Declaring it an effort to bring down the skyrocketing costs of health care for Middle Tennesseans and reduce the nation’s budget deficit, Congressman Bart Gordon voted in favor of health care reform legislation. Here, he explains why:
“The bill passed [Sunday] will reduce health care costs for families and small businesses; improve access to affordable care, regardless of pre-existing conditions; and lower our budget deficit,” Gordon said. “This bill will bring about major, commonsense remedies to our system that most Tennesseans agree are necessary, and it will do so while remaining fiscally responsible.
“Over the years, many Middle Tennesseans have told me how their families have struggled to get adequate and affordable health care. I voted for them today — people like Sherry in Eagleville whose family was evicted when medical bills wiped out their income; Rita in Liberty whose epileptic son was denied insurance; Beverly in Cookeville who could not get employee-based health care even though she and her husband both worked.
“Because health care accounts for one out of every five dollars of the federal budget, this bill will be critical to the strength of our economy, our families and our nation’s fiscal solvency. We’ve debated this issue for almost a full year. Now is the time to move forward, look at how it benefits families and small businesses, and address the economic challenges our communities are facing.”