Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he plans to attend President Obama’s health care summit Thursday. But he doesn’t sound optimistic that Republicans will buy into the President’s ten year, one trillion-dollar plan.
Here is a statement McConnell released earlier today.
“It’s disappointing that Democrats in Washington either aren't listening, or are completely ignoring what Americans across the country have been saying. Our constituents don't want yet another partisan, back-room bill that slashes Medicare for our seniors, raises a half-trillion dollars in new taxes, fines them if they don't buy the right insurance and further expands the role of government in their personal decisions.
“Republicans will continue to offer the kind of step-by-step reforms to lower costs that our constituents have been asking for in the hundreds of town halls and constituent meetings we have had across the country. But the longer Washington sticks with its failed approach to health care, the longer Americans have to wait for the real, step-by-step reforms that will actually lower costs and lead to a better system. That’s what Americans have wanted all along.”
In a Senate floor speech today the Republican leader said, “The longer Washington sticks with its failed approach to health care, the longer Americans will have to wait for the real, step-by-step reforms that will actually lower costs and lead to a better system.”
Here is the transcipt of McConnell's speech.
"First, I want to welcome everybody back. I don't think there's any snow in the forecast, so hopefully we can get some work done around here. Having spent the past week in Kentucky, I can assure you that my constituents are concerned, first and foremost, about jobs and the economy. And another thing they're concerned about is lawmakers in Washington making matters worse.
"Americans are worried about the growing national debt. That's why Republicans hope to offer amendments to the Jobs Bill that we'll be voting on today that would lower it. Those ideas should be considered.
"Millions of Americans want to get back to work. That's why Republicans will offer ideas that will make it easier for businesses to hire new workers. Those ideas should be considered too.
"Small business owners want greater certainty about the future. That's why Republicans will propose ideas that will keep their taxes from going up and make it easier for them to invest in their businesses. Those and other ideas from both sides of the aisle should be considered.
"Later this week, we'll have the health care summit at the White House. Americans want the Administration to scrap its massive government scheme in favor of an incremental approach to health care reform. Unfortunately, the White House still seems unwilling to do the one thing Americans want most. It's still clinging to a massive bill that Americans have overwhelmingly rejected again and again for months.
"The tragedy of this approach is that the longer Washington sticks with its failed approach to health care, the longer Americans will have to wait for the real, step-by-step reforms that will actually lower costs and lead to a better system. That's the kind of real reform Americans have wanted all along. That's what they've been asking for. And that's what Republicans in Congress will continue to fight for."
You can read the President’s health care plan here.
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