Rep. Sanford Bishop Defends His Health Care Reform Vote to Muscogee Democrats

Rep. Sanford Bishop addressing Muscogee County Democrats

For 17 years, reelections haven’t been much of a problem for Rep. Sanford Bishop, up until now.  He keeps his 2nd Congressional District farmers content by looking out for their interests in Washington.  He said, “I’m the peanut Congressman.” He looks out for the district’s military facilities, not only working to get billions for Fort Benning, but has been a big supporter and gotten millions in funding for the National Infantry Museum.  Still, some believe he has an uphill struggle to stay in office because he had the courage to vote for President Obama’s health care reform bill. The Tea Party folks are  after him now.

Making no apologies for his vote, and even criticizing Governor Perdue for wanting to repeal the bill, saying he can’t understand why the governor doesn’t want health care for all Georgians,  he believes that when people really understand what the reform measure will accomplish they will be for it.  People come up to him after apperances at civic clubs and tell him that once he explained what the bill will do it makes sense to them. He said they have been bombarded with so much deliberate misinformation and downright lies that they really don’t know how beneficial the reform will be.  He is working to help folks understand it.  He said he counters Tea Party misinformation at town hall meetings by simply flashing the law itself on a screen and explaining how it differs from what critics claim.

He got a standing ovation.

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