Arcuri to vote 'no' on Senate's Health Care Reform Bill


UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - President Obama has once again called on Congress to get moving on passing a health care reform bill. On Sunday, Congressman Michael Arcuri of Utica says he intends to vote no on the Senate's version of the bill as it stands now.

Arcuri spoke to NEWSChannel 2 Sunday and mentioned the best way to bring about health care reform is to slow down. He said, "I think the President wants action, but many people that represent moderate districts such as myself think that hey, you know, we need to take this thing and do it in a more incremental way, and we continue to think that."

Congressman Arcuri says the American people do not understand and are overwhelmed by the amount of legislation contained in this one all encompassing bill.

"One of the best ways to get the American people on board, is to do it in such a way that they understand," Arcuri said. "This isn't like talking about foreign policy where people don't understand the intricacies of foreign policy. People understand the intricacies of their own healthcare plan and the amount of time that they get to see their doctor and spend with their doctor. They know healthcare."

Arcuri says he definitely can see a problem in the coming weeks getting the number of votes in the House needed to pass the Senate's version of the Healthcare Reform Bill.

However, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius told David Gregory Sunday Morning on Meet the Press, she feels otherwise.

"I think we'll have the votes to pass comprehensive health reform," Sebelius said. "A bill has passed the house with a majority, a bi-partisan majority, a bill has passed the Senate with a super majority, which has never been before, what we're talking about, as the President has said, is finishing the job."

Arcuri says too many House Representatives have way too many concerns over the Senate's version of the bill for it to pass.

"There's a problem with a group that have problems with the abortion question in it," he said. "There are people that have a problem with the expense piece of it, how much it's going to cost. There are people that have a problem that it doesn't have a public option."

Arcuri believes the House should break it all down and send certain separate bills to the Senate and have them vote on each one, for example.

"Yhe Medicare negotiate drug prices with the pharmaceutical companies section of the bill - that will bring prescription prices down and that will save us money on the Medicare Part D. It's a great piece," he said. "Let's see the Senate vote no on that. We need to do those pieces, let the American people see, let them understand what we're doing."

"A lot of this is about public relations, in terms of getting the American public to understand and appreciate the reform that we're trying to do and believe the reform will make it more affordable to continue their healthcare."

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