, Muskogee, OK


March 23, 2010

Congressman says he was no all along

I am writing in response to a March 18 letter from Celia Stall-Meadows of Tulsa. 

In her letter, she alleges that my position on President Obama’s health care reform proposal has not been clear and that I am “planning to vote yes.”

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Since holding my  first of seven town halls on health care reform, I have made my position on Obama’s health care proposal clear: I am 100% opposed to it.  

Stall Meadows specifically mentions the town hall that I held in Pryor on Aug. 18. At the beginning of the Pryor town hall I said, “on HR 3200 (the only bill that had be released at the time) I am a no vote.” 

In fact there is a picture of me on the  front page of the Aug. 19, 2009 “Daily Oklahoman,” at the exact Pryor meeting that Stall-Meadows references in her letter with a large bold headline stating: “On health plan, Boren says he’s a no vote.”

Furthermore, since the beginning of the health care reform debate I have given multiple interviews to both national and local news outlets in which I have stated unequivocally that I will not, and cannot, support the president’s health care proposal.  

A Nov. 5, 2009, press release from my Washington office that was referenced in multiple Oklahoma newspapers states, “As promised, Boren a no on health care bill.”

And even though there have been different versions of the health care reform legislation, my position has not changed. Four months later during a March 10 interview with the Fox News Channel, I said pointedly, “They can break my arms, they can break my legs, they can walk over my dead body, but I will not vote for the health care bill."

Throughout this entire process, I pledged to vote against this health care measure for numerous reasons — not just the public option. 

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