The importance of meeting with your Senators or Representatives when they are home was demonstrated last week at a local meeting with Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).
The Senator was asked by one of his constituents if the Republicans would try to repeal the Affordable Care Act if they became the majority in Congress.
Grassley responded by saying, “Yes, I’m saying that I would not — we’re not going to repeal the Affordable Care Act.” He then appeared to leave himself some wiggle room, clarifying that there are 49 other Senate Republicans and that he was speaking only for himself.
Grassley, who is 88 and is the longest-serving Republican Senator in Congress, is the top Republican on the powerful Judiciary Committee. He was among the most vocal opponents of the law when Congress was debating it more than a decade ago.
However, according to a report in the Washington Post, “… some Republicans have suggested that their party should continue to try to repeal the law if it wins back control of the House and the Senate this year. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said during a radio interview last month that he wants to see the GOP repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has repeatedly declined to detail what platform Senate Republicans would follow if they retake the chamber, saying only that the specifics will be discussed after the midterms.”
While most seniors do not rely on the Affordable Care Act for their healthcare because of Medicare or Medicaid, this is a good example of how important meeting with your elected officials is and how it sometimes can even make the news.