Congressman Bob Goodlatte today voted against H.R. 3962 Speaker Pelosi's proposal for a government takeover of health care.
This legislation is over 2000 pages long, and contains over a $1 trillion in new spending. Speaker Pelosi's legislation 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. It is estimated that as many as 114 million Americans could lose their current coverage under the bill. It is also estimated that the legislation will raise $800 billion in new taxes and will kill as many as 5.5 million jobs primarily in small businesses at a time when unemployment is at a 26-year high. In addition, the Democrat health care bill would cut Medicare for the nation's seniors by $500 billion.
"We can all agree that our health care system needs reform," said Congressman Goodlatte. "However, the Democrats' proposed legislative plan completely misses the mark. Whether through the government insurance option' or other regulations and programs, Washington would have ultimate control over what is best for patients, what treatments are acceptable, and how long patients wait for needed care. I believe you know what is best for you and your families and that is why I oppose any proposal that will allow Washington to make your health care decisions for you."
Instead of the Democrats' government takeover, Congressman Goodlatte has supported the proposal put forth by Congressman John Boehner and House Republicans that would have empowered patients with choices, made high quality coverage more affordable and protected and preserved the doctor-patient relationship. Unlike the Democrats' plan, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office confirmed that the plan offered by House Republicans would lower premiums by up to 10 percent and reduce the deficit by $68 billion over 10 years, all without imposing tax increases on families and small businesses and while improving the quality of your health care. The Republican proposal 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.
Goodlatte continued, "This alternative proposal, that I support, focuses on strategies that help Americans obtain the best quality health care at the least cost, and ensures that the government fosters increased access to quality care based on individual choice, not by taking away choices from people on the grounds that government knows best."
H.R. 3962 passed the House of Representatives on Saturday, November 7, 2009 by a vote of 220-215, and was subsequently referred to the Senate
"Virginia voters, this week, expressed their opposition to the big government principles defined by this legislation at the ballot box. These sentiments are shared by voters across the country. As this misguided legislation heads to the Senate, I am confident that Virginians and the American people will continue to let their voices be heard against this takeover of health care," stated Goodlatte.