Feingold Defends Record of Voting for Failure

Crazy Uncle Russ is at it again.

Sen. Russ Feingold didn’t back away from his support for health care reform or the stimulus bill during a campaign stop in Hudson on Sunday afternoon.

“I don’t apologize for those votes. Those were the right votes. Those were an attempt to try to solve the leading problems that the American people face,” the Democratic senator told about 50 supporters on hand when he paid a visit to his campaign office at 206 Second St.

Feingold voted with the Democratic majority in adopting the health care overhaul last March and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in February 2009.

He said his Republican opponents cite the votes as reasons to throw him out of office. And Ron Johnson, the Republican Party-endorsed candidate to replace him, has said the first thing he’d do is work to repeal the health care act.

“So remind people what that means,” Feingold encouraged his supporters. “Thirty-two million Americans who are finally going to get health insurance would no longer have any. … A million people in Wisconsin with pre-existing conditions are finally protected from insurance booting them off. He would get rid of that.”

Hey Russ, how well did the stimulus work?  Obama told America if you guys passed it unemployment wouldn’t go above 8%.  What is it now, 9.6% (down from 10%)? How many jobs has the 787 billion dollars (that we don’t have) actually created?

And tell me, where are those extra 32 million people (whose health care everyone else will have to pay for in addition to their own) going to get care? How is adding 32 million people going to relieve the strain on our health care system? As AP reported, it won’t.

Emergency rooms, the only choice for patients who can’t find care elsewhere, may grow even more crowded with longer wait times under the nation’s new health law.

That might come as a surprise to those who thought getting 32 million more people covered by health insurance would ease ER crowding. It would seem these patients would be able to get routine health care by visiting a doctor’s office, as most of the insured do.

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