Virginia Democrat Explains Vote Against Health Bill

November 9, 2009

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) - Rep. Rick Boucher says he voted against
health care legislation because of concerns about a government
insurance option and Medicare reimbursement disparities.

At a news conference Monday in Bristol, the Virginia Democrat
said rural areas traditionally receive less money from Medicare
reimbursements than urban areas. He says the bill makes some
improvements but he would like to see more done.

Boucher said a government-run insurance plan could jeopardize
hospitals in the region. He says many depend on revenue from
private insurers because Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements
aren't sufficient.

Boucher says health care reform is needed. He hopes to support
the final bill that will be crafted from a House-Senate conference.

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