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Moran Issues Statement Opposing Passage Of Health Care Bill
12/24/2009

Congressman Jerry Moran today commented on H.R. 3590, Senate

Majority Leader Harry Reid's health care reform bill, which passed the

Senate by a 60-39 vote on Christmas Eve. Moran opposes this bill.

"I am extremely disappointed that Senate Democrats have passed

legislation, which will undoubtedly affect every American, based on

personal handouts and political payoffs," Moran said. "Instead of

working to rationally address the problems in our current health care

system, Majority Leader Reid has chosen to piece together an overhaul of

our entire system through sweetheart backroom deals for Senate Democrat

holdouts and vote-peddling. I cannot remember a time when such a major

bill has been passed through the Senate in such an unseemly and purely

political manner. This is not how the Senate-'America's great

deliberative body'-is supposed to do our nation's business. At a time

when Congress should be working to reduce health care costs and increase

accessibility for families, seniors and small businesses, I am outraged

that the writing of this bill has been driven by deal-making instead of

reasonable public policy.

"Majority Leader Reid was unapologetic in admitting that a number of

states are treated differently than others under this bill and that his

deal-making is what legislating is all about. I disagree with the

Majority Leader. Cutting backroom deals that benefit Nebraska, Louisiana

and Florida will heap excessive burdens and costs on Kansans. True

legislating is not about satisfying narrow, political interests and

handing out political favors in return for votes.

"Health care reform must make quality coverage more affordable and more

accessible for Americans and allow those who like their current coverage

to keep it. Unfortunately, this bill will not accomplish these

objectives."

Moran is Chairman of the House Rural Health Care Coalition and

co-founder of the Congressional Community Pharmacy Coalition.

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