McConnell Not Quite Heeding Bob Dole
Last week, former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kans.) urged GOP leaders — namely Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) — not to resist health reform simply for the sake of resisting health reform.
“I don’t want the Republicans putting up a ‘no’ sign and saying, ‘We’re not open for business,’” Dole said, according to the Kansas City Star.
Today, in the wake of the Senate Finance Committee’s passage of a $829 billion health reform bill, McConnell heeded not a word of Dole’s advice. “This proposal will never come before the Senate,” McConnell chided in a statement.
But what we do know is that the bill written behind closed doors here in the Capitol will be another 1,000-page, trillion-dollar Washington takeover. We know it will slash a half-trillion dollars from seniors’ Medicare, add new taxes and raise premiums. That’s not reform.