U.S. Sen. David Vitter today issued the following statement after the Senate's final vote on its health care legislation:
"I've been pretty upfront about how bad a deal I believe this legislation will be for Louisianians -- seniors, small businesses, taxpayers and our state budget.
"Of course, the final bill is not settled law yet as it still needs to be reconciled with the House of Representatives. Hopefully, as more and more Americans continue to express their opposition to government health care, my colleagues will finally listen to their constituents and start over with a series of smaller, more targeted bills like I have proposed.
"We can address critical needs like pre-existing conditions, buying insurance across state lines, prescription drug reimportation and generic drug reform, tort reform and allowing small business to pool across state lines to buy insurance in five separate, focused pieces of legislation," said Vitter.