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Childers on Healthcare, Stimulus

December 23, 2009
tags: healthcare, stimulus, Travis Childers
by Brett

Rep. Travis Childers spoke with the Daily Journal yesterday and here are some the highlights:

- Childers predicted the House would reject the Senate’s version of healthcare reform. Some of the liberals in the House have complained about the lack of public option and abortion restrictions in both bills. Pro-life Democrats in the House have countered that the Senate bill does not go far enough in restricting abortion. A number of Democratic Senators have already said they can not secure the 60 votes if the House tries to move the bill left of the Senate bill.

- Childers still says he wants to support healthcare reform, but can’t do it with this bill for many reasons, especially the cost of it.

- Childers opposes the expansion of Medicaid to age 55.

- Childers said he was “discouraged” by the deals cut for individual states in the Senate to win support from wavering Senators.

- Childers continued to defend his support for the stimulus bill arguing that it brought jobs for various projects to the First District and helped the state’s ailing budget.

Read the article in its entirety here.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. amber permalink
    December 23, 2009 10:25 am

    That’s the most that man has ever said. Sadly he could not speak to us this summer.

  2. Chris permalink
    December 23, 2009 10:56 am

    The conference between the House and Senate will be interesting. A lot of variables at play. Will liberal House Dems fight for a public option which will send moderate’s running? Will pro-lifers hold true and fight for the tough language? Will Ben Nelson feel pressure and come up with an excuse that he can no longer support the bill? I credit the GOP for doing all they could to stop this thing, but I will still hold out at least a little confidence Dem infighting will kill it (but not much). That is pretty much the only way this doesn’t get signed into law.

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