|U.S. Rep. Jordan: Freedom under attack!|
|Wednesday, August 28, 2013 12:19 AM|
BY NANCY SPENCER
The Champaign County native outlined his and his constituents’ plan to delay the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for all, not just “big business,” and ultimately replace it with an option that doesn’t “threaten business growth.”
“Everyone knows this is bad,” Jordan said. “Even the president knows it’s bad. His own hometown paper, The Chicago Tribune, said ‘Delay the entire bill’. His own people — Democrats in the House — are voting for bills to stop Obamacare.”
Jordan said he is aware how anxious the American people are and how they feel about where America is headed. He offered words of encouragement.
“We are still America,” Jordan said. “We are still the greatest country in the world and we have people who care about the country and their communities and they are working to make both better.”
Jordan referenced the Strauss-Howe Generation Theory.
“These two guys have a theory that says every four generations, the ‘Big Crisis’ comes along. This is it. It’s our turn to step up and make sure America stays the greatest country in the world,” he said.
Chamber member Dodie Seller asked if the Republicans have a plan.
“We know Obamacare is bad but we’ve also heard you guys don’t have a plan to replace it,” she said.
“That’s not true,” Jordan said. “We just can’t get anybody to listen to it and cover it. Mainstream media doesn’t want to hear about it.
“Tom Price has bill that lays our a lot of the things that need to happen: associate health care plans, plans that cross state lines; health savings accounts; and real tort reform. We have to get a model that encourages users to consider price before making decisions about healthcare. I’m not talking about not getting procedures that are needed. I had a physical not too long ago and they wanted me to have a procedure that has been suggested for a man when he turns 50. I’m not 50. The procedure would have cleaned out our health savings account. I’m not having any problems that would indicate I need the procedure so I decided to wait until I’m 50.”
Jordan also said he as well as others understand there is going to be a group of people the rest of America is going to have to help.
“We don’t want to leave anyone without access to healthcare. But before we do good, we have to stop the bad,” he stressed. “We also have to take the oversight of healthcare away from the IRS. Do you want an agency that targeted those opposed to Obama in charge? Of course not.”
One chamber member asked if Jordan was willing to shut down the government to stop Obamacare.
“No. I don’t want to shut down the government. We will put cuts in the budget that won’t allow for Obamacare but the president will make the choice to shut down the government. That will be on him,” he said.
Areas of concern also included Benghazi and Syrian.
“We will not stop on finding out exactly what happened in Benghazi. I talked to the father of Tyrone Woods who was killed in Benghazi. He told me, “I don’t know any more today than I did seven months ago. What happened to my boy?’ We will continue to pick away and find the truth,” Jordan said.
On Syria, Jordan said some type of military action may be necessary but he hopes the president will include Congress in that decision.
“The U.S. is not respected as it should be because of the actions and inactions of this president,” he said. “We have to get that back.”
|Last Updated on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 12:43 AM|