July 24th, 2009
12:07 PM ET
11 years ago

Key conservative Democrat urges health care slowdown

Rep. Mike Ross said Friday he wants a slowdown on health care reform.

Rep. Mike Ross said Friday he wants a slowdown on health care reform.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A leader of an influential group of conservative House Democrats urged congressional leaders to slow the pace of health care deliberations Friday.

Arkansas Rep. Mike Ross, a key member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog coalition, said he remains concerned that the legislation currently being pushed through Congress does not do enough to rein in spiraling medical costs.

Ross' comments came a day after the top Democrat in the U.S. Senate said the chamber won't vote on a health care reform bill until after the upcoming August recess.

The announcement by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada went against President Barack Obama's stated timetable for both the House and Senate to turn out bills by the August break.

Obama is slated to discuss health care Friday in a meeting with Reid and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Montana.

"This is fundamental change that's going to effect all 300 million people in America," Ross said on CNN's "American Morning."

"Let's not rush it. Let's slow down. Let's get it right and ensure that the American people get the kind of health care that they need and deserve."

The bill as currently drafted "doesn't do nearly enough to contain those costs (and) get after the kind of fundamental reforms and changes that we need in how we deliver and pay for health care," he said.

Ross complained that this is "a bill that's supposed to be about containing costs, and yet we're still waiting (to learn) the cost for the current House bill. (It's) like asking us to balance the budget when we don't know what the budget is. And so we need to slow down."

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  1. Vern

    These blue dog democrates will be the death of health care. I can't understand the democrates they will never stand together on a issue and fight a good fight. There are always some in the bunch who will fall by the wayside! I am so sick of them! One thing I can say for the republicans is that they will stick together, for good or for bad...like gang members!

    July 24, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. Peter

    Tell it to the birds!!! The same old song since 50's Politicians always urge for slow down while collecting donations from lobbyist!. Cancer and other diseases can't wait!. Time for health reforms is now!

    July 24, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. Maria - Proud Democrat

    YES.....Please stop this mess.

    Passing a terrible health bill just for the sake of saying you passed it is ridiculous.

    We want a GOOD health care bill, one that is going to actually help the people and be worth signing.

    Take your time and DO IT RIGHT!!

    Gone are the days of politicians just signing bills without reading them......AMERICANS WILL NOT TOLERATE IT ANY MORE!!!

    July 24, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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