Friend - This weekend the House of Representatives is slated to make a monumental decision on the direction of healthcare in our nation. Much effort has been expended to try to convince the American people that inserting the government into their healthcare decisions will benefit them.
The simple truth, however, is that you cannot take $500 billion out of a Medicare program that will be bankrupt by 2017 and not hurt our seniors. You can't ask the government to pay for a program that costs nearly one trillion dollars and not expect higher taxes, bigger deficits, and greater debt. You can't give Washington bureaucrats more power over our citizens’ health and expect higher quality service. And you can't place mandates on our employers and citizens and not expect jobs and family budgets to hurt as a result.
As much as party leaders in Washington have tried to make this decision about being Democrat or being Republican, this is not about partisan politics. It's about simple truths. As one physician in my district recently stated “people do not like how the health reform process has proceeded over the last year. The legislation has been crafted behind closed doors and without substantive input from both Republicans and Democrats. Solving such an enormous issue will require unity in Congress. Without it, and without gaining some degree of bipartisan support, the chance of achieving any long term success with this critical issue will remain extremely remote.”
The American people don't need reports or charts or statistics or speeches. My constituents have spoken on this issue and I work for them. My vote is no.