Donnelly backtracks on health care vote

Received from the Stand with Jackie Campaign.

Press Release
For Immediate Release
March 10, 2010
Media Contact: Matt Kirby
(574) 889-0842

(Mishawaka, IN) – In an article published today by the Rochester Sentinel, Rep. Joe Donnelly spoke for the first time in weeks regarding the current health care proposal.  Donnelly distanced himself from his vote in support of Nancy Pelosi’s health care bill last November saying he is now in support of a more piecemeal approach to the legislation. His vote in support of the $1 trillion bill has become increasingly unpopular in his Northern Indiana district and since then Rep. Donnelly has largely been absent from the health care discussion.

“Joe Donnelly voted for an unpopular and tremendously costly health care bill in November and despite the best efforts of Nancy Pelosi and President Obama for the past 4 months, today more Americans than ever are opposed to this proposed overhaul,” said 2nd Congressional District Candidate Jackie Walorski. “Despite the speeches, despite the summit, despite the fuzzy math, Americans have not been fooled.”

“People out there think the current plan will hurt the economy, raise costs, and raise taxes on the middle class. Vulnerable Democrats like Joe Donnelly have no choice but to jump ship,” said Walorski.

  • A CNN  poll released February 24th indicated that 48% of Americans said Congress should start from scratch on health reform and 25% said Congress should stop work completely.
  • A Rasmussen poll released this week indicated that 57% of voters believe the President’s plan will hurt the economy, 81% say the plan will end up costing more than projected, and 78% say it is likely it will lead to higher taxes on the middle class.

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