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Senate Finance Committee -- the hard work may just be starting -- competing versions of the health care bill must be merged into one.
Republican senator Mike -- Idaho is a member of the Senate Finance Committee.
He voted no on the baucus billet joins me this morning from capitol hello good morning senator good to see you.
You had some serious objections to this bill what -- that.
Well first of all people in America want to see health care costs brought down -- access the reasonable and high quality health care increased.
This bill will achieved neither of those two results.
That the fact is that it's going to be a massive increase in spending at the federal level.
Major intrusions of the federal government further into management of our health care economy.
And over 500 billion dollars in new taxes most of which will be borne directly by the middle class.
This is the wrong direction we should be taking with Health Care Reform.
Senator Snowe say yesterday in a surprise to many of you and your colleagues is this the bill that I would want.
Far from that.
Is it all that it can be no but when history calls his three calls and I happen to think that the consequences of inaction dictate the urgency of congress to take every opportunity to demonstrate its capacity to solve the monumental issues of our time.
Do you not feel that burden to senator.
I feel the urgency to move forward with the right solutions but believe me.
Doing the wrong thing because of the urgency is not going to help our country.
And as I've indicated it's the wrong direction that this bill is taking and in fact even as we are speaking it's being merged with -- the Kennedy bill from the help committee and that bill that merger will undoubtedly move it further in the wrong direction in terms of more government control.
More spending and more taxing what we need to be doing is solving the problems of the spiraling costs of health care.
And we know how to do that we know many things can help get that done.
And we need to be expanding the access for those who are uninsured or underinsured in ways that don't involve.
Government takeover of the economy.
Senator there as many as five -- the question everybody's asking is will the merger of the finance and health care bill.
Likely wind up in the public option being included.
Do you think it will or do you think it will not.
Well I think there's a very real chance that it will move closer to a public option.
Although I don't believe a pure public option will be able to pass in the senate.
So what I think is likely to happen is yes the bill will move further and further toward more and more government controls and may even contain what's called a trigger.
Which is to establish a government option but not implemented until certain.
Triggered targets are met.
And if that happens it's simply a matter of time before the public option is imposed.
But those who don't support one can claim that it wasn't.
Actually end of the bill at the outset so based on the -- right now sitting before us there is not one bill that you won't vote.
Not for the bills that are moving through the committees there are a number of bills out there that I would support.
And a number of good ideas like expanding the insurance pools allowing competition across state -- for insurance.
Increasing the opportunities for small businesses to pool together and negotiate with strength.
For them -- the -- the policies that they provide.
A number of other reforms.
-- book -- in terms of changing the payment system in our health care system.
From a focus on procedures to a focus on outcomes things like that that we have learned can actually truly bend the cost curve down.
All right -- -- -- of -- I thank you very much for taking time to join us this morning -- --
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