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UPDATED @ 12:14 a.m. - Bill Passes in House, Kennedy Talks Healthcare Reform PDF Print
Written by Adam Hicks   
Sunday, 21 March 2010 08:57

1:55 p.m. - Democratic Congressional candidate Billy Kennedy is thrilled this morning after the House of Representatives passed the healthcare reform bill Sunday.  He talks about how he and incumbent Virginia Foxx differ on healthcare reform.



Kennedy said, “The question I wanted to ask her was why taxpayers had subsidized her health insurance for the past 27 years as a career politician and she plans to vote no on the current system.”

Kennedy attended Foxx’ town hall meeting in Statesville last week.  He said he believes change has to come to the current healthcare situation.  He explained, “I was concerned about her steadfast opposition to this bill, the healthcare bill that’s coming out, which is going to help a lot of people in the fifth district.”

Kennedy explained he believes the healthcare reform bill will help small businesses be able to offer better coverage, he said it will help families, and he says it will help cut down on bankruptcy filings.  He said, “As people keep getting dropped off healthcare plans, we all pay for them.  There are 25-30 percent [of people] in Watauga County alone with no healthcare coverage.”

Kennedy said the proposed bill isn’t perfect, but it’s a start and said, "As far as the specifics, there are things I’d have liked to see and things that I didn’t like, but bills are compromises and to get this one passed is a good start and it’s going to help everybody in the fifth district.”

CNN reports the House passed the Senate healthcare bill with a 219-212 vote.  All House Republicans, including Congresswoman Foxx, voted against the bill, as did 34 Democrats.


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