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Excerpts from the Republican Response to the President’s Address to Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Below are excerpts from tonight’s Republican address, to be delivered by Dr. Charles Boustany (R-LA) tonight following President Obama’s speech to a Joint Session of Congress:

“Republicans are pleased that President Obama came to the Capitol tonight.  We agree much needs to be done to lower the cost of health care for all Americans.  On that goal, Republicans are ready – and we’ve been ready – to work with the President for common-sense reforms that our nation can afford.”

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“It’s clear the American people want health care reform [that’s not a foregone conclusion given recent polling and their desire to know what it will really cost — first], but they want their elected leaders to get it right.  Most Americans wanted to hear the President tell Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid and the rest of Congress that it’s time to start over on a common-sense, bipartisan plan focused on lowering the cost of health care while improving quality.  That’s what I heard over the past several months in talking to thousands of my constituents. Replacing your family’s current health care with government-run health care is not the answer.  In fact, it’ll make health care much more expensive.”

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“I read the bill Democrats passed through committee in July.  It creates 53 new government bureaucracies, adds hundreds of billions to our national debt, and raises taxes on job-creators by 600 billion dollars.  And, it cuts Medicare by 500 billion dollars, while doing virtually nothing to make the program better for our seniors.”

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“This Congress can pass meaningful reform soon to reduce some of the fear and anxiety families are feeling in these very difficult times.  Working together in a bipartisan way, we can truly lower the cost of health care while improving quality for the American people.”

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September 9, 2009 - Posted by | Federal Government, healthcare | , ,

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