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Charlie Crist, Marco Rubio and Kendrick Meek’s statements on passage of Health Care Reform

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The Charlie Crist for U.S. Senate campaign today released the below statement from Gov. Crist following the House passage of the Senate government run health care bill:

“It is disappointing to see that President Obama and Democrat leadership convinced enough members of their Party, including Rep. Meek, to completely ignore the will of the American people, and pass their government run health care bill.

“This bill is comprised of secret backroom, sweetheart deals, includes a last minute Executive Order, and the passage of such a bill is a direct affront to the American people.

“Americans deserve better than this liberal, partisan legislation that amounts to a government take over of health care while raising rates, raising taxes, and significantly cutting Medicare.”

U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of health care reform legislation:

“Today’s vote puts our great nation on a path away from the principles of limited government that have been at the core of our democracy. This health care bill embodies all the things Americans have come to despise about our political system: more spending, more regulation, backroom deals, secrecy, misinformation, flip-flops, politics over principles, demagoguery, pandering and broken promises.

“The American people oppose this legislation not only because it is bad policy but because it was crafted behind closed doors and is being forced down our throats. Those who choose to focus only on the immediate impact of this consequential vote, and how it will factor in November’s elections, fail to appreciate the lasting damage it will inflict on our nation’s health care system and economy. The bill’s impact will be felt far beyond 2010 because, ultimately, a generation too young to fully understand what happened in Washington today and future ones not yet even born will bear the burden of this costly vote.

“Earlier this year, I pledged to support legislation to repeal any federal health care takeover that eventually passed. While I am dismayed that we have reached that point, I reiterate my strong support for repealing it and offering alternative reforms that will lower health care costs without growing government and breaking the bank. I also reiterate my months-old support for Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum’s efforts to prevent an unconstitutional federal health insurance mandate on Floridians, and urge the Florida Legislature to take immediate steps to prevent this health plan from being forced on the people of our state.

“Fortunately, this debate does not end today. And we cannot allow it to if our nation is to survive the failed politics and policies that have plagued Washington for far too long. We cannot allow it to if we are to preserve the freedoms that have made America an exceptional nation for centuries.

“Today’s vote will continue to be part of my debate with Charlie Crist, who has repeatedly placed his faith in bigger government and wasteful spending, and who refused to support scrapping this bill.

“And I guarantee this issue will be a major part of my debate with Congressman Kendrick Meek, who tonight cast a vote that will have lasting consequences for Floridians. Once again, Congressman Meek has shown an unhealthy willingness to go along with an agenda that threatens to cripple our nation with bigger government paid for with money that we don’t even have. Floridians cannot afford to send him to the Senate, where he will oppose repealing this health care plan and continue being a reliable vote for the Obama agenda.”

U.S. Senate candidate Kendrick Meek released the following statement regarding tonight’s vote on health insurance reform:

“The journey we took was long and complicated, but the hours of debate and numerous town hall meetings allowed us to arrive at this historic moment.

“Speaker Rubio, just like the Republican leadership in Washington, embraces a strategy of ‘No,’ an approach of delay tactics and denials of the healthcare crisis that is affecting millions of Floridians. He has sworn to do everything he can to repeal health insurance reform. That means we could lose our best chance to prevent insurance companies from denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions and to close the Medicare prescription drug coverage ‘donut hole.’

“Governor Crist isn’t any better. He’s against the current plan and his ‘Cover Florida’ alternative – the statewide initiative that claims to offer low-cost insurance – signed up fewer Floridians in its first five months than the number of people who lose their insurance every week in our state. That’s not reform.

“We’ve waited for too long and have started over too often – now is a moment for action to stand on the right side of history,” said Kendrick Meek, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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