Scott On Healthcare Reform
Virginia’s 3rd District U.S. Congressman Bobby Scott was in Richmond yesterday visiting small businesses and speaking with business owners about their challenges in a difficult economy. Craig Carper reports.
Addressing the small business owners at Weezie’s Kitchen in Carytown, Democratic Congressman Bobby Scott spoke of his support for the Federal Health Care Reform package.
Republicans have consistently said the law is too expensive and irresponsible.
Scott says it will save citizens and small businesses money in the long run.
Scott: I think what we passed allows all Americans to have health care insurance at an affordable rate for the foreseeable future, and it’s more than paid for. The worst numbers I've seen, the worst estimates I’ve seen is it pays for itself. I think more accurate estimates are that it will be over a trillion dollars in surplus.
Scott says Republican attacks on the reform package are unfair.
Scott: What was passed was a Republican health care bill. It was modeled after Mitt Romney’s plan in Massachusetts, modeled after the Chaffey-Dole plan of ’93. The Democratic plan was a single-payer plan; the watered-down Democratic plan was a public option; what we passed was essentially Republican health care and because of the partisan politics, none of them voted for it. If they don’t like this solution, they should either say they like the status quo, where 14,000 Americans are losing their insurance every day, or come up with another plan.
Local business owners shared their concerns with Scott about lending freezes at banks around the country and increasing service fees from credit card companies.
Craig Carper, WCVE News, Richmond