Alexander: CBO Confirms That Democrats' Legislation Makes Health Care More Expensive

July 16th, 2009 - WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) issued the following statement after Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf testified that the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee’s partisan health care legislation would increase government spending and expand the government’s role in health care:

“The CBO director’s testimony made clear that the $2 trillion plan flunks its most important test: cost. We have to be able to honestly say to every American when we’ve finished our work that they’ll be able to afford their health insurance – and their government. Instead, we should have passed the Wyden-Bennett bill which avoids government-run plans, provides every American with enough money to buy a basic plan, and doesn’t add anything to the debt.”