November 14th, 2009
09:24 AM ET
12 years ago

House Republican running for Senate slams Pelosi Bill

(CNN) - A Republican Congressman from Illinois who's running for a senate seat is taking aim at the House Democrats' health care bill.

In Saturday's weekly Republican radio and internet address, Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) said the bill Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed through the House of Representatives last weekend will lead to a government takeover of health care, raise taxes and cut Medicare benefits for seniors, and explode the country's debt.

"In the teeth of the Great Recession, the Pelosi bill would impose ten new taxes on the American economy. The top combined tax rate for my state of Illinois would be four percentage points higher than France. The Democrat bill levies new taxes on health insurance, income and even pacemakers," says Kirk. "The bill also cuts health care for seniors – my parents and many of yours.”

In the address, Kirk also outlines some GOP prescriptions to reform health care.

"First, we could start lowering costs by reining in lawsuits in America. We are the most litigious country on earth. Lawsuit reforms can save billions in health care costs alone. In New Jersey, without lawsuit reform, it costs over $5,500 per patient to provide insurance. In California, with some of the strongest lawsuit reforms, insurance costs half as much as it does in New Jersey. Congress should enhance the effective reforms of many states by enacting lawsuit reforms for our entire country," says Kirk.

"Second, Congress should grant the right to each American to buy coverage from any state in the union – especially if you find a plan that has a lower cost or is more flexible for your family or your small business."

Kirk is a five-term representative from Illinois' tenth congressional district. He's running for President Barack Obama's old senate seat. Roland Burris, who was named as an interim replacement for Obama, is not making a bid next year for a full term in office. Kirk faces less well-known but more conservative Republican challengers in the February primary and Democrats accuse the congressman, who was considered a moderate, of moving to the right on key issues.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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  1. JJ-Orlando

    The truth is that Republicans have passed legislation through the years that only benefit the rich and upper classes especially when it comes to economics and healthcare. The price tag democrats have put on the new healthcare bill is a heck of a lot less than the frivolous war Republicans led the US into costing countless lives of innocent people and military persons. Companies-like those in Texas work workers to death keeping families in turmoil and often facing divorce. Children are left without adequate parents and insurance and are left with an inability to find needed help that effect them in education and life issues in the State of Texas. Children with head injuries can not find help, dyslexia, diabetes, and many other illnesses plague children and go untreated in the state of Texas until later in life when it is to late to treat, prevent, or help these children become successful. Parents are to busy working like salves for big corporations-or trying to find work and children 5.8 million currently in Texas do get neglected. I know-I was on of those children. I have also adopted and raised children. The fact is that the system Texas has set up through Republican ideals is evil and does nothing but harm the average normal citizen of the State of Texas and many other states in the US tend do do the same. This has occurred by legislation pushed By Nixon, Regan, Bush and Republican leaders backed by medical and corporate special interest. The new healthcare reform will pass no matter what you republicans do about it. Maybe it is time you Republicans do something good for the people of America and for once better this nation. You might as well be on the good side of God in the process. For your party's sake, for the sake or your souls, and for the sake of the future of America– it is time to do right by the American people and overlook rich special interest demons and help those in need. Life is to short –do the right thing.

    November 14, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. NVa Native

    Staus quo and "just say NO" have nothing to do with common sense, but everything to do with corporate greed.

    November 14, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |