Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Republicans waste Arizona's money on costly "postcard" to Washington D.C.

Mary Jo Pitzl

The Arizona Republic

The House has a delivery for you to pick up, courtesy of Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix.

After last week's lengthy and passionate debate on suing the feds over the healthcare-reform law (think microcosm of the Washington, D.C. debate), Sinema proposed sending a letter to Congress attesting that the Arizona Legislature agrees with at least parts of the sweeping federal law.

She ticked off five areas of bipartisan agreement, such as preventing insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and allowing insurance companies to sell across state lines.

“It's a good thing that this country will stop the practice of discriminating against children with pre-existing conditions,” said Sinema, who served on President Obama's White House Health Reform Task Force.

She even brought her own 44-cent stamps to mail off the letters — a swipe at the concurrent resolution that GOP lawmakers. The resolution, referred to as "postcards" in legislative lingo, goes through a more-costly and time-consuming process through the Secretary of State's
office before getting to D.C.

The resolution asked Congress to repeal the new healthcare reform law, something that Republicans eagerly supported and Democrats angrily opposed.

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