Enzi: Democrats deliver lump of coal
Health Care bill raises health care costs, hikes taxes, cuts Medicare
by U.S. Senator Mike Enzi media release
December 21, 2009
Washington, D.C. Ė U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., voted against a government takeover of health care early this morning. Today he decried the sweetheart deals that bought votes and allowed Majority Leader Harry Reidís health care bill to continue being debated by a vote of 60-40.
"Last night Leader Reid bought votes with trillions of your hard-earned dollars. The bill passed with just enough votes and many of those votes were bought by Harry Reid. Leader Reid cut sweetheart deals for Nebraska, Florida and Louisiana, just to name a few. This would never happen in Wyoming because buying votes is illegal, as it should be. This is not how legislating should work.
"The Senate Democrats are trying to jam this bill through with a vote on Christmas Eve to make their artificial deadline. Leader Reid has not wanted Senate Democrats to go home and face their voters who donít want this bill. The Senate Democrats are not listening to the American people.
"The American people have figured out that this bill would drive up their costs, raise their taxes and cut their Medicare benefits. And they donít like it. Americans donít want to find higher taxes and higher health care costs under their Christmas trees this year, but if Washington Democrats get their way, thatís exactly what youíll get for Christmas this year," said Enzi.