Democrat Tom Perriello voted in favor of ObamaCare last night, in the middle of the night, while you slept.
Don't forget it come election day, 2010.
More on that worm later.
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Let me report with mixed feelings of both delight and of foreboding the facts(s) that ObamaCare passed the House at 11:16 last night, and that both 9th District Congressman Rick Boucher and 6th District Congressman Bob Goodlatte voted NO.
Here's the Roll Call vote.
Goodlatte's vote was expected. And greatly appreciated. You folks in Roanoke might react kindly come November.
As for Boucher, what can one say?
He held to his word.
In August, at a town hall meeting in Dublin, he had gone on record as being opposed to the legislation that was working its way through the House, for a couple of important reasons.
He voted in opposition last night for the same.
Here's from a press release yesterday:
On the Affordable Health Care for America ActHe might have also mentioned the fact that he knows he's in deep shit with his constituents right now over the Coal Industry Decimation Act. But let's not go there. Today.
Boucher Statement on Health Care Reform Legislation (November 7, 2009)
But reform legislation must ensure that Southwest Virginia residents continue to have access to the high quality health care services now delivered locally.
I intend to oppose the health care reform legislation recently debated by the U.S. House of Representatives for several reasons including the continued existence of disparities in Medicare reimbursements between urban and rural areas under the House bill. Rural areas have traditionally received less under Medicare than urban areas, and while the bill makes some improvements in this regard, I would like to see more done to increase the payments to rural health care providers. Higher Medicare reimbursements would enable the attraction of more doctors to serve our medically underserved region.
I also intend to oppose the bill because of my concern that a government operated health insurance plan could place at risk the survival of our region's hospitals. Most of our hospitals are operated on a non-profit basis for the benefit of the community. While most of their receipts are from Medicare and Medicaid payments, they lose money on each Medicare or Medicaid patient they treat. These programs reimburse hospitals at rates below the actual cost of providing patient care.
The financial viability of our hospitals comes from the payments they receive from privately insured patients. A government operated health insurance plan competing with private insurance will attract patients who are privately insured today, with the result that the hospitals would treat less privately insured patients and lose the critical revenues that are essential to their survival.
A government operated plan would reimburse health care providers at rates approximating Medicare rates, and hospitals would lose money on each of their patients insured under the government plan.
I am concerned that for these reasons the creation of a government operated insurance plan as envisioned in the House bill could result in the closure of hospitals in our region. Families depend on our community hospitals for health care services, and financially healthy hospitals are essential to the health of Southwest Virginians.
Many of our hospitals are financially stressed in normal times, and two hospitals in the district I represent closed for periods of time in recent years for financial reasons. The government owned insurance plan as outlined in the House bill could push many more over the edge. I cannot support legislation that could lead to that result.
I also believe that bipartisan participation is needed on a measure of this scope which affects every American. The best ideas of Democrats and Republicans alike should be drawn upon to fashion the final legislation. That did not happen as the House bill was constructed.
In July, I opposed the health care reform measure when it was considered by the House Energy and Commerce Committee and expressed my concerns at that time. The bill passed by the House did not address those concerns. [link]
For now, let's be appreciative of the fact that Rick Boucher and Bob Goodlatte stood up against the socialist onslaught that is engulfing the nation. Theirs may have been a lost cause, but their efforts are recognized and appreciated.
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By the way, the vote in favor of destroying America's health care system received one Republican vote - from some nitwit down in New Orleans.
There's always one in the crowd ...
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Socialism aside (did I just write that?), the CBO pegs the cost of this monster between $2.4 trillion and $3 trillion. Trillions of dollars we don't have.
But who's counting any more?