Release Date: Dec 24, 2009Contact: 888-249-NEWS
U.S. Chamber Denounces Passage of Irresponsible Health Care Bill
There is a Broad Consensus that this Bill is Wrong for America
WASHINGTON, D.C.-Bruce Josten, executive vice president for Government Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement in response to the Senate's passage of health care legislation today:
"Despite numerous polls showing the majority of Americans are opposed to the Senate health care bill, sixty senators chose to ignore their objections. The business community has been consistent in calling for health care reform, but the bill that was passed by the Senate today is counterproductive, does little to lower the cost of health care, and it is not reform. It implements crippling new taxes, and hurts our ability to create jobs at the worst possible time for the economy.
"At every stage of the legislative process the business community has stood ready to work to improve health care legislation, but at almost every stage our concerns have been ignored.
"We recognize that the health care debate is not over yet. We are hopeful that a conference between the Senate and House can bring all stakeholders back to the table. Since employers are the ones who will be responsible for putting this reform into practice, their concerns must be addressed. It is not too late for Congress to stop this bill from becoming law and start over with the goal of truly reforming our health care system."
The U.S. Chamber is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.