Sunday, March 21, 2010

Despite Public Opposition, Health Reform Passes in the House

Congressman Perlmutter Disregards Constituents’ Desire to Start Over on Health Reform

Wheat Ridge, CO- March 21, 2010 –Today, the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a $1.2 trillion government takeover of health care. In order to pass the bill, the Democrats used a deeply partisan process – full of back-room negotiations, kickbacks, and unprecedented parliamentary maneuvering. This bill, which will affect one-six of the nation’s economy, is certainly not the bi-partisan solution that the country needs at this time. Not only does this bill pose a clear threat to states’ sovereignty, but it also places a heavy burden on businesses during tough economic times. In the latest Rasmussen Reports poll, 43% of the American people are for Congress’ health care plan, while a firm 53% majority is against it.

Ryan Frazier said, “Instead of focusing on creating jobs and growing the economy, Congress has decided to disregard the will of the people and use the ‘D.C. Two-Step’ in order to push through an ill-conceived health care bill.”

Congressman Ed Perlmutter voted along with the Nancy Pelosi-led majority in support of the bill. “With this vote, it is becoming increasingly clear that the Ed Perlmutter who went to Washington D.C. four years ago is not the same Ed Perlmutter who is now voting with Nancy Pelosi 97% of the time,” said Frazier. “Day in and day out, I have been hearing a resounding message from constituents in the 7th Congressional District that they do not want the health care proposal that is currently moving through Congress. They want Congress to start over and enact responsible reforms that will help to lower costs and make our country’s health care system more reliable and sustainable.”

Frazier believes that some of these responsible reforms would include allowing the purchase of coverage across state lines, supporting Small Business Health Associations, and implementing malpractice reform. These reforms would not only help to lower the costs of coverage, but they would also provide better access to quality care.

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