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Three Months into the New Health Care Law, Promises Unfulfilled


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02) released the following statement, Wednesday, June 23, 2010, on the three month anniversary of President Obama's government takeover of health care.

"Over the past 18 months, the Majority in Congress, along with President Obama, have continued to tell the American people what is best for them, despite the public's outcries of opposition to their continued policies that raise taxes and increase the deficit.

"Now, three months after the president's health care law was put into place, the American people are finding out they were right all along.

"Promises by the Majority have not been fulfilled, and families and seniors in the Second District are the ones who will be hurt from these broken promises.

"At the signing ceremony for the new health care law in March of this year, the President said he wanted "seniors to know, despite what some have said, these reforms will not cut your guaranteed benefits.'

"I am confused how he could say this when the new health care law cuts more than half-a-trillion dollars from Medicare, including more than $200 billion from the popular Medicare Advantage program, which serves nearly 11 million seniors.

"And even worse than a cut in benefits is the limited access to health care. The Medicare actuary determined that as a result of the new law's substantial Medicare cuts, "providers might end their participation in the program (possibly jeopardizing access to care for beneficiaries).'

"I will continue to work with my colleagues to fight for a repeal of these provisions that attack seniors, families and small businesses, and replace it with legislation that lowers the cost of health care for every American."

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