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Rep. Hall opposing government-run healthcare system, cap and trade bill

Rep. Ralph Hall

By J.J. Smith. U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Rockwall) issued a statement today opposing Pres. Obama’s proposed government-run healthcare system reform, at the same time revealing that he has been working for months on an alternative health care reform plan which he hopes will soon receive bipartisan support.

The 15–term Congressman wrote that, to be a success, a health care plan must ensure quality, while remaining affordable and accessible for every American.

He added that medical decisions must be made by patients and their doctors, not “government bureaucrats,” plus the focus should be on prevention, wellness and disease management programs, while developing new treatments and cures.

Rep. Hall wrote that he will vote against Pres. Obama’s reform, just as he voted against his federal stimulus and bailout, as well as the cap and trade bill, because neither he nor his constituents across Texas Fourth Congressional District want such legislation.

“My constituents were 100 to 1 against a bailout and also against a cap-and-trade bill. When you receive a message that emphatic, those of us elected to represent should listen and act affirmatively,” his statement read.

“Those who are elected as representatives should represent. I will continue to listen to my constituents, seek their views and represent their interests.”

Rep. Hall said he believes “we need to curb government spending, eliminate waste, and return as soon as possible to a balanced Federal budget,” plus “grow our way out of the recession by focusing on efforts to strengthen small businesses.” 

He also supports an American Energy Act that will “provide energy independence, create more good-paying jobs and promote a cleaner environment, without imposing a national energy tax.”

In his statement, he explained why he opposes the Democrat-led legislation.

“I oppose proposed healthcare reform that will lead to a government-run healthcare system and penalize small businesses with oppressive taxes, threatening their very survival.”

“I opposed the cap-and-trade energy plan that will lead to higher energy prices for every household and more job losses, and will do little to improve the environment.”

“I opposed the “stimulus” bill, which turned out not to stimulate the economy. Instead, we have seen unemployment rise to almost 10 percent and the Federal debt explode.  The stimulus could endanger an entire generation of young Americans.”    

“These policies, introduced by a Democratic President and a Democratic Congress, mark a fundamental shift toward more taxation, more government intervention, and more debt.  The American people deserve better.” 

Following is the text of his statement:

Increase Healthcare Access and Preserve Choice

There are common sense reforms that could make health care more affordable, reduce the number of uninsured Americans and increase quality at a price our country can afford – while making sure that Americans who like their health care coverage can keep it. 

I have been working for months on a plan, listening to the American people, talking to doctors and patients, collecting input, studying and debating ideas. This process has resulted in the broad outline of a health care reform plan that I’m hoping will receive bipartisan support. 

For a health care plan to be a success it needs to ensure quality, affordable and accessible health care coverage for every American.  We must ensure that medical decisions are made by patients and their doctors, not government bureaucrats.  We also need to focus on improving Americans’ lives through effective prevention, wellness and disease management programs, while developing new treatments and cures for life-threatening diseases. 

We cannot allow politicians and special interests to stand between patients and the care they need. The American people deserve the freedom to choose the health care that is best for their families.

Grow the Economy

We need to grow our way out of the recession by focusing on efforts to strengthen small businesses and get the economy growing again by putting America back to work.  At the same time, we need to curb government spending, eliminate waste, and return as soon as possible to a balanced Federal budget. 

The Congressional Budget Office notes that elevated deficits combined with the potential for inflation from our current practice of “printing money” will penalize savings, investment and income, while increased taxes could slow economic growth.  If we don’t reduce the unprecedented pace of government spending, the result will be a permanent expansion of government spending that will necessitate further taxation, lead to continuing economic stagnation, make it far more difficult to balance the budget and will increase our deficits to an unsustainable level that will impoverish many future generations of Americans.

Achieve Energy Independence

I support an “all of the above” American Energy Act that will provide energy independence, create more good-paying jobs and promote a cleaner environment, without imposing a national energy tax.  I support more domestic exploration for oil, oil shale and natural gas, more nuclear energy, and more research and development for alternative fuels and alternative technologies.  As the Ranking Member of the Science and Technology Committee and a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, these are my goals.

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2 Responses for “Rep. Hall opposing government-run healthcare system, cap and trade bill”

  1. Lisbeth Echeandia says:

    Senator: You stated you’ve been working for ‘months’ on an alternative health care reform bill. When will you unveil it? The current health care reform bill under discussion will not be ‘government run.’ The key point, made again and again, is that any health care reform will include choice. Choice to keep your current plan or not. Choice as to which doctor you want to go to. I agree America deserves better. Much better. Texans put off going to the doctor because they can’t afford it. Children end up in emergency rooms because families cannot afford preventative care or visits to the doctor for ‘minor’ ailments. I have seen very little in the way of substance from Republican lawmakers regarding health care reform. Stalling, misinformation and fearmongering from politicians aren’t what Americans need or deserve. Nor is procrastinating a viable alternative. We do need health care reform. America does NOT have the ‘best health care system in the world.’ We certainly have some of the best doctors, nurses, support staff and hospitals in the world. What we don’t have is access for all Americans to this great care. It is also unacceptable that around 60% of bankruptcies in America are filed because of medical bills. There must be a better way. And it needs to be dealt with in 2010. It really is time.

  2. SENATOR: I AGREE, BUT I’M ONE OF 300 MILLION. HOW DO YOU COMMUNICATE WITH CONGRESS WHEN THEY DON’T READ THE BILLS, MUCH LESS THEIR MAIL? FRUSTRATED!

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