Bright Sends Letter to Pelosi

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bobby Bright sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi urging her to not move forward with the current health care reform proposals.

President Obama and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer were copied on the letter.

The text of the letter is pasted below, and a copy is attached to this press release.

Dear Madam Speaker:

I respectfully write to urge you to reconsider moving forward with efforts to pass the current health care reform proposal. From my perspective, this legislation is too costly and risky, especially in an economy still struggling to recover from a severe recession. Moreover, numerous opinion polls have shown the American people are firmly opposed to the current proposals. While these polls should be taken in context, they do provide a clear indication of where the majority of Americans stand on the health care reform bills pending before Congress.

In addressing the subject of health care, you accurately make the point that no legislation has been more thoroughly debated and discussed than the proposals currently on the table. Reforming our health care system has sparked enormous civic involvement on both sides of the issue, and Americans are incredibly attuned to the day-to-day actions of their government. Without question, an engaged and informed citizenry as envisioned by Thomas Jefferson is a positive development.

However, the nature of this protracted debate underscores why we should reject efforts to pass a combination of the House or the Senate health care proposal. The American people have had ample time to examine the various proposals and have thus far thoroughly rejected the plans. Frankly, I believe we would be derelict in our duty to serve the will of the people if we move forward with a proposal that lacks the support and confidence of the country at-large.

When I travel across my south Alabama district, my constituents consistently express deep concern about the direction this Congress has taken in regards to health care. Many of them want to see health care reform and know the status quo is unsustainable. However, they rightfully have concerns about the adverse long-term effects on not only our health care system, but our economy as a whole. I fully agree with them, and think we should instead pursue targeted, incremental, and bipartisan health care reform measures.

As Speaker and leader of the people’s House, you must maintain a delicate balancing act between leading and following the will of the over 300 million people we serve. This is certainly a tall task. In this case, however, I believe you would be well-served to listen to those we represent rather than moving forward with a widely unpopular overhaul of our health care system.


Bobby Bright
Member of Congress

Cc: The Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States of America
Cc: The Honorable Steny Hoyer, Majority Leader, United States House of Representatives

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  • by JT Location: Wiregrass on Mar 19, 2010 at 12:26 PM
    Thank You Mr. Bright!! You are a good man!!
  • by Robert Robbins Location: Dothan on Mar 18, 2010 at 08:12 AM
    My humble opinion, Congressman u r 100% right. Also I think Obama could care less if the poor people have any health care, all he is interested in is being the Pres. that got health care passed, also I beleive he could care less about what happens to this country as he is a MU8LIM yet, a TIGER DOESN'T CHANGE THEIR STRIPES. Keep up your good work for the people of ALABAMA.
  • by Tom Location: Enterprise Alabama on Mar 17, 2010 at 09:35 PM
    Congressman Bright, I am glad you have the ability and the foresight to see "The will of the people" It is sad and unfortunate most of your constituents do not. Thank You for your leadership, we need more in Congress with your sensibility and respect for the people of America. I am an Independent, and it looks like I voted the right man for the job. I feel sorry for the poor who can not afford health insurance, especially the elderly. However if you go looking in the projects, you will note back in the 50 through the 70's it was filled with mostly poor elderly people, but now is filled with Crack, Meth, and everyday dope dealers, with their big expensive cars. Yet they get check every month for their money baby's. They take advantage of myself and every hardworking tax payer in America, all because they are too sorry to work. Thank You for standing up to the Status Quo of the Obama DC Cronies.
  • by Don Location: Troy on Mar 17, 2010 at 08:04 PM
    Well, let's see, the debate has been going on for over a year, and the Bright one finally makes a move. I suspect he is more interested in seeing the natives gathering material for his burn pile come Nov. Pay your own medical bills and I'll pay mine. We don't live forever so make sure your Eternal Security Policy is paid up. It is anyway.
  • by commonsense Location: Dothan on Mar 17, 2010 at 12:43 PM
    This healthcare bill is going to ruin the economy if it passes! Something needs to be done about healthcare, but NOT the way Obama wants to do it. I don't want the government to take control of healthcare! Oh, and I sure as hell don't want to be taxed to death to help cover all of the lazy people who want a handout. You might as well kiss America goodbye if this bill passes, and say hello to Socialism. Hmm, I wonder what the government will take over next?
  • by RICHARD Location: ENTERPRISE on Mar 17, 2010 at 12:06 PM
  • by Joe Location: Alabama on Mar 17, 2010 at 11:04 AM
    Can't wait until we can vote this guy out. Who did you talk with Bright?
  • by Ben Location: Dothan on Mar 17, 2010 at 09:43 AM
    @Lee 1. The healthcare bill is not hugely unpopular. Rasmussen and other polling services show 53% disapprove the plan and 43% approve. 2. When medicare was proposed conservatives suggested that the program would lead to all Americans wearing dog tags and doctors being told where to practice. Has that happened? The truth is that the healthcare reform bill Democrats have proposed would lead to reductions in the federal deficit. Many of the proposals in the plan were originally suggested by moderate republicans like Bob Dole. The reason so many well meaning people see this bill as THE END OF THE AMERICAN WAY!!! is that conservative voices are playing a zero-sum political game where any accomplishment by a democratic congress and president is a failure ... even if it strengthens the country.
  • by Lee Location: Dothan on Mar 17, 2010 at 08:57 AM
    @Ben: What ignorance! Pass a hugely unpopular bit of legislation just to lay some groundwork? What kind of groundwork are you hoping to lay? Socialist groundwork? This bill will kill the America many of us have known and loved all these many years. And if you can't see that, God help us all! Ignorance like yours will be the end of a free America. I don't care for congressman Bright all that much, primarily because of his party affiliation. At this time in history democrats simply can't be trusted to do right by our constitution. But I'll say this for Congressman Bright, he's listening to his constituents! He did vote for Pelosi as speaker however, so he's not entirely off the hook.
  • by Letscheck Location: NJ on Mar 16, 2010 at 10:31 PM
    Thank you Representative Bright. In NJ we exchanged our Obama light Gov. Corzine for a great Republican Governor. I hope that Pelosi will realize that the same can happen to her and all of the Reps she is telling to jump off the cliff with her.
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