Rep. Joe Pitts (PA-16) made the following statement tonight following the passage of the Senate healthcare bill and reconciliation bill:
"Tonight was a very disappointing loss for the American people. America needs healthcare reform, but this adds to our problems instead of solving them. This bill represents the largest ever transfer of power from the private sector to the government.
"The greatest challenge facing this country is the more than $100 trillion in entitlement spending the government has committed to but has no way to pay for. This legislation not only fails to address this crisis, it makes it significantly worse. That is shockingly irresponsible.
"Despite the President's promise, the reconciliation bill failed to remove many of the terrible special deals placed into the bill by the Senate. Instead, there were actually more backroom deals added in at the last minute.
"This bill will use taxpayer funds to pay for abortion for the first time in decades. It will raise taxes by half a trillion dollars on individuals and businesses, and to enforce all these new tax requirements, the IRS will hire more than 16,000 new agents and auditors.
"This isn't reform; this is merely a government takeover of 17 percent of the American economy. It will not reduce costs, and instead will only add to our debts."