Corker Comments on President Obama’s Address to Congress

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) made the following statement tonight after listening to President Obama’s address to Congress regarding health care reform.

“I sat there tonight wondering what the purpose of this evening was. I was hoping to hear the president flesh out a middle ground, but instead we heard platitudes and campaign rhetoric,” said Corker.

“As I said in 23 town halls across Tennessee last month, I believe there are a number of incremental steps that both parties can agree upon: making sure Americans with pre-existing conditions have access to coverage, tax code changes allowing individuals to purchase private insurance, cross-state competition, and exchanges like we have here in the Senate. These changes would go a long way toward meaningful health care reform.

“President Obama said tonight that we must bring the best ideas of both parties together. I hope what he means is that he will put aside divisive ideas like a government-run health care plan, so we can give the American people a truly bipartisan solution that can pass the common sense test and stand the test of time.”