Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Garrett Against Medicare Reform

I won't have time to do a full analysis of this bill today, but Representative Scott Garrett joined 14.3% of the House in voting against HR 6331: Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act.

Among other things, the bill expands access in rural areas such as Sussex and Warren Counties, increases the focus on preventative care (which costs less in the long term), ensures service providers are paid promptly, and fixes some of the problems with Medicare Part D.

Considering Garrett represents a District with 13.4% of the population over 65, which is a higher percentage than the nation as a whole, one really does have to wonder what Garrett is thinking. If Garrett took to the floor to explain his vote I'll post it here.

2 comments:

andrewmin.com said...

onsidering Garrett represents a District with 13.4% of the population over 65, which is a higher percentage than the nation as a whole, one really does have to wonder what Garrett is thinking. If Garrett took to the floor to explain his vote I'll post it here.

Or maybe he just believes that that's what the right thing to do is. Isn't that what we all wish politicians would do?

rmfretz said...

Good point. Garrett has said several times he has no interest in saving taxpayers money by making things work better; he'd rather eliminate government.

Unfortunately, Garrett's votes against reform puts our District in the role of defending the status quo.