Washington, DC- Idaho Senator Jim Risch issued the following statement after the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee released the latest health care reform proposal:
"Idahoans have told me time and again they do not want a government takeover of their health care delivery and that is exactly what this proposal is. This plan costs nearly one-trillion dollars, it raises taxes on America's families and small businesses and no one understands the consequences of acting on it. If we want responsible health care reform, we need to scrap all of the current proposals, slow the process down, focus on the component parts and, most importantly, understand the consequences of any changes before they are enacted. The reform also needs to be bi-partisan-- something every proposal to date has failed to be."