Monday, March 22, 2010

Westmoreland: Health care vote fundamentally alters nation

Tonight, Democrats in the House passed sweeping legislation that will fundamentally alter the nature of our nation by implementing a government takeover of health care that Americans don’t want and can’t afford. The Democratic health care plan passed 219-212.

“This vote creates an expensive new entitlement that implements a government takeover of 1/6 of the American economy,” U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland said. “This law will raise taxes on all Americans, it will kill jobs in a lagging economy, it will put mandates on Americans and on businesses, it will put government in between doctors and their patients, it will raise the premiums of people who currently have insurance.

“The Democratic health care bill will add $2.6 trillion in new spending. There’s no free lunch. We’ll either tax ourselves to the point we’re not competitive internationally or we’ll simply add on more and more debt. Regardless, the bottom line is we cannot afford this new entitlement.

“We have bills that as a nation we can’t pay as it is. Now we’re adding on more stress to an overburdened system. Our debt obligations threaten to put our economy in critical care, and we’re crippling the ability of innovative Americans to create new jobs.

“There’s no doubt that there are many Americans facing tragic situations because they lack health insurance. Many more are underinsured and millions live in fear of losing their coverage. By opposing this legislation, we are not belittling or ignoring the real crisis in our nation’s health care system. Republicans have put forth responsible reforms that have fallen on deaf ears with this Democratic Congress and administration. No matter how great our desire to cover each and every American who lacks coverage, we do not serve the greater good if our actions bankrupt our nation.”
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