Congressman Steve Scalise today made the following statement regarding the introduction of legislation proposing a government takeover of healthcare. The bill was introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives.
"This bill creates a government takeover of our health care system that also adds hundreds of billions of dollars in new taxes that will hurt small businesses and American families. The bill filed by Speaker Pelosi and other liberals in Congress sets up a process that allows bureaucrats in Washington to ration health care and interfere with the relationship between patients and their doctors.
"While we need to make reforms to our health care system, I am strongly opposed to a government-run health plan that limits health options for families and allows politicians in Washington to interfere with the relationship between patients and their doctors. Quality health care coverage should be affordable and accessible for every American, and everyone who is satisfied with their current health care coverage should be able to keep it. I will continue pushing common sense, innovative, patient-centered solutions that give families more options and flexibility, while reducing waste, fraud, and abuse in the system to lower health care costs."
As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee which will have jurisdiction over a large portion of the legislation, Scalise will be fighting to make sure that bureaucrats in Washington are not able to takeover America's healthcare system. The legislation is scheduled to be considered by the Energy and Commerce Committee later this week.