WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., today delivered remarks on the Senate floor urging Congress to use Medicare savings to help restore the solvency of the Medicare system and not to pay for a new government-run health care entitlement program.
Excerpts from his speech are included below.
"This is a momentous time in our country's history as all of us in both bodies on both sides of the aisle find ourselves focused on the issue of health care reform. Madam President, in the middle 1990's I had the tremendous honor of serving the state of Tennessee in a position that allowed me to oversee the state's Medicaid program and many other programs in our state that focused on the needs of many of the underserved in our state. Since that time, I have been convinced we, all of us, have a moral responsibility, to do everything we can in this country to ensure Americans of all walks of life have the opportunity for affordable, quality, private health insurance."
"It's my hope we will end up with a bipartisan solution. I have been very disappointed in the results, though, of legislation that has come forward thus far. My sense is that the House of Representatives is promoting a bill that to me does not meet the mark. The HELP committee just passed out, on party-line vote, a bill that, again, does not meet the mark."
"I think all of us understand that our biggest obligations exist in entitlements with Medicare and Social Security, and I think that most of us thought as we came into this Congress one of the major focuses we would have would be to get our entitlements under control."... read the rest of the story by Subscribing now.