McConnell: Fix health care without overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) - Appearing on CBS News' top Sunday morning news show, "Face The Nation" with Bob Schieffer, the Senate's top Republican says that lawmakers should focus on making the existing health care system work better before overhauling the way Americans receive treatment.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell told Schieffer that President Barack Obama's proposed health overhaul would result in massive government controls and would hurt the country.

The Kentucky Republican warns that if Obama gets his way, Americans would need government permission before receiving health procedures.

McConnell says that Obama's plan for a government health insurance program to compete with private insurance companies is a nonstarter for most Republican lawmakers.

McConnell appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation."

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