Rep. Paul Cook can be reached by email here.
Dear Col. Cook,
You have served California’s 8th congressional district since 2013 as well as the state assembly and the Yucca Valley city council prior to that. I would like to take a moment to recognize and honor your service as a Marine in Vietnam. Thank you for your for your sacrifice to this country and for your 26 years of service in the military. May you relish your remaining months as an elected official, because I personally, along with my family, friends and neighbors, will see to it that you are never elected to represent the public again.
Today, you voted to roll back the Affordable Care Act in favor of Trump Care, a half-baked bill that will cause tens of millions of Americans to lose health coverage or have to pay far higher insurance costs while at the same time weakening the fiscal stability of Medicare.
I would like to personally thank you and the 216 other GOP reps in the House who voted for corporations, for greed, for an authoritarian state that has surrendered any illusion of governance on behalf of the people today — you have made my job as a voter so clear, so easy. You have showed me beyond any reasonable doubt that the $174,000/year plus benefits I pay for you to represent me is simply wasted. Nothing, and nobody — meaning nobody in your seat — would be a better alternative.
You voted for an unvetted healthcare solution that gives $600 billion in tax cuts to corporations and an additional $2.8 billion in breaks for America’s 400 richest families while the sick, the poor, the elderly and the children suffer. Whether it passes the Senate or no, you have directly voted against the interest of your constituents, singling out children and the elderly.
You have pointed your finger directly at a segment of the population that already struggles mightily and dashed any semblance of hope to lead healthy, productive lives.
I’m not sure what your strategy is, whether you’re greedy, ignorant, stupid or just plain evil but whatever it is your feckless abandonment of those you represent will not be forgotten.
Tens of millions of lives will be denigrated and/or lost because of your actions. Women, all women — more than half the population of your district — are now defined as being born with a congenital defect. Those who have been raped, have suffered from postpartum depression, had a cesarean section or who have survived domestic violence are all classified as having had a preexisting condition. Your vote will even make it possible for insurance companies to deny coverage for gynecological services and mammograms.
In calling for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign in 2014, you wrote “Our nation has a moral responsibility to care for veterans who bear the scars of war in defending our freedoms. As a combat veteran and United States representative, my primary duty to veterans is to ensure that they receive medical care befitting a person who risked life and limb on the battlefield. However, we must have faith in the leadership of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to carry out this duty.”
And yet, today you voted for an estimated 600,000 veterans to lose their insurance.
It gives me no joy to know that an illustrious career serving this nation has been ended by one indulgent and untimely decision, but that was the vote you cast.
And I will surely cast mine for whomever runs against you.
P.S. – Great job exempting yourself from this shit sandwich you’re shoving down the collective throats of your citizenry.