U.S. Sen. David Vitter today issued the following statement in reaction to the president's health care address to Congress.
"I was very disappointed in the speech because it's obvious the president hasn't been listening to the American people.
"I've had 21 health care town meetings this summer, and it has been made expressly clear to me that Louisianians do not support anything like a government option. Yet the president is still pushing hard in that direction.
"The folks I've spoken to said that they don't want this 1,000 page bill, and yet the president is still pushing this big government sort of option.
"Instead, people I've spoken to want a much more focused approach to the problems that do exist, like buying insurance across state lines, tort reform, and lowering prescription drug costs through reimportation. We need real concrete reforms and a real focus on those problems with a scalpel, not with a sledgehammer," said Vitter.