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Callers go after Reyes for town-hall meetings on Congress’ health insurance plans

U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes was catching it from callers on today’s Barbara Perez radio show over the medical health plan working its way through Congress.

The callers had pointed questions about the plan, its future costs and the impact on their situation.

And one after another asked Reyes why he is not using the August recess to conduct one or more town-hall meetings to explain and defend the plan President Obama wants. He was even accused of hiding on Perez’s show instead of meeting people face to face.

Reyes didn’t really explain his reasons but directed each person who called to telephone his El Paso office for answers or a meeting with him.

At the end of the show, Perez noted the criticism directed at him for the lack of meetings and acknowledged, “It’s your call to make.”

Repeating his invitation to call his office at 534-4400, Reyes said, “I believe it’s important to talk about this and get the information out there.”

District 23 U.S. Rep. Ciro Rodriguez doesn’t have any town hall meetings planned either according to his San Antonio home office. The office reported that Rodriguez is visiting the 30-county district now to hear fron constituents and will return home near the end of the month. For now, he has no plans for mass meetings with the public.

Just as the show was ending, Perez addressed what must have been a caller’s comment by asking Reyes to tell listeners whether the two of them had ever gone to dinner together.

Reyes said he had never had dinner with Perez.


David Crowder


Written by newspapertreeelpaso

August 13, 2009 at 1:55 pm

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  1. Congressman, this was not a wise move. You should reconsider and be accessible to the people. Good or bad comments, comes with the turf. Cant handle the heat or dont want to, change careers.

    Senator Spector with his serious personal health problems and facing a district that will probably not re-elect him, still faced the people and survived.

    Why do you barricade yourself, do you expect pitch forks and torches ?


    August 13, 2009 at 3:16 pm

  2. I have serious questions regarding the health care plan. We have 40-50 million people that are not supposed to have insurance. How ever you break that down, what do you suppose will result of when all 40-50 million decide to seek medical care using of course the “Public Option”? Will the Medical Providers increase magically? Will the current gov’t reinbursement rates become satisfactory? The public option will attract gov’t Management practices. Their characteristic poor service and labor union influenced personnel practices will spiral this Gov’t/Public option to a agency much like the Post Office. Private carriers will lose the young and healthy policy holders to the Public option. What do you suppose will happen to the Private carriers. (its called adverse selection in insurance jargon) Private carriers will be forced to cut back offerings and possible go out of business. The premiums that private Health Insurers will charge will go up further causing this errosion and flight to the Public Option. You can see the picture that I’m drawing. Right!

    Hey, Honorable Sylvestre Reyes, I in favor of health reform. I just want the same health care option you have. Can I ask for an improvement in my retirement that you have? After all aren’t your a quadruple dipper?

    Rey II

    August 13, 2009 at 3:36 pm

  3. This should be obvious to all, that the Democrats have marching orders not to get drawn into a town hall meetings to try and explain a plan that they don’t understand. They must not care what we think, they only want us to understand their going to try and push it through regardless. I would love to asked any member of Congress if they would (if the plan was passed) be willing to drop their gold plated health care plan that we pay for, and put their families on the new Government plan. aren’t we getting a little tried of the government deceit when we try to get straight answers on extremely important programs.


    August 13, 2009 at 3:50 pm

  4. You are criticizing the Congressman because eggheads like yourselves want to ambush him. Just don’t get in my face, because I promise you I will not be as polite as Congressman Reyes.

    Rodeo Gal

    August 13, 2009 at 3:59 pm

  5. Ah, another anti-violence, anti-war advocate threathens you for daring to question. And you dont like the people that yell at the meetings?


    August 13, 2009 at 5:42 pm

  6. Don’t you people understand, the Congressman can not
    be bothered with such basics as questions about his
    job. After all he has marching orders from Pelosi
    and the rest of the Liberals in the Administration
    to keep quiet and keep a low profile. The Liberals
    are going to ram the healthcare through regardless.

    Heaven help us!………………..

    Oh! Yes we still have freedom of speech as of last
    time I checked !!!

    So, sound off everyone!


    August 13, 2009 at 8:05 pm

  7. I can’t believe that the citizens of this country can’t seem to get the truth about health care. It is unbelievable that nobody talks about Health Care waste. Who is going to pay for this waste? About $1.2 trillion is spent on health care waste each year. That is about half of the $2.2 trillion of the money spent on health care each year. That is where we need health care reform, if we don’t lower that amount our insurance will continue to be expensive and maybe unaffordable. This country will continue have a problem of insuring the 47 million Americans until we have Health Care Reform.

    Herb De La Rosa

    August 13, 2009 at 11:28 pm

  8. I am another very disappointed cunstituent who feels very misrepresented! You say on your conference call, not a town hall face to face meeting, “this is an important issue to discuss, call my El Paso office or send me an email.” This is one more layer of insulation and dodging on your part. I HAVE CALLED your office, left messages, sent emails,for the last four months, and I am still waiting for my first response! Call my office is another way of saying “don’t bother me, my decision is already made.”

    Ron Marcum

    August 14, 2009 at 7:42 am

  9. To me here are the bullet point issues to me:

    1. The excuses offered for not reading the bill are: a) it is full of legalese that only lawyers can understand (my rebuttal – are you not a LAWMAKER – why are these nameless lawyers writing laws I elected you to craft) b) Do you have any idea how many laws are passed? I can’t personally read everything. (my rebuttal – looking at the congressional vote record, about 80% of these “laws” are silly things like declaring national jalapeno day – fine skip those, but a bill of this magnitude that will have LONG TERM implications for the future of our country – READ THIS ONE)

    2. I will not have a town hall meeting for people to gain their own platform. (My rebuttal – don’t have a town hall where you dominate – have one where you listen – we are the people you represent. The shouting takes place when you offer ill formed opinions versus facts about the bill)

    3. There are 47 million people without health insurance in the country. Well, that is not the issue – how many are without health CARE. Finally the President has changed his message from Health CARE reform to Health INSURANCE reform. Reforming INSURANCE is critical – I am going broke, but let us not equate Health Insurance with health CARE.

    4. “My staff will look into it and get back to you” – Sorry I did not vote for your staff. Given your 16(?) years in Congress and your chairmanship position – I would expect – no DEMAND that you personally demonstrate mastery of the issues.

    Tim Collins

    August 14, 2009 at 11:20 am

  10. There are debates in Congress on the matter of regulating broadband service; this will negatively impact the constant innovations being done in health care through the help of the Internet.
    The ways that high speed broadband networks are transforming our health care delivery system are not possible through any of form. Through telemedicine, broadband allows patients in rural areas of Texas to receive quality care from their home. We must make our congressman aware of this issue and urge him to vote against any bills of regulation.

    Sabino Lara

    August 18, 2009 at 1:16 pm

  11. Most of your opinions are hilarious! For the past 8 years that mono-syllabic buffoon was up in the white house passing 1,000pgs pieces of legislation that has compromised our civil liberties and exhibited a fiscal policy of a 4 year old with making a 10ft border wall that cost billions which went to private contractors and has destroyed the border towns. No but your right republicans are great! 🙂 As for the Congressman and the president’s obective’s, SINCE THE REPUBLICANS DON”T HAVE CRAP TO SAY SHUT UP!! Its a broken system and the republican party is playing politics. Simple as that. Where you asleep the past 8 years where a vice-president DECLARED HE WAS NOT PART OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH???? For a recent college graduate student who just finished college and could never afford healthcare, you’all can take a back seat with your fancy private insurance premiums and shut it!!!


    August 20, 2009 at 7:02 pm

  12. OH ONE LAST THING….all you retards truly believe it is pragmatic for a country to mandate auto insurance coverage yet HEALTH INSURANCE WE SHOULD ALLOW THE CONSUMER TO CHOOSE..crazy shit man! Auto insurance is more important to a country than their own health…wow..if that is the U.S. then count me out. That is not the country i love. The U.S. has morphed into a selfish, egocentric, imperialstic nation buidling country that i wish would wake up. Unfortunately TV, media, politics, religion, and pop culture has destroyed the moral fabric of the country i used to love pledging the allegiance to as a child.


    August 20, 2009 at 7:07 pm

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