Health Care Reform Passes House – Loretta Sanchez Votes Yes.

Sunday night the most comprehensive reform of our health care system in more than 4 decades passed the House of Representatives. The measure passed 219 to 212. In televised remarks after the vote President Barack Obama praised the work of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Rep. Hoyer, Vice President Biden, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and the dozens of Administration and House staffers who worked tirelessly for its passage.

“We proved that we are still a people capable of doing big things,” President Obama said in televised remarks. “We proved that this government — a government of the people and by the people — still works for the people.”

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Santa Ana)

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-47) issued the following statement regarding her historic vote in support of H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and H.R. 4872, the Reconciliation Act of 2010:

“This was probably the most difficult vote I’ve cast during my time in Congress. After decades of failed attempts at reform, this Congress was given an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to finally fix our broken health care system. And just like any once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, there was a lot of pressure to deliver a perfect bill, one that would be cost-effective and deficit-neutral while increasing health care quality and decreasing the number of uninsured.

“Over the last few weeks, it has become clear that this bill is far from perfect. It does not provide a public option, which I believe is critical to achieving necessary and genuine reform. And it doesn’t adequately reimburse California hospitals for the cost of providing care to Medicare patients. So I had a choice: stand up for my ideal vision of health care and vote against this legislation, or accept a less-than-perfect bill because it is an important step toward improving our health care system from the unsustainable status quo. It is for this reason that I deliberated long and hard before casting my vote.

“Everyone knows the purely rational reasons why we need reform. Rising costs are hurting our families, burdening small businesses, and making us less competitive in a global economy. But it was hearing the personal stories from people in my district that ultimately convinced me to support this bill. In my fourteen years in Congress, I have never seen my constituents reach out so intently and so persistently in support of a particular piece of legislation.

“They called me with stories of children who died waiting for transplants and grandparents who couldn’t afford to pay for their medication. They wrote letters about pregnant mothers who couldn’t provide their babies with basic prenatal care and fathers who lost health insurance for their families when they lost their job. Just as touching were the calls from constituents who do have health coverage but were concerned for their neighbors who were not as fortunate. These were the people I had in mind when I cast my vote for this bill. Tonight, I stand by their stories and my decision. We cannot become complacent with our success, which is why moving forward, I will continue to support efforts to improve health care quality and access for families in my district and across the country.”

  4 comments for “Health Care Reform Passes House – Loretta Sanchez Votes Yes.

  1. Slatemag
    March 22, 2010 at 6:54 am

    No wonder everyone says this blog is THE “unofficial” mouthpiece for the Highness Loretta.

  2. Robert Lauten
    March 22, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Loretta Sanchez votes to reduce health care costs by increasing death; and it’s highly likely she is doing this with full and complete knowledge.

  3. Fernando Hernandez
    March 23, 2010 at 1:08 am

    At a time when we needed Loretta out campaigning to persuade her fellow Democrats to support this historic legislation, she was AWOL from the House contemplating voting against it. This was not the kind of “leadership” we would have expected from Loretta. I am very disappointed in her.

  4. March 23, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    When government gets as big as ours has become, rewarding “team players” with federal dollars, appointments, etc. can be expected. That it’s completely wrong — even subversive of good order — isn’t considered. Most citizens shrug their shoulders in frustration about this ongoing practice — if they even think about it.

    Government is best when it is close to the people. This is one reason why our federal government was given so few powers. James Madison explained this feature of the Constitution in Federalist #45:

    The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce…. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.

    The lesson that should be learned from the current push for unconstitutional federal takeover of healthcare is that less government, not more, is the proper course for America.

    During his recant foray into Ohio, President Obama told a rally, “We are only a few days away from fundamentally transforming America.” That’s what he said, and the healthcare measure he wants enacted will indeed transform America toward socialism. Members of Congress who support the President’s call for “fundamentally transforming America” are joining with him in betraying their constituents, and betraying America.

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