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ELECTION: Jan Angel serves big-money interests, not ours

Letter by Jack Skoczek, Gig Harbor on Oct. 22, 2013 at 5:06 pm | No Comments »
October 22, 2013 5:06 pm

As long as state Rep. Jan Angel is beholden to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), then her claim that she represents each and every one of her constituents must be seriously questioned. As the Washington co-chair of ALEC as well as part of ALEC’s Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force, it’s clear that Angel isn’t working tirelessly for the people but instead is beholden to big-money interests.

Those interests include her co-sponsorship of House Bill 1361, which eliminates 103 state-mandated health benefits from insurance company’s responsibility under the guise that some “may possibly conflict or overlap” with those mandated by federal law in accordance with the ACA (Obamacare).

Only days later she co-sponsored House Bill 1804, which prohibited “spending any state funds for either the planning or implementation” of the ACA in Washington state. Had these bills passed, insurance companies would be off the hook for many previously mandated health benefits, saving them a lot of money while at the same time making it difficult if not impossible for many people to finally obtain affordable health insurance.

That is why Angel cannot be trusted. In my opinion, she clearly cares more about insurance company profits than the people she claims to serve.

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