WASHINGTON -U.S. Representative Mike Ross, D-Prescott, will vote against H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or the Senates health care reform bill, and H.R. 4872, the Reconciliation Act of 2010, in the House of Representatives on Sunday. If passed by the House, H.R. 3590 will be presented to the President for consideration, where he is expected to sign it into law. The reconciliation package will be sent to the Senate for consideration and, if passed by a simple majority with no changes, it will be presented to the President for consideration. Before the vote, Ross released the following statement: "This will be one of the most difficult votes I have ever cast in the House of Representatives because I believe we need health care reform. Thats why I have worked since last summer trying to improve this bill. While we were successful in making some changes, others were not accepted. "This issue has divided our country in a way that I have not seen in my many years. There are those who have distorted the facts on both sides and special interests have spent millions of dollars trying to scare the American people. I believe my job as your representative is to present the facts, listen to you and serve as your voice in our nations capital. You deserve to always know where I stand on the issues and why. Above all, you should always hear the truth from me. "There are parts of this bill that are good, including much-needed health insurance reforms and making health insurance affordable for the uninsured. On the other hand, many parts of this bill cause me great concern, like telling people they must buy health insurance or be fined, cutting Medicare by more than a half-trillion dollars, increasing taxes and forcing businesses to provide health insurance to their employees. I am also concerned how these new mandates will impact our small businesses as we recover from this economic recession and they attempt to put people back to work. "Getting our fiscal house back in order is key to our economic future. Therefore, one of my concerns throughout this entire debate has been the impact this legislation will have on future deficits. After careful review and thoughtful analysis, I am unconvinced this bill will adequately address the long-term trend of rising health care costs that burden our government and every Arkansas family. "Groups on both sides of this issue have heavily pressured me to vote how they wanted. But, my job as your representative is to listen to you-not them. And I have done just that, hosting 34 town hall meetings and four telephone town hall meetings this year alone in each of the 29 counties I represent in the U.S. House of Representatives. An overwhelming majority of you told me that while you support health care reform, you do not believe this bill is right for Arkansas. You told me it is too big and too costly. And, I agree with you. That is why I will vote against the Senate health care reform bill, just as I voted against the House health care reform bill last year. Had we been allowed to vote on the many provisions in this nearly 3,000 page bill separately, I could have supported many of them. Unfortunately, I never had that option. "I recognize there are some I represent who support this bill and I want them to know that I will continue to work to improve our nations health care system. As your representative, I pledge to you that I will do all I can to build on the good aspects of this legislation and to improve upon those that cause many of us concern. I will continue working in a bipartisan manner in our nations capital to pass common sense reforms that reflect Arkansas values.