Alexander: Democrats Rushing Toward "Historic Mistake" on Health Care

Says Middle-of-Night Vote Is So Americans Won't Know What's In the Bill

Posted on December 20, 2009

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, tonight released the following statement prior to a scheduled vote that would enable the Democrats' health care legislation to move one step closer to final passage:

“Democrats seem determined to pursue this political kamikaze mission toward a historic mistake. The only reason we are literally voting in the middle of the night on a 2,700-page bill we received just yesterday is because Democrats want to pass this legislation before the American people find out what is in it. They know the legislation would never pass if Americans first found out that its Medicare cuts will hurt seniors, its tax increases will kill jobs, its Medicaid expansion will force states to raise taxes, and the chief actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has said health care costs will rise even more if the bill becomes law.”