Tonight the House of Representatives passed a health care “reform” bill that will cost the taxpayers another trillion dollars, fundamentally alter one-sixth of the nation’s economy, and subject millions of Americans to dependence on the federal government. I have been a fierce opponent of this bill from the beginning, and today cast a very strong “No” vote against it.
It is often said that there are two things Americans should never see: sausage being made and a bill being passed. Having witnessed Speaker Pelosi bring this bill to the floor, I’m hard pressed to tell the difference. With 34 Democrats joining Republicans in voting against this government takeover of health care, the only thing bipartisan about this bill was the opposition to it.
The problem with American health care today isn’t quality; it’s cost. Thus, reform should focus on bringing down costs by making insurance tax deductible, portable, and available across state lines; by rooting out fraud, and by protecting doctors from frivolous lawsuits; not raising taxes by $569 billion during a recession and imposing an unconstitutional individual mandate. I am ashamed of the way the House of Representatives has conducted itself during this process, and remain committed to protecting the integrity of the institution and representing the 7th District of Texas as a fiscal conservative.