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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

TIFTON, GA (WALB) – Congressman Jim Marshall said Tuesday that controlling the cost of health care is an important part of economic recovery.

But he doesn't think the landmark healthcare law will do that.

The 8th District Representative is one of two Georgia Democrats who voted against the plan. He says Congress missed an opportunity to deal with the fundamental costs of healthcare.

Marshall says he believes there is a way to make health care reform work and improve access without raising taxes. The problem, he says, is getting both sides to agree.

"To do that requires that Washington come together at least on what the problem is and we haven't been able to do that. I'm pessimistic, in the short run, that we're going to get a hold of the runaway train that is healthcare costs. But I really think in the long run we'll have to do it. We'll be forced to do it," said Rep. Marshall.

Marshall has said he will not join Republicans in an attempt to repeal the healthcare law.

Overall 34 House Democrats voted against the Senate version of the healthcare bill which did not receive a single Republican vote.

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