Healthcare Amendments that DIDN’T Make It

October 26, 2009 by  

What are Congress’ real healthcare reform goals?    A quick read of the ideas that were rejected – tell the whole story.  Nearly seventy (70) amendments proposed by Republican members in the three House Committees considering HR 3200, were rejected. Here are just a few of them – all rejected on party line votes.  Topping the list is:

Preserving Private-Sector Health Care – rejected 25/15- Con. Ryan (R-WI)

Ensuring CER (Comparative Effectiveness Research) is not used to Limit Treatment on the Basis of Cost – rejected 26/15-Con. Herger (R -CA)

Guarantee Wait Times are not Lengthened – rejected 26/15 – Con. Brady (R-TX)

Exclude Abortion Coverage – rejected 23/18 – Con. Johnson (R-TX)

Allow HSAs to meet Minimum Benefit Requirements – Rejected 25/16 – Con. Cantor (R-VA)

Remove Home Visitation Program – Rejected by voice vote.  Con. Linder (R-GA)

Guarantee Free Market Competition -rejected 29/19 – Con. Thompson (R-PA)

Ensure Deficit Neutrality – Rejected 28/19 – Con. McClintock (R-CA)

Prohibit Mandated Coverage of Abortion Services – Rejected 29/19 – Con. Souder (R-IN)

Allow Americans to keep HSAs and High Deductible Health Plans – Rejected 33/26 – Con. Gingrey (R-GA)

Require Citizenship Demonstration for Medicaid enrollees – Rejected 29/28 – Con. Deal (R-GA)

Ensure Americans Can Keep Existing Coverage – Rejected 32/26 – Con. Stearns (R-FL)

Ensure Government Plan Provides Adequate Reimbursement – Rejected 21/19 – Con. Roskam (R-IL)

Grandfather Existing Plans – Rejected 29/18 – Con. Biggert (R-IL)

Just so you know.  

Call Arizona’s five Democrat members of Congress today and urge them to vote “NO”.  Anne Kirkpatrick, Gabrielle Giffords, Raul Grijalva, Harry Mitchell and Ed Pastor. 

Here’s where to find their numbers:  www.House.gov.

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