Congressman Crenshaw Blasts Democrats on ‘Government Takeover’ of Health Care
Congressman Crenshaw's office issued the following strongly worded statement in support of his 'NO' vote on the legislation:
Make no mistake about it, this bill does nothing to lower the cost of health care in this country. Instead, the Obama/Pelosi health care gamble raises taxes by over $500 billion, costing thousands of jobs. The bill also spends more than a trillion dollars, cuts Medicare for our seniors by over $500 billion, and spends $10 billion to hire 16,500 new IRS employees to enforce new taxes and penalties.
This 2,000-page package didn't earn my vote last November and didn't get it today. Unfortunately, its passage came through back-room deals rather than principled position. Take the Louisiana Purchase where $300 million in extra Medicaid aid goes to the state of Louisiana. And, in Connecticut, $100 million for a public hospital in that state is retained in the bill while hospitals in Tennessee have secured $99 million.
My constituents did not ask for an expensive, expansion of the U.S. government. They did tell me, 'Keep my health care costs down and give me access to care.' That's why I voted for the Republican plan last November. The CBO found it would reduce health care premiums and cut the deficit by $68 billion over ten years. Moreover, it lowers health care costs, increases access, maintains Medicare benefits, ends lawsuit abuse, and preserves the doctor/patient relationship - all without raising taxes. That's right for Florida and right for the nation, and that's what I will continue to fight for.