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Legislators React to President's Health Speech
Thursday, 10 September 2009

September 10--  Here's reaction from 12th District Congressman John Barrow and U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson to President Obama's speech on healthcare Wednesday before a joint session of Congress.

Congressman Barrow

Congressman Barrow wants to work with the President and his colleagues in the House and Senate to reform health care.  He thinks that last night’s speech was a good start to getting where they need to be.  He’s looking for legislation that will bring down costs, keep the folks who have insurance and small businesses from footing the bill to fix health care, and will eliminate discrimination based on preexisting conditions.  He looks forward to working with folks from both sides of the aisle to make this a reality.

Senator Isakson

 

“The President answered some questions tonight but he raised many more. As he admitted, there are many unanswered details, and in Washington, the devil is always in the details.

“He is insisting on a government option, but the thousands of Georgians I heard from back home during the month of August are very leery of being pushed into a government-run system that will have to be paid for with higher taxes. I am not going to be a part of mortgaging my kids’ futures by driving Americans to a government-run health care system we can’t afford.

“There is some common ground in terms of portability and not being rejected for pre-existing conditions and not being cancelled if you have a disease. There are ways to reach these goals through the private sector, but the President is insisting on doing it through a government plan and that is a non-starter.”

 

 

 
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