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Congressman Barrow Says Prior Federal Spending Got Us in This Mess
Thursday, 16 April 2009

April 17-- The day after Americans held Tea parties protesting wasteful federal spending, 12th District Congressman John Barrow was in Vidalia holding a Health Fair for constituents.

Congressman Barrow Talks Health with Constituent

Congressman Barrow voted against the bailouts for Wall Street, but voted for the federal stimulus package endorsed by President Obama.  He claims irresponsible federal spending over the past few years played a large part in the country's current bad economy.

"On balance, I think what's in the Recovery Act has more lasting value than the kind of debt the government has been running up over the last eight to ten years when the folks in charge have been going into long term debt on a day-to-day basis just to pay day-to-day operating expenses.  My policy is if you're getting things of lasting value, it can make sense to go into debt.  Much of our debt is because so much of our debt has been foolish with no long term benefits to show for it.  If we'd done a better job of avoiding debt in the seven years of fat, it would be a whole lot easier for us to go into debt for things of lasting value during the seven years of lean," he said.

The health fairs which Congressman Barrow held Wednesday and Thursday in Swainsboro and Vidalia were an effort, he says, to educate constituents on what healthcare resources are available to them.

"The idea of the health fair is to bring together under one roof representatives from virtually every aspect of the healthcare profession in our community, so folks can get physically close to people in all different areas of their personal healthcare problems," he reported.

Congressman Barrow says he is working on legislation which would require health insurance companies to give the same cost savings to small businesses as they do the large ones.  He also wants them to insure people regardless of pre-existing conditions.

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