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21 March 2010

Phil Gingrey: Democrats Employ Dirty Tricks To Succeed

Georgia Congressman Phil Gingrey issued the following statement in response to the Sunday night health care vote:

“Today was a tragic day for every American as Democratic leaders – through a flagrant abuse of Congressional rules – rammed health care reform legislation through the House that 73 percent of Americans oppose. However, the pervasive attitude in Washington has become simply: Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and President Obama ‘know better’ than the American people about what is ‘best’ for them and their families. That attitude is one that I absolutely abhor and is certainly not what our founding fathers had in mind when they designed our representative democracy. Our founding fathers also could not have imagined a country where Americans are forced to buy government-approved health insurance under penalty of law, and House and Senate leaders subvert the rules process to pass legislation that is against the will of the majority.

“I spent 30 years practicing medicine in Georgia. Based on my experience, I believe I understand the needs of America’s patients and the importance of the doctor-patient relationship. I also know firsthand from my constituents how very troubled our economy is and how families are struggling to make ends meet. On both counts, this bill not only doesn’t help, but in fact makes matters worse. Furthermore, we don’t even know every evil that is contained in the bill that passed the House today – but I can assure you that we will continue to discover them if this bill is signed into law.

“I am proud that every Republican member of the House stood up against this travesty which will result in, at a minimum, a trillion dollar government takeover of health care and I am deeply proud and appreciative of the millions of Americans that took the time over the last year to make their voices heard. We may have lost this battle, but Americans deserve to have elected leaders that do not betray their trust and actually listen to their voices. I am confident that the majority of Americans whose voices were ignored by Democrats’ who cast a ‘yes’ vote today will continue to make their voices heard – and for that I am very thankful. I will continue to do my very best to support them.”