1.25 million petitions oppose government-run health care

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

Released by Courtney Sanders with the office of U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and health care reform leaders from the Senate and the House of Representatives received nearly 1.25 million petitions from Americans who object to government-run health care proposals. The petition, which has been signed by more than 165,000 Texans and is available at www.freeourhealthcarenow.com, was launched on May 25 by the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) and Salem Radio Network to protest President Obama's push to transform America's health care system into a government-run system.

"Over 1.2 million Americans have signed the 'Free Our Health Care Now!' petition," Senator Hutchison said. "Each and every one of them is sending a powerful message to President Obama and the Democratic Leaders in Congress: Americans want choice, access, fairness, and responsibility. Those should be the principles to guide any health care reform bill."

Senator Hutchison also announced that she is a cosponsor of South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint's alternative health care bill which provides a voucher for individuals and families who purchase health insurance outside of the employer based system in the amount of $2,000 for singles and $5,000 for families.

"Individuals should get a tax benefit just as businesses do," Senator Hutchison said. "And individuals should have the benefits of purchasing their own insurance and being able to take it with them even if they change jobs." Increasing the number of insured will increase competition in the market place and bring down costs.

"Frivolous lawsuits are causing many physicians to limit their practice or even close their doors because they can't afford the malpractice insurance. We need reasonable caps on medical malpractice damages so that doctors can provide care to patients and we preserve access to these services, particularly in rural areas."

"These are reasonable, commonsense reforms that can be supported by lawmakers from both sides of the aisle."