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
Moran is Chairman of the House Rural Health Care Coalition and
co-founder of the Congressional Community Pharmacy Coalition.