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November 12, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 12, 2013

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Owens judgment

TO THE EDITOR: Congressman Bill Owens voted in favor of Obamacare, thus a contributing source for legislated turmoil.

Owens also voted against H. R. 6079, the Repeal Obamacare Act, solidifying his original decision. The following is a statement from his website: “Our goals have always been to expand coverage, improve health care outcomes and reduce costs for patients and providers.”

Presently, this doesn’t appear to be achievable, and, if not, he should be held accountable via his next election cycle. Constituents should not be represented by those causing national chaos and dictating improbable goals.

Owens either did not read the law, as previously stated, or could not comprehend its perils, as now witnessed. Either scenario is unacceptable.

In December 2011, Owens and wife participated in a $23,132 trip to Taiwan. Lobbyists for the Taiwan government organized and funded the trip, but Congress ethics rules prohibit members from participating in most trips arranged by lobbyists.

The Ethics Committee approved Owens’s trip before he left, but his congressional fillings listed only the Culture University as sponsor and did not mention the lobbyist. In a interview with North Country Public Radio, Owens acknowledged that “the first impetus for the specific trip” came from the lobbyist.

The lobbying agency later donated $6,000 to the Owens campaign fund. Owens denied any impropriety but paid back the trip money.

It begs the question, does his Obamacare vote or Taiwan trip culpability project a image of good judgment, a required expertise for positive congressional representation?

Obamacare required members of Congress to participate in insurance exchanges, but Obama gave them exemptions. Thus, unlike the regular folks, they are not included in the original legislation requirements. Did Owens speak out against this exemption or willingly accept the perk?

TOM IRWIN

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TO THE EDITOR: Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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