Alexander Statement on President Obama’s News Conference

Posted on July 22, 2009

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, made the following remarks regarding President Obama’s health care proposal, which the president discussed in his news conference tonight: “The health care plans we’re debating right now flunk their most important test, which is cost. We need to be able to say to every American, to every Tennessean, that we have a plan that makes it possible to afford both your health care plan and your government. We don’t have that now. The Mayo Clinic; the Democratic governors, including Governor Bredesen; and the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office have all said we’re heading in the wrong direction. Instead, we should support legislation like the Wyden-Bennett plan I’ve cosponsored, which has bipartisan support and would give every American a chance to afford a health care policy like those Senators and Congressmen have—and we could do that without adding one penny to the deficit, and without adding a single new government program.”