House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) today issued the following statement after President Obama visited Virginia to push for a trillion dollar overhaul of our health care system:
"Like most Americans, Virginians prefer a step-by-step approach that builds upon what works in our current health care system while lowering costs and increasing access to coverage. The people of our Commonwealth want common sense health care reform, not an overhaul that will increase costs for small businesses, raise taxes on families, cut Medicare for our seniors, and increase premiums for many Virginians.
"We all care about health care, but most Americans simply don't care for the bill that President Obama and Speaker Pelosi are trying to ram through Congress. In fact, while the only bipartisanship we've seen on this bill is in opposition to it, Speaker Pelosi will still attempt to bend the rules and simply "deem the bill passed' -- a process that blurs the lines on where members of this body actually stand on health reform.
"Health care is a very personal issue, and the trillion dollar bill before Congress will affect every man, woman, and child in this country. It will affect our parents, our spouses, our kids, and future generations that have not yet been born. The Senate bill we are talking about is full of provisions that an overwhelming majority of this body does not support, which is why Speaker Pelosi refuses to allow a direct, up-or-down vote on it. Mr. President, Virginians deserve far better than this."