Idaho representatives ready for health care reform vote

Idaho representatives ready for health care reform vote


by Ysabel Bilbao
Idaho's NewsChannel 7


Posted on September 17, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Idaho has two representatives who will be voting Sunday on the health care reform legislation.

Representative Mike Simpson and Representative Walt Minnick will be a part of history.

Saturday, KTVB caught up with Congressman Simpson about what is taking place now on Capitol Hill.

Simpson is calling it the most important vote he will probably cast in his entire political career.

Representative Mike Simpson has been serving Idaho in Washington D.C. for 12 years

Now, he is preparing to make a decision on what could be the biggest social change in decades.

"Obviously on weekends we are not in session,” Simpson said. “This is the first time we have been in session on a weekend in a long time.”

He said there is tension at the nation's Capitol this weekend. Thousands from the Tea Party showed up to protest health reform and President Obama met with democrats to push for final votes.

"This is probably the biggest social change that we have had in our country in the last 40 to 50 years and maybe the most important long-term piece of legislation that I vote on in my career," Simpson said.

Simpson will be voting ‘no’. He said he's always open to reform, but doesn't agree with the piece of reform in front of him. He also said that the vote is a major case of party politics.

"It is one of the clearest differences between the philosophy of the Republican Party and the philosophy of the Democratic Party that i have seen while I’ve been here," he said.

Simpson knows what happens this weekend will change American politics and he said he's happy to be taking part.

"I have always been proud to be a member of Congress and represent my constituents, and I am proud to be here and do that and represent what a majority of Idahoans feel," Simpson said.

The vote is expected to happen Sunday evening. The debate will start Sunday at around 1 p.m. Eastern Time, which is 11 a.m. our time.

Congressman Walt Minnick sent this statement regarding this weekend's health care reform vote: "I appreciate the thoughts of thousands of Idahoans on both sides of this issue. Although I plan to vote against the bill tomorrow due to serious concerns about costs, I sincerely hope that we can soon come together as a nation on the other important issues of the day."