Baron Hill says yes, even if it costs him re-election


Posted on March 20, 2010 at 7:27 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 21 at 3:10 PM

Will Hill's vote make you more or less likely to vote for him?

(WHAS11) - Southern Indiana Congressman Baron Hill (D) could be the deciding vote on President Barack Obama's massive health care overhaul. He's been on the fence.

With that huge vote set for Sunday in Washington, Hill now tells us he will vote "yes."

President Obama rallied lawmakers on Capitol Hill Saturday.  He is calling Sunday’s vote the single most important step on healthcare since Medicare.

32-million uninsured Americans would receive coverage and insurance companies would no longer be able to deny service because of pre-existing medical conditions.

More democrats pledged their vote and Baron Hill was convinced it's the right plan.

Hill says there will be no federal funding for abortions.

According to a congressional budget office the bill will cut the federal deficit by *130-billion* dollars in 10 years.

So, what if this vote means hill isn't re-elected?

"Then so be it. I'm convinced that 10 years from now, I'll look back on this knowing full well that I made the right vote and I believe it's unfortunate I would not get elected at some point people along the line would realize this is a good thing not a bad thing," says Congressman Baron Hill.

ABC News is reporting that it's a dead tie in congress 212 to 212 votes projected for Sunday.

Sweeping healthcare reform could literally come down to one vote.

News Release

Hill to Support Health Insurance Reform Legislation

Washington, DC – When the U.S. House of Representatives considers H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Congressman Baron Hill will cast his vote in support of the bill.  Addressing his vote, Hill has issued the following statement:

“Throughout my congressional tenure, I have heard countless stories of how our current health care system has failed hard-working Hoosier families, and how insurance companies have engaged in unconscionable practices not deployed by any other industry.  By voting for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, I’m putting such words into action, and choosing to stand with those that have been shortchanged for far too long.

My concerns about the welfare of my constituents are matched by my concerns about our nation’s deficit.  This reform version covers more uninsured Americans than the respective House and Senate bills, while also reducing the deficit more effectively.  The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported that the revised bill reduces the deficit by one hundred and thirty eight billion dollars during the first ten years of the program, and reduces the deficit by more than one trillion dollars in the second ten years, effectively making it the biggest deficit reduction legislation since 1993.

The health reform legislation, strengthened by the reconciliation bill, finally puts an end to insurance companies denying coverage to the ten thousand Southern Indiana residents with preexisting conditions.  And immediately, the bill prohibits insurance companies from dropping people when they get sick, while also eliminating lifetime limits and restrictive annual limits on coverage. 

Regarding abortion concerns, I have thoroughly reviewed the language prohibiting federal funding of abortion services and my conscience is clear that both reform bills accomplish the same goal — no taxpayer funds can be used to pay for elective abortions.

When the roll is called, I will proudly cast my vote in support of a bill that covers thirty-two million Americans, allows all Americans to access a private insurance exchange similar to the one offered to me and my colleagues, stops the abusive practices of insurance companies, and accomplishes those goals in a fiscally-responsible manner.”