11.19.09

Burr Statement on the Reid Health Care Reform Bill

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, made the following statement on the health care bill released yesterday by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

"Last night, Senate Democrats unveiled the latest version of the health care bill. While I have not yet had time to review this 2,074 page bill in its entirety, what I have read so far makes clear this bill is yet another attempt by Washington Democrats to take over our nation's health care system. The bill cuts Medicare benefits for seniors, increases taxes on small businesses, dramatically increases federal spending, and puts government bureaucrats between patients and their doctors.

"Even after months of promises that a health care bill would reduce health care costs, the Congressional Budget Office acknowledges this bill will actually increase costs. We were also promised a health care bill would not include any deficit spending, but it is abundantly clear that the real ten-year cost of the bill - $2.5 trillion - poses a significant threat to our nation's fiscal situation.

"This is not the kind of health reform I can support. It is certainly not the kind of health reform that the American people want. I oppose the bill, and I will work to see it does not become law. I agree we need health care reform, but this bill is not the answer."

To read through the bill, please clickhere.