Monday, March 22, 2010

Graves’ Statement Regarding the Passage of the Healthcare Bill

State Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ranger), the leading conservative candidate for Congress in Georgia’s 9th District, released the following statement after House Democrats passed their government plan to takeover of America’s health delivery system:

“Tonight, President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Democrats in Congress advanced their massive government takeover of our nation’s health care system. It’s clear, the bill is too expensive, raises taxes, kills jobs, saddles the country with new debt, and forces new government mandates on the states and small businesses. While reforms are needed, they should be centered on free markets and capitalism. Georgia’s 9th District has said loud and clear that they are opposed to a government-run health care system. When elected, I will work to repeal this bill and replace it with free-market solutions to make health care more affordable, portable and accessible.

“In just the last 13 months, we have seen government intervention in the financial, automobile and now the healthcare sectors. What will be next?

“This is no time to lose hope. Let us be reminded that we live in the greatest republic on earth. One in which the people will have the final say. It is because of this, that I am optimistic about our future and confident that the American people will change the faces of the U.S. Congress this fall.”

Tonight’s vote in the U.S. House of Representatives was 219-212.

Graves released his Patient-Centered Patient-Driven health reform principles last year in a video to voters and in an opinion editorial.


Graves, who is in his fourth term representing House District 12, was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2002. He has chaired numerous subcommittees, served in several leadership positions and been recognized statewide as a conservative leader. He received a 2009 “National Legislator of the Year” from the American Legislative Exchange Council, a 2009 “Guardian of Small Business” Award from the National Federation of Independent Business, the 2009 “Legislator of the Year” Award from the Georgia Retail Association, the 2009 “Legislator of the Year” from the 9th Congressional District of Georgia and was nationally recognized as the “Legislative Entrepreneur of the Year Award” by the Freedom Works Foundation for his tireless effort to stem the tide of expansive government and reduce the tax burden on Georgians. Georgia Trend named Graves to its 2009 “40 under 40, Georgia’s Best and the Brightest.” Graves has been endorsed by Club for Growth PAC, the nation’s premier free-market, free enterprise group of conservatives, FreedomWorks PAC, RedState’s Erick Erickson and was the first candidate to be certified 100 percent pro-life by the Georgia Right to Life PAC.

Graves grew up in White, Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia, where he earned a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance. Graves is a small businessman, past member of the Gordon County Board of Elections and an active member of the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce. He is married to Julie, a native of Marietta, and the couple has three children, JoAnn, John and Janey. They attend the Belmont Baptist Church in Calhoun. 

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