U.S. Congressman Dan Boren today issued the following statement regarding the health care reform package announced by the Obama Administration this week:
"I had hoped that the Administration would make good on its promise to focus on the economy and job creation now that an overwhelming majority of Americans have shown their opposition to job-killing measures like cap and trade and health care reform.
But the nearly $1 trillion package announced this week by the President is just more of the same big-spending, tax-laden policy that won't put Americans to work and will add to our rising national debt. The Administration's package includes nearly every major issue that caused me to vote against the first piece of health care legislation last fall in the U.S. House.
The worst thing you can do during an economic downturn is raise taxes; and this proposal does just that. I cannot support the tax increases on small businesses and the mandates on employers that are included in this plan because they will lead to job loss at a time when every public official should be focused solely on improving our economy and creating jobs.
After holding town halls and meeting with numerous constituents throughout last year, I know that folks in eastern Oklahoma want me focused first and foremost on creating jobs, reigning in the government spending and waste, and maintaining a strong national defense.
While I support some insurance reforms such as eliminating pre-existing conditions and making insurance plans portable across state lines, there is no chance I am voting for this bill because it raises taxes on businesses, creates job-killing mandates, grows the size of government, and cuts services to seniors."