Lipinski explains health bill opposition

March 22, 2010 6:34:59 AM PDT
All but one of the Illinois' Democrats voted for the health care overhaul bill. Dan Lipinski joined all Republicans and 33 other Democrats in opposing it.

"We need health care reform and I wanted to vote for the bill, but unfortunately, this was not the reform that we need right now," he said. "There were four major flaws to the bill. First, it does not do enough to really bring down the soaring costs of health care. Second, the over $400 billion in Medicare cuts, I am afraid for what that will do to seniors on Medicare. Third, the abortion funding provisions go against the Hyde Amendment, which has been the law of the land for 30 years. In the end, I do not think that this is fiscally sustainable over a long period of time."