Roy Blunt promotes alternative health care reform plan at Cape stop

Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Roy Blunt announces his candidacy for the US Senate Thursday afternoon, February 19, 2009, at the Common Pleas Courthouse in Cape Girardeau. (Kit Doyle)

U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt used a Tuesday visit to Cape Girardeau to promote his call to repeal the recently enacted federal health care overhaul bill and replace it with "real health care solutions."

Blunt, a Springfield Republican, said a 12-point program he is promoting would lower costs, improve care and fix problems with the health care system. He called for liability reform to reduce malpractice awards, the creation of health plans for small businesses, allowing insurance to be purchased across state lines and eliminating the use of pre-existing conditions as a reason for denying coverage.

The "Real Health Care Solutions Coalition" will seek to enlist doctors, nurses, patients and other health care professionals to support the plan, Blunt said. The health care bill passed last month is a government takeover of health care that "does not solve the problems with health care, but does create yet another obstacle to job creation by imposing $570 billion in new job-killing taxes."

Blunt made his pitch during a visit to Silver Springs Surgery Center, 319 S. Silver Springs Rd. Blunt is seeking to replace U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, a Republican who is retiring. He faces 10 opponents in the Aug. 3 primary, but most except for state Sen. Chuck Purgason, R-Caulfield, have little name recognition. The Democratic nominee is widely expected to be Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, who has only token opposition in the Democratic primary.

Pertinent addresses:

319 S. Silver Springs Rd., Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Map of pertinent addresses

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