U.S. Congressman Tom Cole (OK-4) issued the following statement today after House Democrats passed H.R. 4872, Reconciliation Act of 2010, and H.R. 3590, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:
"Along with an overwhelming majority of Oklahomans, I strongly oppose the government takeover of health care and the arrogant way it's been forced upon the American people. This deeply flawed legislation raises taxes, expands government control and kills job creation, but it fails to cut health care costs or meaningfully reform the insurance system.
"The bill approved by House Democrats today does not deserve the name "health care reform.' This $1.2 trillion monstrosity increases taxes by $569 billion and cuts Medicare by $523 billion. Remaking one-sixth of our economy in such a radical way could have disastrous long-term consequences for both our medical system and financial security. It's nothing short of irresponsible to embark on such a massive government spending spree during a time of 9.7 percent unemployment and record deficits.
"The divisive process by which President Obama and Speaker Pelosi have rammed this bill through Congress is almost as misguided as the legislation itself. Over the adamant objections of the American people, the Democratic majority has pursued their health care takeover through extraordinary exploitation of parliamentary rules, closed-door negotiations, budget gimmicks, and vote-buying kickbacks that have further undermined Americans' confidence in the legislative process.
"If this legislation is implemented, it will weaken our health care system and bring the government closer to bankruptcy. As the Senate begins consideration of the bill, I urge my congressional colleagues and the Obama administration to listen to the American people and scrap this government health care takeover."