Enzi Disappointed by President’s Platitudes and Promises

Instead Urges Focus on Tough Choices Needed to Reduce Deficit

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said today that he was disappointed that President Barack Obama chose to ignore the hard decisions on entitlement programs after the President addressed the nation today.

“The President had an opportunity to show true leadership on these issues, but instead he ignored the tough choices that are needed to reduce the deficit,” said Senator Enzi.  “The President's proposal relies on unelected bureaucrats to make most of the tough decisions to reduce Medicare spending. That is a punt, not Presidential leadership.”

The President also failed to provide details on how he planned to assist governors with crippling Medicaid costs. 

“Rather than vague promises about more efficiency and accountability, the President should have committed to ending burdensome regulatory requirements and providing states with the flexibility they need to reduce Medicaid spending,” Senator Enzi said.

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