Bipartisanship Only Works When Americans Support the Bill

Posted: Feb 26, 2010 7:44 AM
Guest post by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (Mo.) 

We can all agree that health care costs in America are out of control and coverage and care must be made more affordable, and I remain committed to making sure that any health care reform lowers costs without undermining quality of care and protects the important relationship between patients and their doctors. While I appreciate the President’s call for bipartisanship, it is hard to be bipartisan when the President is pushing a bill that is very similar to Senate legislation that the Majority is planning to ram through Congress, despite strong opposition from a majority of Americans.

I support the following:

-- Passing significant lawsuit reform to level the playing field in our courtrooms so that doctors can faithfully perform their jobs by treating and caring for their patients without the paralyzing fears of frivolous lawsuits or runaway personal injury awards.

-- Increasing access to insurance including reforms that would make it easier to transfer health care from one job to another.

-- Requiring health insurers to cover pre-existing conditions.

-- Considering health care tax credits to ensure that people have access to affordable health care in the first place.

-- Allowing dependents to remain on their parents’ health policies up to the age of 25.

Congressman Luetkemeyer represents Missouri's ninth congressional district.