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Dreier: Uninsured Patient With ‘Massive Tumor’ Shouldn’t Have Healthcare Provided

What is your take on Obamacare?

As the House of Representatives voted to repeal President Barack Obama’s overhaul of the healthcare system, Glendora’s Congressional representative, David Dreier (R-San Dimas) created some controversy when he said during a House Rules Committee meeting Monday evening that he didn’t believe expensive healthcare should be provided to uninsured individuals with preexisting conditions.

"While I don't think that someone who is diagnosed with a massive tumor should the next day be able to have millions and millions and millions of dollars of health care provided, I do believe there can be a structure to deal with the issue of pre-existing conditions," Dreier said.

The near party-line vote passed in a 244- 185 Wednesday. As with previous attempts to stop “Obamacare,” the Democrat-controlled Senate is expected to vote down the repeal.

House Speaker John Boeher echoed Dreier’s view when he said the legislation, which requires all Americans to obtain insurance or face tax fines, would only hurt the economy.

“[This legislation] is making our economy worse, driving up costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers," Boeher said in Huffington Post following the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold to legislation.

Democrats fired back at the criticisms, with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi calling the repeal “a useless bill to nowhere” that would hurt the "health and economic well-being of America's families."

Obamacare continues to be the polarizing political debate between Republicans and Democrats in the lead up to the November elections.

Shirley D. July 12, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Every "specific" thing I have heard about Obamacare sounds great to me. Much better than what was available in the past. There may be some good changes that could be made, but I haven't heard any "specific" ones yet. All I hear is repeal, repeal and repeal. Lets work with what we have and make some changes if necessary. I think it is terrible for Dreier to say millions shouldn't be spent to save a life, while they are spending millions to vote for a bill that doesn't have a chance of passing. The election will make the decision with no additional expenses to us taxpayers.
H. de Béky July 12, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Here's another golden opporttunity for the republicans to demonstrate that ideology is more important to them than human life. Statements like Drier's simply are not going to help them get the votes they need to get to the White House. Sometimes I think republicans have been consulting an undercover democratic hroup of experts on campaign election strategy. Everry move they have made recently, including Romney's latest NAACP gaffe of intentionally driving an African American audience to boo him so he can use that to say that "he holds his 'principled' viees on the face of opposition, seems to me that have been suggested by strategists disguised as republicans but that really are democrats. And they are laughing all the way to the White House. because thiese unpopular stances moves iare working...
Shirley D. July 12, 2012 at 07:55 PM
The problem is that it isn't just campaign election strategy, it is their true thoughts about the direction our country should take. It's all about me, who cares what happens to our fellow Americans, let them suffer. As I heard somebody say, it's not our fathers Republican Party.
Mary Hazlett July 13, 2012 at 06:19 PM
If Rep. Drier had no insurance and was diagnosed with a major health issue, I wonder if the "shoe would then be on the other foot".........
Dave Felt September 06, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Lucky he won't be there next year !!

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