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Says he would repeal health care mandates, work to limit health care costs if elected

Repeal of the recent health care law signed by President Obama, meaningful tort reform and a plan to allow Americans to purchase health insurance across state lines will be on Jeff Perry’s reform agenda if he is elected to Congress this fall.

Perry, a Sandwich resident and Republican candidate for the 10th Congressional District, said his focus is on making health care more affordable, efficient and fair for both the citizens who receive it and the government that delivers it.

“The national health care mandate law amounts to a dangerous step toward socialism instead of the real reform that is needed in our health care system,” said Perry. “If elected to Congress, one of my top priorities will be to remove this unconstitutional and improper law from our books.”

Perry has been an outspoken critic of the national health care bill because he believes it will raise taxes, increase government spending and lower the quality of care Americans receive, especially for senior citizens.

He contends the federal government overstepped its bounds by mandating that all private citizens buy health insurance coverage, and he says the law is therefore unconstitutional under the 10th Amendment.

Attorneys general in more than a dozen states across the country are currently assessing challenges to the constitutionality of the federal health care bill, and Perry has already asked Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley to consider taking similar action.

Perry was one of only two members of the Legislature to vote against similar legislation in Massachusetts several years ago.

“I was concerned about the cost and appropriateness of that law then, and I’m not afraid to stand up now for those same principles in Washington on behalf of the people of the 10th Congressional District,” Perry said. “At the same time, I will also work with Republicans and Democrats in Congress to substitute meaningful health care reforms in its place.”

Perry’s health reform agenda also includes:

Advocating for legislation allowing residents to purchase health insurance across state lines. Studies have shown that this one reform alone could save Massachusetts residents significant costs on health insurance. He also supports legislation to reduce administrative burdens on health care providers as a way to limit health care costs.

Reforming America’s tort law system. The current law is frequently identified as a major factor driving the high price of health insurance nationwide. Perry supports reforming the rules regarding joint and several liability, which can apportion damages to defendants out of scale to their respective liability, as well as reform of prejudgment interest, punitive damage and medical liability rules. Perry also favors the expanded use of alternative dispute resolution, and the development of a “Legal Consumers Bill of Rights” to guide people through the selection of legal counsel.

“Americans have a right to an efficient and responsive legal system that addresses their needs in cases of medical malpractice,” said Perry. “But current rules often serve to muddy the water and impose unfair punishment on people in medical tort cases, which ends up increasing the cost of health care for everyone. We need to reform the system to make sure that the needs of doctors and patients alike are fully addressed.”

Ban illegal immigrants from receiving federal benefits. Recently, Perry proposed legislation in the Massachusetts Legislature to prevent illegal aliens from receiving public benefits, including health insurance coverage for non-emergency health care. The House voted narrowly against including the legislation in the state budget, despite evidence that it could save Massachusetts millions of dollars every year.

Additional information about Perry’s health care initiatives can be found on his Web site,

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