Pataki, Burns call for repeal of health-care bill
A former Republican governor of New York joined a GOP candidate for Congress in an appearance Thursday in Westmoreland County to voice their opposition to health-care reform because so many Americans do not support it.
George Pataki, a three-term New York governor, and Tim Burns of Eighty Four, who is running for Congress in the 12th District, said the legislation, passed by Congress in March with heavy Democratic backing, should be repealed.
Pataki told a gathering at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel near Greensburg that "we know (the new law) is wrong for America, and it must be repealed and replaced." His Revere America organization was formed last month to collect a million signatures in opposition to what he and other opponents call "Obamacare."
Burns said his contest with Democrat Mark Critz of Johnstown is "a referendum on the health-care bill" and more broadly the "agenda" set forth by President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Critz maintains he, too, opposed the health-care bill as it passed Congress.
"While Burns is focused on negative, baseless attacks, Mark Critz is running to represent the values of the 12th District," said Critz campaign spokeswoman Holly Shulman. "Mark Critz will be an independent voice for Western Pennsylvania and his priority will be creating jobs in the region. Mark shares the values of the district, understands the challenges the region is facing, and in Congress will work hard to get the economy back on track."
"We need health-care reform," said Burns, who faces voters May 18 in a special election to succeed the late Rep. John P. Murtha. But Burns contends that Congress passed the current legislation without understanding it and "against the will of the people."
A Rasmussen Reports poll conducted April 30-May 1 found that Americans opposed health-care reform 52 percent to 42 percent.