Real reform of our health care system is needed. We must help those who want health insurance but cannot afford it. We must expand access to health care in rural America. We must fix our medical malpractice laws so that doctors can focus on saving patients rather than paying lawyers. And we must expand our investments in preventative care. However, that doesn't mean we should throw out the car because it has a soft tire. This country still has the best doctors, the best treatments, the best researches, and the best hospitals in the world. Improvements need to be made, but not at the cost of potentially destroying our current health care system, saddling our children and grandchildren with trillions of dollars of debt, decreasing our standard of care, and burdening American families and small businesses with $729.5 billion in new taxes.
I will continue to oppose Speaker Pelosi's government run health care legislation and any legislation that comes before Congress that includes a public option.
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