On the six-month anniversary of the bill's signing, First District Republican nominee Sen. Tim Huelskamp (R-Fowler) blasted President Obama's massive healthcare legislation.
In an e-mail to campaign supporters on Thursday morning, Huelskamp strongly criticized the healthcare bill as both unconstitutional and a dramatic increase in government power. Huelskamp also laid out a set of legislative proposals to reduce the cost of healthcare by using free-market solutions that empower Americans instead of Washington and reduce the size of government instead of increasing America's tax burden.
"Today marks the six-month anniversary of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic lawmakers ramming through the Obama health care plan," said Huelskamp. "Despite massive public outcry and virtually every public poll showing strong opposition to the plan among American citizens, Congress shoved through their takeover of the healthcare system."
Huelskamp also criticized the manner in which the healthcare bill was passed, saying "Instead of letting the bill fail or succeed on its own merits, the Democratic leaders filled the bill with bribes and other taxpayer-funded goodies to win the support of "moderate' Democrats. This resulted in corrupt deals like the "Louisiana Purchase' and the "Cornhusker Kickback.'" Huelskamp added that the solutions to the high cost of health insurance lie in reducing, not increasing government control, enacting serious tort reform, and increasing portability by allowing individuals to purchase health insurance across state lines.