Washington, D.C. –U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said he strongly opposes creating a government-run health care program that would force millions of Americans to lose the health insurance they currently have and join a plan where Washington bureaucrats would ration care.

“Adding a government-run health care program would force millions of Americans to lose the care they have now,” Enzi said. “A government-run plan would lead to a government takeover of our health care system, taking decisions out of the hands of doctors and patients and placing them in the hands of Washington bureaucrats.”

Enzi reaffirmed his commitment to working in a bipartisan way to reach a solution, but said that Congress must take the time to get health care reform done right.

“We need to slow down and set realistic timelines,” Enzi said. “Health care reform will affect every single American life, and it will carry a large price tag. We cannot afford to rush and make mistakes.”

Enzi again said that Congress must pass health care reform in a fiscally responsible manner.

“We can’t pass health care reform on the backs of our children and grandchildren. Our nation’s credit card is maxed out. We can’t afford to pay for health care reform by borrowing any more or going further into debt. We have to find a fiscally responsible way to pay for health care reform.”


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