Congressman Mel Watt (12th District of North Carolina) released the following statement about his decision to vote for the health care reform bill which passed the House last night by a vote of 219 - 212:
"I am proud that after months and months of arduous, but thorough, process the House finally adopted a comprehensive health reform bill that I am confident the U.S. Senate will pass later this week.
"The most important benefit our country will get from this legislation will, of course, be that 32 million Americans who do not have health insurance coverage now will over time get coverage. I am pleased that the Congressional Budget Office has confirmed that revenue sources and savings identified in the legislation will more than cover the cost of providing this additional coverage and, in fact, will contribute approximately $140 billion to reduce the deficit over the next 10 years and approximately $1.2 trillion more to reduce the deficit over the following 10 years. I have thoroughly reviewed the CBO analysis and believe that the calculations are sound, if not understated.
"I am also extremely pleased that the House Committee on Energy & Commerce has, at my request, prepared an analysis of the projected benefits residents of the 12th Congressional District of North Carolina will derive from this legislation. The full content of that analysis is attached to this press statement and is posted on my office web site.
"In light of the health and fiscal benefits for the nation and the specific benefits my constituents will derive from this legislation, my decision to vote for this legislation was really not a difficult decision for me. I will be having a series of town hall meetings soon to discuss this and other legislation with my constituents and look forward to having that opportunity."