Greetings, Representative Rod Blum—

In your 5-19-17  newsletter you wrote:

“I’ll be the first to admit that the American Health Care Act (AHCA ) is not perfect. There are good reforms that aren't in this bill that I would like to see but weren't included because of Senate reconciliation rules: buying insurance across state lines, allowing people to form groups to negotiate better insurance prices, and eliminating health insurance companies’ exemption from antitrust laws.” 

Here’s the problem.   Everything in red is fought by the powerful insurance companies and their lobbyists.   And you are in the House telling folks Senate rules can’t be changed—when everyone knows they were just changed to confirm a supreme court justice.

And here is a similar problem with the powerful drug  companies.   The law allows the Veterans Administration (VA) to negotiate drug prices with drug companies but bans Medicare from doing so.  *And the VA pays 80% less for drugs.   Do Senate rules also prevent AHCA from allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices with powerful drug companies? 

So what the heck is going on, Rod??    Please tell us in terms folks can understand!!!  Where does it say in the constitution that Senate rules can’t be changed?? 

Please use a newsletter to tell folks what Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst have done to change Senate rules, as we don’t have, and have yet to find, their email addresses, for such broad interest mailings!!!  

What do the Senators have to say about changing Senate Rules?  Grassley & Ernst, please send your response to

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You certainly don’t hide your email address from us!!!   


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 *Reported in May 2017 AARP Bulletin--WHY YOUR DRUGS COST SO MUCH