Chairman's Press

06.17.09

Enzi Finds Plenty of Room for Improvement in Bill that Costs $1 Trillion, Leaves 36 million Uninsured

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 would use the Committee process to highlight and correct the numerous flaws in the Kennedy health care bill, which preliminary analysis shows will cost more than $1 trillion, leave about 36-37 million Americans without coverage, and force 10 million more to lose their current health insurance."The misguided policies in the bill will cause approxim… Continue Reading


06.17.09

Enzi: Careful, Deliberate Finance Committee Process a Sharp Contrast to HELP Committee’s Mad Rush on Health Care

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and a member of the Finance Committee, today said that the HELP Committee should look to the careful, deliberate process of the Finance Committee as a model for a bipartisan approach to health care reform."The HELP Committee is moving too fast to do an adequate job on health care reform," Enzi said. "I hope we don't become victims of arbitrary deadlines when we … Continue Reading


06.17.09

Health Care Markup, Day 1: Republicans Sharpen Focus on Kennedy Bill Costing Too Much, Covering Too Few

Washington, D.C. - In the first day of the Senate Health, Education, Labor andPensions (HELP) Committee's consideration of the Kennedy health care bill, U.S.Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the HELP Committee, ledRepublicans in focusing on the Kennedy bill's high costs and failure to cover tens ofmillions of Americans. "This bill costs too much, covers too few and will cause 10 million Americans tolose the health insurance they currently enjoy," said Enzi, the Senate's only account… Continue Reading


06.17.09

GREGG AND ENZI: INCOMPLETE DEMOCRATIC HEALTH CARE BILL WILL COST TRILLIONS AND LEAVE MILLIONS UNINSURED

WSHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Judd Gregg (R-NH) and Mike Enzi (R-WY), ranking members of the Senate Budget Committee, and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, respectively, today issued the following statements regarding the true cost and impact of the incomplete Democratic health reform proposal currently being marked up by the Senate HELP Committee. On Monday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a preliminary analysis estimating that this unfin… Continue Reading


06.17.09

HELP Committee Rushing to Mark-up a Bill the White House Calls an “Incomplete, Older Proposal”

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee today begins consideration of the Kennedy bill, which preliminary analysis shows will cost over $1 trillion, leave tens of millions without coverage, and cause millions more to lose their health insurance. "Why are we rushing to act on this bill? Asking the Committee to consider a bill before they've even finished writing it is putting the cart before the horse. We need to take the time to get this right, not barrel through the n… Continue Reading


06.16.09

CBO: Stakeholders’ Pledged Savings Cannot Be Measured

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today reacted to the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) assessment that savings pledged by health care groups who met with President Obama at the White House last month simply are not "scorable," in most instances. Based on the CBO's review, most of the industry's savings cannot be estimated, and what CBO could score fell far short of $2 trillion. "What was or… Continue Reading


06.16.09

GOP to President: Kennedy-Dodd Bill Doesn’t Meet Your Goals HELP Committee Republicans Ask President to Help Write Truly Bipartisan Bill

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, in his address to the American Medical Association, President Obama said, "Health care reform must be and will be deficit neutral in the next decade." In light of the Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the Kennedy-Dodd health care bill, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today led HELP Committee Republicans in writing a letter to President Obama expressing their desire to work… Continue Reading


06.16.09

Enzi & Hatch Push HHS for Analysis of Kennedy-Dodd Health Bill Senators Ask HHS to Provide Technical Analysis of Health Care Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and Member of the Finance Committee, and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Senior Member of HELP and Finance Committees, today said they were disappointed that Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), has failed to provide timely, written technical assistance on the Kennedy-Dodd bill. Enzi and Hatch again said that the HELP Committee needs official,… Continue Reading


06.15.09

Democrats’ Health Care Plan Out of Sync with President’s AMA Address

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today criticized the Kennedy-Dodd health care bill for banning new incentives for employers to lower health care premiums for employees who exercise regularly, eat healthy diets and do not smoke."The President talked to the American Medical Association today about the importance of helping people make healthy decisions, but the Kennedy-Dodd bill would actually … Continue Reading


06.15.09

Facts Are In: Democrat Bill Will Strip 23 Million Americans of Current Health Plan, Cost $1 Trillion

Washington, D.C. - According to estimates released today by the Congressional BudgetOffice (CBO), the Kennedy-Dodd health care bill will cost more than $1 trillion and forceapproximately 23 million Americans to lose their current health insurance. "Democrats keep saying that if you like the care you have you can keep it, but the factsabout their bill don't support that statement. CBO makes it clear - the Democrats' plan willforce millions of Americans to lose the care they have now," said Senat… Continue Reading


06.12.09

What Will Dodd-Kennedy Health Bill Cost? Nobody Knows! Enzi Pushes Back on Democrats’ Attempt to Act on Bill without Cost Estimates

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today continued his push back against Senate Democrats' efforts to force action on the controversial Dodd-Kennedy health care bill before even receiving cost estimates from the Congressional Budget Office. "No one really has any idea what this bill will cost," said Enzi, the Senate's sole accountant. "How can we have an open and honest debate without knowing w… Continue Reading


06.11.09

What’s in the Fine Print? Sidewalks, Grocery Stores, and Jungle Gyms HELP Committee Democrats’ Bill Chock-full of Wasteful Spending

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and the Senate'sonly accountant, today criticized wasteful spending in a health care reform bill releasedby HELP Committee Democrats this week. "The Kennedy-Dodd bill will pave sidewalks, build jungle gyms, and open grocerystores, but it won't bring down health care costs or make quality coverage moreaffordable," Enzi said. "In a time of record debt and deficits,… Continue Reading


06.10.09

Enzi: Democrats Can't Write a Bipartisan Bill on Their Own

Washington, D.C. - After meeting with President Obama today to discuss health care reform, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said he remains committed to developing a bipartisan reform bill but warned that locking Republicans out of the process won't deliver genuine reform that most Americans want. "I believe there is a way forward that can get the support of 75 to 80 Senators, but the bill Democrats released ye… Continue Reading


06.10.09

Enzi: Democrats' Proposal Would Force Americans Into Second-Rate Health Care Program

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said that the Democrats' proposal to expand Medicaid would force about 50 million Americans into a health care program that may not meet their needs and drive up costs for the rest of the country. "The Democrats' proposal would lock 50 million Americans into a second-tier health care program where they couldn't see their choice of doctors or get the care … Continue Reading


06.10.09

Enzi Rejects HELP Committee Democrats' Plan to Ration Life-Saving Care

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said the HELP Committee Democrats' health care proposal would lay the groundwork for Washington bureaucrats to ration and deny life-saving treatments. "The Kennedy-Dodd bill would give Washington bureaucrats the power to deny you and your family the care you need," Enzi said. "Republicans are going to fight tooth and nail to stop Democrats from rationing … Continue Reading


06.09.09

Enzi: Democrats' Proposal a Partisan Road to Government-Rationed Care

Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said that he will workaggressively to achieve a bipartisan solution on health care reform, a final product he said willneed to look "very different" than the draft legislation released by HELP Committee Democratstoday. "For health care reform to work and have broad support, it needs to be bipartisan," Enzisaid. "Unfortunately, the draft bill that Democrats released today is a partisan wish-list that will put us on the road to governm… Continue Reading


06.08.09

ENZI SAYS NO TO GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE

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 governme… Continue Reading


06.04.09

ENZI: GETTING HEALTH CARE REFORM RIGHT MORE IMPORTANT THAN MEETING ARBITRARY DEADLINES

Washington, D.C. - After meeting with other Senate leaders to discuss healthcare reform, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) today again called on Congress to takethe time to reach a bipartisan agreement on health care reform and warned against agovernment takeover of the health care system. "I am disappointed in the focus that some Democrats have placed on meetingarbitrary deadlines over getting the legislation done right," said Enzi, who serves asRanking Member of the Senate Health, Education, La… Continue Reading


05.20.09

ENZI: PEACE TREATY WITH PHILIP MORRIS NO WAY TO WIN WAR ON TOBACCO

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today denouncedHELP Committee approval of a bill requiring the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) toregulate tobacco, arguing that the bill would do nothing to stop anyone from smoking orhelp them quit, and would place new burdens on a struggling agency. "Trying to make cigarettes safer through a billion-dollar bureaucracy is awaste of time and money," Enzi said.… Continue Reading


05.19.09

ENZI: CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION BEST CHOICE TO REGULATE TOBACCO

Washington, D.C. - At today's Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP)Committee markup on a bill requiring the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve andregulate tobacco products, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) offered an amendment that wouldshift that responsibility to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "FDA is the wrong agency to regulate tobacco," said Enzi, Ranking Member of theHELP Committee. "CDC has the infrastructure, personnel and mission to take o… Continue Reading

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