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    Since I live in his district, I actually have some knowledge of his position.

    Cooper's concern in 2010 is that the bill doesn't go far enough.

    It doesn't go far enough to spur job growth.

    It doesn't go far enough to create competition.

    It doesn't go far enough to curb government costs.

    As Cooper points out, it continues to discriminate against the self-employed by giving huge tax breaks to those who have employer-based insurance.  When healthcare premiums are discounted as a tax write-off, it balloons the government cost (to the tune of around $300 billion a year or more) and is basically a huge giveaway to business and the insurance industry.

    Cooper has said repeatedly that he'd support a level playing field public option like the one proposed by Chuck Schumer and Amy Klobuchar.  He shares the concern of many about the pressure on rural community and other nonprofit hospitals, which would be forced to cut services or fold completely if they have public option reimbursement rates of Medicare +5.

    Cooper believes that the consumer protections in the bill are solid and a great improvement.  He likes the excise tax because it will put downward pressure on insurance premiums.  He would prefer more subsidies and less in employer-based insurance tax breaks.  

    He is still on the fence on the Senate bill and says he'll review the House's proposals before he makes a decision on a reconciliation bill.

    As for Cooper's "pulling the bill in a conservative direction in 1994" - do you know what you're talking about?  What, specifically, did Cooper propose in 1993?  Do you know?

    "It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses." - CS Lewis, Weight of Glory

    by Benintn on Tue Mar 16, 2010 at 08:33:37 AM PDT

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