U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement regarding his vote against the Kennedy health care bill in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, of which he is a member:
“This is the wrong first step on health care reform because it sets the stage for higher state taxes, more federal debt, government-run health care and Medicare cuts—and still leaves many Americans uninsured. Instead, we should have adopted the bipartisan Wyden-Bennett bill, which I cosponsored and which would give low-income Americans the opportunity to buy their own health care plans without creating a government program and without adding to the federal debt.”
The bill passed out of the committee on a party-line vote of 13-10.