Perriello Votes In Favor of Health Care Reform
Congressman Tom Perriello, who represents Mecklenburg County as part of the 5th Congressional District, released a statement after voting in favor of historic health care reform legislation last night.
Congressman Perriello's statement following the passage of the health care reform bill said, quote:
“For more than a century, our leaders have promised affordable universal healthcare to all Americans. Today we delivered that result in a way that our local hospitals say will improve quality and reduce costs for patients."
Perriello said in the statement that middle-class families will save $1,000 to $2,000 per year, and small business owners will see the cost of covering their workers drop. He believes the bill will help rural hospitals and clinics keep their doors open, improve health care for over 400,000 local residents, reduce the federal deficit, and provide coverage to 48,000 more individuals in the 5th district alone.
One of the seven Republican primary candidates vying for the opportunity to unseat Democrat Perriello took the opportunity yesterday to disagree with passage of health care reform. Speaking in South Hill yesterday, Virginia Senator Robert Hurt said that while Perriello voted yes, he would have voted no on the health care reform bill.
Jeanne Faulconer, WCVE News, South Hill