WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), the Republican Whip and a member of the Senate Finance Committee, today delivered remarks on the Senate floor regarding health-care reform. The following are excerpts from his statement:


“It's hard to find quality low-cost health care; this has to be a big priority for a lot of Americans. We understand that. Health care needs to be portable. It needs to be accessible. It needs to be affordable. And I think Americans want it to be quality care. The question is how you accomplish the goals.”

“A government takeover is not the answer. No country – not even the most prosperous on Earth – has unlimited resources to spend on health care. And so when a government takes over health care – as it has in Britain, Canada, and many European countries – care is rationed.”


“I find it interesting that some on the other side like to call this a public option, as if the public somehow is operating its own insurance company. Let's be clear about who would operate this insurance company. It's the United States Government. It's not the public. It's the government. And that's why Senator McConnell has referred to it properly as government-run insurance.”


“The Assistant Majority Leader said, well, there are lots of other government-run plans, and we're not afraid of them. He mentioned Medicare and the Veterans Administration. First of all, these are not government insurance companies. These are government-run programs. But secondly, the president himself and everybody that I know of who has studied the issue agrees that Medicare is in deep, deep trouble. The president has said its commitments are unsustainable, meaning that we can't keep the promises that we've made in Medicare to future generations because it is far too expensive. We have to find a way to get those expenses under control. How is adding another 15 million, 20 million, 30 million Americans to an existing program that's not sustainable going to make it any better?”


“Lindsey McCreith suffered from headaches and seizures. When he went to a doctor, he was told the wait time for an MRI was four-and-a-half months. Think about this: You're having seizures and the test that will reveal what, if anything, is wrong is going to be delayed four-and-a-half months. One of the reasons I'm told, by the way, is there are very few places in Canada where MRIs are located, where you can get the test. In any event, he decided to visit a clinic in Buffalo, New York, fairly nearby, in order to get the MRI. Well, he did, and it revealed a brain tumor. Now, Mr. McCreith is suing the Canadian government's health-care monopoly for jeopardizing his life. I just wonder if we want lawsuits to be the answer to this. When you can't get the care you want, you have to file a lawsuit to get it. Is that what we want here in America?”


“Americans do not deserve or want health care that forces them into a government bureaucracy, with its labyrinth of complex rules and regulations. Think about the hassles of dealing with the IRS, the Department of Motor Vehicles, or the Social Security Administration, and then imagine dealing with the same trials when it comes to your health care.”


“We must not enable a panel of Washington bureaucrats to decide who is eligible for a particular treatment or when and where he or she can get it.”