×

Konopka needs better information sources

In his column on Sunday, Oct. 20, Joe Konopka makes clear that he is not one of those “LIVs” – Low Information Voters – for whom he has such disdain.

No, Joe is clearly a DIV – one of those Dis-Information Voters who rely on right-wing websites and talk radio, where demonstrable fact is a last resort and then used mainly in a misleading context.

He claims that, as a result of Obamacare, the New Hampshire congressional delegation, including Carol Shea-Porter, Ann Kuster, Jeanne Shaheen and even Kelly Ayotte – will let taxpayers pick up the bill for 75 percent of their own health insurance.

Here’s the truth: Like all federal employees, members of Congress and their often low-paid staff get health insurance that’s pretty much the same as employer-provided health insurance in the private sector. Which is to say, the employer picks up a good part of the tab. We also, by the way, pay their salaries.

And so this has nothing to do with Obamacare. It has been this way for decades. And why pick on Congress? Why not deprive, let’s say, FBI agents and defense analysts and park rangers of the same health care benefit?

You want real information, Joe, try real news media. Read the Nashua Telegraph, or, if you don’t like the New York Times, try the Wall Street Journal.

Robert Gillette

Ossipee