Sen. Stevens on the complexity of health policy

Being a citizen legislator isn’t easy.  You’ve got to manage your day job, your family and the needs of your constituents.

And, once a year or so you have to travel somewhere, often away from home, and get into the weeds on complicated policy questions that you may or may not know much about.

It’s even harder on a complicated topic like health care.

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That can sometimes develop into frustration for some policy makers.  To wit, Sen. Gary Stevens of Kodiak, Alaska.

In a set of comments made during a committee hearing on Feb. 20th, Sen. Stevens raised some frustrations with his committee chair, Sen. David Wilson:

Mr. Chairman, I appreciate that you know much more about this than I do, but maybe in understanding what those specific waivers are when we go through them so I have a better idea of what they mean. Instead of 1115, I have no idea what that means.

That was followed 20 minutes later with a bit of exasperation as well as a laugh.

Mr Chairman, I just want to say I told you so. You should not have appointed me to this committee because I have no background on this at all.

You can see the video from the hearing here.  The first comment is at 19:35, the second at 39:11.