Miller-Meeks: Statement on Loebsack’s Vote on Government-Run Healthcare
Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, a Republican candidate for Congress in Iowa’s Second Congressional District, released the following statement today on Democrat Dave Loebsack’s vote in favor of a trillion-dollar health care bill that will kill jobs, cut Medicare, raise taxes, and hand a number of special deals to swing-state Democrats to buy their support for the bill:
“Dave Loebsack hasn’t yet found a spending bill he could turn down. After voting for Wall Street bailouts, a trillion dollar stimulus bill that did nothing to curb unemployment, voting to raise our national debt by two trillion dollars, and voting for a budget that spends more money than any time in our nation’s history, Dave Loebsack today voted for a trillion dollar health bill that will kill jobs, cut Medicare and raise taxes. That’s a shame and Iowa deserves better.
“As a doctor and small businesswoman, I know that the only way we will achieve affordable, quality health care is by focusing on patient-centered, cost-cutting reforms such as tort reform, individual ownership of insurance plans and interstate purchasing of insurance plans. A new costly entitlement program that expands government by creating nearly 160 new bureaucracies, agencies and departments is not the way to go. Already, one of America’s largest manufacturers, Caterpillar, is saying this bill will increase its employee health care costs by 20 percent in the first year alone. Last week, 130 economists agreed this bill will kill jobs and cut wages – a terrible burden on an already struggling economy.
“While Democrats claim this bill will cut the deficit by over $1 trillion, they ignore the fact that the FY-2011 budget is projected to add $1 trillion every year over the next 10 years to our national debt. Their health reform cost estimate also leaves out a critical $371 billion fix to protect hospitals and health care providers from seeing a significant cut in Medicare reimbursement rates. Although this reimbursement fix was in the original House bill, and Speaker Pelosi has said they will pass it later this year, it has been removed temporarily to masquerade the true cost of the Democrats health bill. Add that onto the number of special deals for specific swing-state Democrats to sweeten the bill, and you have a corrupt process jamming through a bill America doesn’t want.
“As eastern Iowa’s next member of Congress, I would always fight for taxpayers, families and seniors and put an end to the reckless taxing, spending and borrowing that liberal Dave Loebsack has supported and that’s putting America on a dangerous fiscal path towards bankruptcy in the years to come.”
Gettemy: Congressman Dave Loebsack votes in direct opposition to the majority of his constituents.
“Today, Congressman Dave Loebsack voted against the clear wishes of his constituents by supporting a legislative bag of tricks to pass the healthcare plan Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barrack Obama want to impose on the American people.
Far from meeting President Obama’s stated goals of reducing health care costs, this plan will create the greatest expansion of entitlements ever undertaken. While the Democratic leadership in Washington talks about how this plan could reduce the deficit, they don’t explain that this is not done through cost savings. Instead, there is a massive new government bureaucracy planned which will raise a multitude of taxes. Any healthcare plan that includes hiring thousands of IRS agents cannot be a good thing.
It is not by accident that most of the innovation in health care happens in the United States because we are different than the rest of the world. We are better! We encourage innovation, which drives improvement. The health care bill Dave Loebsack voted for today will kill innovation. It will push the best and brightest doctors out of medicine. It will result in a much lower level of care for future generations.
Loebsack, Obama, Pelosi and Reid have framed the debate in terms that suggest those who do not support their bill prefer the status quo. This is misinformed at best and a lie at worst. There are alternative ideas that will strengthen America’s healthcare system. These alternatives will not sell out America’s core values as the plan voted on today will. Alternative ideas include: individual ownership of our healthcare plans which provides portability; allowing competition across state lines; tort reform; and Health Savings Accounts which actually give consumers incentive to be good stewards of their healthcare dollars.
In reality, this healthcare fight is a small battle in a war of differing world views. In the Obama, Pelosi, Reid and Loebasck world view, the great American experiment is a failure. They don’t believe Americans are smart enough to make good decisions. Personally, I believe in American Exceptionalism. I believe in the people. Our founders had great wisdom in knowing that rights cannot be legislated, but instead come from our Creator. They further understood that liberty is freedom to make decisions for ourselves and our families.
We must stop this progressive view in its tracks, or we compromise the very foundation that makes the United States the great country it is. America is exceptional, but our generation and our current politicians have not been good stewards of that “Exceptionalism.”
Reed Campaign Responds to Healthcare Reform Vote
Marion, IA – Christopher Reed, Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives 2nd District, responded to today’s historic healthcare reform vote by stating, “Today, common sense has been thrown to the wolves. Partisan politics and a radical agenda have hijacked the people of this country and grabbed control of a portion of our economy that is greater than the entire GDP of Great Britain. “
Reed added, “By voting yes on this outrageous health control plan, my opponent, incumbent Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA), has demonstrated his contempt for the decent people of Iowa. Mr. Loebsack has vehemently stated that he cares more about himself and his party than the future generations of our country.”
“As freedom-loving Americans, we inherently know it is not right to forfeit liberties and delegate unnecessary authority to a totalitarian regime. As freedom-loving Americans, we came together and in one unified voice cried out “No More”. As freedom-loving Americans, we must remain diligent and continue to fight for our freedoms and liberties. I applaud all Americans who stood in the gap these past few months and demanded representation by contacting their elected officials and reminding them that ‘We the People’ are in charge.”
Reed continues, “When I am elected to Congress in November 2010, I will fight to rescind this bill, as it violates the 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution. I will stand with the new Governor of Iowa to ensure that all Iowans continue to be free and their unalienable rights are no longer tread upon by those in Washington D.C. “
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