U.S. Rep. Peterson Talks About No Vote On Healthcare BillU.S Representative Collin Peterson is the only democrat representing Minnesota who voted against the healthcare bill.
By: David Schwab, WDAZ
On March 22nd President Obama signed the healthcare bill into law. He had just enough votes to get the bill passed. U.S Representative Democrat Collin Peterson who represents Northwest Minnesota's 7th district voted against the bill.
U.S Rep Collin Peterson / I just thought it was a mistake not to deal with some of these cost issues at the same time we expanded coverage so that is basically why.
Peterson says the new healthcare law does little to address the growing cost of healthcare. But he says the new law does have something he likes, and that is everyone will have the option to have health insurance coverage.
U.S Rep. Collin Peterson: People have young kids have preexisting conditions can't get insurance. That's not right, and I think we are all willing to pay a little more, and we are going to, in order to cover those people.
Peterson who has worked on other large legislation like the farm bill, says the laws itself is not as important as how it is implemented.
We asked him if Minnesota should join other states who are suing the Federal Government over the Healthcare law. He says no.
Collin Peterson: The fight is over, now we need to work to implement this bill and to make it work the best we can.
Peterson say he will continue to work with Legislation which aims to bring down heath care costs.