Newest GOP senator denounces Democratic health reform rush

Sen. George LeMieux, the Florida Republican who was just tapped to fill the vacancy left by Mel Martinez, gave the GOP weekly address Saturday, continuing what has become the GOP's weekly theme of attacking the Democratic plan to reform health care.

This week, LeMieux acknowledged that health care needs to be reformed, but said the the Democratic plan costs too much, would raise taxes and cut Medicare.

“We in the Congress have a duty to tackle this problem, but the solution we settle upon should not be rushed, and the solution should not be worse than the problem we are trying to solve,” LeMieux said.

LeMieux said Republicans want to take a slower, targeted approach to making health care more available and more affordable by taking steps like reducing Medicare waste, which would save $60 billion, eliminating frivolous lawsuits, and allowing people to shop for insurance outside their home states.

The Democratic National Committee responded to LeMieux's address with Quinnipiac University poll numbers showing the public seems to have more disdain for Republicans (64 percent disapproval rating) than Democrats (56 percent disapproval).

“The truth is, recent polls show that Americans are beginning to see the Party Of NO's overtly partisan effort to kill health insurance reform for what it is and Americans understand that the President's health insurance reforms will curb out of control costs, increase choice and competition, and strengthen our existing health insurance system.,” the DNC responded in a statement.

 

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