Bishop Laments Democrat Hijacking Of Individual Liberties
Tonight, Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) cast a "no" vote for the Democrat takeover of healthcare, H.R. 3590. Despite significant bipartisan opposition, Speaker Pelosi wrangled 219 Democrat members to vote in favor of the bill- just enough needed to send the bill to the President's desk for signature.
"I am proud to say that I was one of the 212 Members of Congress who opposed the Democrat's freedom-robbing healthcare bill. Poor process produces a poor product and this trillion dollar tragedy is about as bad as they come. From the very start, this bill was on course to be one of the most historic examples of why we must restore a balance of power in Washington.
"Over the past year, Democrats consistently turned a deaf ear to the American people and to the numerous alternatives offered by Republicans, proving that it was not about passing the best possible bill, but instead about increasing government intrusion into the lives of all Americans. This abuse of power is exactly what the Founding Fathers sought to prevent when they drafted the Constitution.
"The State of Utah has realized the need for true healthcare reform and started a process based on the needs of the state's unique demographics that would have provided viable options for all Utahns. This vote will stop Utah's efforts as well as those of other states working to provide tailored alternatives to this massive one-size-fits-all assault on freedom and choice. The destruction of Utah's creative alternative is the real tragedy.
"Today is not the proudest day of this institution and I am committed, more than ever, to work toward getting this country back on track by rebuilding individual liberty and restoring the principles of Federalism on which this country was founded," said Congressman Bishop.
Among other things, this legislation will:
* add $569.2 billion in tax increases
* cut Medicare by $523.5 billion
* add $48 billion more for Medicaid
* create $17 billion in new taxes on Americans who do not comply with the individual mandate
* force $52 billion in new taxes on employers that do not provide health coverage deemed "acceptable" or "affordable" by government bureaucrats