Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Breaking News: Congressman Adam Kinzinger Speaks On House Floor Re: Health Care Act

Health care was a key issue for Congressman Kinzinger during his successful campaign against Democrat Debbie Halvorson. In the months leading up to the November 2010 election, Kinzinger held a series of town halls throughout the Illinois 11th Congressional District where he discussed the health care legislation with the citizens that came to the town halls.

Kinzinger posted the following position on health care to his congressional campaign

Our country does have a health care crisis of affordability and accessibility. I opposed the bill signed by President Obama as I found it did not address the issue of cost nor address the crisis in a fiscally responsible manner. We should take steps to increase the number of people with health insurance but the answer is not expanding the role of the federal government, cutting Medicare or raising taxes on Americans and businesses.

We need to make health care coverage more affordable by allowing Americans to buy insurance across state lines, increasing the purchasing power of individuals and small businesses to pool together to obtain cheaper health insurance premiums, enacting tort reform and offering full federal tax deductibility for qualified medical expenses such as premiums, out of pocket spending, deductibles and co-payments.

To increase access to health insurance, I support measures that make it illegal to deny or prevent coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions or to institute annual or lifetime limits on individuals/families.

We need to support measures that reduce costs, which will ultimately affect the price of premiums and the number of people who can afford insurance. A government takeover is neither the answer nor the reforms the American people are looking for. "