Chairman's Press

07.28.09

Wrong Answer For Student Loans: Fewer Choices, More Bureaucracy HELP Committee Ranking Member Enzi Concerned About President’s Student Lending Plan

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee commented today on ananalysis from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that reveals significantly lesssavings than previously promised under President Obama's proposed mandate that allstudent loans come from the federal government by elimination of the Federal FamilyEducation Loan program (FFEL). "In these times when families are making great financial sacrifi… Continue Reading


07.22.09

Enzi Calls President’s Auto Task Force Pension Decision a Mistake Move to Dump Massive Pension Obligations on Federal Government Poses Serious Risks

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee commented today on theannouncement from the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) that it will takeover the pension plans for Delphi Corp - the parts manufacturer for General Motors(GM). "This development is inconsistent with the task force's goals to conduct business in atransparent manner and then get the government out of the industry as soon aspossibl… Continue Reading


07.22.09

Enzi: Students Deserve Lending Options, Not A Government Monopoly

Washington, D.C. - As a key committee in the U.S. House of Representatives passed a massive restructuring of the student aid programs yesterday, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee made the follow statement in support of free marketlending options for students. "I do not support moving every college in Wyoming and across the country to adirect lending program where every student loan is serviced by the 'bank of no … Continue Reading


07.15.09

Enzi: HELP Democrats’ Bill a Prescription for Failure

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) today slammed the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee's rubber stamp approval of a healthcare reform bill that nonpartisan experts at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) say will drive up health care costs, increase the national deficit by more than $1 trillion and force millions of Americans to lose the health care they have and like."Based on everything the President has promised and said he wanted in a health care … Continue Reading


07.14.09

Enzi Hails Passage of Amendment to Lower Drug Costs, Save Lives

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, hailed last night's HELP Committee approval of an amendment that will lower drug costs by creating a pathway for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve new competitors for biologic drugs, like vaccines and cancer treatments."Biologic drugs account for some of the highest costs that people with cancer and other patients face," Enzi said. "Our amendment… Continue Reading


07.14.09

Democrats Reject Effort to Assist Medicaid Patients

Washington, D.C. - Despite evidence that Medicaid beneficiaries have poorer health than other Americans and have difficulty getting the care they need because many doctors do not accept Medicaid patients, Democrats on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee today rejected an effort to provide Medicaid patients with new options for quality health insurance."Although Democrats keep saying they want to give people options to compete between private plans and government pla… Continue Reading


07.10.09

Obama Says One Thing, HELP Democrats’ Health Plan Does Another Bill Completely out of Step with President’s Goals on Costs, Coverage

Washington, D.C. - In his remarks today in Italy, President Obama put himself squarely at odds with the health care reform plan being pushed forward by Democrats on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee when it comes to cutting costs, controlling the deficit and letting Americans keep the care they have. "President Obama again laid out clear goals for health care reform today, and theHELP Democrats' bill doesn't meet any of them," said Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.),Rank… Continue Reading


07.10.09

Houston, We Have a Problem! CBO Analysis of Kennedy Health Bill Highlights One Trillion Problems

Washington, D.C. - After a briefing from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) has requested further analysis of the agency's assessment that the Kennedy health care bill would cost taxpayers $1.2 trillion, force employers to reduce employee wages, and break the President's promise of, "If you like the coverage you have, you can keep it.""CBO's analysis is not a matter of partisan bickering: the experts have spoken and the results are alarming. These estimates confirm… Continue Reading


07.09.09

Democrats Reject Enzi Proposal to Cut Health Care Costs by Reducing Frivolous Lawsuits

Washington, D.C. - During today's Senate Health, Education, Labor andPensions (HELP) Committee consideration of the Kennedy health care bill, Democratscontinued to reject every Republican effort to bring down health care costs, including aproposal from Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) to reduce frivolous medical lawsuits, whichdrive up costs and force doctors to order wasteful tests and treatments to coverliabilities. "Frivolous lawsuits are driving costs so high that many people can't afford care,bu… Continue Reading


07.09.09

July 9, 2009 Low-Income, Minority Workers and Small Business Hit Hardest By HELP Democrats’ Job-Killing, Wage-Cutting Tax

Washington, D.C. - Lower-income workers, including high school dropouts,minorities and women, would bear the brunt of the job-killing, wage-cutting tax in thehealth bill offered by Democrats on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions(HELP) Committee, a Harvard University study shows. Small businesses would havethe most difficulty retaining employees and creating new jobs, according to theCongressional Budget Office (CBO). "This new job-killing tax is going to force employers, especiall… Continue Reading


07.09.09

Democrats Put Higher Income Earners Above Veterans, Unemployed in Health Care Bill

Washington, D.C. - Democrats on the Senate Health, Education, Labor andPensions (HELP) Committee today rejected a proposal from Senator Mike Enzi (RWyo.)to eliminate handouts to higher income workers in the Democrats' health care billand use the savings to expand veterans' health and education benefits, help Americanswho have lost their jobs, or pay down the national debt. "Supporting our veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, helping peoplewho have lost their jobs, or at least paying do… Continue Reading


07.08.09

Real Cost of Kennedy Bill Nearly $2 Trillion over 10 Years

Washington, D.C. - With the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projecting an expansion of Medicaid to cost approximately $500 billion, the total cost of the Kennedy health care bill once it is fully implemented would approach nearly $2 trillion."How are we going to pay for a $2 trillion bill? We're already getting swallowed up by runaway deficits and debt that are going to threaten our fiscal security for decades to come," said Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Educ… Continue Reading


07.08.09

Enzi Disappointed that Democrat Leadership Rejects Bipartisanship

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said that reaching a bipartisan agreement is critical to enacting successful health care reform legislation. "It worries and disappoints me to hear the Democrat Majority Leader urge his Chairmento stop working toward a bipartisan agreement on health care reform," Enzi said. "The failedstimulus model of the Democrats writing a bill, picking off two or thre… Continue Reading


07.08.09

Kennedy Bill Would Force Millions to Lose Health Care Plans, New CBO Analysis Shows

Washington, D.C. - In a public meeting with the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said its new analysis shows that millions of Americans would lose the employer-based health insurance they have now if the Kennedy bill becomes law."The Kennedy bill breaks the Democrats' promise that if you like the care you have, you can keep it. CBO's new analysis confirms - the Kennedy plan will force millions of Americans to lose their cu… Continue Reading


07.07.09

Strike Two – Latest Kennedy Health Bill Leaves 34 Million without Coverage, Costs $645 Billion

Washington, D.C. - According to the latest estimates by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the new draft of the Kennedy health care bill will cost approximately $645 billion and leave 34 million Americans without health insurance."No matter how they spin it, the Kennedy bill still costs too much and leaves 34 million Americans without health care coverage. This bill doesn't come close to achieving our goal of reducing health care costs and helping everyone get the care they need," said Senat… Continue Reading


06.29.09

Enzi & Hatch Request Bipartisan Hearing to Investigate Firing of National and Community Service Corporation Inspector General White House Yet to Substantiate Basis for Termination

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Senior Member of the HELP Committee, today requested that HELP Committee Chairman Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) hold a hearing to examine President Obama's removal of the Inspector General (IG) of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), Gerald Walpin. "As you know, a number of news reports have noted that the IG'… Continue Reading


06.24.09

Democrats Reject Proposal to Limit Size of Bloated Washington Bureaucracies

Washington, D.C. - In a party-line vote, Democrats on the Senate Health, Education,Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee today rejected a Coburn amendment to limit the ofgovernment by setting up a "cap and trade" system for the Department of Health and HumanServices. The proposal would require that every new employee hired at HHS under the Kennedy health care bill be offset by another bureaucrat. "At some point, we need to stop growing the of government," said Senator MikeEnzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking… Continue Reading


06.23.09

Democrats’ Prescription for Health Care Reform: More Pork!

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today voiced his strong opposition to an $80 billion pork barrel spending slush fund included in the $1.3 trillion Kennedy health care bill currently before the HELP Committee."The Kennedy bill leaves millions of Americans without health insurance, but it's chockfull of earmarks and pork barrel spending," said Enzi, the Senate's only accountant. "This bill cost… Continue Reading


06.23.09

Democrats Block Efforts to Cut Wasteful Spending, Expand Health Care Coverage to Low-Income Americans

Washington, D.C. - In a series of party-line votes, Democrats on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee today rejected a number of common sense proposals to cut wasteful spending in the Kennedy health care bill and ensure that funds go to help low-income Americans get the care they need. "Common sense tells us not spend $80 billion on farmers' markets and jungle gyms when this bill leaves tens of millions of Americans uninsured. Americans need health insurance and our… Continue Reading


06.22.09

Enzi: No Washington Bureaucrat Should Deny or Delay Care for You and Your Family

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today proposed changes to theKennedy health care bill that would protect patients by specifically prohibiting Washingtonbureaucrats from denying or limiting access to health care services. "The Kennedy bill would give Washington bureaucrats the power to deny you and yourfamily the care you need," Enzi said. "This partisan bill contains no provisions to protect … Continue Reading

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