26 July, 2017
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher,
101 Main Street #380
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
I know others have teased you already about your interest, in a congressional hearing the other day, in the possibility of Martians having existed on the Red Planet “thousands” of year ago. When the testifying scientist expressed skepticism and opined that it would have to have been at least millions of years ago, it seemed you persisted in your questioning.
Well, Congressman, while I share your fascination with the cosmos and our possible fellow travelers in this old universe, I continue to request from you a more compassionate approach to your fellow human beings here on this Earth, specifically here in America and more specifically still in the district that you represent.
It was a depressing spectacle, yesterday, to see Republican Senators rushing to deprive everyone but themselves of access to health care—generously paid for, in their case and yours, by the taxpayers whose interests you are all supposed to represent—in order to benefit the drug companies, insurance companies, and others who profit from disease and illness.
If and when a bill returns to the House from the Senate, I ask you to listen not to your lobbyists but to those hundreds of people who have gathered at your office to protest, to those millions who have demonstrated nation-wide, to those less fortunate Americans who will suffer financial disaster or worse, needless death in consequence of a “repeal” of the Affordable Care Act.
Senator McCain, even as he cast a vote in favor of debate, begged his colleagues to set aside petty partisan spite and work together. I ask the same of you. Do not “repeal.” Improve.
Peter Clothier, Ph.D.