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McKeon slams Dems' new health care plan

Posted: July 14, 2009 3:18 p.m.
Updated: July 14, 2009 4:37 p.m.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-CA) issued the following statement today after House Democrats hastily revealed massive legislation to overhaul the nation's health care system:

"The introduction of the Democrats' health care legislation today makes it clear that their goal is to have a full government takeover of our nation's health care system, where bureaucrats determine what medical treatments Americans receive. It's unfortunate that Democrats refused to foster bipartisan legislation and rushed introduction of a mammoth 1,018-page bill with a trillion dollar price tag that increases taxes, rations care and hurts the economy.

"The health care plan announced by House Democrats takes direct aim at small business owners by adding hefty new taxes, further hurting the middle-class and putting additional stress on an already weakened economy.

"Last month, Republicans offered common sense health care reforms that would bolster individual decision making, cost savings, and improve access to care. Our reform alternatives have gone ignored. American families, small businesses and seniors deserve better."

The Democrat health care legislation has been slated for simultaneous consideration in three separate congressional committees later this week, including the Education and Labor Committee on which McKeon is a senior Republican member.

House Republicans outlined a health care reform alternative, which would:

* Make quality health care coverage affordable and accessible for every American, regardless of pre-existing health conditions.
* Protect Americans from being forced into a new government-run health care plan that would eliminate the health care coverage that more than 100 million Americans currently receive through their job.
*Let Americans who like their health care coverage keep it, and give all Americans the freedom to choose the health plan that best meets their needs.
*Ensure that medical decisions are made by patients and their doctors, not government bureaucrats.
* Improve Americans' lives through effective prevention, wellness and disease management programs, while developing new treatments and cures for life-threatening diseases.



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