Congressman Parker Griffith announced he will deliver the Republican response to the President's weekly radio address on Saturday, March 6, on his opposition to the Democrats' government takeover of health care. As a physician who spent 30 years treating patients across north Alabama, Dr. Griffith will outline the dangers of putting government in charge of medical decisions that should be made by patients and doctors.
"America is watching the House of Representatives as it is the last line of defense to protect them from a government-takeover of health care since the rules will change in the Senate," said Dr. Griffith. "President Obama's "new' plan of reconciliation is just more of the same that has already been rejected by the American people.
"By serving on the Truth Squad for the Health Care Summit and now by delivering the Republican response to the President's weekly radio address, I have been fortunate to play a leading role in the health care debate. The message I hope to make clear to those Members of Congress who may be sitting on the fence - the American public does not want this health care plan.
"It is not too late to scrap Washington Democrats' government takeover of health care and start over with a clean sheet of paper and a step-by-step approach focused on lowering costs and protecting American jobs. A true health care reform bill will increase the number of medical schools, will allow insurance companies to compete across state lines, contain meaningful tort reform, and will allow small businesses to group together to purchase health care plans at reasonable costs.
"The White House released unemployment numbers today revealing the economic policies of President Obama and Speaker Pelosi have failed. Approximately 36,000 jobs were lost last month while our unemployment numbers hover around 10 percent. These are "our' unemployment numbers because Congress needs to be held responsible for passing an ineffective stimulus bill and continuing to increase our national debt. Even as I voted against both pieces of legislation, I cannot sit idly by as the Democrats try to pass yet another ineffective bill by ramming through an unwanted government-takeover of health care.
"The Democrats have now spent more than eight months peddling a bill that the public does not want instead of focusing on fixing the economy and generating new jobs. I am pleased to take a leadership role in the health care debate to give a voice to the public who have, up until now, been ignored by Democrats."
Now in his first term in Congress, Dr. Griffith is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee - the committee is one of three in the House with jurisdiction over health care. He also served as a member of Leader John Boehner's Truth Squad for the President's bipartisan health care summit.