GOP Leader McConnelll Releases Statement on Historic Mistake
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement following the tragic partisan vote in the US Senate at 1:00 AM today.
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“Tonight marks the culmination of a long national debate. Passions have run high. And, that’s appropriate because the bill we are voting on tonight will impact the life of every American. It will shape the future of our country. It will determine whether our children can afford the nation they inherit. It is one of the most consequential votes any of us will ever take. And none of us take it lightly.
“But make no mistake: if the people who wrote this bill were proud of it, they wouldn’t be forcing this vote in the dead of night
“Here are just some of the deals we’ve noticed:
“$100 million for an unnamed health care facility at an unnamed university somewhere in the United States — the bill doesn’t say where — and no one will even step forward to claim it.
“ One state out of 50 gets to expand Medicaid at no cost to itself — while taxpayers in the other 49 states pick up the tab.
“The same Senator who cut that deal secured another one that benefits a single insurance company – just one insurance company – based in his state.
“Do the supporters of this bill know all this? Do they think it’s a fair deal for their states, for the rest of the country?
“The fact is, a year after this debate started few people could have imagined that this is how it would end — with a couple of cheap deals and a rushed vote at one o’clock in the morning. But that’s where we are.
“And Americans are wondering tonight: How did this happen?
“So I’d like to take a moment to explain to the American people how we got here, to explain what happened — and what’s happening now.
“Everyone in this chamber agrees we need health care reform. The question is how?
“Some of us have taken the view that the American people want us to tackle the cost issue, and we’ve proposed targeted steps to do it. Our friends on the other side have taken the opposite approach.
“And the result has been just what you’d expect.
“The final product is a mess — and so is the process that’s brought us here to vote on a bill that the American people overwhelmingly oppose.
“Any challenge of this size and scope has always been dealt with on a bipartisan basis. The senior Senator from Maine made that point at the outset of the debate, and reminded us all how these things have been handled throughout history..
“The Social Security Act of 1935 was approved by all but six members of the Senate. The Medicare and Medicaid Acts of 1965 were approved by all but 21. All but eight senators voted for the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
“Americans believe that on issues of this importance, one party should never be allowed to force its will on the other half of the nation. The proponents of this bill felt differently.
“In a departure from history, Democrat leaders put together a bill so heavy with tax hikes, Medicare cuts and government intrusion, that, in the end their biggest problem wasn’t convincing Republicans to support it, it was convincing the Democrats.
“In the end, the price of passing this bill wasn’t achieving the reforms Americans were promised.
“It was a blind call to make history, even if it was a historical mistake — which is exactly what this bill will be if it’s passed. Because, in the end, this debate isn’t about differences between two parties, it’s about a $2.3 trillion dollar, 2,733-page health care reform bill that does not reform health care and, in fact, makes its price go up.