Dem congressional candidate “deeply concerned” with Obama/Pelosi/Reid health care strategyby George Bennett | January 7th, 2010
Craft is running as a “moderate and independent voice” in a district that voted for Republican John McCain in 2008. So he raised some eyebrows in the fall when he said he supported the House health care bill. That bill passed on a 220-to-215 vote in which most Dems from McCain districts voted no.
Now that the Senate has also passed a bill, there’s talk of scrapping the traditional conference and jettisoning Obama’s oft-repeated 2008 pledge to have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN.
Craft issued a statement Wednesday calling for a bipartisan solution on health care. Read it after the jump….
Craft’s statement on health care negotiations:
“I am deeply concerned by reports that have surfaced today suggesting that the President and Congressional leaders are considering bypassing a formal conference committee on the health care bill.
“Providing more Americans with access to affordable and quality health care is one of the most important issues of this generation. If the American people are going to get fully behind this bill, then we need a bipartisan solution with bipartisan support. We also need a genuine effort from Tom Rooney and Washington Republicans – something that has not yet taken place – to make the bill better and help the 160,000 uninsured residents of the 16th District gain access to quality health care.
“Just because Democrats can pass this bill without Republicans doesn’t mean that we should.”