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Congressman Steve Pearce Votes to Reverse the Government Takeover of Health Care

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Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Steve Pearce voted today, along with 244 of his colleagues, in favor of a bill to reverse the government takeover of health care. The bill drew bipartisan support, in response to the overwhelming outcry against President Obama's health care bill, passed last year.

"I've made it a point to listen," said Pearce. "I've travelled across New Mexico meeting with everyone who will talk to me, and what I'm hearing is that people don't want the government controlling their medicine. People are worried about keeping their freedom and their jobs. Small business owners already struggling to stay afloat are being forced to lay off even more employees to comply with this law.

As representative of the Second Congressional District of New Mexico, I am prepared to work with my colleagues in Congress to provide better access to health care for all Americans. We must work to maintain the extension of coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions. We must create more flexibility in the health care industry by allowing individuals and families to take their policy with them if they leave their job. We must allow consumers to shop for health insurance across state lines. We must incentivize the purchase of Medical IRA's that are usable at any age without tax consequences to pay for premiums, deductibles, office visits, treatment and prescriptions.

The reason President Obama's bill took so long to pass in the first place is that it did not have the support of the people. That concerned me, and it concerned New Mexicans. Today, the House of Representatives took a step in the right direction by listening and responding to the will of the people."


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