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Colorado lawmakers react to health care reform bill

5:49 AM, Mar 22, 2010   |    comments
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Throughout the day, Colorado's Democrats touted the bill's immediate effects, while Republicans talked about its long-term costs.

Democratic Congressman Ed Perlmutter spoke briefly about a $250 prescription drug rebate for senior citizens and the impact it would have on our communities. According to NBC News, that piece of the bill would go into effect immediately.

"This issue touches everyone in their own unique way," Perlmutter said, referring to the Health Care Reform bill.

Perlmutter told his fellow representatives the country's current health care system was flawed.

"I dare say everyone in this room has a close friend or a neighbor with a preexisting condition and our health care system discriminates against these people," Perlmutter added.

The bill received no support from any Republican representatives, including Colorado's two Republican congressmen.

Republican Representative Mike Coffman says there are too many bloated numbers attached to the bill.

"The big fear is we can't keep spending money that we don't have. That we're running ashore during the deficits and debts and it's going to drive the economy over a cliff and we're not going to be able to recover," Coffman said.

Democratic Congresswoman Diana DeGette compared the bill to a strong, well formed foundation.

"Today, we are laying down a foundation that will allow every American with access to high quality health care," DeGette said.

Republicans warned throughout the day, the bill would create setbacks down the road.

"This stuff is just crazy and it will put Americans on a dangerous road," Coffman said.

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