In the 11th Congressional District of Virginia, Connolly said the legislation will: lower premiums by 14 to 20 percent for the self-employed and others who purchase their own insurance, provide tax credits and other assistance to help 87,000 families and 16,800 small businesses afford coverage, and protect more than 1,400 families from medical bankruptcy in the next year alone.Now Pat Herrity and Keith Fimian have been trying to reach out to the Tea Party and sending out emails that call Gerry names (Pat Herrity seems to like calling him Gerry Pelosi), but they don't actually take the time to propose their own ideas or do anything except promote the falsehoods spread by the Tea Party folks. As the video below shows, this shouldn't be too surprising as it's pretty clear that Pat Herrity, Keith Fimian, and their GOP allies on the Hill haven't been doing much to actually give their supporters facts (probably because the facts simply aren't there to support their arguments). This is in direct contrast to the fact that Gerry Connolly and other Democrats on the Hill have been taking the time to hold town halls and communicate with the public about the facts of the legislation.
“These are meaningful reforms for which Democrats, Republicans, and the American people can be proud,” he said. “Contrary to what some might contend, this is a bipartisan bill. The House and Senate bills include distinct Republican ideas and amendments. In fact, 147 of them are in the bill before us today. But rather than engage in a rational, thoughtful debate on this complex and critical reform, the organized opposition has preyed on the public’s fear and anxiety and repeatedly fallen back on bumper-sticker slogans.”
“Right now, 14,000 Americans lose their health care coverage each day because of out-of-control costs. We cannot afford to delay any longer,” Connolly said.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Gerry Connolly to Vote Yes On Health Care Reform
We received some excellent news today as Gerry Connolly announced that he will be voting for the health insurance reform bill that is coming up for a vote tomorrow. Based upon conversations I've had with Gerry and speeches that I've heard him give, I knew he strongly believed that we needed health insurance reform but that he was struggling with certain aspects of the bill. As the old saying goes, however, you can't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Although you can see Connolly's full statement, including a long list of some of the bill's benefits, on his website, here's a portion that's worth paying attention to if you live in the 11th.