Does Barrett Support Obamacare?

OK, so The Daily KOS isn’t as honorable as, oh, Josef Stalin, but there is a very interesting post thereon that deserves research:

SC republican applauds HCR bill in writing to constitutent

by teharper428
Thu Apr 08, 2010 at 07:37:27 AM PDT

I can’t believe South Carolina’s U.S. House of Representative Gresham Barrett sent a letter to a local constituent, writing of the positive aspects of H.R. 3590, Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act.  I’ve seen it with my own eyes! After his introductory remark of “thank you for contacting me”, the letter continues with –

As you know, one of the most pressing problems in health care is the large number of uninsured and underinsured Americans, 700,000 of which are located in South Carolina. I understand that you support health care reform legislation that will provide insurance coverage to all Americans.

I should note that Gresham Barrett is currently running for South Carolina Governor.  His House seat is open, with republican and Democratic primaries in June.  The letter follows with a long paragraph giving factual information about the health care reform bill.  

Now keep in mind this is a Congressman who has co-sponsored Nutball Michelle Bachmann’s bill to repeal H.R. 3590. On his website, Barrett is proud to spout:  

I have cosponsored a bill to repeal this government takeover of health care and I urge all those concerned about the future of our country to contact their congressman and urge them to support it. The American people have spoken; they want this massive mistake revoked.

However, when Barrett’s office sends a letter to a constituent that supports the health care bill, here’s what he states:

You should be happy to know that H.R. 3590 passed both the House and Senate and was signed into law on March 23, 2010. The intent of this legislation is to provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans, and to reduce the growth in health care spending. This bill intends to provide guaranteed coverage to all individuals and employers by offering subsidies for low-income families to purchase health insurance, and establishes health insurance exchange programs for individuals to purchase insurance if not receiving it through their employer. This bill will prohibit the following: pre-existing condition exclusions, denial of coverage to anyone that applies, rescinding coverage of an enrollee except in the case of fraud or intentional misrepresentation of facts, and lifetime or annual limits on the dollar value of benefits for any participant. Furthermore, this legislation requires the establishment of minimum standards for health care coverage.

When the author was asked to produce the letter, the response was that it was sent by email as a pdf and “I tried to figure out how to post it on the diary.  I had to scan as a pdf file to hide the name of the constituent. Photobucket wouldn’t pick up the file since it wasn’t an image. For a personal reason, she didn’t want her name out there.  She said she called Barrett’s office to ask him to support the bill.”

Barrett’s running for governor, ya know.  Just thought I would mention that.

~ CS


4 thoughts on “Does Barrett Support Obamacare?

  1. That’s true Barrett coming out. Great story Spy. Barrett says one thing and does another and believes something totally opposite. It’s his true style.
    He rarely tells the truth which is something we are in desperate need of with regard to our state’s next governor.
    Barrett is a bad bad , poor poor choice for Governor in my humble opinion.
    He refuses to assist his congressional constituents so how many can he possibly harm if elected to run the state??? Well, everybody *duh*


  2. I’m not sure what was so controversial about the letter. Barrett was writing to a constituent who supported the bill — he said “You should be happy to know that H.R. 3590 passed both the House and Senate and was signed into law on March 23, 2010…,” “[t]he intent of this legislation…,” and “[t]his bill intends to…” (emphasis added). He never said that he supported the bill; he clearly stated what the bill was meant to do.

    It’s clear to anyone doing basic research that Barrett strongly opposed the legislation and helped introduce legislation that would repeal the bill. Members of Congress are supposed to represent all of their constituents — not just ones who agree with all of their positions; I, for one, appreciate that he was being respectful to one of his constituents who wrote in support of the bill.

    Unfortunately, manners and honor are in short supply in Columbia and Washington. Barrett’s extremely conservative, but he’s also someone who can work with others and get stuff done (contrast with other politicians currently in power and their protégés…)


  3. “Barrett supports Obamacare?”

    Barrett was one of the first to call for this bill to be repealed and is ranked #2 for opposing Obama the most in the House.

    To claim otherwise because of a post on DailyKos is just silly.


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