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Local Lawmaker Votes Against Health Care Bill

July 18, 2009
In The News

A local lawmaker hopes congress takes time to get a health care reform bill right.

On Friday, the House Ways and Means Committee voted 23 to 18 in favor of a health care bill. Rep. Ron Kind was one of three democrats to vote against a health care reform bill.

Congressman Kind says the current proposal doesn't go far enough to address some of the biggest problems in the health care industry.

He says the bill contains a number of things he likes, including a measure he pushed for that makes health care coverage more accessible to small businesses and farmers by letting them pick their health care options and giving them tax credits. But the area he's most concerned with is how companies are re-imbursed for the work they do.

"Ultimately, the major change that has to occur is the emphasis on value and not volume in health care. And that's where you'll save tens of billions of dollars every year, bring that price down so that families and business and public budgets will be able to afford high quality health care in this country," says Rep. Ron Kind.

Congressman Kind says there is still a lot of work to be done on the bill, and hopes democrats and republicans can address some of the problems with the bill.

As for a timeline on the bill, it's now being looked at by the Energy and Commerce Committee, before it could go to the full House for a vote.

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