Senate Challengers Agree On Health Care Opposition

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

(WIBW) - Two Kansas Congressmen facing off for a U.S. Senate seat agree on one thing - neither likes the new White House proposal for health care reform.

4th District Rep. Todd Tiahrt and 1st District Rep. Jerry Moran both made statements against the measure Monday. The two are vying for the Republican nomination to replace U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback.

"I’m concerned the president may be suffering from hearing loss," Tiahrt said. "The American people are yelling against the Democrat’s healthcare proposals, and the president comes back with a new plan that costs $79 billion more than the old one. It’s as if the townhall meetings and recent elections never happened.

Tiahrt says he favors market-based reforms that lower costs by addressing cost centers and inject more private-sector competition into the marketplace.

"If the president wants to get serious about long-lasting healthcare reforms that will lower costs and increase access for everyone, he should start by scrapping the old plan," he said. "Instead of proposing to spend more taxpayer dollars on a bigger program, the president should listen to our ideas."

Moran, visiting WIBW Monday night after a visit to Washburn University told Ralph Hipp the upcoming version of the bill appears to be "nothing new."

Even with the White House calling the health care revisions the best parts of what the House passed, and what the Senate approved, the measure is "not the direction we should be moving in."

The Republican challenger to Tiahrt said the only version of a bill he could support is one that addresses the issues of what Washington would do to control the costs of keeping Americans healthy. Moran says he's also puzzled by President Obama calling leaders of both parties together for a conversation on what the revised bill should contain, when Obama is holding the meeting to offer his perception of what the new measure should look like.

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