McConnell: Democratic Bill Problematic Even Without Public Option
Signaling the next phase of GOP opposition to the Democrats’ plans for health care reform, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday morning said the possibility of a “government plan— is not the only problem with the majority’s agenda.McConnell’s remarks came just two hours before Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) formally unveils his comprehensive, $856 billion health care reform bill that does not include the much argued over public insurance option. Rather, Baucus’ bill includes a nonprofit health insurance cooperative, a measure designed to appeal to the Democrats and Republicans who are opposed to the public option.“It’s not that Democrats in Congress don’t sense the public’s unease about a new government plan for health care. They do. It’s the primary reason some of them are backing away from proposals that include it,— McConnell said, in his morning business remarks on the Senate floor. “What some Americans don’t realize, however, is that even without a government plan, the health care plans Democrats are proposing would still vastly expand the government’s role in health care.—McConnell goes on to list some examples of how the government’s role in health care would expand, “even without a government-run plan.— McConnell, attempting to capitalize on public unease over the federal government’s role under President Barack Obama’s health care plans, tried to make the case that the public insurance option should not be their only worry.“While getting rid of the government plan would be a good start, the Democrat bills we’ve seen would still grant government far too much control over the health care system,— McConnell said.