Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Congressman Shadegg Calls Senate Health Care Bill Dead

House Democrats Can’t Vote for Cornhusker Kickback

WASHINGTON , D.C. – Congressman John Shadegg (AZ-03) released the following statement tonight regarding Scott Brown’s victory in the Bay State and its impact on the future of the health care reform debate in America :

“Tonight’s landmark election is a referendum on the flawed policies and agenda of the Obama Administration,Speaker Pelosi, and Leader Reid. The people of Massachusetts undeniably rejected special deals and legislative bribes.

“House Democrats can’t in good conscience vote for the ‘Cornhusker Kickback’ that Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) himself called ‘a mistake.’ No self-respecting lawmaker can cast a ‘yes’ vote on this health care bill, and, if they do, they will pay the price in November.

“The Massachusetts Senate race that concluded tonight has only focused and reinvigorated the fight to expose the kickbacks for insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry contained in the Democrats’ takeover of health care. Deals like the one Senator Nelson made exempting the people of Nebraska from Medicaid costs while adding to the burden of Americans everywhere aren’t going unnoticed.

“Every Democrat Member watching this historic night should pay attention and reject the Senate bill. In the words of tonight’s victor, Scott Brown: ‘What happened here in Massachusetts can happen all over America !’

“No House Democrat can vote to exempt Nebraska taxpayers from the burden of an expanded Medicaid tax imposed by the Senate bill, but impose that cost on their own taxpayers! Even Senator Ben Nelson, who cut this ugly deal, has admitted it isn't fair to the taxpayers of the other 49 states.”

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