Janet Kubat Willette, a reporter from the Post-Bulletin-owned Agri-News paper, was in Redwood Falls yesterday when an audience member got the First District Congressman fired up. Walz and Rep. Collin Peterson were answering questions during a farm policy forum when a woman stood up in the audience and said the proposed health care reform legislation was a "step toward communism."
The comment drew applause and a quick response from Walz.
"I didn't spend 24 years in the military to be called a Communist, I can tell you that," Walz said.
The questioner would not let the congressmen explain their positions on health care requiring moderator Ken Thiesse to ask ther to let them answer.
She left and Walz and Peterson explained their stances on health care reform with Walz saying there needs to be market reform in health care because there is no price transparency and doctors are given incentives to do more tests.
"No market can function without referees," he said.
Walz is getting a boost of support courtesy of the Democratic National Committee. Starting today, radio ads will begin running in the districts of 23 House members — including Walz. The ad blitz funded by the committee applauds lawmakers for their support of health care reform. While the ad thanks Walz for his efforts, it takes aim at insurance companies.
"Health insurance companies have made record profits by doubling premiums and denying people coverage. And now, they and their lobbyists are fighting tooth and nail to stop reform and protect the status quo -— and their profits — at the expense of affordable health care for families, small businesses and millions of Americans."
As I wrote about earlier, the Republican National Committee has already announced it has purchased ads in southern Minnesota criticizing Democrats and the health care reform proposals.