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Lawmakers: Know what you're opposing

Even lawmakers ideologically disinclined to support health care reform have a responsibility to be informed and clear about what's being proposed. The hands-off attitude exhibited last week by Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, and lack of knowledge about the House health reform bill were disappointing. When asked whether "death panels" were in the bill, she said, "Not that I'm aware of, but I've not been invited to the speaker's office yet to talk about the bill." Jenkins needn't be invited to the House speaker's office to know that the talk of "death panels" is nonsense.