VOL. 125 | NO. 54 | Friday, March 19, 2010
UPDATE: Tanner To Vote No On Obama Health Care Bill
By Bill Dries
U.S. Rep. John Tanner of Union City announced Sunday afternoon that he will vote against the White House health care reform bill.
Tanner, a leader and founding member of the Blue Dog Democrat coalition in the House, had been listed in most Capital Hill vote counts as among the undecided Democrats.
Even before the legislation began heading toward its final form, Tanner had announced he would not seek another two year term in the House this election year.
Here is Tanner's written statement in its entirety as issued by his Washington office Sunday.
“Aside from national defense, no matter is more important to the future of our country than her financial integrity. Those who have followed my voting record throughout my Congressional service know how seriously I take such responsibility. The unwillingness among those on the other side of the aisle to work in good faith to acknowledge and address the damage done by dangerous economic policy of the early years of this century is regrettable.
“There is no question our health care system needs reform. Since the outset of this national dialogue, I have talked with many West and Middle Tennesseans about how we can identify and fix what is broken within our system. Chief among these goals is the long-term reduction in health care costs for families, employers and the government.
“The reconciliation bill the House is being asked to consider is a tribute to the legislative process, because it has improved the Senate bill and the House bill. For these improvements, I commend the White House and House leaders for bringing this bill toward the center, where the vast majority of Americans find themselves aligned ideologically.
“After thorough and careful review of the legislation, I am unconvinced that the long-term trend of rising health care costs is adequately addressed and am therefore unable to support the legislation.”