Statement from Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA 6th CD)....
I oppose allowing Washington to make health care decisions for you
"Americans from across the country are concerned about their health care. Americans want the ability to be able make health care decisions that are in the best interests of their loved ones, without worrying that the cost of quality care will lead them to financial ruin. I know Americans are frustrated by rising health care costs, and that is why we in Congress must act in order to cut health insurance costs and make health care better, more available, and more affordable for all Americans.
"House Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have introduced legislation that will not make health care better for your family. Speaker Pelosi’s 2000 page bill, with over $1 trillion in new spending is defined by more than 120 new government agencies and programs and a myriad of new federal regulations, mandates, and a significant increase in federal spending and debt. This amounts to a government takeover of your health care, and Washington would have ultimate control over what is best for you, the patient, what treatments are acceptable, and how long you must wait for needed care. This is the wrong approach for health care and what is worse, the over $800 billion in new taxes will kill as many as 5.5 million jobs primarily in small businesses. I believe you know what is best for you and your family and that is why I oppose any proposal that will allow Washington to make your health care decisions for you.
"I support a better approach to improving the quality of your care. Republicans have offered solutions that I support that will empower patients with choices, make high quality coverage more affordable, and protect and preserve the doctor-patient relationship. Unlike the Democrats’ plan, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has confirmed that the plan offered by House Republicans will lower premiums by up to 10 percent and reduce the deficit by $68 billion over 10 years, all without imposing any tax increases on families and small businesses and while improving the quality of your health care. This legislation, that I support, allows for the purchase of health insurance across state lines, allows individuals and small businesses to join large pools to get more competitive rates, provides tort reform to cut down the high cost of defensive medicine, allows full tax deductibility of health insurance premiums, portability of health insurance and protection against pre-existing condition exclusions. These are the reform the American people want and need."
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