Rehberg remains firmly against the effort to reform the nation’s health care system. When the bill comes to a vote, he says he will vote ‘no’. In a teleconference Friday morning, Rehberg stated his concerns about the bill, naming cost, transparency, and hastiness.
“People really do want lasting solutions,” Rehberg said. “They want stability. And the bottom line is I just don’t think this gets us where we want to be.”
From the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce:
In Montana, the health care reform bill will:
- Improve coverage for 564,000 residents with health insurance.
- Give tax credits and other assistance to up to 261,000 families and 34,900 small businesses to help them afford coverage.
- Improve Medicare for 162,000 beneficiaries, including closing the donut hole.
- Extend coverage to 117,000 uninsured residents.
- Guarantee that 22,000 residents with pre-existing conditions can obtain coverage.
- Protect 900 families from bankruptcy due to unaffordable health care costs.
- Allow 76,000 young adults to obtain coverage on their parents’ insurance plans.
- Provide millions of dollars in new funding for 84 community health centers.
- Reduce the cost of uncompensated care for hospitals and other health care providers by $54 million annually.