Corker, Smith, Fleischmann Hit Obama "Platitudes And Campaign Rhetoric"

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Senator Bob Corker made the following statement Wednesday night after listening to President Obama’s address to Congress regarding health care reform.

“I sat there tonight wondering what the purpose of this evening was. I was hoping to hear the president flesh out a middle ground, but instead we heard platitudes and campaign rhetoric.

“As I said in 23 town halls across Tennessee last month, I believe there are a number of incremental steps that both parties can agree upon: making sure Americans with pre-existing conditions have access to coverage, tax code changes allowing individuals to purchase private insurance, cross-state competition, and exchanges like we have here in the Senate. These changes would go a long way toward meaningful health care reform.

“President Obama said tonight that we must bring the best ideas of both parties together. I hope what he means is that he will put aside divisive ideas like a government-run health care plan, so we can give the American people a truly bipartisan solution that can pass the common sense test and stand the test of time.”

Senator Corker on Thursday morning said, “This morning, I have asked the White House for the timeline as to when the details of the plan the President announced last night will be available. No serious debate can take place without details and language and I am anxious to see the full text of the legislation the President described last night.”

Third District Congressional Candidate Robin Smith issued the following statement:

“Tonight, amid the typical soaring rhetoric and applause lines from President Obama, we found the same rigid dedication to a government solution when addressing the problems in America’s health care system. No matter how many different ways they package the message or reframe the debate, liberals continue to promote the approach that Americans have soundly rejected.

"Throughout the August Congressional recess, citizens stood up to say that turning over 1/6 of our nation’s economy to bureaucrats is not the way to reform health care.

"Americans of all political views can agree that insurance needs to be more portable. The corrosive results of lawyers filing reckless and frivolous court actions for profit must be addressed. Insurance companies need to address the problem of pre-existing conditions prohibiting the purchase of policies. Small businesses need to be given the freedom to work together to negotiate lower rates and reform should first give consumers more freedom to make decisions that best fit themselves and their families. Unfortunately, the only people who seem not to understand this and remain fixated on government solutions are the President and the Pelosi Congress.

"When it comes to our health care, Tennesseans need personal choices, not government options.”

Chuck Fleischmann, Republican candidate for Congress in the Third District, said, “After an entire summer of the American people standing up at town hall meetings across this country and expressing their opposition to a government takeover of health care, President Obama stood before those very same Americans and endorsed a government takeover of health care. It is unfortunate that our President chooses not to listen to the voters of this country, and the majority of Americans that are satisfied with their health care coverage, who do not want government officials putting their fingerprints all over other people’s well being.

“By definition it is impossible for the government to bring fair competition to the playing field: it sets the rules – and there is a reason you never have seen, nor ever should see, the referee participating in a sporting event. It is estimated that a government run health care program could force over 100 million already insured Americans into the public system,” Fleischmann said. “The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the proposed public option would add $1 trillion to our already exploding deficit, and many Democrats in the House and Senate have admitted that the public option is the first step to a single-payer health care system. This must not be allowed to happen, and America must be allowed to stay on the cutting edge of medical research and solutions.”

“True health care reform involves medical malpractice lawsuit reform, allowing citizens to shop for medical insurance across state lines, and less government intervention. Mr. President, please listen to the majority of Americans, and keep the government out of our health care.”




Former Chamber Leader Ron Harr Is First New Contender To Apply For Rep. McCormick's Seat

Former Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce leader Ron Harr is the first new candidate for the House District 26 seat vacated by former House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick. Mr. Harr was a longtime official at BlueCross Blue Shield. He picked up for the Republican primary. Rep. McCormick, who has bought a house in Nashville, unexpectedly pulled out of the race on Monday. ... (click for more)

Westside Resident Comes Home To Find Her Residence Ransacked, Vontel Haddox Sleeping On The Couch

A woman who was gone from her home on the Westside for several days said she returned to find Vontel Deon Haddox sleeping on her couch. She said Haddox told her he had been staying there with "Veronica." The woman said she checked her bedroom and that of her daughters and found they had been ransacked.  She said when she went to confront Haddox he left out of the front ... (click for more)

Never Replacing Claude Ramsey But Following His Example

When Claude made his decision not to seek reelection as the 26th District state representative I made my intention known to seek the office following him.  Immediately opponents from both parties began to qualify for that opportunity.  With Bill Bennett as my campaign manager and many of Claude’s supporters going door to door into the community, as Claude had done in his ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Participation Trophies

You may remember several years back when James Harrison, a linebacker for the Steelers at the time, came home to discover his two sons, who were then ages 8 and 6, had received “participation trophies” on a sports team. Harrison, who earned his way into the NFL (he was not drafted out of Kent State yet played in five Pro Bowls), promptly loaded his sons and the bogus trophies in ... (click for more)

Ooltewah Swimmers Beat Signal Mountain For First Time

The Ooltewah Tidal Waves had another outstanding performance at their pool Monday night. They knocked off Stuart Heights on Thursday in a battle of unbeaten in the Chattanooga Area Swim League’s Blue division and they added another monumental win four days later as they defeated Signal Mountain for the first time ever. The Tidal Waves led from the opening freestyle event and ... (click for more)

CFC Wins 2-0 At Inter Nashville FC

Chattanooga FC remained undefeated in NPSL play Wednesday night, beating Inter Nashville FC 2-0 in Nashville.   David Valenciano had CFC's first goal late in the first half.  Jose "Zeca" Ferraz scored the second goal minutes before the final whistle.  This is the fourth road game in the last two weeks and they play their final rode game at New ... (click for more)