Crenshaw Floor Speech on Impact of Health Care Reform on Military

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ander Crenshaw made the following statement on the impact of health care reform on the military on the floor of the House on November 7, 2009.

“Mr. Speaker, a lot of the men and women that I represent in northeast Florida are members of the military, and we’ve been working for 15 years to make sure they have adequate health care. They deserve it. They defend us every day.

“They asked me, how is this new Democratic plan going to affect my TRICARE and my TRICARE for life? The answer is nobody really knows what this slippery slope with the public option is going to do to existing coverage. If you take this Democratic plan, you will see it’s complicated, 2,000 pages long. It’s unproven. It’s untested. It’s filled with uncertainty.

“At the end of the day, this Democratic plan is a dangerous experiment on the backs of the American people without their consent. If this were the medical field, that would be unethical. It would be malpractice. There is a better way, Mr. Speaker. There is a better way.”