My second assignment in this interviewing class was to prepare for a hypothetical 20-minute interview with your local congressman or congresswoman. The congressman for my area in Florida is Alan Grayson. Below is the report I submitted on June 7, 2015.
Alan Grayson is known via his campaign website as “The Congressman With Guts.” He is a Democrat currently representing the 9th Congressional District of Florida. This area covers Osceola County and parts of Orange and Polk Counties. Major cities include Orlando, Kissimmee, and St. Cloud.
The possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act has been making the news over the past couple of days which was great in getting some information on what is happening.
On Grayson’s website he talks about his support of the Affordable Care Act. He continues to support this law with the repeal that is in the works by the Republican party. In an article shared by Alan Grayson on his Facebook page the repeal the GOP is trying to do is briefly described.
The lawsuit is King vs. Burwell. David King and other Virginia residents being the plaintiffs. The plan is to dispute the confusion of language surrounding the federal and state subsidies. It seems that the issue in question was the result of a mistake when the House and Senate bills were merged. (salon.com)
Another articles from the Washington Times says that the GOP plans to use the Reconciliation budget process as their way of repeal.
Alan Grayson believes that the Republican plan for health care is “don’t get sick, and if you do get sick, die quickly.” He along with other Democratic leaders believe that the GOP doesn’t really have an alternate plan to Obamacare in the works and they worry that millions of Americans will lose the health care that they now have.
Based on what I was able to find about Alan Grayson’s thoughts about the Affordable Care Act, as well as the plans for the Republican repeal, I thought of a few questions that maybe would generate some newsworthy responses.
The GOP is planning to repeal the Affordable Care Act based on the confusion of the language surrounding the federal and state subsidies? Do you think that Congress will adjust the wording in question and have it signed by the president to extinguish the Republican case?
You said in 2009 and you still believe that the Republican plan for health care is “don’t get sick, and if you do get sick, die quickly. Do you think that the GOP could come up with a better plan to counter Obamacare?
Possible follow up questions to this
Would it matter if they have a counter point if Obama plans to veto anything they put forth?
Are there any pieces of the currently standing health care law that you think should be changed?
I read an article where you were described as being to Congress what the “Florida Man is to Twitter… “a never-ending series of cringe-inducing incidents, headlines, and actions that define—and defame—an entire state.” How would you respond to that?
What sorts of questions would you ask now that it seems Obamacare is here to stay? At least for now. Do you agree with your congressman or congresswoman and their opinions on the issue. Let me know below in the comments!