Democrat Who Voted No on Pelosi Health Bill Says It Will ‘Ultimately Lead to a Single-Payer System’
November 8, 2009Rep. Dan Boren (D-Okla.), who voted against the Pelosi health-care reform bill that was approved by the House on Saturday, said he opposed it because it ultimately will lead to a single-payer health care system in the United States.
The bill—the “Affordable Health Care for America Act”—passed the House late on Saturday evening. The final vote was 220 to 215. Thirty-nine House Democrats voted against the proposal and only one Republican, freshman Rep. Joseph Cao of Louisiana, voted for it.
In town hall meetings in August, Boren told constituents he would not support a health care bill that raised taxes on small businesses or that included a public option.
“While I support improving health care access for all Oklahomans, just as I told constituents in August, I cannot vote for the health care bill that is currently before the House of Representatives,” Boren said in a statement explaining his vote.
“The worst thing we could do during a recession is raise taxes and this bill does just that,” said Boren.
“I also believe the public option would ultimately lead to a single-payer health care system,” Boren added.
“Although I support eliminating health insurance companies’ ability to deny applicants coverage based on pre-existing conditions, this 2,000-page and $1 trillion bill, is just not the answer to America’s health care problems,” said Boren.