Lewis statement on health care
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Jason Lewis (MN-02) issued the following statement after the Senate failed to move forward on health care reform:
“Health care markets are in disarray, as premiums, along with deductibles, continue to skyrocket and Minnesota families are hurting. Yet the status-quo folks in Washington still don’t get it.
“Last night’s Senate capitulation was a political victory for the entrenched interests—from big insurance to big media—who fought so hard to preserve Obamacare. But as all too often is the case, it was a defeat for hard-working Americans. I was proud to support real health care reform that passed the House and tried to actually fix the failed experiment in government-run health care, including the problems that even predate the ACA. But Senate Democrats, and a few wayward Republicans, refused to even send a compromise to a conference committee to work with the House. This is not acceptable and the U.S. Senate must simply change its dysfunction.
“But make no mistake, bailing out a ‘too big to fail’ system is not the answer. So as markets continue to deteriorate, health care costs continue their climb, and as out-of-control entitlements threaten our nation’s fiscal solvency, Minnesotans should understand that the same folks who gave us this mess apparently have little interest in changing it. They even tout scores from the same CBO that erroneously said that 23 million Americans would get coverage through the ACA by 2016. They and so many others were wrong by over 10 million.
“Nevertheless, I will continue to fight for families in the 2nd district when it comes to affordable health care, tax reform and a rising tide of economic growth that benefits everyone. That’s what I was sent to Washington to do and one setback won’t deter my commitment to that vision.”