Chairman's Press

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


05.19.09

ENZI: SCIENCE, NOT POLITICS, SHOULD DRIVE TOBACCO REGULATION

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 sound science, not politics, should guide decisions on regulating or banning addictive tobacco flavorings, particularly menthol, used to market cigarettes to kids. "Tobacco companies use flavors to get kids hooked on cigarettes," Enzi said. "While the bill before us today would ban the use of some flavorings, it doesn't cover all flavored produc… Continue Reading


05.18.09

ENZI: FDA SEAL OF APPROVAL NO WAY TO PUT OUT SMOKING

Washington, D.C. - With the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee set to debate this week a bill requiring the Food and Drug Administration to approve and regulate tobacco products, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) today said that putting an implied FDA seal of approval on tobacco is no way to wipe out smoking. "My fierce opposition to smoking is a result of smoking killing my dad, and my mom, and my mother-in-law, and second-hand smoking conclusively affecting me. This i… Continue Reading


05.18.09

ENZI COMMENDS SENATE CONFIRMATION OF HAMBURG

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today commended the Senate for its quick confirmation of Dr. Margaret Hamburg to be Commissioner of Food and Drugs. "Dr. Hamburg is the right person for a tough job," Enzi said. "FDA needs aCommissioner with Dr. Hamburg's expertise and experience. "I look forward to working with Dr. Hamburg to protect and promote the public health,and to restore FDA's status a… Continue Reading


05.12.09

ENZI LAYS OUT CONSERVATIVE PRINCIPLES FOR HEALTH CARE REFORM, SAYS REFORM LEGISLATION NEEDS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today outlined conservativeprinciples for health care reform and said he would work to include those principles as Congress drafts bipartisan reform legislation. Speaking to The Heritage Foundation's Conservative Principles of Health Care Reform:The Road Ahead, Enzi reaffirmed his commitment to working in a bipartisan fashion on healthcare reform saying, "Let m… Continue Reading


05.12.09

ENZI SUPPORTS HAMBURG NOMINATION SAYS FDA MUST STAY FOCUSED ON PUBLIC HEALTH MISSION

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today applauded HELP Committeeapproval of Dr. Margaret Hamburg's nomination to be Commissioner of Food and Drugs."Given Dr. Hamburg's expertise in emergency preparedness and public health, it isimportant that the Senate act on this nomination quickly," Enzi said. "I support Dr. Hamburg'snomination, and urge my colleagues to do the same." Enzi said that if Dr. H… Continue Reading


05.07.09

ENZI TO LABOR DEPARTMENT: SMALL BUSINESSES ARE NOT YOUR ENEMY

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today urged nominees to theDepartment of Labor not to view businesses, particularly small businesses, as adversaries. "I am concerned about the direction the Obama Department of Labor will take," Enzisaid. "I truly hope the Department does not assume an adversary role against small businesses and businesses in general. Small businesses are not the enemy of work… Continue Reading


05.07.09

Enzi Questions Nominee on Flu, Tobacco, Other Critical Issues

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), today said Dr. Margaret Hamburg, nominee for Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), if confirmed, will face unprecedented challenges to public health, from bio-defense and preparedness to possibly regulating tobacco, and added that Congress, FDA, and the Administration will need to work cooperatively to meet those challenges. "With the current pandemic flu threat looming, many Americans are concerned about the supply of flu va… Continue Reading


05.07.09

ENZI QUESTIONS FDA NOMINEE ON FLU, TOBACCO, OTHER CRITICAL ISSUES

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), today said Dr. Margaret Hamburg, nominee for Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), if confirmed, will face unprecedented challenges to public health, from bio-defense and preparedness to possibly regulating tobacco, and added that Congress, FDA, and the Administration will need to work cooperatively to meet those challenges. "With the current pandemic flu threat looming, many Americans are concerned about the supply of flu va… Continue Reading

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