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RNC Press Call on the Economic Impact of Obamacare

June 11, 2010

Barack Obama

HIGHLIGHTS FROM PRESS CONFERENCE CALL WITH SENATOR TOM COBURN AND SENATOR JOHN BARRASSO ON THE ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF OBAMACARE

 

To Listen To Audio Of Full Conference Call, Please Visit: http://www.gop.com/audio/060810_coburnbarrassohcr.mp3

SENATOR TOM COBURN (R-OK):

“Healthcare is going to have a significant impact on seniors. It is going to lessen their quality of care. It will result in, ultimately, higher costs for seniors. It’s going to have a tremendous impact on our economy in terms of what it will do to small business and job creation. And then finally it’s going to eventually ration care and decrease the quality of care of patients for seniors.

 

“The $250 bump for the Medicare part D will apply to less than 10% of the Medicare patients that are out there, and the ironic thing of that is we are borrowing the money from the very seniors’ grandchildren that we’re going to turn around and give them a $250 check for. I think it is an abomination and it is an abysmal way to carry out healthcare policy in this country.”

 

SENATOR JOHN BARRASSO (R-WY):  

“What he didn’t tell people is that it’s cutting $550 billion from Medicare, it’s going to make it tougher for Medicare patients to see doctors.

“There’s $10 billion in it for IRS agents, but the money’s not there to pay doctors, or to train doctors. And most Americans think, you know, we could use more doctors and fewer IRS agents. The incentives are wrong, and I think it’s going to just add to the debt. And that’s not just me talking as a conservative Republican, it’s me talking as somebody who listened to the Congressional Budget Office Actuary who said it’s going to cost at least $115 billion more than the Democrats in Congress and the Administration claimed.

 “When the president says, you know, you can keep what you have if you like it, you really can’t. And I think it is very misleading on the part of the president to continue to go on television and talk to people in a way that misrepresents what is in the law that he signed.”

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