Nancy Pelosi led the democratics to pass the House version of comprehensive government health care.
Naturally, Oregon's democratics voted along with her.
Here is what Sid Leiken has to say about it:
Government takeover of Healthcare has long been one of DeFazio’s signature issues. The fact that he was one of the last holdouts to vote for it shows how unpopular this bill is at home, especially the $400 Billion in Medicare cuts.
As I wrote in my recent Op-Ed, to understand the local impact of DeFazio’s vote we need only look at the financial consequences on our ambulance services, which are struggling to stay afloat just with current government reimbursements. With DeFazio voting to further cut Medicare funding and expand government control we can now look forward to more serious economic challenges here at home.By voting for this bill DeFazio is ignoring the biggest issue: jobs. Community based businesses have long been the job creators in South West Oregon. With the new horrendous tax burdens and unfunded mandates that DeFazio’s vote now places on them we will continue to have double digit unemployment.
Next year’s elections will come down to these major issues; who can improve our economy and bring jobs, who will stop deficit spending and increased taxes, and do we want greater government control of our lives. With the long history of high unemployment in his district, and his unsustainable deficit spending votes, we have long known where DeFazio stands. By casting one of the deciding votes for government run healthcare, DeFazio has clearly shown us where he stands, a blatant disregard for the economic needs of seniors, the unemployed and the small businesses of our district.