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In describing opponents of health care reform, Minnesota Senator Al Frankin reminded advocates at yesterday’s Families USA conference of a quote by former Speaker Sam Rayburn, “Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a carpenter to build one.” He characterized the opponents as having bumper stickers with only one word – No. Our bumper sticker has way too many words, and ends “continued on next bumper sticker.” He closed by reminding us how close we are to providing relief to struggling consumers with affordable, quality options for coverage. He says we should pass what we have, and not let the perfect be the enemy of the merely very good.
Our CT delegation agrees, in my visits. I spoke with Rep. Chris Murphy’s staff yesterday and they are also determined to see that reform moves forward.
Ellen Andrews