Obama's Continued Push to Pass Healthcare Bill
by John Cornyn on July 28, 2009 at 1:51 PM
It is becoming increasingly clear that President Obama's rushed, artificial timeline for health care reform is not supported by the American people, and even members of the President's own party. We can all agree that we must slow down on health care legislation, to make sure to get this right and enact reform that will truly improve our health care system, reduce costs and ensure more Americans gain access to quality care.
As President Obama continues to push rash deadlines on Democrats' flawed proposals, non-partisan experts and medical professionals are speaking out. The world-renowned Mayo Clinic, a non-profit clinic that President Obama has frequently referenced as a top-notch clinic providing affordable, quality health care, said this week that the proposal offered by House Democrats, "aren't patient-focused or results-oriented," and "the real losers will be the citizens of the United States." And Douglas Elmendorf, director of the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office that is tasked with scoring health care proposals, testified before Congress that instead of reducing costs, the current proposals would "significantly expands the federal responsibility for health care costs." I hope that the many voices now concerned about this Washington takeover of our health care system will cause President Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress to re-evaluate their desire to force a health care reform bill through Congress so quickly, at the expense of the American people.