The Hill Report
A Weekly Newsletter from Congressman Pete Sessions
Week of November 1 – November 7, 2009
Tonight, I voted against a government takeover of your health care. I have heard the message loud and clear: the majority of 32nd District residents do not want higher costs, fewer options, and government interference between patients and their doctors.
So it’s a sad day for America. Ignoring the undeniable opposition of the American people, House Democrats placed their partisan political agenda over personal decision-making and passed a government takeover of health care by a vote of 220 - 215.
From criminalizing non-compliance of insurance mandates to establishing 118 new bureaucracies to control health care in America, Speaker Pelosi’s 2,032-page health care reform bill tramples on the freedom and individual liberty upon which our nation was founded:
$250,000 fine and 5 years in Jail—Maximum sentence for an American guilty of not purchasing government-approved health coverage
5.5 Million—Number of jobs that could be lost as a result of taxes on businesses that cannot afford to provide health coverage, according to a model by President Obama’s Economic Advisor
$729.5 Billion—Total new taxes on small businesses, individuals, and employers who cannot afford to provide coverage that meets federal bureaucrats’ standards
$1.055 Trillion—New federal spending of your tax dollars for a government takeover of health care
114 Million—Number of individuals who could lose their current coverage under the bill’s government-run health plan, according to non-partisan actuaries at the Lewin Group
43—Entitlement programs the bill creates, expands, or extends
118—Additional offices, bureaus, commissions, programs, and bureaucracies the bill creates over and above the entitlement expansions
3,425—Uses of the word “shall,” representing new duties for bureaucrats and mandates on individuals, businesses, and States
2017—Year Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund will be exhausted—an entitlement crisis exacerbated by the bill, which cuts nearly $450 Billion from Medicare
I am appalled by this blatant attack on American freedom. Every American should be outraged.
Turning the House of Representatives into a graveyard for good ideas, House Democrats voted down House Republicans’ common-sense health care reform alternative that would lower health care premiums and increase access to affordable, high-quality care – without adding to the national debt.
Totaling only 219 pages, the alternative healthreform bill includes coverage for pre-existing conditions, institutes real medical liability reform, enhances Health Savings Accounts, enables large insurance pools and purchasing across state lines, and provides incentives for states to reduce costs and increase insurance.
In fact, on Wednesday the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office reported that the House Republican health care alternative bill could lower health care premiums by 10 percent and reduce the national deficit by $68 Billion over the next 10 years.
The American people want lower health care costs, and that is exactly what the Republican alternative would deliver. Instead of an unsustainable trillion-dollar government-run health care program, our plan would reduce the national debt and demonstrates the effectiveness of fiscally-responsible health care reform.
I voted in favor of this patient-centered reform that would preserve individual choice and access to the best quality care in America. Yet, House Democrats rejected the opportunity to provide real reform, voting down the alternative bill by a vote of 258 to 176.
In the end, Speaker Pelosi’s bill wasn’t about quality health care for all Americans – it was about advancing a radical, liberal agenda intent on expanding government control and diminishing the free enterprise system.
I believe that the American people will hold House Democrats accountable for their vote for government-controlled health care. I stand with the American people in this fight. Together, we must defeat the Pelosi health care bill and bring about true reform that provides every American access to quality health care of their choice.
Have a good weekend.