, , ,

Yesterday, from a republican member of the House in the Missouri General Assembly at the opening of debate on HJR 48, 50 & 57 (a republican sponsored state constitutional amendment nullifying federal health care reform legislation):

…Mister Speaker, Democrats now, across the country are rising in support of the “health care freedom acts.” They are speaking out in op, they are speaking out in opposition to the federal plans…Representative, our own Representative Ike Skelton, here in Missouri, voted against the House version of the federal takeover earlier this year. And just today, this morning on the radio Congressman Skelton said, that what they are doing currently in DC on their proposed violations of various Congressional rules is an abomination…

I’m not particularly impressed with a republican legislator attributing inflammatory language on the part of any Democrat in support of a bogus republican agenda. Though, to be clear, Congressman Skelton (D) issued a statement in November explaining why he did not support the health care reform bill.

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce issued a publication today showing Benefits of Health Care Reform, District by District Impact. “The Committee has prepared, for all 435 congressional districts, a district-level analysis of the impact of health care reform legislation. This analysis includes information on the impact of the legislation on families, small businesses, seniors in Medicare, health care providers, and the uninsured.” [you can check out the numbers for each congressional district in the nation]:

March 2010

The Benefits of Health Care Reform

In the 4th Congressional District of Missouri

Committee on Energy and Commerce

The U.S. House of Representatives will soon vote on health care reform legislation. This legislation will make health care affordable for the middle class, provide security for seniors, and guarantee access to health insurance for the uninsured – while reducing the federal deficit by over $100 billion over the next decade. This analysis examines the benefits of the legislation in the 4th Congressional District of Missouri, which is represented by Rep. Ike Skelton.

In Rep. Skelton’s district, the health care reform bill will:

• Improve coverage for 390,000 residents with health insurance.

• Give tax credits and other assistance to up to 187,000 families and 14,900 small businesses to help them afford coverage.

• Improve Medicare for 120,000 beneficiaries, including closing the donut hole.

• Extend coverage to 55,500 uninsured residents.

• Guarantee that 11,400 residents with pre-existing conditions can obtain coverage.

• Protect 1,200 families from bankruptcy due to unaffordable health care costs.

• Allow 53,000 young adults to obtain coverage on their parents’ insurance plans.

• Provide millions of dollars in new funding for 13 community health centers.

• Reduce the cost of uncompensated care for hospitals and other health care providers by $74 million annually…

[emphasis in original]

Using the language of a republican member of the Missouri House – 55,000 uninsured individuals in the 4th Congressional District is indeed an abomination.