News release from the Senator's office
WASHINGTON –U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., on the Senate floor today, discussed the health care bill introduced by Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.
"Our health care system needs to be reformed – period. We need to ensure all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care. But the folks on the other side of the aisle have their minds made up that they are going to do what they can to move us toward universal health care coverage and saddle our children and grandchildren with overwhelming debt.
"There are a number of issues we can agree on today and enact legislation to help drive down the cost of health care. We can focus on preventative health care, and we can also insert competition in the insurance industry by allowing health insurance to be sold across state lines. Additionally, we need some measure of medical malpractice reform.
"This entire body would like everyone to have affordable insurance available to them. Sen. Reid's bill doesn't even cover everyone. If we're going to have a health care reform bill, we need to take it step by step.
"This 2,074-page bill before the Senate today contains one tax after another. Much of the financing of this bill comes from one of the few things that seniors in America have come to rely on: Medicare.
"In 2017, we'll be paying out more in Medicare benefits than we receive in Medicare taxes. There are only two ways to fix that: Either raise taxes or decrease benefits.
"People all across this country are calling and writing our offices because they don't understand why we are mortgaging and sacrificing our children's future. We don't have to go that route."
Chambliss is an original cosponsor of S. 1099, "The Patients' Choice Act of 2009," legislation which promotes access to quality, affordable health care through choice and competition, without adding billions of dollars in new debt or taxes.
On Saturday evening, Chambliss will vote against the procedural motion to begin debate on this health care proposal.