Letter: Messer not adequately representing district

From: Kimberly Hedges


U.S. Rep. Luke Messer, R-Indiana, is the elected representative of the people of Indiana’s 6th District. He is failing in his representation of us. If you do not fit his perception and narrative of the perfect Hoosier your opinion doesn’t count and your voice goes unheard. The following is just one example.

On March 21, Messer stood up on the House floor and read multiple letters stating how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was a failure. Just prior to the vote, Steven in his Washington, D.C., office told me that the phone calls were “overwhelmingly negative” and the email poll was split 50/50 on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). If Steven was accurate, that means the majority of people in our district, who contacted his offices, did not want him to vote for the AHCA.

When the vote was pulled from the House, Messer was disappointed and tweeted, “This is a bad day for the American people.” He continued to call for “work to repeal Obamacare. We cannot walk away now with so much at stake.” He refuses to acknowledge that the majority of his constituents prefer the ACA to the AHCA.

As the second vote neared on the AHCA, without waiting for the Congressional Budget Office score, Messer put a new poll on his website. The poll asks, “Has Obamacare affected you, your business, and your family for the better?” The only options you were able to chose in response the question were:

  • “No, the changes have hurt my family”
  • “We are hopeful that things will improve”

Messer asks a question but does not allow you to answer in a positive way. He has loaded the poll with the the narrative he wants to speak. Messer is so biased that he cannot allow the truth to be chosen.

The ACA, or Obamacare as he prefers to call it, has helped Hoosier families through subsidies, the Medicaid expansion, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) 2.0. Yet, he voted to repeal the ACA and replace it with the AHCA. He did so proudly and without waiting to see how it would affect Hoosiers, without communicating with Hoosiers and without listening to those who chose to call and write.

Congressman Messer has shown by these tactics that he is not a true representative of the people of Indiana.