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Perriello to Vote Yes on Health Care Reform

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The vote on health care reform is scheduled for Sunday, and Charlottesville Congressman Tom Perriello could cast one of the deciding votes.

Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello says he will vote "yes" this weekend on health care reform, if 51 senators commit to passing the House fixes to the Senate bill. He says while the bill isn't perfect, it's a step in the right direction.

Perriello says while the bill isn't perfect, but it will improve health care for senior citizens, small businesses and middle class families.

Perriello stated, "At the end of the day it comes down to the dollars and cents on the kitchen table. Is this going to save working families money or is going to make it easier for small businesses."

Fifth District candidate Laurence Verga (R) said, "No, ultimately it will not save. What's its going to do is take money from the employers of the fifth district of Virginia and the United States through taxes. Right now is a terrible time to do that with the economy. But it will take money away from employers and more people will lose their jobs."

Perriello says the bill would save a family of four with an income of $60,000 one to two thousand dollars a year and reduce out of pocket costs for small business owners.

Perriello's office in Charlottesville has been flooded with calls, faxes and emails from residents in the fifth district, voicing their concerns about the bill. Some constituents couldn't get through, so they went to the office in person.  Perriello's office says your phone calls, faxes and emails are still welcome.

Reported by Julie Bercik
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