Chances of a bipartisan compromise on healthcare reform are flatlining. A leading Republican negotiator is charging the Democratic proposals will restrict medical choices and weaken the country’s fiscal health.
In the Republican’s weekly address, Wyoming Senator Michael Enzi says, the Democratic healthcare legislation will drive up the deficit and discriminate against the elderly.
Enzi’s comments are especially noteworthy since he is one of only three Republicans that have been willing to consider a bipartisan bill in the Senate. Enzie said, “I heard a lot of frustration and anger as I traveled across my home state these last few weeks.” Enzi has been targeted by critics for seeking to negotiate on the legislation. He said, “We need healthcare reform, but more importantly, we need to get it right.”
The healthcare debate will resume in Washington after Labor Day. Last week the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office projected that deficits will total a staggering nine trillion dollars over the next ten years. Read the CBO's Budget and Economic Outlook here.
President Obama has said he wants the total health care bill paid for without adding to the deficit. However, the CBO estimates the House health care proposal will actually cost the government more money.
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