Childers to Vote 'No' on Health Care Reform Bill

Mississippi Cong. Travis Childers says he will vote 'no' on House legislation designed to push forward controversial health care legislation.

The District 1 Democrat was one of those being pressured by his party to vote in favor of it.

“After months of debate, I still don’t believe we’ve gotten it right, and I will not be able to support this legislation when it comes to the House floor for a vote," said Childers. "Some disagree with this decision, and I respect that. I want them to know that this has never been about political pressure from any party, organization, or special interest, For me, this has always been about doing what’s best for the people north Mississippi. Since the beginning of this debate, I’ve met and talked with thousands of constituents throughout the district. Their thoughts and concerns have been fundamental to my decision-making and I take them to heart."

Childers said he has reviewed the bill and remains deeply concerned about the legislation’s large price tag and the absence of sufficiently strong language to prohibit federal funding of abortion.

"While I voted against the last House health care reform bill, I supported the Stupak Amendment to prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortion," said Childers. "The current legislation lacks equally strong language. In addition, insurance companies, which are a large part of the problem, need to be a bigger part of the solution."

Childers said he hopes that when the bill does come to the floor, it’s done so in the most democratic and transparent way possible. He said the legislative process is intended to support constructive debate and promote accountability.

Childers said, while certain processes may be acceptable for some issues, they don’t work for an issue with the wide-reaching implications of health care reform.

Childers' decision was applauded by groups like the National Federation of Independent Business and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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  • by Chuckles Location: Lauderdale County on Mar 20, 2010 at 09:24 PM
    Joe, your president has outspent Bush and every other president in less than a year. Get a new record, blaming Bush doesn't work anymore.
  • by rooster Location: Meridian on Mar 20, 2010 at 09:00 AM
    Joe, you obviously don't have a clue. The war on poverty created by the dems is what has destroyed this nation. The real corporate politicians are the dems. They no more care about America and her prosperity than Joe cares about the truth. Stupid is as stupid does. When this disaster is passed, hopefully America will finally investigate the fraud of Obama and impeach him ASAP before he can do any further damage to our nation.
  • by joe Location: meridian on Mar 20, 2010 at 05:43 AM
    When republicans' Lott and Gingrich tried to sneak in $50 billion tax break for the Big Tobacco companies, these republicans said nothing. Instead of getting rid of the poisons and chemicals that have been costing and causing most of health problems and health cost, republicans tried to to give giant gifts to the ones that are causing the problems. When something that will help the working poor, middle class, sick and elderly with health care cost and health care needs, they turn their backs on the people. Republicans represent the big business and corporations and could care less about the people. As long as they are lining their pockets from the Insurance, Drug and Health care providers, it will always be about the money to them. If republicans were so concerned about budget, they would not have allowed the Unpaid Bush Tax cuts and drug companies deals to have been passed. It has cost the tax payers, $4.8 trillion plus interest so far. GOPs, keep screwing the people!!!
  • by CHRISTIAN Location: MERIDIAN on Mar 19, 2010 at 08:43 PM
    Yes it is great that he will not support this bill that americans do NOT overwhelmingly want. I pray that this UNCONSTITUTIONAL bill DOES NOT PASS!!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 19, 2010 at 06:36 PM
    of COURSE you (childers) would vote no....just look at "who yo daddy is"....none other than pig face Haley Barbour!......Barbour ALL up in that ***
  • by rooster Location: Meridian on Mar 19, 2010 at 02:08 PM
    In the end Childers is a democrat. We have 20% trying to impose what 80% of the people don't want. This should never be forgotten.
  • by Chris Location: Tupelo on Mar 19, 2010 at 12:51 PM
    Finally! Nice to see someone still has a enough guts to vote their conscience, AND listen to their constituents.
  • by CARL Location: PHILLY on Mar 19, 2010 at 12:45 PM
    Way to go, not bad for a dem. let's hope the rest of them wake up.
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