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Camp Statement on House Passage of Another “Fix” to Democrat Health Care Bill

March 25, 2010

Washington, DC – Ways and Means Ranking Member Dave Camp (R-MI) tonight issued the following statement upon House passage of a second health care reconciliation bill.

“The Democrats health care bill is so flawed that it hasn’t been law for three days and yet this is the third time we have voted to ‘fix’ it.  These minor tweaks do nothing to change the fact that this bill spends over $1 trillion, cuts Medicare by over one-half trillion dollars and raises taxes by over one-half trillion dollars. 

“The Democrats’ health care bill is the largest expansion of the federal government and the largest tax increase in our nation’s history.   It is a bill our families and our economy cannot afford.  In fact, before the ink was even dry on this legislation, two mid-west manufacturers – John Deere and Caterpillar – announced that the Democrats’ health care was already costing them $150 million and $100 million, respectively.  Those costs to employers and families are only going to grow in the coming days, weeks and years unless we repeal this bill and replace it with reforms that will lower costs.”

Background:  Camp authored the House Republican health care bill, the only bill the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office scored as reducing health care premiums across the board and reducing the deficit.  Camp’s bill contained no tax increases or Medicare cuts.