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Barack Obama's Health Care Program Is Under Attack

Written By David D'Angelo on Monday, July 20, 2009 | 7/20/2009

With the health care proposal under way as two of three House committees have approved their portions of the bill, while one of two Senate panels have acted, the Republican Committee Chairman, Michael Steele voices out his stern warning and opposition. The chairman of the Republican party is accusing President Barack Obama of conducting "risky experimentation" with his health care proposals, saying they will hurt the economy and force millions to drop their current coverage. But he is not the only one worried as both Republican and conservative Democrats as well as citizens in affected states are also worried.

The United States is the only developed nation that does not have a comprehensive national health care plan for all its citizens, and Obama campaigned on a promise to offer affordable health care to all Americans. However, the recession and a deepening budget deficit have made it difficult to win support for costly new programs.

"I don't follow why we've got to spend another $1.5 trillion to $2 trillion, most people estimate, on top of the $2.5 trillion we're already spending in this country and yet still have, under one estimate, at least 33 million people without health insurance," said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. "I mean, these are things that are real serious problems."

Democrats insisted the budget analysis ignores savings and Obama's pledge not to add red ink to the federal ledger.

"It's clear that they're working with different assumptions than the White House and the Congress is," said Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., the chairman of the House tax-writing committee.

Source: Associated Press


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