Teague Staying A ‘No’

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March 20, 2010 9:55 a.m.
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We’ve been tracking the Democrats who remain in play on the health care reform legislation, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi has lost a potential switcher. Rep. Harry Teague (D-NM) issued a statement saying he will remain a “no” vote because the measure doesn’t cut costs enough.

The New Mexico Independent reported that Teague said he’d reviewed the final legislation and it didn’t pass his test.

“I do not believe that the bill does enough to contain costs and it definitely does not do enough to rein in the out of control insurance companies that are driving up healthcare costs in this country,” Teague said in the statement, the Independent reported. “In fact, I believe we are doing more for the insurance companies than we are for the people who need this coverage, and that is why, despite the positive steps it takes, I must vote against this bill.”

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