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Marty Lamb Speaks Out About the Health Care Plan

by Marty Lamb

The American people have spoken but Congress turned a deaf ear.

For over a year now President Obama and the Democrats in Congress have been pushing to enact a massive government takeover of our country's health care system. The United States has the best health care in the world. People come to the US, Massachusetts in particular, from the world over to take advantage of the professional care and technologies we have to offer. An overwhelming majority of Americans are happy with the health care and health insurance they currently have.

There is no denying that there are problems in our current health care system. Insurance premiums as well as costs are skyrocketing year after year. Medicaid and Medicare are starting to be refused by private practices because of the low government reimbursement rate and hospitals are going bankrupt across our state. However very little in this bill addresses the cause of these problems.

Congress had an option, they could reform the system by directly addressing the problems that exist or they could create a massive government takeover of the entire health care system. Yesterday Congress chose the latter.

A complete government takeover that does not address the real problems with the system. The bill does not address malpractice abuse which costs the American people billions of dollars a year in defensive medicine and outrageous malpractice insurance rates. It does not allow free market competition which would create an environment for lower costs and better coverage. It does not address the inability for US pharmaceutical companies to compete on a world market resulting on extremely high prescription costs here at home. Most importantly, the bill violates the Constitution on many levels including violating the Commerce Clause, the First Amendment in requiring all Americans to pay for abortion coverage and the Tthen Amendment by violating our state sovereignty.

Here in Massachusetts we already have a government subsidized health care system, why should our taxes go up across the board to pay for someone's insurance in another state?

I, Marty Lamb, pledge today that I will devote myself to repeal this outrageous government takeover and enact true reform starting on my first day in the Congress.

Marty Lamb, Candidate for Congress


Comments (7)

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Karen Lilactoy | 2010-08-11 22:32:39

As someone who worked on the passage of health reform, I think that Mr. Lamb is out of touch with consumers. Every day people lose coverage, go into debt or lose their lives due to a lack of health coverage. We are the last industrialized country to adopt some form of universal access to coverage - keeping, mind you, a private insurance system. This is not a government take over - it is a move toward a moral imperative. Good health is not something for only the rich - and that should be reflected in our national policies. Everyone has their own polling - but when you look at some of the less partisan ones - when you ask people about elements of the plan, such as covering pre-existing conditions, eliminating the Medicare doughnut hole - guess what? People welcome it. Power to members that showed real courage during this process.

Eva Stahl | 2010-03-29 07:10:38

"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." That was John Adams who said that back in December of 1770. I thought I should correct the attribution.

Tom Driscoll | 2010-03-24 06:45:16

Sorry Mr. Lamb but I agree with Mr. Driscoll...keeping your kids on your health care policy until they're 26 is fantastic and such a sensible policy...both my children went several years without health care coverage which is quite stressful as a parent and it doesn't do much for the kids...forget the "taking points" Marty and go with common sense.

Lee DeSorgher | 2010-03-23 21:14:29

The same old bull from the right. Massive goverment takeover is the favored mantra of this group. The bill is NOT that. Best health care in the world??? Not by most measures!! It may be great for those who can afford it, but not for many. One question for Mr. Lamb-is health care a right for all Americans or a privilege?? Under the bill, millions who never had insurance will now have it!! Reason enough to support it.

Art Winters | 2010-03-23 15:07:45

Ronald Reagan once said, "facts are stubborn things." The effect of the legislation as it stands is a benefit for a great number of Massachusetts citizens. The tax penalty for individulas not having insurance would be significantly lower for most residents under the federal plan and more Massachusetts residents would qualify for subsidies to help them pay insurance premiums. Employers with fewer than 50 workers would be exempt from a tax penalty for not offering insurance. Massachusetts would receive a $2 billion boost in Medicaid assistance over 10 years to help pay for insurance coverage for lower-income residents. The list goes on from there. Getting past the talking point about the "government takeover" and actually taking measure of the effects of the bill is a skill I would like to see in my Representative in Congress.

Tom Driscoll | 2010-03-22 16:27:45

I don't know what planet Mr. Lamb has been living on, but the majority of people I know are NOT happy with the COST of their healthcare and insurance...if they even have it. I feel that one reason companies are not hiring permanent employees is because of the high cost of healthcare. They would rather hire "temps" so they do not have to cover their benefits. I personally went 8 YEARS temping (2 years at most positions) because the companies didn't want to pay benefits...the majority of which is healthcare. The passage of the healthcare bill also might just help with the unemployment numbers, also.

E. Healy | 2010-03-22 15:17:04