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Blackburn Responds To Democrat Health Care Bill

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Location: Washington, DC

Blackburn Responds To Democrat Health Care Bill

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-07) today responded to Democrat House Leadership's introduction of a "public option" health care reform bill.

"After weeks huddled behind locked doors, twisting arms and cutting deals, Democrats have finally let their bill see the light of day. Democrats continue to reject common sense proposals that would eliminate barriers to health care access without exploding the deficit. Make no mistake about it; the Progressive Caucus is committed to federalizing your health care. If they cannot achieve this immediately, then they will put the country on the path to achieve that goal. They have said so, and I believe them. And I will oppose that every step of the way."

"Tennesseans know from their experience with TennCare that well meaning public option health care quickly becomes a dysfunctional and expensive burden on the public. Our own Democrat governor has warned against the expense and impact of the public option approach. I challenge any supporter of this bill to cite one instance where public option care has resulted in better, less expensive care."

"Americans need and deserve real health care reform. Insurance companies should live up to the policies they sell and not discriminate on the basis of pre-existing conditions. That is why I am the co-sponsor of bills that can gather a majority of support in the House and fix health care without creating a new federal bureaucracy that would stand between you and your doctor."

Congressman Blackburn is co-sponsor of:

* H.R. 3218, by Rep. John Shadegg which would permit small businesses, churches, alumni associations and other institutions to pool together and offer health plans, much like the co-ops some Democrats have embraced.
* H.R. 3713 by Rep. Mike Rogers, which achieves President Obama's reform goals without imposing a public option.

* H.R. 3400, by the Republican Study Committee, which allows insurance plans to be purchased across state lines. H.R. 3400 includes a provision by Blackburn to allow seniors to opt out of Medicare without putting their Social Security benefits at risk.

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