U.S. Steve LaTourette has announced that he is going to vote against health care reform. Why? He says it’s just too expensive. “It was scored by the Congressional Budget Office, and it’s projected to cost 1.6 trillion dollars over ten years,” LaTourette complains.
1.6 trillion dollars? Why, that’s, um… just 160 billion dollars per year, for a powerful improvement of the health care system in the United States, saving Americans a lot of money on health care expenses and enabling them to keep in good physical condition, while protecting the fiscal stability of private business and government alike. That sounds like a pretty good deal to me.
That 160 billion dollars is just 25.1 percent of 2009 military spending, and Congressman LaTourette already voted earlier this year to significantly increase military spending in 2010. LaTourette even voted to add funding to the military budget for projects that the military itself says it doesn’t want.
Why is LaTourette so willing to throw huge amounts of money into wasteful military spending, while he won’t even supporting spending a fraction of that money on health care?
To be honest, it isn’t really accurate to say that Congressman LaTourette won’t support spending government money on health care. He does – but only if that spending takes place in his own congressional district. Just three weeks before he held a town hall meeting blasting comprehensive health care reform legislation for costing too much money, LaTourette announced seven earmarks he had slipped into other legislation, ensuring federal government spending for health care projects to benefit his constituents and make him look good to voters in his district.
The truth is that Steve LaTourette has no problem with big federal government spending on health care, just so long as all the money goes to the 14th congressional district in Ohio.