I’m disappointed, but not surprised:
“Since June, I have consistently expressed my serious reservations about the House and Senate proposals,” Adler said in a statement. “While the final bill takes positive steps to provide insurance coverage for working Americans, I am not satisfied that the final bill will reform our health care system and prevent excessive increases in premiums for families and small businesses.”
Three members of Congress have switched from their no vote last time to a Yes on this bill. The CBO estimate today said that the bill would save $130 billion over the first 10 years and $1.2 trillion over the second decade. It is estimated to expand health insurance coverage to 32 million more Americans. Adler even talked about the many positive things the bill does in his explanation for why he was voting against, but said it doesn’t meat all his goals. Sometimes you have to get some of what you want now in order to be able to eventually get everything later.
I helped elect John Adler partly because he ran on his support for healthcare. This isn’t the bill many would want, but its the chance we have to move the ball forward. And instead, he’s standing in opposition. I haven’t understood the political or practical calculations of that stance all along, but that’s apparently above my pay grade. This vote by my Congressman is disappointing to say the least. The only thing that could make it worse is if they fall one vote short of passage. I’ll put the email he sent to supporters about his decision below the fold.
Updated by Jason: I posted this in a diary yesterday, but Adler’s vote means he won’t have the president assisting his campaign:
The president will refuse to make fund-raising visits during November elections to any district whose representative has not backed the bill.
Reforming our broken health insurance system is a passion of mine. As you know, my father lost his local dry cleaning business because of the crippling effects of health care costs. Many of you have shared similar family stories, and fought alongside me to bring reform to our broken health care system. I came to Congress to help make our health care system better for working families, seniors and small businesses.
Unfortunately, I cannot support the bill up for a vote in the House of Representatives. The bill does many positive things for our country; however, this bill falls short of the goal to fix our broken health care system.
I strongly support provisions in the bill that would end the unscrupulous insurance practices that hurt American families. I support provisions that would ban insurance companies from denying coverage to consumers with preexisting conditions. I support eliminating the caps on coverage that insurance companies place on hardworking families. I also strongly support the expansion of health care coverage to more hardworking Americans.
Our country needs reform that will ensure that health care will be affordable for families and businesses in the future. We need to change America’s health care model, so that we compensate our health care professionals for the quality of care they give rather than the quantity of tests and procedures they complete. We also need to make it easier for small businesses to obtain insurance and to break the monopoly that a few health insurance companies have on our region. We should allow small businesses to pool together and allow insurance to be sold across state lines. I also support a public option that would give consumers more choice when selecting a health care plan; the current bill omits this cost containment measure.
During these tough economic times, we must remove the burden of rising health care costs on small businesses and working families. Unless we bend the unsustainable cost curve of health care, we will see more and more Americans without jobs and health insurance. Whether you agree or disagree with me on this issue, I will always be here to listen to your concerns. I look forward to hearing your thoughts. We will continue to work together for a better, more prosperous future for New Jersey and the United States.