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below, Foster release.....

Rep. Foster To Support

Health Insurance Reform Legislation

Bill Will Allow Individuals to Keep their Insurance,

Have Access to the Same Insurance Choices as Members of Congress

(Washington, DC) - Today, after evaluating the final text of the legislation, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-14) announced that he will vote in favor of the Health Insurance Reform bill, and released the following statement.

"After thorough consideration, I have decided to support the health insurance reform legislation because it eliminates pre-existing conditions, protects and strengthens Medicare and will significantly reduce the deficit by $1.3 trillion over 20 years. While the Senate bill itself is not perfect, many important improvements have been made so that the overall package is one that I can support.

This bill will give my constituents freedom from the fear of becoming uninsurable, and freedom to pursue better job opportunities or start a small business without the fear of losing their insurance. As a former small business owner, I was pleased to see that this bill will allow small businesses to thrive and expand without facing crippling health care costs.

In the past year I've heard from thousands of constituents who have passionately argued in favor of or against the legislation. Though there have been spirited disagreements about the details, almost everyone agrees that our health insurance system is broken. I've listened to small business owners who tell me they won't be able to continue to offer health insurance to their employees if costs continue to rise, and I've listened to individuals who have become uninsurable through no fault of their own - like one woman who was denied insurance because her health insurance company cited menopause as her pre-existing condition. I have also made it a priority to carefully read and analyze major pieces of legislation before casting my vote - and to think ahead about what will be best for our country 10, 20 and 50 years from now.

I want to make sure my constituents understand that I have heard their calls, read their emails and letters, seen their faxes, and I have weighed the concerns of those opposed and those in favor. In the last 72 hours, I also consulted with experts like Illinois Insurance Commissioner Michael McRaith, who confirmed the positive impact that this legislation will have on Illinois businesses and consumers. I ran for Congress to find workable solutions to the problems facing the families of the 14th District, and by controlling costs and eliminating pre-existing conditions as a barrier to health care, I have kept that promise.

I am pleased that this bill is endorsed by the AARP, the American Medical Association, the Mayo Clinic and dozens of other organizations. It was also important to my decision that the independent, nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office determined that the legislation will cut the federal deficit by $1.3 trillion over 20 years, and will increase the solvency of Medicare by nine years.

While I realize this has been a stressful exercise for our country's democracy, I believe that voices on both sides are to be thanked for actively participating in that democracy. Whether my vote today was one you support or oppose, I have listened to and balanced your concerns and believe that now, we must go forward together, Republicans and Democrats alike, and do everything possible to continue restoring our nation's economy so that everyone needing work can find it."



This bill will bankrupt our nation. The CBO numbers are all predicated on the lie that Congress will cut Medicare. They will not do this. This bill contains sweetheart deals for many other states, but Mr. Foster apparently failed to secure any goodies for us in the 14th before throwing in with his party bosses. This Bill (Foster, that is) has signed his political suicide note today.

Paying for national health care will cost the government billions, but help is on the way. The best income producing arm of the government is the IRS, each dollar spent on the salary of one of its employees brings back thousands. The hiring of 16,500 new agents will pump billions into empty vaults. They will hunt down free riders who refuse to pay their dues. The new tax collectors will make sure that no cheater is left behind.

Foster, you’re a sellout. The public does not want this bill --

Whatever happened to the Declaration of Independence:

"We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed

Mr. Foster, the public has spoken, loudly and clearly, that they do not want this bill -- that we do not give you, and your party the consent to be governed in this manner. There will be consequences.

How can it reduce the debt?
By imposing new taxes - taxes that will kill jobs?
By reducing other spending - reducing Medicare which is already broke? How will that fix medical care? Back with Clinton proposed uhiversal health care, we had a young lady working for us. She came to work all excited because she was going to get "free health care." I told her that if it was that important, we could get it now. We would simply deduct her premiums from her paycheck - "i can't afford that" So being the bearer of bad news I told her that the job is only worth so much. If the bill passed, either the pay would go down, or the job would disappear.

This guy will be defeated 70-30 this fall!

You have done a disservice to your family, your country and those your district.


Mr. Foster:

In reply to your statement to constituents rationalizing your vote in favor of this health reform monstrosity, I say this:
You heard nothing.
You understood nothing.
You failed to represent anything but your own interests.
Your political career ended tonight.

Mr Foster,

I would like you to know that I am so upset with you voting for the Obama health care take over. I am a Nurse and I see how wonderful this current health care of ours before your partisan congress decided to do a major change which not only cost a lot to tax payers but will make the medicare age people to suffer.Can you tell me a hospital that refuses a care to a patient that goes to Emergency Room?I guess you can't name one.It's because our health care system caters everyone even the illegal immigrants.We have the best health Care in the whole world and now your democratic controlled congress will for sure go down in the history as the destroyer of freedom and choice and you will be remembered as the supporter of abortion.I hope God will touch your heart so you will realize you put this country in a trillion deficit.

I think that this bill will be one of the prove to be one of the proudest days in American History. Thankyou Bill for your courage.
Obama has been straight with us from the beginning and I am proud to be an American today.
I will be at the poles to vote for you again.

Thank you for voting yes on Health Care.

Thank you Mr. Foster! I appreciate your thoughtful deliberations and I am grateful that you voted YES for this bill. And there are many many others who are grateful to you for this vote as well. I've had many discussions with friends, neighbors, and family members and they will all be happy when they learn that you voted yes. I hope that you hear from others like us who are proud that you are our representative!

Bill Foster, as many have already indicated, you are on your way out as the rep of the 14th district. We are not a communistic country. We are a country ruled by the people. The people spoke loud and clear as to what they thought of this legislation----and the majority said no. I can't imagine what kind of back room deal you made that you would sell out your constituents, but you did.

Come November, I would start packing--there will be changes in the way people view this government. You have to be a shamed of what you did. But I forgot--you are superior in all ways compared to your constituents.

Mr. Foster...

The only person I am mad at regarding your vote is Dennis Hastert. If he would not have retired to try and push his son into his seat, you would never had the opportunity to vote. As a business owner and "realist", I know jobs will be lost because of your short-sided and misinformed vote. Maybe a try at running a real company with actual employees would do you some good (your stretch as an independent business consultant obviously didn't help). As bad as the current health care system is today, at least I can continue to pay my employees. More taxes = Less jobs. That is MBA 101.

Acadamia is calling you back in November.

Mr. Foster, I am disappointed in your vote for the health care bill ! As many have said, the overall majority of US citizens and your constituents did not support this government take over of health care.

The CBO numbers that suggest that this bill will be a deficit reducer are a product of a creative accounting. The former chair of CBO has suggested that this bill in reality will add more than 500 billion dollars to the deficit. The United States is going bankrupt !

As bad as this sounds, it pales in comparison to your blatant disregard for your constituents wishes !! Your loyalty should be with us, and not Nancy Pelosi or the party.

Thankfully, this is something we can change when we cast our up-coming votes !

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