More Steps In The Wrong Direction On Health Care Reform
Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) today emphasized her opposition to the House Majority's plan for government-run health care. The House Energy and Commerce Committee, on which Bono Mack sits, today considered additions to the Democratic health care plan, H.R. 3200. Bono Mack, along with several of her colleagues, voted on broad proposals that would replace the current bill to include key points from the President's recent address to Congress, such as medical liability reform and effective cost containment. These amendments were defeated, and H.R. 3200 will continue to the House Floor for consideration.
"Over the past month, the American people have soundly rejected a government takeover of healthcare," said Bono Mack. "Instead of forcing this flawed plan on the American people, Congress should start over with a new bill that better meets the needs of Americans, driving down health care costs, enacting meaningful tort reform, and increasing access to quality, affordable care.
"It is alarming that the Majority in Congress is rushing this bill through without focusing on essential changes that the President himself recently addressed -- cost containment, maintaining access to current coverage and medical liability reform. Instead, this bill will raise costs, increase premiums, compromise seniors' coverage, and put more government bureaucrats between patients and their doctors. Clearly, we need a better approach that will put the health care needs of Americans first.
"I remain committed to working on a bipartisan basis on essential health care reform that addresses current problems, while building on the free-market principles that have made our health care the best in the world."