U.S. Sen. David Vitter today issued the following statement regarding Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid's version of the health care bill. The Senate is set to debate the bill over the coming weekend.
"I've always said that 2,000 plus paged bills passed in a blur are often riddled with mischief and consequences that often don't come to light until well after the bill is signed into law, and this bill is a prime example of that.
"Against the will of a majority of the American people, my Democratic colleagues are moving full speed ahead with what they've advertised as a $848 billion health care bill that will cut Medicare, increase health costs and premiums and bring about more new taxes.
"The real cost of this bill, once you factor in increased taxes and other expenses is closer to $2.5 trillion and the weight of that spending will undoubtedly fall on our children and grandchildren. One of the ways in which the administration intends to pay for this massive government program is to cut Medicare by half a trillion dollars even as they increase new taxes and fees by that same amount.
"The new taxes that will be set upon American workers and businesses will result in thousands of jobs lost -- all in the name of a sweeping government run health care program that will place bureaucrats between patients and their doctors.
"We all want to see real, concrete health care reform enacted in our lifetime, but rushing through passage of a 2,000-plus paged bill that will add trillions of dollars to our already ballooning debt is absolutely not the way we should be heading. What I've learned from my town hall meetings across Louisiana is that several modest-sized bills targeted toward specific segments of health care reform would make for a more acceptable approach," said Vitter.