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Monday, March 22, 2010

REACTION MIXED TO HOUSE HEALTH CARE VOTE

Applause, boos, threats of legal action, and promises of more legislation were prominent among the reactions to Sunday’s House vote on HR 3590. A sampling:
  • The American Medical Association called it “the most important health care legislation since the creation of the Medicare program.” But AMA also called it “an imperfect bill” and said it will “vigorously work to pass additional legislation to correct deficiencies.”
  • U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, MD (R-Lewisville), the only TMA member in Congress, blasted his Democratic colleagues for ignoring the voices of physicians and the will of the American people in passing a bill that will bring the country “more IRS agents but less doctors.”
  • Gov. Rick Perry vowed “to do everything in our power to fight this federal excess and find ways to protect our families, taxpayers, and medical providers from this gross federal overreach.”
  • Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said he would join with other states in challenging the constitutionality of the new law.

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