Republican Scott Brown: Democrat Health Care at Cost of Economy
Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts called attention to President Obama's and the Democrats' focus on health care at the expense of reviving the U.S. economy, citing Obama's State of The Union promise to focus on jobs and the economy.
"It's almost spring and what is he [Obama] out there talking about again?" said Brown. "That same 2700-page multi-trillion dollar health care legislation."
"An entire year has gone to waste," said Brown. "Millions of Americans have lost their jobs, and many more jobs are in danger. Even now, the president still hasn't gotten the message."
According to Brown, the proposed health care legislation will raise taxes by a half trillion dollars, cost "a trillion dollars or more to implement," take a half trillion away from seniors on Medicare, and leave America trillions of dollars deeper in debt.
Calling the Democrats' proposed health care legislation a bill that is "tainted by secrecy", concealed costs, and full of "backroom deals",> Brown said that Americans "just aren't buying it" and urged lawmakers to listen to the people themselves and drop the whole scheme of federally controlled health care and start over.
"Somehow, the greater the public opposition to the health care bill, the more determined they seem to force it on us anyway", Brown said.
Brown's message to Democratic law makers was, "I'd suggest going with the will of the people."
Brown himself can claim responsibility for the Democrats' failure to pass health overhaul legislation to date. They were on the verge of doing so before Brown claimed the late Edward M. Kennedy's Senate seat in a special election upset in January, depriving Democrats of their filibuster-proof supermajority and throwing the health care effort into limbo.