Rodney and health care

A Daily Record editorial the other day suggested that Rep. Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, R-Harding, should hold a public meeting on health care in Morris County …  Here is a response from his office:
 

As you are aware, Congressman Frelinghuysen held a series of open town hall meetings in late April and early May.  As you know, because you attended but did not report, health care was the dominant topic of discussion.

He followed up with a series of unscreened Telephone Town Hall Meetings with thousands of residents on the line. Once again, health care was the dominant issue – representing nearly 90% of the questions asked and answered.

And as you also know, Rodney also spent early August visiting a number of senior citizen residential communities (including Fox Hills, Cedar Crest and Chelsea), Trustees of the Morris County Medical Society and area businesses to discuss current proposals.

I would anticipate scheduling additional Town Hall and TeleTown Hall meetings in September, as is Rodney’s standard practice.

 

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About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

15 Responses to Rodney and health care

  1. P says:

    Sounds like Rodney has a firm grasp of what his constituents want.

  2. motownrepub says:

    Rodney has never stayed away from communicating with his constituents. He always makes lots of visits and he is one of the most open and honest politicians around. Ask him anything and you will get a direct answer from him. He doesn’t hide, which is more than can be said for many Congressmen.

  3. I must disagree .. For a congressman in a safe district — granted, most of them are safe — I have always found Rodney to shy from direct commentary on controversial issues . … a lame press release is more his style. He could have held a full-blown meeting during the August recess, which is the type of thing many of his colleagues are doing.

  4. Joe Keyes says:

    I found Mr. Frelinghuysen very responsive and timely in responding to my questions about his stand on the stimulus package back in February this year. Throughout his tenure in public office, he has avoided the name-calling and mean-spirited verbal assaults frequently used by other Morris GOP personalities. Unfortunately, lame press releases seem to be the norm in NJ. I wish he would present a clearer view on health care insurance issues.

  5. P says:

    I watched Rodney do Town Hall meetings during the height of the Anti-Iraq war campaign and he never shied away from telling the people who opposed his point of view why he stood where he did, even when they were less than civil in their presentation of their disgust for the war and his support of it.

    And I wouldn’t say many are doing them, more like a few.

    At this point, I think the Dems are doing the ones that they are just to cherry pick some video material for their fall campaign to convince America that only the crazies oppose “Obama’s” health care plan. Shades of “Christie running away from Congress.”

  6. Joe Keyes says:

    I can’t reconcile with anyone who voted for that war, GOP or Democrat. We were lied to, mislead, and it was so obvious that only the most absolutely naïve person could have thought otherwise. Watching Colin Powell present the administration’s case before the UN was an embarrassment. I credit Representative Frelinghuysen for his candor and his responsiveness—not his politics. “Cherry-picking” has reached new levels during the internet age. It’s easy to do, may scare some, but savvy people know when it’s being foisted on them.

  7. P says:

    So can we put you down as a “maybe” when he runs again next year?

  8. Joe Keyes says:

    P:

    We’ll see. A lot is going on between now and then.

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