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Linder Responds To Speaker Pelosi's Latest Health Care Reform Proposal

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Location: Washington, D.C.

Linder Responds To Speaker Pelosi's Latest Health Care Reform Proposal

Yesterday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) held a press conference informing her colleagues in the House that she had finished work on the House Democrat's health care bill and that it would soon be ready for a vote. Despite the widespread and growing criticism of her refusal to proceed in a bipartisan fashion, the Speaker continued down the path of authoritarian control over the legislative process.

Representative John Linder (R-Duluth) responded to the Speaker's announcement saying, "Speaker Pelosi's near total control over the substance of this bill is a testament to her broken promises of bipartisanship and transparency as well as her near complete disregard for what the American people have been calling for these past few months: less government control over their lives and their pocketbooks."

Congressman Linder went on to say, "I simply can't understand why the Democrats continue to believe that the American people will accept a bill that was written in secret, behind closed doors, and without the input of the vast majority of Congress. Republicans and Democrats alike were kept out of the room and in the dark for months by the Speaker. That's not what President Obama promised, and it shouldn't be tolerated."

Republicans have been very vocal in trying to convince the Democrat majority that this bill will hurt Americans more than it will help them. The new bill will cut Medicare for seniors, raise taxes on businesses, including small businesses, and place more unfunded mandates on State governments. Linder and his Republican colleagues know that in exchange for this tremendous new pain, there is very little to be gained by middle-class American workers.

This new version of the health care bill will cost Federal taxpayers a whopping $1.1 trillion over 10 years. Republicans are warning the public that the true cost of the bill is even higher as Speaker Pelosi's bill shifts much of the cost burden for these new mandates to the states by forcing them to cover more people under Medicaid. Already strained state budgets will have to find more money somewhere to fund Speaker Pelosi's health care bill. Linder added, "It should come as no surprise in the future when a new Pelosi Tax must be levied on all Georgians in an attempt to pay for this Medicaid expansion."

Linder concluded, "Republicans have introduced over 40 bills aimed at reforming our health care system without bankrupting our grandchildren, but true to her track-record, Speaker Pelosi has not allowed any of those ideas to be added to her health care bill. This bill is clearly her attempt to reshape the American economy in the image that she believes is best for America, but it is certainly not what Americans know to be best for themselves."

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