Senator Thune Town Hall – Should We Kill the Health Care Bill?

Senator John Thune (R-SD)

Senator John Thune (R-SD)

Here is another video of one of the questions from a town hall meeting held by Senator John Thune (R-SD) at the Surbeck Center on the campus of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, August 28, 2009.

Local businessman Bob Fischer asked a question concerning the many problems the current health care proposal has, especially concerning issues of life.

Fischer pointed out that much of the groundwork for this bill was laid in the huge stimulus bill which was passed quickly and which no one read.  It has become clear that the value of human life will be measured by a formula, and taxpayer funded abortion will be included in the government health care plan. “Senator, wouldn’t it be better just to kill this bill and start over again with a different congress?”

Senator Thune said that while the problems some people are facing with health care are real and serious, “No health care reform would be better that health care reform.” (Pointing to the slides on the screen showing the massive costs and problems with the health care reform bill)

Thune pointed out that a government-run program tells you what’s covered and what’s not covered, and said we’ve had a policy going back 30 years that says we will not spent the taxpayer’s money to pay for abortions. He said an amendment was offered in both the Senate and the House to re-assert that policy of not using the taxpayer’s money to pay for abortions, “And those amendments were defeated.”

“I think we ought to fix health care without having the government run it,” said Thune. “And having the government make all those decisions, telling people at the end of life or before life as they’re in, you know, in the prenatal state, that they’re not going to be covered.  That’s not something we’ve done in the past and it’s not something we ought to do in the future.”

The crowed enthusiastically applauded this statement.

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