facebook
twitter
search
search

GOP: Healthcare reform deals 'shameful'

Oct. 24, 2009 at 2:26 PM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Democratic leaders are using "shameful backroom deals" to reach a healthcare reform agreement, a Republican U.S. senator said Saturday.

Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., speaking in the weekly GOP radio and Internet address, took aim at merger negotiations in which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and other Democratic leaders are attempting to meld several versions of healthcare reform measures into a single bill, saying the process is "full of carve-outs and backroom deals (and) is currently being brokered behind closed doors."

"Reports of this deal-making are shameful," Johanns said. "Why do Michigan, Rhode Island, Oregon and Nevada get special deals on Medicaid costs? Why do New Yorkers with Cadillac plans get a pass on paying the tax? It is shameful."

Johanns, saying the negotiations to merge the bills are being held beyond the view of the public, decried a mandate for healthy, younger Americans to buy insurance and other specific proposals contained in the bills.

"The bottom line is this: We're nearing 10 percent unemployment," he said. "We have a record budget deficit ... . These proposals will negatively impact pocketbooks and paychecks across America."

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Walgreens to sell heroin overdose antidote naloxone without prescription
Hospital mortality drops with lower patient-to-nurse ratio
Kanye West under fire after Bill Cosby tweet
Plus-size model Ashley Graham nabs Sports Illustrated swimsuit spread
IKEA issues recall after glass ceiling lamps crash to ground