U.S. Congressman Dan Boren issued the following statement today regarding his vote in opposition to President Obama's health care reform legislation:
"Today I emphatically cast my vote against President Obama's health care plan. Over the last six months, I've spoken with thousands of Oklahomans about the President's reform proposal and the common thread among all of those conversations has been an unwavering opposition to it.
Since the beginning of this ill-timed debate, I've raised objections to a host of proposals contained within the legislation. First, there are cuts to vital services for seniors on Medicare. Second, it raises taxes on individuals and families, and third it imposes job killing mandates on small businesses. How could anyone think that these are the right steps during a time of record unemployment and recession?
During my career in public service, I have never seen a single issue galvanize my district's voters more than this health care reform proposal. From my first town hall in August of 2009, which drew audiences exceeding 1,000, to the constant phone calls, letters, faxes, and emails to my Washington and Oklahoma offices, the desire for me to oppose this health care proposal has been very clear.
For the last 18 months I have said repeatedly that the focus of Congress should be on job creation and getting our economy moving again; not on creating a brand new entitlement program that we simply cannot afford. This debate has been distracting and divisive, and it has clearly eroded the American people's confidence in Congress to do its job."