Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA) will again vote against health care reform, he announced in a statement this afternoon.
“I regret that this year-long process of debating health care reform has resulted in a final product that I cannot support,” he said. “The cost of inaction on health care is great, but it would be an even bigger mistake to pass a bill that could compound the problem of skyrocketing health care costs.”“It has become clear that the vast majority of my constituents want me to oppose this bill,” he added. “Particularly hard hit would be western Pennsylvania’s Medicare beneficiaries, which many experts believe would experience dramatic premium increases with enactment of this bill.”
Altmire has also said that he opposes using “deem and pass” on the bill, as well as including student loan legislation with it.