POST-GAZETTE - Res Publica

“To Prevent those, Who are Vested with Authority, from Becoming Oppressors”

by David Trumbull

March 26, 2010

In order to prevent those, who are vested with authority, from becoming oppressors, the people have a right, at such periods and in such manner as they shall establish by their frame of government, to cause their public officers to return to private life; and to fill up vacant places by certain and regular elections and appointments. —Massachusetts Constitution Part One Article Eight

Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Jennifer Nassour released the following statement on Monday morning following the Sunday night U.S. House of Representatives Health Care vote:

"With last night’s passage of a $2.5 trillion health care package, Americans are waking up this morning and realizing that Washington is not listening to them. Democrats have passed a health care bill that saddles us with debt, raises taxes, increase premiums, and cuts Medicare by $500 billion.

Here in Massachusetts, we will be subsidizing a national plan and picking up the costs for other states. Those in the Massachusetts delegation who voted for this bill have yet to articulate how it will help the citizens of the Commonwealth. Our small business community, which is already substantially weakened by a harmful sales tax increase, will be burdened with new taxes and regulations.

Republicans support a bipartisan effort that does not result in a one-size-fits-all approach to health care reform. After all, major reforms deserve a bipartisan process; health care reform passed in Massachusetts in 2006 by a 200-member legislature with only two dissenting votes.

This is not the end of the debate. The people of Massachusetts have an opportunity to undo the damage that’s been done and vote Republican in November of 2010.”

[David Trumbull is the chairman of the Boston Ward Three Republican Committee. Boston's Ward Three includes the North End, West End, part of Beacon Hill, downtown, waterfront, Chinatown, and part of the South End.]