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MEAS CRITICAL OF TSONGAS HEALTHCARE STANCE, EVOKES MEMORY OF HER LATE HUSBAND
HAVERHILL, MA: Fifth Congressional candidate Sam Meas criticized as “smoke and mirrors” remarks made yesterday by Congresswoman Niki Tsongas at a town meeting held at the Chelmsford Senior Center on the controversial healthcare reform bill recently signed into law. Meas also questioned whether aspects of the legislation and the methods used to pass it would have been supported by her late husband and former US Senator Paul Tsongas.
“Niki’s testimonial about her husband’s struggles with cancer as a pre-existing condition certainly resonates with me as a husband and a father of two girls,” said the Haverhill Republican. “But while Niki and I agree that the issue of pre-existing conditions must be addressed, I strongly disagree with the approach she endorsed when she voted in favor of what I call ‘Obamacare’ as well as the way that bill became law.”
“I also suspect that while Paul Tsongas supported comprehensive health coverage, I doubt that he would have favored the ‘Obamacare’ version,” continued Meas. “As a co-founder of the Concord Coalition, Paul Tsongas fought against the rising US deficit. He even lectured members of his own party to focus less on wealth distribution and more on economic growth. ‘Obamacare’ is the antithesis of what Paul Tsongas believed as a pro-business liberal.”
Meas also stated that Paul Tsongas would have been equally critical of Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) who, as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has “mounted a form of political harassment” against large companies such as AT&T, Verizon, and Caterpillar who have signaled that health insurance premiums for their respective employees might rise due, in part, to the passage of the healthcare reform law.
“The law will affect the marketplace,” noted Meas, “and the companies in question are reacting to those changes in the marketplace. Waxman is harassing them for acting in the best interests of their respective shareholders. Paul Tsongas would understand why the business community is doing what it’s doing and I’m sure he would rebuke Waxman. As I do. I hope Niki Tsongas will be just as critical of Waxman’s misuse of political power.”
To learn more about Sam Meas and his campaign for the 5th Congressional seat, please visit: www.sammeasforcongress.com