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Suzanne Kosmas to make the switch and vote yes on health care

Suzanne Kosmas, the Orlando Democrat courted by both sides in the fight over healthcare reform, will vote for the bill, a spokesman says, giving Democrats and President Barack Obama a big win. The White House just tweeted the news: "No to Yes Kosmas - bill will help small business and means real deficit reduction http://bit.ly/9gqsp2"

She talked to the Orlando Sentinel. Her Republican challenger went up with radio ads today, urging listeners to Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck to call and ask her to vote against the measure -- but she told the Sentinel that the "latest version addressed some of her previous concerns about its effect on small businesses and the federal deficit.

"I’m going to vote for healthcare reform," she said. "I know this is not a perfect bill. But in the scheme of things, it provides the best options and the best opportunities for my constituents."

Her statement below the jump.

"Last November, I voted against health care reform because I did not believe the bill before the House was fiscally responsible. Health care reform is, at its core, an economic issue, and addressing rising costs was always one of my highest priorities. Last year’s bill simply did not do enough to rein in costs or to reduce the federal deficit.

"The bill before us now represents the single largest deficit reduction effort in over a decade, saving nearly $140 billion in the first 10 years and over $1.2 trillion in the decade to follow. This legislation provides truly fiscally responsible reform, and it contains the strongest measures ever enacted to help eliminate waste, fraud and abuse in the system, to rein in skyrocketing health care costs, and to stabilize Medicare while
preserving benefits.

"Families and individuals can keep what they have and can continue choosing their doctors. Small businesses get $40 billion in tax credits to provide care and can join together in exchanges that offer affordable choices. And reform will close the donut hole in Medicare prescription drug coverage while improving benefits for our seniors and stabilizing the system over the long haul.

"This health care reform bill also holds insurance companies accountable by preventing them from denying coverage based on preexisting conditions, by making sure they can’t take away your coverage if you get sick, and by eliminating the arbitrary caps on coverage that send many families into bankruptcy.

"We now have a bill that, while not perfect, represents the change needed to put the economy and our health care system on a sustainable and positive path – a bill that includes numerous ideas from both Republicans and Democrats.

"It was my commitment to families and businesses in Florida’s 24th District to be a voice for fiscally responsible, common-sense solutions and positive change for our children and their children. This bill represents those priorities, and that is why I will vote yes."


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Anita

BEST OPTIONS ... GOVERNMENT RUN HEALTHCARE IS THE BEST OPTION ?
YOU MAY BEABLE TO AFFORD THIS IF IT GET PASSED ... BUT I KNOW MY CHILDRENS AND GRANDCHILDREN WILL NOT - FOR SURE. WHEN DO YOU OR ANYONE ELSE IN D.C. LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE ... STOP - STOP - WE HAVE NO MORE MONEY !!

DefendUrRights

Everyone knows that the YES votes are accompanied with a deal...some form of corruption...promise of a job if they lose their November election. They will part of "history" all right - we'll make sure that they are individually listed as traitors to democracy in history books. I live in Texas - so I can make it happen! You SNAKE, KOSMAS. You unholy, unpatriotic, ridiculously stupid fish-smelling SNAKE.

You've been put on notice:

SEN. TOM COBURN (R), OKLAHOMA: I want to send a couple of messages to my colleagues in the House.

If you voted no and you vote yes, and you lose your election, and you think any nomination to a federal position isn't going to be held in the Senate, I've got news for you. It's going to be held.

Number two is, if you get a deal, a parochial deal for you or your district, I've already instructed my staff and the staff of seven other senators that we will look at every appropriations bill, at every level, at every instance, and we will outline it by district, and we will associate that with the buying of your vote. So, if you think you can cut a deal now, and it not come out until after the election, I want to tell you that isn't going to happen. And be prepared to defend selling your vote in the House.


KOSMAS: We not only want you to lose the November election, we want you NAILED AND JAILED.

Albert

If she votes yes, she will be gone in November 2010. Any replacement would be better.

There is no way this bill should pass when the government can't even afford to pay decent rates to nurses, doctors and hospitals now.
It is a shame what the government is trying to destroy quality care, just look what they are doing to Jackson Memorial Hospital, that the government refuses to reimburse.

This administration is killing the private industry, they force $650 for the same procedure that Blue Cross Blue Shield pays $1,000.

spunkychk

With over 300,000 children in FL plus the adults who care for them and 100s of thousands of young adults with no health care insurance, Rep Kosmos will vote responsibly.

Has anyone waited six hours in the emergency room just to be seen? Did you EVER wonder why? answer: those without health insurance are charging up the bill to the local homeowner tax payers and skipping going to a doctor because they can't afford health insurance right now. They can pay something, just not $4000+/year on minimum wage.

Albert

That 300,000 @ $4,000 /children is fake number. Try that story in Haiti, not Florida.

The cost per person, even minimimum wages will be $9,000 /year, like Massachusets increase.

And that poor person will still have to wait many hours maybe more.

Guess what, forget healthcare, our county is charging about $12,000/ per kid per year for school, while using 60% of total homeowner tax collected.

Give the $10,000/kid/ per year to the poor parents, teach them at home, (probably better anyways) and use the $10,000 for the kid's medical bills or whatever new ipod iphone they want.

Problem solved. Do not pass this Waste until you pay doctors nurses and hospitals a decent fee so they can properly treat medicare and medicaid now.

Ron Allen

Kosmas is history, another person taken in by Obama mania that allows these politicans to jump off a cliff without in thinking about the long term . She now is part of history and has to live in Volusia County and still face the people she broke her promise to.

Jan Vogel

Go ahead Kosmas...vote YES, and see what the Floridians do for you in the next election! We'll vote you OUT! And all your fellow supporters of GOV'T RUN HEALTHCARE!!! We won't forget!

L. D. Zum

Kosmas is delusional if she thinks this bill will reduce the deficit and provide better and cheaper healthcare. I wonder what payoff took place to get her vote. She just sold her constituents and fellow senior citizens down the drain. Another two faced liar in congress.

Welcome to the United Socialist States of America ... Big government at its worst and getting bigger everyday.

We will vote her out in November

Art P

spunkychk

If you live in Florida and want to know why you have to wait 6 hours or longer to get help in the emergency room. You should know that the primary cause for this situation is that most of those people seeking treatment are uninsured illegal aliens!!!!!

You think providing the illegals and the uninsured with health insurance is going to "fix" the healthcare problem?

Adding 15 - 30 million people (who knows the real number) without increasing the number of doctors & nurses & hospitals to treat them is going to make things better? I don't think so!
Quality of care will decrease dramatically. Costs will increase for most people (those who pay taxes) and many doctors will refuse to see Medicaid patients who will make up the bulk of those low income earners getting insurance through a government subsidy program.
(Note: Many doctors here in Florida already will not see Medicaid patients)
Most of us want responsible healthcare reform.
This healthcare bill is a monstrosity filled with payoffs to buy votes.

You cannot insure millions more people, reduce costs, and maintain the current quality of healthcare.

You need to be prepared to wait ... not just at the emergency room ... but to get a doctors appointment as well!

ART P

Ojay

Perhaps the 3000 paitients before you in the ER are illegal aliens.

Jean Hurtado

Yep, the Pied Piper had got all the demon-crats in a trance and has led them off the cliff. I guess they just did not like their jobs and the opinion of their real bosses, the voters, enough to vote according to their will. So be it. On to the next Representative. Vote her OUT....I think she is in denial that she should be packing her bags for November, but she should soon get the message if people keep speaking out. Keep letting her know on her website contact. I do.

Jean Hurtado

.....oh yeh, and her challenger in November is conservative Craig Miller. Go Craig!

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