Barrasso votes against Reid Healthcare bill
by U.S. Senator John Barrasso media release
December 24, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today (Thursday, December 24) U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) issued the following statement regarding the passage of the Reid healthcare bill:
"The Senate today passed a healthcare bill that represents politics at its worst. Promises of transparency, fiscal discipline and thoughtful policy debates were replaced with closed door meetings, billion dollar pay offs and partisan tactics.
"Instead of helping more Americans have access to affordable, high-quality health care, this 2700 page bill cuts Medicare, increases taxes, raises insurance premiums and burdens our grandchildren with even more debt.
"There is no reason to rush legislation that will impact one sixth of our economy and affect the health of each American.
"After practicing medicine for over 25 years, I know that this bill will not deliver better care to folks in Wyoming and across America. As this legislation moves to the House, I will continue to speak out against it and do everything possible to ensure that Congress finally passes reform that will increase the quality, availability and affordability of healthcare in our country."