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Posted: Friday, March 26, 2010 11:00 pm

Bill strengthens care, reins in costs

“After a year of debate, studying bills and listening to Arizonans, one thing has been made clear: We cannot sustain the path we are on because health care costs are burdening Arizona families, hurting the economy and slowing the recovery. This package would strengthen Medicare for seniors, maintain TRICARE for veterans, help mitigate the impact of Medicaid costs on Arizona, and make health insurance more accessible and affordable for individuals, families and small businesses. Additionally, it would rein in costs and reduce the deficit.”

– Rep. Harry Mitchell, (D) Congressional District 5

 

More unfunded mandates

“The health care bill is estimated to cost Arizona taxpayers $4 billion in unfunded mandates, while making $500 billion in cuts to Medicare and massive reductions in veterans’ health care. Furthermore, the legislation creates an avalanche of new agencies, rules and regulations that will vastly expand federal power over the most intimate aspects of each of our lives. It also contains unsustainable, unconstitutional and unaffordable mandates on the states and on individuals alike, including an unprecedented requirement that citizens buy private insurance policies.

“I support legal challenges to the health care bill’s enforcement as well as legislative efforts toward its repeal.”

– J.D. Hayworth, (R) U.S. Senate candidate

 

Positive impact will be immediate

“The impact of this historic bill will be felt immediately by millions of Americans. Insurance companies will no longer be permitted to deny coverage to children and adults due to a pre-existing condition. Insurance companies will no longer be permitted to kick students off of their parent’s health insurance when they reach the age of 26. And insurance companies will no longer be permitted to drop insurance for hard-working people all across the country because they get sick.”

– Arizona Director Jessica Jones, Organizing for America

 

Mandatory insurance is unconstitutional

“House Resolution 3590 represents a sweeping violation of these fundamental principles established by the founding fathers. By requiring all citizens to purchase health insurance or be penalized, this bill would impose on the people an unprecedented mandate by the federal government. As emphasized by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office: The government has never required people to buy any good or service as a condition of lawful residence in the United States. This mandate violates the founders’ intent to limit the intrusion of the federal government upon the rights of the individual.”

– Gov. Jan Brewer, in a letter to Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi

 

Victory for parents, families common sense

“Most importantly, today’s vote answers the prayers of every American who has hoped deeply for something to be done about a health care system that works for insurance companies, but not for ordinary people. For most Americans, this debate has never been about abstractions, the fight between right and left, Republican and Democrat – it’s always been about something far more personal. It’s about every American who knows the shock of opening an envelope to see that their premiums just shot up again when times are already tough enough. It’s about every parent who knows the desperation of trying to cover a child with a chronic illness only to be told “no” again and again and again. It’s about every small business owner forced to choose between insuring employees and staying open for business. They are why we committed ourselves to this cause.

“Tonight’s vote is not a victory for any one party – it’s a victory for them. It’s a victory for the American people. And it’s a victory for common sense.”

– President Barack Obama

 

Bill will halt job growth

“Uncertainty is a jobs killer. Companies hold off on hiring when they’re awaiting the impact of a new federal mandate or when they’re saddled with new taxes. At a time when the U.S. economy is barely treading water, this health care bill could send us in to a devastating double-dip recession.”

– Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Glenn Hamer

 

Historic step

“For years, AARP has fought to improve health care for our members and all older Americans. Today, our nation has taken an historic step in ensuring that Americans have the health security and stability they need. We will continue to work with Congress to finish the job we started so many years ago.”

– AARP CEO A. Barry Rand

 

Cooperation over

“There will be no cooperation for the rest of the year. They have poisoned the well in what they’ve done and how they’ve done it.”

– Sen. John McCain (R)

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