A senior Republican lawmaker is calling on Congress to toss out the Democrats’ health plan in favor of more modest changes in medical coverage. In the GOP’s weekly radio and internet address, Rep. John Kline of Minnesota says “it’s time to press the ‘reset’ button.”
(AP) Washington - A senior Republican lawmaker is calling on Congress to toss out the Democrats’ health plan in favor of more modest changes in medical coverage.
In the GOP’s weekly radio and internet address, Rep. John Kline of Minnesota says “it’s time to press the ‘reset’ button.” He charged the Democratic plan amounts to “a government takeover” of medical care.
Meanwhile, the Senate's chief Democratic negotiator on a health care bill is indicating it's time to act and has told his colleagues he won't wait much longer for a Republican compromise. "I am committed to getting health care reform done - done soon and done right," Montana Sen. Max Baucus said in a statement. He is considering making a formal proposal soon to the small group of Senate negotiators who call themselves the "Bipartisan Six."
Baucus held a nearly two-hour teleconference on Friday with the other five negotiators from his committee. The group has been struggling for months to come up with an acceptable bipartisan bill.
While he was careful to leave the door open to a long-sought deal, Baucus clearly signaled the time has come for him to move ahead.
President Barack Obama plans to address a joint session of Congress on Wednesday to boost his health care reform, a key element of his domestic agenda.
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