Thursday, September 10, 2009

Three Georgia Doctors Weigh In On the Health Care Debate

When it comes to the health care debate, Georgians are in a unique position. Three of our elected representatives are actually doctors. I tend to listen to them during this whole debate over the health care reform and one of them, Rep. Tom Price, has been doing anything but sitting on the sidelines.

Here is Rep. Broun's and Rep. Price's reaction to the president's speech from last night, along with a video of Rep. Gingrey from a month ago. In Gingrey's video pay attention to some of the taxes and fees he talks about that are in the HR 3200 version of the bill. To the best of my knowledge, none of the items listed have been removed and that sort of information is getting lost in the debate.

Rep. Paul Broun M.D. (R-GA10):

Rep. Tom Price M.D. (R-GA6):
Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s announcement in a joint session of Congress that he would address medical liability reform by initiating “demonstration projects in individual states to test these issues,” rather than enacting serious legislation to bring down the costs of defensive medicine.

“President Obama never fails to disappoint by glossing over serious problems with hollow gimmicks and polished rhetoric,” said Chairman Tom Price. “We don’t need to test the medical liability crisis; we need to end it. We don’t need demonstration projects; we need common sense medical liability reform legislation. The President has confirmed that his allegiance to the trial bar is far more valuable to him than bringing down health care costs for American patients. Republicans have put serious solutions on the table that can dramatically lower medical costs and ensure doctors can fully focus on healing patients rather than protecting themselves from frivolous lawsuits. As Americans understand that medical liability reform is an essential part of health care reform, we will continue to make our case to the President, but tonight’s announcement was thoroughly disheartening.”
Rep. Phil Gingrey M.D. (R-GA11):

Heck, even our governor is a veterinarian.

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