Area representatives split on healthcare bill

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From the Glendale News-Press:

Area representatives were split along party lines Saturday when they cast votes on a sweeping healthcare reform plan that was approved by the House of Representatives.

Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) joined the majority of Democrats in the House to vote in favor of the bill, while Rep. David Dreier (R-San Dimas) opposed the legislation, calling it a “divisive, unworkable, enormously expensive proposal” pushed by the majority party.

The plan, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, would reduce the deficit by $109 billion during a 10 year period and insure 36 million more Americans.

Not all House Democrats supported the measure, with 39 Democrats reportedly joining all but one Republican, Rep. Anh Cao of Louisiana, in opposing the bill.

Despite the divided vote, Schiff said, the House move was a critical achievement in the developing effort to craft reform to the nation’s troubled heathcare system.

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Written by Zain Shauk

November 9, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Posted in burbank, glendale, politics

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