Blackburn To Attend Blair House Health Care Summit
Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) will join House and Senate leadership at Thursday's health care summit hosted by President Obama. Blackburn was asked today to join the House Republican delegation by Leader Boehner; one of only four Republicans outside of House Leadership. Blackburn supports health care reform, but has been an outspoken critic of what she sees as a flawed approach and unworkable legislation that would ultimately make health care more expensive and less available.
"This summit is about achieving access to affordable health care for the American people. We can come together and do that in a consumer driven way that expands options and reduces cost."
"The President's eleven page "starting point' is simply a summary of the health care bills the American people rejected in August and again in December. There is little in this latest version that I believe Tennessee families will embrace now. Good policies will be easier to reach if we abandon last year's flawed legislation and begin again with a blank sheet of paper."
"I will rely on lessons of the past as I work with the Republican delegation to the health care summit to find solutions that benefit working families over federal bureaucrats."
"We have learned in Tennessee that government run health care systems experience cost explosions that ultimately drive prices higher and access lower. Our painful experience with TennCare should stand as a lesson to this summit and all its participants. As we get underway tomorrow, I will have those lessons in mind. I hope my colleagues will as well."
Last year, Representatives Blackburn and Roe listed the lessons that TennCare, Tennessee's experiment with public option care, could teach the nation. In an exchange with Secretary Sebelius, the Administration refused to expand on what lessons the Administration had learned from TennCare in crafting their proposals.
Appearing on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Congressman Blackburn highlighted a serious flaw in the House version of health care reform which would seriously restrict the availability of mammograms for most women in America. Background materials that support the Congressman's concerns can be found here.
Blackburn supports health care proposals that would give Americans tax incentives to purchase health insurance privately while expanding the pool of groups that can offer health care coverage . And the GOP alternative to Speaker Pelosi's health care legislation.