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Dueling floor speeches

Here is a recap of several floor speeches leading up to the Senate’s vote on health care reform.

Here is a recap of several floor speeches leading up to the Senate’s vote on health care reform. 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

Congressman John Yarmuth

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

Senate Democrats

Senator Jim Bunning issued this statement following the vote.

“I voted against moving forward with consideration of this legislation because it is fundamentally flawed. In fact, there are so many things wrong with this bill, it’s hard to know where to start.
 
“This bill affects every American – regardless of whether you have insurance, regardless of whether you like your insurance, and even if you are on Medicare. This bill costs $2.5 trillion over 10 years when fully implemented.  It raises taxes by almost half a trillion dollars, which every American will have to pay. It cuts almost half a trillion from the Medicare program, which will jeopardize seniors’ access to medical providers.  Yet, 24 million people will still be uninsured.
 
“Under this bill, health care premiums will rise and 5 million Americans will lose their employer coverage, while 15 million more people are added onto Medicaid and the CHIP programs.  We should be finding ways to make insurance cheaper and more affordable -- not adding millions of Americans onto government programs that we cannot currently afford.
 
“This bill would jeopardize the ability of Americans to keep their own doctors and will lead to the rationing of care.  The recent recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on breast cancer screening should be a wake-up call to all Americans about Washington bureaucrats meddling in their health care.
 
“This bill forces most uninsured Americans to pay a penalty tax, which means if you don’t have insurance you’ll have to send Uncle Sam additional money when you fill out your taxes.  The bill also penalizes businesses who don’t offer insurance, which will affect their ability to hire new employees and expand.
 
“Finally, the bill creates a new government-run health plan, which will put Washington bureaucrats in charge of your health care and will undermine private insurance over time. I’ve been in Congress long enough to know that this will be a disaster for our country.”
 

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