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Reaction to health care reform: Before passage, RJC calls bill ‘deeply flawed’

The Republican Jewish Coalition has not yet commented on House of Representatives passage of President Obama’s health care reform bill, but one could expect that they will not approve.

The RJC scoured the proposed bill Friday, before the House passed the bill 219-212 late Sunday night, calling it “deeply flawed.”

“Even if this bill passes, it will only do so by the narrowest of margins, with the skids greased by indefensible special favors and unprecedented (and perhaps unconstitutional) procedural sleights of hand. This process has further undermined Americans’ trust in their legislators,” the RJC’s executive director, Matt Brooks, said in a press release. “Substantively, the Obama plan is wrong for America. It will worsen our already dire fiscal situation. It will cause even more job losses – at a time when we desperately need to be creating jobs. It will cause millions of Americans to lose health-care arrangements they are satisfied with. And it will not address the health-care cost problem that Americans are most concerned about.”

For Brooks’ whole statement, read here.

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RJC opposes "deeply flawed" Obamacare bill; laments squandered opportunity for sensible reform

Friday, March 19, 2010

By: RJC Press Office

Washington, D.C. (March 19, 2010) — This weekend, the House of Representatives is expected to decide the fate of President Obama’s unpopular plan to give the federal government unprecedented control over every American’s health-care.

Republican Jewish Coalition Executive Director Matt Brooks released the following statement:

The Republican Jewish Coalition regrets that the opportunity to pursue sensible insurance reforms on a bipartisan basis was squandered because of the approach embraced by President Obama and Democrat congressional leaders.

Even if this bill passes, it will only do so by the narrowest of margins, with the skids greased by indefensible special favors and unprecedented (and perhaps unconstitutional) procedural sleights of hand. This process has further undermined Americans’ trust in their legislators.

Substantively, the Obama plan is wrong for America. It will worsen our already dire fiscal situation. It will cause even more job losses – at a time when we desperately need to be creating jobs. It will cause millions of Americans to lose health-care arrangements they are satisfied with. And it will not address the health-care cost problem that Americans are most concerned about.

We are proud to have been the leading voice of opposition to this deeply flawed legislation in the Jewish community, and if it is enacted, we will join the effort to repeal it.
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