The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

August 26, 2013

Toomey: National health care increasing consumer costs

By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News

— DANVILLE — U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey said today that the President’s national health care plan is increasing the costs for customers.

“We need to go to individual ownership and patient control that will lead to lower costs,” Toomey said during a town hall meeting in Danville.

Fred Gaffney, president of the Columbia-Montour Chamber of Commerce, said there seems to be an agreement among Republicans and Democrats that tax code reform is necessary.

Toomey agreed.

“On the business side, our tax rate is higher than around the world. The President pulled the rug out when he said there would have to be a tax increase. Repeated tax increases are part of the problem,” said Toomey who wasn’t optimistic about reform on the “short-run.”

Charlie Horvath of Rush Township questioned Toomey on filibustering 20 times on presidential nominees including Chuck Hagel. Of 1,564 nominees to the executive branch, 1,560 were confirmed or 99.7 percent, Toomey said. Three of the four were blocked with the President deciding Congress was in recess to make appointments, he said.

State Rep. Lynda Schlegel-Culver asked about the IRS scandal.

“The IRS decided to single out a group of Americans and deny them to engage in political activity,”Toomey responded.

“We have not been able to get to the bottom of it. We ought to be able to get to the bottom of this and to who’s being held accountable here,” he said,

When asked about gun control, he said a three-minute check doesn’t infringe on the Second Amendment.

When a woman asked about jobs, he said progress is being made in Pennsylvania when it comes to energy companies.

“We should seize this opportunity to continue to develop the natural gas we’re sitting on,” he said.

On the topic of Syria, Toomey said what is going on there is a challenging problem and the U.S. needs to examine its options without appearing to be ineffective.