United States Senate candidate Carly Fiorina says, “I would have voted no.”
A day after the fragile Senate Democratic Caucus rallied to move the Democratsâ€™ health care reform bill to the Senate floor for debate, the woman who wants to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer said Sunday that President Obama will have to â€œeat his wordsâ€ on health care reform if the bill becomes law.
After telling CNN Chief National Correspondent John King that she does not support the health care reform bill crafted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Republican Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina took on President Obama over his top domestic agenda item during the first year of his administration.
â€œIf you listen to what the President Obama said about this health care proposal, even he agreed with me. He said he wouldnâ€™t sign into law a bill that increased the deficit. He said he wouldnâ€™t sign into law a bill that increased the cost of health care. If this bill goes through, President Obama will have to eat his words or break his promise.â€
Depending on what time frame is used to analyze the costs and revenues associated with the bill, Republicans and Democrats dispute whether the Reid bill is deficit-neutral. And Fiorinaâ€™s assertion that the Reid bill would increase health care costs is the criticism often leveled by conservatives against the new taxes that would be levied in order to pay for some of the billâ€™s costs, and to an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office which found that premiums in the public health insurance option would be higher than average because people taking advantage of the public option would be sicker than the rest of the population.
â€œI agree with the goals of health care reform,â€ Fiorina also told King. â€œWhat I strenuously disagree with is [the idea] that this bill, or the one that made it through the House, solves the problem in any way.â€
Fiorina, a breast cancer survivor, also took issue with new recommendations from an independent task force as to when and how often women should get mammograms.
â€œHad I followed these recommendations… I could well not be sitting here,â€ Fiorina told King.
â€œThe truth is all of these preventative techniquesâ€¦ are saving lives. Who is to say that a nameless, faceless government bureaucrat in Washington, D.C. should determine that my life is too expensive to save?â€
In response to the report, Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the guidelines do not set federal policy and don’t determine what services are covered by the federal government. â€œKeep doing what you have been doing for years – talk to your doctor about your individual history, ask questions, and make the decision that is right for you,â€ Sebelius said in a statement.
Pressed on how health care reform could achieve cost containment, Fiorina responded that the focus should be on providing quality care.
Why, of course, it is just common sense that mandatory coverage of tens of millions more Americans with health care is going to cost more. Who is going to pay for it has always been the main question. The cost factor is what sunk Hillarycare back in the 1990’s only this time the Democrats have a super majority in the House and Senate.
The Democrats in the Congress, including Californai Senator Barbara Boxer will own Obamacare if this Obama legislative package becomes law. Then, Boxer will have to defend it ALL when she runs against Carly Fiorina in November 2010.
Employment, Cap and Trade, plus health care reform will be the main issues in the Boxer vs. Fiorina face off coming up soon.
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