Hope Fades For Compromise On Health Bill

WASHINGTON -- A leading Republican negotiator on health care legislation is criticizing Democratic legislative proposals as budget-busters that would reroute Medicare spending and restrict medical choices.

Delivering the Republicans' weekly radio and Internet address, Sen. Michael Enzi says any health care legislation must lower medical costs for Americans without increasing deficits and the national debt.

Signaling a fading chance for compromise, Enzi says "The bills introduced by congressional Democrats fail to meet these standards."

His criticism is especially noteworthy because he's one of only three Republicans who have been willing to consider a bipartisan bill in the Senate.

Enzi's calling for more competition among health insurers, for the ability of small businesses to band together across state lines to negotiate for lower-cost insurance plans, for tax breaks to help people buy insurance and for reducing malpractice lawsuits.

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  • by Anonymous on Sep 1, 2009 at 08:29 PM
    Tom @ 12:25 who are you supposed to be talking about? who expects the government to look after them and they do nothing for it? bet you got the land you're living on free, cause your ancestors probably stole it if you know what i mean. apparently, they were looking for a handout, something for nothing and sounds like you still are.
  • by Tom Location: NC on Aug 29, 2009 at 09:25 AM
    People should not expect the government to look after them and they do nothing for it. I had to work day and night when ever to have insurance for me and my family. Now I am 62 and just signed up for SS. I probably won't get enough to pay my insurance. I worked EMS and didn't get much of bring home pay. American get smart and don't expect gov. to give you everything. It won't work. Senators take care of lawyers and law suits and we will be alright.

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