Thursday, September 23, 2010

Perlmutter’s Vote for Government-Run Healthcare Increases Costs for Coloradans

Colorado premiums to rise up to 27%

Wheat Ridge, CO – After voting to nationalize healthcare earlier this year, at a cost of $1.2 TRILLION to taxpayers, incumbent Democrat Rep. Ed Perlmutter’s claim that the new government-run system will lower healthcare costs in Colorado has fallen flat. As reported by The Denver Post, Colorado’s healthcare providers will now be forced to raise rates, and end child-only insurance policies, due to overwhelming mandates and regulations from the federal government.

“Unfortunately, for the hardworking small businesses and families in the 7th CD, Ed ignored their concerns about government run healthcare,” Ryan Frazier, candidate for the 7th Congressional District, said. “Instead of forcing mandates on healthcare providers, Congress should have led an effort to improve our healthcare system through tort reform, Small Business Health Associations, and free-market solutions that would’ve allowed individuals to buy insurance across state lines.”

Despite receiving repeated warnings of the dire consequences of government-mandated healthcare by constituents and healthcare experts, Perlmutter, unsurprisingly, decided to vote with Speaker Nancy Pelosi to drastically increase healthcare costs for Coloradans.

In a March 21st press release, after voting for the nationalized healthcare plan, Perlmutter said, “Too much is at stake for thousands of people, families and small businesses in the 7th CD, and we took the necessary first steps to making quality, reasonably priced health care accessible to more people for less cost.”

“Ed’s claim that government-run healthcare will lower costs, is misleading at best,” Frazier concluded. “He has proven time and again that he is out of touch with our constituents.”