Monday, December 21, 2009

Enzi & Barrasso of WYO continue to say "NO" to health care reform

The WyoGOP naysayers are still voting to please their corporate insurance overlords.

So what else is new.

WyoDems' Chief Bill Luckett sent along this press release today:

Delivering on the GOP’s pledge to try to kill health reform to break the President, last night Senators Enzi and Barrasso voted against health insurance reform. In the first of several votes in the Senate, both Senators voted against advancing legislation that would rein in unfair insurance company practices, expand coverage to more than 30 million Americans and reduce costs for families, businesses and the country as a whole.

With this latest vote, Senators Enzi and Barrasso, along with their Republican colleagues in Congress, have proven once again that they are willing to do anything to protect health insurance companies at the expense of health care for their constituents. Republicans in Congress are more interested in protecting special interests than in fixing our broken health insurance system and ensuring Wyomingites have access to quality, affordable care.

“Last night, in a historic vote on health insurance reform, Senators Enzi and Barrasso those to fall in line with the GOP and ignore the real need for reform in the state of Wyoming," said Wyoming Democratic Party Chair Leslie Petersen. “Reform will bring greater access to Wyoming residents and greater support to Wyoming healthcare providers.”

The Senate proposal contains measures that would directly benefit Wyoming residents by allowing for greater competition in a very limited insurance market, focusing on increased access to rural areas, and protecting consumers from unfair insurance company practices. “We are very excited about a number of proposals in this legislation such as the ‘frontier states’ provision that would increase Medicare payments to rural areas, and the establishment of a National Health Service Corps to help attract young and talented health care professionals to underserved areas,” said Petersen. “It is a shame Enzi and Barrasso don’t realize there is more at stake than a reelection campaign; they are voting against the best interests of Wyoming’s people.”

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