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.