RNC Statement On Senate Health Care Mark-Up


September 25, 2009

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WASHINGTON – Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele released the following statement today:

“If Americans are looking to separate fact from fiction on health care reform, they need look no further than this week’s proceedings in the Senate. Every time Democrats had the opportunity to back up the president’s words with their votes, they failed to do so. Republicans offered an amendment to avoid cutting Medicare benefits, but Democrats rejected it. Republicans offered an amendment prohibiting a government board that would ration care, but Democrats rejected it. Republicans offered amendments to prevent tax increases to pay for government-run health care, but Democrats rejected them, too.

“Democrats have rejected amendment after amendment offered by Republicans. They opted to put the political agenda of President Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi ahead of our economy and our health care system time after time. What voters learned this week is Democrats, including Sens. Lincoln and Conrad, are clearly more interested in brushing aside Republican ideas and ramming through a government-run health care plan that Americans don’t want and can’t afford.”


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