Chambliss Statement on Presidential Address

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., tonight made the following statement regarding President Obama's address to Congress.

"It's past time that the president detailed clearly the type of health care reforms he envisions. The American people, to whom this debate is highly personal, deserve nothing less.

"We can't afford to get this wrong. We can't afford arbitrary deadlines. We need meaningful reform, not reform for reform's sake. 

"We should be cutting costs by encouraging individuals to live healthier lifestyles and discouraging junk lawsuits and the practice of defensive medicine that drives up medical bills. We also need insurance reform, so that Americans with pre-existing conditions won't be penalized, and so those who change or lose their jobs will be able to take their health insurance with them.

"Most importantly, we shouldn't be raiding seniors' Medicare to pay for billions of dollars in new government spending.

"Americans need and deserve greater access to health insurance. But we need to fix what's not working in a way that doesn't raise taxes or increase costs for the millions of families who like their present coverage.

"Tonight the president finally provided some specific details of his health care plan. Unfortunately, for an issue of this magnitude, he was not specific enough."