Health care press statement from Sen. McConnell

This is a press release from the Republican Leader and Senator from Kentucky, Mitch McConnell, dated 27 July:

“…In the coming weeks, Congress should work to achieve real reforms that actually address the problems in our health care system without tampering with the things that Americans — and many other people from around the world — like about our health care system and can no longer find in other countries.

“The American people want health care that is more affordable and easier to obtain. What they don’t want is a government takeover of health care that costs trillions of dollars, adds to our unsustainable national debt, forces them off the health insurance they have, leaves them paying more for worse care than they now receive, and leads to the same kind of denial, delay, and rationing of care we see in other countries.

“One thing Democrats and Republicans should be able to work together on are practical ideas the American people support, such as reforming malpractice laws and getting rid of junk lawsuits; promoting wellness and prevention programs that encourage people to make healthy choices like quitting smoking and fighting obesity; encouraging more robust competition in the private insurance market; addressing the needs of small businesses through new ideas that won’t kill jobs in the middle of a recession; and leveling the playing field when it comes to taxes. Right now, for example, if your employer offers health insurance, they get a tax benefit for providing it. If they don’t, and you have to buy it yourself, you don’t get the same benefit they do. In my view, this isn’t fair, and we should change it to make it fair.

“These are common-sense ideas that would enable Republicans and the increasingly vocal block of skeptical Democrats to meet in the middle on a reform that all of us want — and that all Americans could embrace…”

Read his entire press release here

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