Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2nd District of South Carolina

T&D: Wilson: Bill is win for big government

Mar 24, 2010

Wilson: Bill is win for big government

By PHIL SARATA, T&D Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Second District Congressman Joe Wilson blasted the health care bill passed by the House, saying it will overwhelm the system.

"Too many will feel that health care is now free," Wilson said Monday. "During Cash for Clunkers, so many people participated in the program it was overwhelmed and the government responded by borrowing more money. But that won't work with the health care system.

"I'm very concerned that there will be long waiting lists for people trying to access health care and a denial of services that will actually put people's health at risks."

Wilson was disappointed with the historic legislation narrowly approved by the House Sunday night.

"I believe the takeover bill is not in the interest of the American public," Wilson said. "I look at this as a battle. It's not the end but rather an ongoing struggle between those who favor limited government and those who favor big government.

"Since its founding, this country has had this division and sadly (Sunday) night was a victory for big government."

Wilson says other deals were attached to the House bill, similar to the so-called "Cornhusker Kickback" and the "Louisiana Purchase" in the Senate health care legislation.

"There was a new one every hour that I heard and they had nothing to do with health care," Wilson said. "One provided more water for the Central Valley of California. I don't know the cost, but these deals would add to the overall cost of the bill."

The bill calls for $500 billion in Medicare cuts through decreased payments to hospitals, nursing homes and other services. The cuts, along with $400 billion in new taxes, will pay for the program.

Wilson says that will kill 1.6 million jobs.

"What I will be working on is to produce change in the upcoming election," Wilson said. "I urge voters to select candidates that favor limited government so that different portions of the bill can be repealed."

The Congressional Budget Office has estimated the legislation would cut deficits by an estimated $142 billion over a decade. Wilson says the bill compares "apples and oranges."

Wilson also applauded announced efforts by Attorneys General Bill McCollum of Florida and Henry McMaster of South Carolina to sue if the bill becomes law. Both men, who are involved in gubernatorial races, say the provision forcing Americans to buy health insurance is unconstitutional.

"I agree with him there are elements that are unconstitutional," he said.