Skip to comments.Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC) Delivers Weekly Republican Address
Posted on 09/19/2009 11:23:56 AM PDT by cc2k
Washington, Sep 18 -
WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC) today delivered the weekly Republican address on the need for fiscally responsible health care reform that makes health care more affordable and accessible for every American. Rep. Myrick, a breast cancer survivor and former small business owner, talks about her experiences and calls on Democrats in Washington to seek bipartisan solutions to our nations health care challenges. Audio of the address is available here; video of the address will be available here once the embargo is lifted at 6am Saturday.
Following is the text of Rep. Myricks address:
"Hi - Im Congresswoman Sue Myrick from North Carolinas ninth district.
Nine years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I knew something was wrong with my body but it took six doctors, three mammograms, and one ultrasound before they finally they found my cancer. This process took only a few weeks.
Under the government-run health care system they have in Canada and the United Kingdom, I wouldnt have had the opportunity to get those tests so quickly. One international study found that three times as many citizens in those countries wait longer than a month to see a specialist. When it comes to life-threatening diseases like cancer, delay could mean death.
Every family that confronts a serious illness should have access to the highest-quality care at the lowest possible cost with no delays.
Replacing your current health care with a government-run system is not the answer.
These so-called health care reform bills have different names: a public option, a co-op, a trigger. Make no mistake, these are all gateways to government-run health care.
For small business owners, these proposals mean higher taxes at a time when unemployment is nearing 10 percent and analysts are predicting that any kind of recovery will be a jobless one.
As a former small-business owner, I can tell you from experience, that this is the worst possible time to be imposing new, job-killing taxes. In fact, the nations largest small business association found the health care tax increases being proposed would lead to the elimination of more than 1.6 million jobs.
And for seniors, expect massive cuts to Medicare; which is unacceptable under any circumstances. Doing this now, without implementing significant reforms to make the program more efficient, would leave seniors susceptible to the rationing of care.
All of this comes at a price tag of roughly $1 trillion in the midst of a year in which the government continues to set new records for red ink.
Its time we heed the American peoples frustrations with the increased spending and big government growth going on in Washington. There is another way to reform health care and options we can agree on to move forward. Please go to healthcare.gop.gov to learn more.
Im Congresswoman Sue Myrick. Thank you for listening.
Otherwise leave my health care the f*** alone.