Monday, December 21, 2009

Sen. LeMieux (R-Crist) Joins GOP In Opposing Health Insurance Reform

From FDP:

LeMieux Puts Crist's Political Ambition Above Florida By Following Through On GOP Pledge To Try To Kill Health Reform And Break The President, Will Pay a Political Price for Standing with Insurance Companies and Against Reform

Tallahassee, FL - While putting Charlie Crist's political ambitions above Florida and delivering on the GOP's pledge to try to kill health reform to break the President, last night Sen. George LeMieux (R-Crist) voted against health insurance reform. In the first of several votes in the Senate, LeMieux voted against advancing legislation that would rein in unfair insurance company practices, expand coverage to more than 30 million Americans and reduce costs for families, businesses and the country as a whole.

With this latest vote, Sen. LeMieux has proven once again that he is willing to do anything to further Charlie Crist's political ambition and protect health insurance companies at the expense of health care for his constituents. Clearly, he is more interested in playing politics and looking out for the special interests than in fixing our broken health insurance system and ensuring Floridians have access to quality, affordable care.

"Last night, in a historic vote on health insurance reform, Sen. LeMieux chose once again to only look out for Charlie Crist's political ambitions, as Crist lurches to the right in an attempt to appease Republican primary voters. In doing so, LeMieux fell in line with the GOP, health insurance company executives and lobbyists in their effort to kill health insurance reform and break the President," said Florida Democratic Party Spokesman Eric Jotkoff. "While the Republican leadership may be pleased, Sen. LeMieux is going to have to figure out how to explain his vote to those people in Florida who lose their coverage each month or those denied coverage by an insurance company for a pre-existing condition or clerical error on their application."

"It's clear George LeMieux and Charlie Crist are more interested in protecting insurance companies than ensuring Floridians have access to quality, affordable health care - and for that they are going to pay a political price," Jotkoff added.

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