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Connolly to vote for health-reform package

Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly (D) announced Saturday afternoon that he will vote for the Democrat's health-care reform package. In a press release, Connolly said:

"For the past year, my constituents have told me they want health insurance reform, but only if it meets certain tests. Will it bring down premiums for families and small businesses? Will it reduce the deficit? Will it protect their choice of plan and doctor? Will it improve access to care? The answer to each of these questions is 'Yes, it will.'"

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 20, 2010; 1:49 PM ET
 
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Comments

Do we have choice ?
I wish we do . The bill must pass otherwise all of us will be in bad shape.
Pass the bill now

Posted by: reformss | March 20, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Thank You, Gerry!!!

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | March 20, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Connolly said:

"For the past year, my constituents have told me they want health insurance reform, but only if it meets certain tests. Will it bring down premiums for families and small businesses? Will it reduce the deficit? Will it protect their choice of plan and doctor? Will it improve access to care? The answer to each of these questions is 'Yes, it will.'"
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Will it violate my Constitutional rights? Yes it will!

Posted by: WildBill1 | March 20, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Nice work Gerry.

Posted by: pehb5 | March 20, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Gerry should be driven out of office. He cannot independently think, but blankly follows Administration's mistakes.

In his press conference he does not mention the broken promises of this administration.

The President said if you like what you have you can keep it. I like Medicare Advantage, and it will not longer be there.

I hope Gerry will not longer be there either.

Posted by: JustSomeThoughts | March 20, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

WildBill wrote>>>Will it violate my Constitutional rights? Yes it will!

You've been in Beckistan wayyyyyyy too long.


Posted by: angie12106 | March 20, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

And this surprised who exactly? His office has been flooded with calls and emails, running 58% opposed. Can you say one-termer? Gerry is the reason I won't ever hire SAIC. Any company crappy enough to have this criminal as their Public Relations clown is too crappy to ever get my business.

Posted by: ttttt1 | March 20, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Connolly is a disgrace. If only we could rid our state of him and the carpet bagger Moran!!

Posted by: Jaymand | March 20, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I read 100 pages of the health care reform bill. Essentially, this is a business plan. I have spent most of my life evaluating business plans to see if they are doable. I read 100 pages of the health care bill. I focused on the assumptions of the bill. I, and the CBO, agree that the assumptions would all need to come true. Unfortunately, if you read the assumptions, they are not attainable. The bill is a sham. Why can't they break this thing into parts, pass one part at a time? Insurance premiums will only go down if we raise taxes to cover the costs not passed onto the consumer through the premium. If we can get lower rates for insurance through government management, why not food? why not housing? why not cars? why not sports gear? why not everything? This is something that is not going to work long term. The bill has a lot of noble objectives, but the methods are not feasible.

Posted by: newwave87 | March 20, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

justsomethoughts wrote>>>The President said if you like what you have you can keep it. I like Medicare Advantage, and it will not longer be there.

Hmm.....not sure about that. But I do know poor taxpayers will no longer be paying insurance companies to subsidize the 20% of seniors with Medicare Advantage.
Even those with traditional Medicare pay for YOU and others with Medicare Advantage - an insurance program concocted by Bush & Republicans.
Yet another reason to keep Republicans hands OFF OUR MEDICARE!

Posted by: angie12106 | March 20, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

When did any government program reduce the deficit? Have of the savings comes from a reduction in Medicare cost. If that is true, do it now. Why wait? This is the cornerstone to Socialism.
It's the death of America.

Posted by: steve90 | March 20, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Another Whimp gives into the "Process"

Posted by: williamdownham | March 20, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Obamacare = just one more reason not to go to work! Stay home and live off the government. LOL

Obamamnesty is up next! Now you can stay home and retire early as the government will pay you not to work and cover your health care for free. Then the legalized illegals can work you old job. LOL

Posted by: usmc1969 | March 20, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

ObamaCare allows insurance companies to FINALLY be part of the free market system - more competition and more consumer choice.
And if insurance companies aren't fair - they know we'll ALL be on Medicare.
Woot!

Posted by: angie12106 | March 20, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

WildBill wrote>>>Will it violate my Constitutional rights? Yes it will!

You've been in Beckistan wayyyyyyy too long.


Posted by: angie12106 | March 20, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse
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Never heard of Beck, and I don't watch Fox News either. Instead, I believe in a country that can't force its citizens to engage in economic transactions against their will. If Odumbacare passes and is ruled Constitutional by the Supreme Court, then get ready for the next majority in Congress to force you to buy whatever products special interest groups tell them to levy on us.

Posted by: WildBill1 | March 20, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

WildBill1 - What law school did you attend?

Posted by: ajlerner1 | March 20, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

November is coming! Let must repeal this scam! Hold it up in court till be get Reid out of the mix. San Fran will re-elect Pelosi who is now working on amnesty bill!

Posted by: usmc1969 | March 20, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

While the bill is not perfect by any means, I ask the politicians one questions,
When you appear in front of God and he asks you why you let people die from lack of care when you were more worried about a possible constitutional problem, What will you say?
There are some people who had their tonsils out when they were four( 4) and they are now told they can no longer get their cancer treatments because of insurance fraud for not putting the tonsillectomy on their application
THIS IS HORRIBLE>

Posted by: loudubin | March 20, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

WildBill1 - What law school did you attend?

Posted by: ajlerner1 | March 20, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse
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GW...and you?

Posted by: WildBill1 | March 20, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Thanks you Gerry

Glad you finally saw the light and are on the right side of history.

Posted by: Republicanshavenoshame | March 20, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

WillBill1: If I were you I would go get your money back from GW.

Posted by: jimngo | March 20, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Obamacare = just one more reason not to go to work! Stay home and live off the government. LOL

Obamamnesty is up next! Now you can stay home and retire early as the government will pay you not to work and cover your health care for free. Then the legalized illegals can work you old job. LOL

Posted by: usmc1969 | March 20, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

No surprise here. Connolly coyly pretended to
be undecided in order to try to trick his constituents (of which I count myself unfortunately one) that he was not just a lackey and since this is a conservative district his "leadership" allowed him that brief cover.

It won't work. Remove and Repeal is now the rallying cry. Vote him out - I hope he enjoyed his moment.

Posted by: snaxnsoda | March 20, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Brh-hGr8mXo
How do you add 31 million people to cover without adding Doctors?..Believe me , talk to VA patients, Medicare recipients or Social Security Disability recipients and decide how much you want Government employees handling life and death decisions for you or your loved ones!...not to mention the debt factor! This is not an emotional issue, it's all about numbers and the real ones DO NOT work.

Posted by: Tina22 | March 20, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

I am confused....you are going to make insurers cover kids to 26, those with preexisting conditions, increase insurers taxes but somehow insurers are not gonna to pass these costs own to their customers? I can not wait to vote for Connolly's opponent in Nov.

Posted by: Drumfire | March 20, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Congressman Connolly! :-)

Posted by: FairfaxIsBlue | March 20, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

To quote George Patton "If everyone is thinking alike, someone isn't thinking." Connolly votes with the rat party 98% of the time and the other votes are procedural ones just so it doesn't look like it's 100%. What an embarrassment. If HC passes perhaps he will read the bill to find out what is in it. By the time he finishes reading it he will be out of office.

Posted by: archie521 | March 20, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Gerry Connolly: "For the past year, my constituents have told me they want health insurance reform,"

Really, Gerry, when did that happen, during one of the 2 "open" in-person town hall meetings you held in gated communities? Connolly talks Big when he is at Democrat Party dinners like the one on Richmond Saturday night, but when it comes to facing his constituents, (not just the trial lawyers who pay for his campaign), he has the courage of a mouse.

Hopefully, when conservative Keith Fimian is elected and we get this corrupt bunch out of congress, rational people can undo this horrible bill, and Connolly can go back to his six figure "part time" job at SAIC or perhaps start some type of Socialist Party organization in Fairfax. He screwed up Fairfax County with his liberal policiies, and now he is helping expand his failures on a national basis. Connolly re-elected? Can you say Leslie Byrne???

What an disgrace!

Posted by: fairfaxgoper | March 21, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm one of Gerry's constituents. I emailed and called him to vote for health care reform. He gets my vote for reelection. THANK YOU for helping 30+million Americans get health care insurance !!!!!!

Posted by: piapogue | March 21, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

The good things in this bill (there are a couple) could have been done without the huge cost and expanded government control that the bill has ensured. But the true intent of this bill is exactly the expanded government control and a redistribution of wealth that a somewhat radical administration is seeking and, indeed, has often promised. Gerry Connolly is part of that liberal crowd and should be voted out as soon as possible.

Posted by: considerit | March 22, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for listening to us, Gerry! And thanks for helping real people get the health care they need.

Posted by: zeepsie | March 22, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

It's sad that Republicans have abandoned critical thinking in favor of name calling and bullying.

Posted by: zeepsie | March 22, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

"And thanks for helping real people get the health care they need."

what you are really saying is "thank you for stealing money from my neighbors pocket and giving it to me" you justify stealing in the name of healthcare.

NO ONE is denied healthcare in America. Those who can't afford it work out payment plans to fit THEIR budget. There are ONLY 13 million un-insured with "pre-exiting" conditions. Why destroy the 300,000,000 who love their current heath insurance to insure the 13 million who don't have it???? This is clearly not about insurance but SOCIALISM.


Posted by: eanniew | March 23, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

"It's sad that Republicans have abandoned critical thinking in favor of name calling and bullying"....

HAHAHH WOW, how dare you. you are the leach the Republicans monitarily support. it is losers like you who demand services for which you dont want to pay. As for bullying, you are right, the Socialist liberal democrats harrassed and BRIBED democratic votes for this disgusting socialist bill. YOU are the problem with today's society..YOU DEMAND others PAY for your tab and YOU have the AUDACITY to blame us for bullying you???? you are truly twisted and entitled. move to cuba, you will fit in great there.

Posted by: eanniew | March 23, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

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