Calling On Democrats To Work On A Bipartisan Health Care Alternative
Mr. LANCE. Mr. Speaker, for the second time this month, nonpartisan congressional budget analysts have told Congress the Democratic health plan would increase, not decrease, our Nation's burgeoning long-term health costs. On Saturday the Congressional Budget Office said the proposal to give an independent panel the power to keep Medicare spending in check would, in reality, save almost no money. The bill's proponents had touted the panel as critical to pay for the massive $1.5 trillion health care legislation. CBO's recent analysis comes on the heels of an earlier budget report, showing that the Democratic health care proposal would add to our already tremendously growing debt of $11 trillion and rising.
I once again call upon the Democratic leadership to put aside its proposal and work with the centrist Republican Tuesday Group on an affordable and effective alternative that we have proposed in good faith.