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Etheridge to back health care reform

Posted March 19, 2010

— U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge, D-N.C., announced Friday that he will support health care reform, saying he believes it will "save lives and save money."

"The working families of the 2nd District need solutions, not more fear, neither the real fears of rising cost nor the false fears spread by special interests. We cannot continue to allow the current system to kill jobs and bust the budgets of our families and our nation," he said in a statement on his Web site.

Twenty-two Democrats have already said they plan to vote against the reform bill, including three from North Carolina – 7th District Congressman Mike McIntyre, 8th District Congressman Larry Kissell and 11th District Congressman Heath Shuler.

"This is the best chance we have to reduce sky-rocketing health care cost for North Carolina families," Etheridge said.

Etheridge voted for health reform last fall.

Obama has traveled to Pennsylvania, Missouri and Ohio in recent weeks to drum up grassroots support for the bill.


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  • viking416 Mar 19, 2010

    He is voting for what the majority want. That is why he was elected.

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  • jmf Mar 19, 2010

    Everyone remember this in November. He has needed to be replaced for a long time!! Hopefully he will have some strong competition from the RNC.

  • tmedlin Mar 19, 2010

    YOU LIE! We know you removed the Doctor "fix" in order to make this bill fool the idiots that support you! Another 350 billion dollar bill will be coming as soon as this one is signed off! LIAR, LIAR, LIAR

  • geosol Mar 19, 2010

    Thank you for your courage and understanding of the problems faced by the citizens of your district and the rest of the country! I will never, ever vote for another Republican candidate for office after seeing the lies about this legislation spread by the right. Never, ever again!!!

  • Suasponte Mar 19, 2010

    Just lost my vote.

  • North Raleigh Dad Mar 19, 2010

    Na Na Na Na, Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey, GOODBYE!
    (Hurry November)

  • kawbkr Mar 19, 2010

    He and David Price are 2 of the biggest IDIOTS ever to go to Washington. Better make your decisions, I will do everything I can to see you do not get re-elected

  • Fiddlemom Mar 19, 2010

    Sorry to hear that Mr. Etheridge. That is one less vote you can count on. I know of many more that will vote the same way.

  • whatelseisnew Mar 19, 2010

    ""This is the best chance we have to reduce sky-rocketing health care cost for North Carolina families," Etheridge said. "

    Either he knows he is lying, or he actually believes this. I saw a little report card thing on ABC news a little while ago. They had this little set of highlights: Insurance can not be canceled; children can not be refused insurance for pre-existing conditions; in 2014 no one can be refused insurance; no lifetime limits; adults up to the age of 26 can remain on parents insurance. Yes I can see how that will make insurance rates cheaper. Of course, ABC conveniently left out the really nasty parts of the bill. I expected no less. I rarely watch them and this one-sided report is an example of why I rarely watch them.