Dr. Benishek: “Congress Needs To Work Together, Not Shutdown The Government”

Sep 19, 2013 Issues: Budget and Spending, Health Care

WASHINGTON, DC:  Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) today expressed his hope for bipartisan compromise on the federal budget debate going on in Washington and his opposition to a possible government shutdown.

“As a doctor, I’ve been opposed to the President’s health care law from the beginning.  It’s one of the reasons I ran for office in the first place.  That’s why I’ve supported dismantling this disastrous law and replacing it with patient-centered reforms.  And I’m going to continue to look for constructive ways to get rid of it.  But, I don’t support shutting down the government in the process,” said Dr. Benishek, a surgeon from Iron River. 

The House of Representatives is set to vote September 20th on legislation that will set federal spending until the end of the calendar year and defund President Obama’s new health care law.

Since coming to Congress, Dr. Benishek—who ran his own medical practice for 30 years—has been outspoken in his opposition to the new health care law and has supported numerous legislative efforts to repeal and replace the health care overhaul.  

“This legislation will show us if the Senate Democrats will stand with the American people and defund the health care law or if they will keep ignoring us. The White House has delayed parts of the President’s health care law for big businesses and unions. Well, I think it’s time we eliminate the law for hard-working families in Northern Michigan,” stated Dr. Benishek.

“This can be done without bring the government to a standstill.  Shutting down the government will mean seniors might not get their social security checks.  It will mean our vets won’t get the benefits they need and our military and their families will also be hurt.  I don’t want to see that happen and families in Northern Michigan don’t want to see that happen either,” added Dr. Benishek. 

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