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Rep. charlie Wilson's remarks on tonight's passage of the health reform bill

Published: Sat, November 7, 2009 @ 11:54 p.m.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson of St. Clairsville, D-6th, supported the passage tonight of the historic health reform bill — The Affordable Health Care for America Act — passed with a vote of 220-215. His 6th District covers 12 counties, stretching from lower Mahoning County south and west, nearly to Cincinnati. After the vote, he released this statement:

“Today I voted in favor of historic reforms to our nation’s health care industry. I have long-said I would support a plan that brought stability and security to the health care system, lowered the cost of health care, and insured broader coverage, without increasing our deficit. After months of deliberation, with these conditions met, I proudly cast my vote for the Affordable Health Care for America Act.

"Reforming health care is a crucial part of America’s economic recovery. The bill cuts long-term health care costs and reduces the deficit by $109 billion over the first ten years, and continues to reduce the deficit to help grow the economy and put it back on sound footing.

"The legislation passed today will cover 96 percent of Americans and guarantees stability, lower costs, higher quality, and a greater choice of plans for all Americans. It puts individuals and their doctors – not the insurance companies – in charge of your health care decisions.

"If you have insurance, this bill:

"Keeps your insurance company from denying you care or coverage — or charging you more — because of diabetes, heart disease or any other 'pre-existing condition.' ”

"Gives you peace of mind that you won’t lose coverage if you lose your job, move, or change jobs.

"Prevents insurance companies from dropping you because you get 'too sick.'

"Covers preventive care with no co-pays or deductibles.

"Limits out-of-pocket expenses your insurance company can make you pay.

"If you don’t have insurance, this bill:

"Lets you comparison shop for a quality, affordable health plan through a new health insurance exchange.

"Offers you low group rates for individual or family coverage.

"Helps lower your premiums with affordability credits for those who need help paying.

"Prevents any insurance company from denying you coverage for 'pre-existing conditions.'

"Extends coverage for young Americans, allowing them to stay on their parents’ health insurance plans up to their 27th birthday.

"Includes a public health insurance option to compete on a level playing field with private insurers.

"For seniors, this bill:

"Strengthens Medicare, extending its solvency for years to come.

"Improves access to your doctor.

"Lowers Medicare drug prices by beginning to close the 'donut hole' as early as next year.

"Reduces inefficiencies and program costs to help Medicare remain solvent without cutting benefits.

"Improves coordination and increases the quality of care for seniors with diabetes, high blood pressure, and other chronic conditions.

“I have always promised my constituents that I will vote in their best interest. While this bill may not be perfect, its benefits to the residents of my district are undeniable.

"In Ohio’s Sixth District, the Affordable Health Care for America Act will:

"Improve employer-based coverage for 365,000 residents.

"Provide credits for up to 174,000 households to help pay for coverage.

"Improve Medicare for 116,000 beneficiaries, including closing the prescription drug 'donut hole' for 9,200 seniors.

"Allow 12,600 small businesses to obtain affordable health care coverage and provide tax credits to help reduce health insurance costs for up to 11,300 small businesses.

"Provide coverage for 45,000 uninsured residents.

"Protect up to 1,300 families from bankruptcy due to unaffordable health care costs.

"Reduce the cost of uncompensated care for hospitals and health care providers by $89 million.


1Jbreed2011(37 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

"Reduce the cost of uncompensated care for hospitals and health care providers by $89 million."

So does that mean Medicare is actually going to start paying at cost or is the private market going to have to continue to subsize Medicares shortfalls in covering costs?

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2fgunsmoke(1 comment)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

What is are government becoming a dictatorship? How do you have a health care plan if you lose your doctors? I`ve heard more lies than my ears can take from politicians. The politicians broke the economy and we are in two wars plus they would like a war with Iran. We have become the invader of counties after world war 2. What `s next? Amnesty for all illegals? That should help the health care bill.

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3d1eggman(10 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

corporate America has had nothing to do with the ecomomy going bad and sounds like u folks are content with a Health care system that favors a few and takes from everyone. I am not surprised anymore. The greed and selfishness of people used to.

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4AXLE69(181 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

How are you enjoying the victory of our president Pro-Conservaterican? So a yes vote equals traitor and a no vote equals patriot? Hmmm,so I guess you`re calling Rep.Kucinich a patriot because he voted no, right?Or are you just spouting off your usual drivel? I also imagine that since you hate Social Security and Medicare so much that you will be donating what you receive in your old age to a good cause.Sort of like all that money you made working your job at GM thanks to the union wages and benefits.Oh,wait a second, that`s right,you kept all that money even though you thought you were paid way too much.Just like you will accept Social Security and whatever benefits from this reform that occur.Hypocrisy rears it`s ugly head again.lol.Be sure to call and congratulate your president.lol

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5MikePrelee(38 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

This is a good start to solving the health care problem in America. The current system doesn't fill the needs of of all people. If the insurance companies can't or won't fulfill those needs, the government must step in and force change. If the problem could have been solved by private needs, it would have.

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6SkyKing310B(315 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

@Axel69- No One said that there are not some things needed to make the healthcare system in this country more efficient, but this bill is anything but that.

The mandates, new bureaucricies created, tax increases, etc contained in this bill are nothing more than the gov't usurping our freedoms and forcing us to follow thier wishes.

We can only hope the Senate has more common sense about this and removes all those new gov't jobs and mandates from their version of the bill or I will personally work to elect people who will represent me and not just go along with the misguided leadership in Wahsington!

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7valleyred(1103 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

I smell a Democrat Loss in the 6th District.

Charlie Wilson [D]
Dr. Donald Allen [R]
Jim Traficant [I]

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8SkyKing310B(315 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

I do too Valley. Problem Is we need to vote out Rangel, Dingel, Pelosi, Fwank, Murtha, etc. too, or it will only be more of the same!

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9drw122(35 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

Charlie Wilson is a LIAR. His office said he would not be supporting the bill if it increased taxes. The CBO counts up 739 billion in new taxes to pay for this. It's time to FIRE Good Ole Charlie Wilson. We need to fire his son right along with him.

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10Tigerlily(509 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

So happy we have representatives actually looking out for the people's interests instead of the corporate lobbyists and various industries that care only for their own profit at the expense of lives and quality of life. If the private industries would have been fair entities and moved to find ways to expand good coverage to all people, and found a way to make it affordable, then the government wouldn't have had to intervene. I'm glad to have them intervene when the private realm begins to monopolize and take advantage of the population.

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11rocky14(839 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

You go Charlie.Don't let the Party of NO stop you.You have my vote.

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12stoutmaster(29 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

Tigerlily, there are more than 1200 health insurance companies nationwide. Monopolize is inaccurate to say the least.

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13SkyKing310B(315 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

@Rocky & Marauder- When the rest of us decide to follow your lead and stop working so the gov't can take care of us, who will pay the bills that this wonderful Congress has charged on our credit card?

Rudy56 is absolutely right. The Dem leadership have all you liberals so brainwashed that soon you'll be raising your hand to ask to take a crap!

It's the hardworking people of thiis country that don't ask for a hand out and use their ingenuity and intestinal fortitude that make this country the great land it once was. Unfortunately, under Obama, PELOSI, Reid & Co., we won't be able to say that much longer!

You liberal idiots that say the insurance companies are a monopoly- It's because the state insurance commissioners want to protect their little fiefdoms that you can't cross state lines to get a better deal and the insurance companies can't put regional or nationwide pools together to spread the risk more favorably which would reduce the premiums.

The Constituion prohibits Congress from doing this as those rights belong to the states.

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14AXLE69(181 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

Funny,but I don`t recall Pro-Conservaterican or the other anti-reform teabaggers on here complaining about the 2 trillion in tax cuts for the wealthy that W. Bush signed while in office.Remember those tax cuts were going to create jobs and boost the economy.Well gee,I guess the economic mess Bush left on Jan 20th is a result of that boosting.Good plan conservatives.LOL! Do you follow sports Pro-Conservaterican? It doesn`t matter in the end if the victory is narrow or wide.Only that there is a W in the win column.Our older generation can be glad that great patriots like Pro-Conservaterican were not in charge back in the 1930`s or there would be no Social Security now.And by the way Pro-Conservaterican,when you reach the correct age for Social Security are you going to accept your SOCIALISM money from the govt? And please,a group of people that worship at the altar of idiots like Limbaugh,Beck and Palin don`t have a leg to stand on saying someone else is being brainwashed.Keep driving the moderates out of the Republican party and the GOP won`t be living in the White House for many years.Come to think of it,keep driving! ( :

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15SkyKing310B(315 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

Axle69- did you happen to study in your history class about Roosevelt's Depression? He tried many of the big spending stimulus programs that Obama is- He found out that this approach only made the Depression last longer. I will give Mr. Roosevelt credit for this much- Many of the building projects done under the WPA & CCC are still standing to this day and regularly in use.

Also in 1940, the top tax rate was 90%, but it took WWII to get us out of it. High taxes and big gov't programs are not the answer because it doesn't create jobs anywhere except in the gov't and takes from the private sector.

When you make businesses (large or small) pay higher taxes, there is less money to hire employees.

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16drw122(35 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

What's sad is that Charlie Wilson doesn't even live in the 6th district. We can't even find one of our own to represent us. When he was trying to get the signatures to get on the ballot , his son obtained signatures outside of the district. Then late at night Wilson met with a guy name Payne who was in charge of the Board of Elections in Columbiana County to try and fix ( rig ) the invalid signatures. They would have gotten away with it but someone tipped off the local newspaper and they were waiting outside when they came out of the BOE offices. Wlison has been crooked all along. Also read about his shaky business dealings concerning the banking bailout at www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/26/rep.... Hopefully will will fire this corrupt man and his son. One more thing to marauder , God doesn't bless liar's and cheats. It's time to fire Charlie and his son.

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17harleydog(243 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

Can't wait till Charlie is gone next November. Anyone would be better than this poor excuse for a Congressman. He needs to go along with all the other career idiots in Washington.

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18Askmeificare(1255 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

Valley Red:

"I smell a Democrat Loss in the 6th District.

Charlie Wilson [D]
Dr. Donald Allen [R]
Jim Traficant [I]"

Mmmmm? Do I put a Dr Donald Allen sign in my yard as I had last election OR do I put Jim Traficants sign in my yard as I have in years past??

I know it won't be a Charlie "Low Down Dirty Shame" Wilson sign, that's for sure.


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19SickofJimbo(140 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago


Who is going to pay for it?
Be your own man! Stop the Pelosi bandwagon!
Spend your time on job creation.
If we had decent jobs , healthcare would not be an issue. Job creation should be yor top priority.
By the way whatever you do, you will lose in November!

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20SickofJimbo(140 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

Hey Timmy

The same goes for you. You also are trying to "bamboozle" us the taxpayer. The definition of "bamboozle" is "cheat". Sometimes a cheater is always a cheater.

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21pit_bull_marley(291 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

All I know is I am sick and tired of working for all those that do not. Our Dem party blows

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22pit_bull_marley(291 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

The Dem party doesnt work for those of us that work. They dont work for those that make min wage. They work for those that are unemployed. It makes me sick. They go around spreading the bull and all the lower and middle incomes buy the garbage they spew. They are the party of the unemployed. And then to make it worse, the unemployed stay unemployed even longer!

And yes, some people in here are a bit extreme with the Rep view point...But thier paranoid arsses are right.

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