U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, today released the following statement regarding the Senate’s upcoming consideration of health care legislation and after House Democrats passed a health care bill that will increase costs:
"This bill is indeed historic in its combination of higher premiums, higher taxes, Medicare cuts and more federal debt. Millions of Americans will be forced into government plans when their employers stop offering health plans. I do not see how Tennessee can pay for its part of the Medicaid expansion without a new income tax or seriously damaging higher education, or both.
"Health care reform is supposed to be about reducing, not increasing, costs. Instead of this 2,000-page bill, we should start step-by-step to reduce costs by allowing small businesses to combine their health plans, permitting individuals to buy insurance across state lines and reducing junk lawsuits against doctors."