U.S. Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl and Oklahoma Senator Dr. Tom Coburn today made the following statement regarding Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's health care reform bill:
"Late last night, the Majority Leader unveiled his health reform bill, which he assembled behind closed doors without Republican or the American people's input. The result is a $2.5 trillion, 2,074-page Washington takeover of health care. It imposes nearly half a trillion in new taxes and another half a trillion in Medicare cuts from our nation's seniors. But, the most troubling aspect is the government's ability to delay or deny patients' access to care.
"Earlier this week, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) announced that it no longer recommends routine mammogram screening for women between the ages of 40 and 49. As the American Cancer Society stated, the USPSTF is essentially telling women that mammography at age 40 to 49 saves lives; just not enough of them.'
"The task force's recommendation is a precursor to the dangers of Washington-run health care. Under Senator Reid's bill, nothing would prohibit the federal government from deciding if tests, treatments, and procedures are too expensive' and therefore, unnecessary.' Senator Reid's bill puts the government, not patients, first."