Thomas Langhorne has an article entitled GOP silences Bucshon challenger at dinner wherein he reports on Rep. Larry Buschon speaking at the Vanderburgh County GOP’s Lincoln Day Dinner while his primary challenger, Kristi Risk, was not given an opportunity to speak.
Risk seemed to take it in stride, making a point to emphasize that the voters and not the party leadership ultimately gets to decide who the nominee is.
In the course of his remarks, Buschon apparently criticized Democratic challenger, Dave Crooks, for supporting health care reform. I’m not sure Buschon wants to go there. I’ll confess I know nothing about Buschon’s prior career. But, here is the default perception. He was a surgeon. He probably profited mightily from the health care status quo and has apparently parlayed that success into a position in Congress where he is now defending the status quo. But, guess what, the status quo of the U.S. health care system sucks for most people; a spiral of rising costs and ever-more illusory insurance coverage. Other than some hand waving and mumbling about “tort reform” and cross-state insurance sales, I’m guessing Rep. Buschon doesn’t have a lot of solid suggestions. “I’m from the health care industry, and I’m here to help” might not be too reassuring to voters these days. Certainly not if you have a pre-existing health condition.