Today's WB News opinion section:
Legislation is bad medicine
I’m in favor of health care reform, but the legislation the House Democrats are proposing is a complete upheaval, with the long-term costs and consequences being a huge cause for concern. This is why I, along with so many of my colleagues, will not be supporting it in its current form.
...I believe any legislation should meet four key principles:
1) No bureaucrat should get between you and your doctor.
2) Any new program must not create a delay in you receiving care.
3) You should be allowed to keep and maintain your current benefits.
4) We need to know how much we’re spending and how to pay for it.
Why don’t Republicans offer a health care plan?
After Republicans were shut out of the health care discussion, we developed our own plan and submitted it, however, since the agenda is controlled by Democrats, it is unlikely the plan will make it on the legislative agenda. Republicans agree that health care is too expensive and needs to be more affordable, which is why the Republican plan expands access to affordable health care and gives families the freedom to choose the health care that fits their needs – without imposing a tax hike on small businesses and working families.
The bottom line is that this legislation is just bad medicine that will make our health care system sicker – and if it becomes law, it will be nearly impossible for us to recover.
Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner
5th Congressional District