russian meddling with our elections and administration in chart form here, Mr. Trump’s connections in Russia here, and the implications here. And, Politifact’s explication here. There’s the Carter Page connection. The Roger Stone connection. More about Wilbur Ross, the administration’s Secretary of Commerce here. A bit of the Russian reactions recently in this article. What of the activities of Paul Manafort? The names, in the post Flynn flood, keep coming up and out. It seems necessary to have a full, independent, and comprehensive investigation to determine the extent and implications of the Trump ties to the Russians.
#2. How do you explain support for a health care act which replaces the Affordable Care Act with legislation that doesn’t offer a route to affordable health insurance plans for working Americans? And, which looks for all the world like a whopper tax cut for millionaires, billionaires, and insurance corporations?
Will the replacement bill require insurance plans to cover mental health services on par with physical health coverage?
Will the replacement bill require insurance plans to cover pre-natal, maternity, and post-natal expenses for American families?
Will the replacement bill require that consumer protections provided by state insurance commissions be retained?
How will be the replacement make health care policies more ‘affordable’ without going back to the days when insurance companies could sell low coverage/high deductible policies which left families with massive medical debt?
How will the replacement bill maintain the fiscal health of rural hospitals and clinics?
Now, all we have to do is wait for Representative Mark Amodei to hold a meeting with constituents to address these, and other issues. I’d not like to hang by my hair for as long as this might take.