On Oct. 11 Patrick Segedy wrote asking for someone to explain the incongruity of U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy's position regarding the Affordable Care Act ("Murphy's Talk," letters). I was an invited member of Rep. Tim Murphy's health care advisory board in 2005-2006. At a meeting of the advisory board in 2006 Rep. Murphy stated that of the 45 million Americans who were without health insurance in a given year, 18 million of the uninsured were between the ages of 18 and 34. Therefore they had voluntarily chosen not to carry insurance because of their youth and higher chances of good health.
I asked if young people did not get sick, get in accidents, get injured as a result of criminal activity and who would be responsible for paying their bills? Rep. Murphy said he wasn't going to discuss my observation. This seems to be the way he deals with critical issues. I have asked him on numerous occasions to supply me with his complete health care plan and I have been met with only silence.
In 2006 Rep. Murphy issued a 61-page report titled "Critical Condition: The State of the Union's Health Care 2006." At a very recent senior health fair, I approached Rep. Murphy's table and asked for his complete health care plan. The person at the table reached under it and gave me a single sheet of paper.
In his 11 years in office, Tim Murphy has shown himself to be a follower rather than a leader.