August 29th, 2009
09:52 PM ET
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GOP senator blasts Dems health care proposals

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Bipartisan support may have faded further from reality Saturday when the ranking member of the Senate Health Committee condemned Democratic health care proposals which he said would “make our nation’s finances sicker.”

In the GOP’s weekly radio and Internet address, Sen. Michael Enzi, R-Wyoming, said that a comprehensive health care reform bill should decrease costs and be deficit-neutral. He said that the Democratic bills put forth “fail to meet these standards.”

Democrats have proposed some cuts to Medicare which would be used to cover uninsured Americans. Enzi accused Democrats of “raid[ing] Medicare” and said “savings from Medicare should only be used to strengthen Medicare.”

“These bills would expand comparative effectiveness research that would be used to limit or deny care based on age or disability of patients,” Enzi said.

Enzi also said that his colleagues in the Senate have put forth amendments that would “protect Americans by prohibiting the rationing of their health care.” He continued, “The Democrats showed their true intent by voting every amendment down.”

After making clear Republicans’ dismay with Democratic proposals, Enzi urged President Obama and Democrats in Congress to “reject the go-it-alone path that they are currently on.”


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  1. vette gal

    The republicans want to make darn sure we're the only developed country in the world without national health care. How can everyone else in the world be wrong and only the republicans be right?

    August 30, 2009 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  2. Nick L, Elizabethtown KY

    No No No...that's all I hear from the side. Starting with Reagan and the nail in the coffin being Bush...THEY are responsible for the failure of Republican leadership these last 30 yrs, no one else. They have driven us all of the cliff and now many believe that they somehow aren't responsible even though they were DRIVING??? The result is the worse financial crisis ever in modern history. Now the right have nothing to add to the debate but despair and dread based on their past failures, yet unfortunately the brainless American public is unable to separate fact from fiction...very sad!

    Ditto heads you are if you buying the crap! May

    August 30, 2009 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
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