This is the response that I got back from him when I email him about my position on the health care bill. He will not get any vote from me.
Date: 8/6/2009 4:23:11 PM
August 6, 2009
Ms. Kay Frances Bentley
6290 Wilderness Dr
South Lyon, Michigan 48178
Dear Ms. Bentley:
Thank you for taking the time to contact me about H.R. 3200, America's Affordable Health Choices Act. I appreciate hearing from you on such an important issue.
America has the best health care system in the world-if you can afford it. However, there are more than one million people in Michigan currently living without health insurance, and at least 620 people losing their health care in our state every day due to the economic crisis and out-of-control health care costs. This is unacceptable, and unsustainable.
As your Congressman, one of my top priorities is to solve the health care crisis by developing a uniquely American solution that offers everyone access to quality, affordable health care that you can never lose, shifting control from insurance companies to consumers, and lowering costs for families and businesses.
Over the past nine years, health care premiums for families have doubled while wages have stayed the same. If we do nothing, health care costs are guaranteed to go up-hurting middle-class families, senior citizens, small businesses, and Michigan's already struggling manufacturing sector.
My wife and I know how tough it is to run a small business. Because of skyrocketing health insurance premiums, the percentage of small businesses offering coverage dropped from 68% to 59% from 2000 to 2007. Under the current system, small businesses pay up to 18% more per worker than large businesses-meaning more and more people are going without health coverage. Health care costs add $1,600 to the price tag of every vehicle that Ford, GM and Chrysler builds in the U.S., making it more difficult to compete with foreign imports. Additionally, millions of seniors have fallen into the Medicare prescription drug "donut hole" and have no way to pay for necessary medications.
This legislation will not come up for a vote in the House of Representatives until at least September. While I have already read the bill as-passed by three House Committees, I pledge to closely study any proposed changes and base my decision on these guiding principles for reform:
· Does the bill give you peace of mind, knowing that you'll never lose your coverage if you get sick or lose a job, and guaranteeing that you can keep your current doctor and health care plan if you like them?
· Does the plan lower costs by covering preventive care, promoting personal responsibility, and creating an insurance exchange to allow for choice among private or public health insurance options?
· Does the plan shift control away from insurance companies, requiring them to offer coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions or medical history and prohibiting them from dropping coverage or raising rates when people get sick?
· Does the bill expand Medicare prescription drug coverage for seniors by eliminating the prescription drug "donut hole"?
· Does it offer quality, affordable health coverage to everyone in America without raising the federal deficit?
We need a uniquely American health care system - not one like Canada or Great Britain - that builds on what works in our current system and fixes what's broken. If we do nothing, small businesses, families, seniors and manufacturers will continue to struggle as costs continue to skyrocket.
Again, thank you for contacting me. To receive updates on this and other issues, and to review the bill, please visit my website at www.house.gov/schauer
. If you have additional questions or concerns in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Member of Congress
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