The answer is probably not, and if Connolly chooses to oppose the monstrosity known as President Obama’s health care plan, it will probably be done in private. However, Connolly should come out and publicly state why he is either in favor of the plan or against it (I mean, transparency is a good thing…right?).
Keith Fimian, who is one of two candidates seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Connolly in the November General Election, called on Connolly to oppose the health care bill in Congress and questioned whether Connolly even read the 2,300 page bill that is going to be voted on yet again.
“This healthcare bill is a 2,300 page mess, full of back room deals and special interest giveaways that will only drive up costs, reduce the quality of care, and give government control of nearly 20 percent of our nation’s economy despite clear public opposition,” Fimian said.
“Before casting a potentially tie breaking vote to destroy the best healthcare system in the world, will Gerry Connolly even bother to read the bill? Or are Gerry Connolly and the rest of the career politicians in Washington more worried about clearing their schedules for a Rose Garden signing this week than the devastating impact this legislation will have on our healthcare system and our economy,” Fimian added.
“I call on Gerry Connolly to join his constituents in Virginia’s 11th District to oppose the healthcare monstrosity Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are attempting to ram through Congress against the will of the American people,” Fimian said.
Despite their large majorities, Democrats are resorting to procedural maneuvering to push their healthcare legislation through Congress because many of their own members are threatening to defect. Many realize not only is this a badly crafted bill, but it will accomplish nothing its proponents claim.
“We should dump this bill and start from scratch with real reforms we can all agree on,” Fimian said. “Addressing wellness, portability, pre-existing conditions, and purchasing insurance across state lines are all good places to start. We can address each of these with stand alone legislation. These are real reform measures which will lower costs—a good thing for hardworking families and the federal budget.”
How about relying on free markets to help with the health care reform? This should be one important key feature in any health care reform plan.