Health Care Reform Debate Returns

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

You've heard the arguments and fundamental differences in opinion between republicans and democrats on the issue of health care reform.

"[The bill] is 2,700 pages, it's 30,000 pages of rules and regulations," Congressman Mike Rogers said. "I think what Americans said is give me less hassle, more choice and keep the quality; this bill did none of those things."

Congressman Rogers feels, as most republicans do, that health care reform is necessary, but the bill passed last year by the democrats is not the answer. It's too expensive, he said, and doesn't do what it claims to do.

"Even the President has acknowledged that this bill is increasing premiums, and not reducing them," Rogers said.

Democrats who voted for it in the first place are still behind the bill, saying it offers among other things, the opportunity for those previously uninsured to finally get coverage.

"This has shown it will reduce the deficit," Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings said. "We're talking about insuring another 32 million people so they can stay healthy and alive."

So where do we go from here? Republicans who now control the House have scheduled a vote to repeal the bill on Wednesday, and looks like it will pass.

"We need to repeal it, so all the talk now is let's get that through and get to replacing it with what works for most Americans," Rogers said.

But it most definitely won't make it through the Democratic Senate, let alone a Presidential veto. Rogers said republicans' next step is to hold hearings and open discussions about how to change the bill for the better.

Maryland Congressman Cummings said he's not opposed to discussing changes, but will not budge on an all-out repeal.

"We know we need changes [to the system], but if we don't have any people will die, it's as simple as that."

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