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|Alexander takes health reform to task|
In one of his first appearances in Louisiana's Fifth Congressional District during the current summer break in Congress, Rep. Rodney Alexandra took health care reform to task before a packed crowd at the Winnsboro-Franklin Chamber of Commerce August meeting last week at the Princess Room.
Claiming current health care reform proposals will lead to patients being refused service because of age, the complete destruction of the health insurance industry and total government control, Alexander also charged a health care "czar" could be put into place by current proposed legislation.
A crowd of more than 100 heard Alexander assure them that he would not support, "any type of reform that raises taxes, rations health care, eliminated employer-sponsored health benefits for workers or allows government bureaucrats," to make health decisions for individuals.
Alexander carried a marked-up copy of H. R. 3200, which had the thickness of several telephone books.
"Stints, cataracts and knee replacements will be done away with," he said, noting medical procedures would be allocated depending on the patient's age.
Alexander also said small businesses would be in line for a large share of any additional costs of health care reform.
He said 8,200 small business in Louisiana would be required to pay a new tax to support the proposal.
In his fourth congressional term, Alexander has several speaking engagements scheduled in the district over the next several weeks.
He is expected to spread his message of opposition to health care reform during the congressional recess.
Other issues, such as carbon emissions cap and trade and marriage law, were raised by questioners during the chamber event.
However, health care was the dominant issue.
Alexander said up to 10,694 senior citizens in the Fifth District face cuts in Medicare spending.
H. R. 3200 was introduced to the House on July 14, 2009 and has not been subject to Senate consideration, leaving Alexander to speculate the bill would not likely pass a future vote.