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VOTERS DESERVE TO KNOW HOW KOON AND WILMOT WOULD VOTE ON HEALTH CARE
Congressional candidate Tom Reed this afternoon called on potential 29th Congressional District candidates Assemblyman David Koon and David Paterson aide Mary Wilmot to publicly declare whether or not they would support the healthcare reform bill passed by the Senate on Christmas Eve. That is the bill that will be considered by the House of Representatives on Sunday, either by an accountable vote or by being “deemed” passed.
“The people of the 29th Congressional District deserve to know where the potential Democrat candidates stand on this bill which will have a significant, personal impact on everyone living in the United States,” Reed said. “I have been outspoken in my opposition to both the bill and the process in which it is being forced on everyone.
“The backroom deals in the Senate bill, some of which still remain in the so-called sidecar bill posted on-line yesterday (with new deals added for North Dakota and Connecticut), as well as the probability that the House will pass this without actually voting on it both exemplify what is wrong with the process,” Reed said. “The Democrats and White House have had over a year to create and pass reform legislation, and even now they cannot come up with a bill to take an accountable vote on.”
“Let’s stop the process and get together on incremental reforms both sides agree on such as prohibiting rejection based on pre-existing conditions and prohibiting interstate competition for health insurance. Then have a reasoned approach to larger reform that is based more on improving access to quality care than buying votes and twisting arms.”
“Please Assemblyman Koon and Ms. Wilmot, publicly announce where you stand on the House accepting the Senate bill,” Reed repeated.
Earlier this week, Reed called on House Speaker Nance Pelosi to delay the vote on accepting President Obama’s healthcare plan until after special elections have been held to fill four vacant House seats representing 2.5 million citizens.