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Dems Running for Senate Said HCR Would Lower Costs

The facts suggest otherwise.

3:25 PM, Apr 23, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Here's a list of vulnerable Democrats, running for Senate elections now, who said the health care bill would lower costs. It doesn't. (Jim Geraghty has a handy list of House Dems.)

MICHAEL BENNET

Senator Michael Bennet Said The Senate Bill Would “Truly Lower Costs And Improve Value For Your Dollar.” “‘Coloradans should have the peace of mind that this bill will make a meaningful difference in their lives,’ Bennet said. ‘Skyrocketing health care costs are hurting our economy and patients should be receiving better care. These new provisions in the bill will truly lower costs and improve value for your dollar.’” (Senator Michael Bennet, “Bennet Secures Key Changes in Health Care Bill to Lower Costs, Improve Value for Your Dollar,” Press Release, 12/19/09) 

The Bill Would Lower “Skyrocketing Health Care Costs” And Reduce The Deficit. “[T]his bill is about the Coloradans and all Americans who just want a decent shot at the American dream. It’s about lowering skyrocketing health care costs and reducing the deficit by nearly $1.3 trillion over the next 20 years. It’s about ensuring the strength of Medicare for years to come and bringing much-needed, improved and affordable care to working families. After decades of trying, we finally passed a bill that saves money, saves lives and gives families a fighting chance against relentless insurance company abuses.” (Senator Michael Bennet, “Bennet Statement on Senate Passage of Landmark Health Care Reform Bill,” Press Release, 12/24/09)

BARBARA BOXER

In February, Boxer Signed A Letter Supporting The Use Of Using Reconciliation To Pass Health Care Legislation. (Senator Barbra Boxer Website, “Boxer Signs Letter Calling for Public Option in Reconciliation,” 2/18/10, http://blog.barbaraboxer.com, Accessed 3/4/10)

The Letter Said The Senate Democrats’ Health Care Bill Would “Lower Costs To Consumers.” (Senator Barbra Boxer Website, “Boxer Signs Letter Calling for Public Option in Reconciliation,” 2/18/10, http://blog.barbaraboxer.com, Accessed 3/4/10)

Boxer Said The Senate-Passed Health Care Bill Makes Health Care “More Affordable For Small Businesses And Families.” (Sen. Barbara Boxer, “Boxer Statement On Senate Passage Of Health Care Reform Bill,” Press Release, 12/24/09) 

In December, Boxer Praised Senate Democrats’ Health Care Compromise For Its “Lower Costs.” (Barbara Boxer 2010, “Health Care Breakthrough,” 12/20/09)

BRAD ELLSWORTH

Congressman Brad Ellsworth Said The House Bill Would “Reduce Health Care Costs” And “Ensure All Americans Have Access To Affordable Health Insurance Options.” “The House approved a historic measure to reform our nation’s health care system. The Affordable Health Care for America Act will reduce health care costs, and ensure all Americans have access to affordable health insurance options. Rep. Brad Ellsworth supported the bill and issued the following statement: ‘This was a difficult decision; one that I have struggled with for months. But at the most basic level, my support for this bill is based on my strong belief that we literally cannot afford to leave this challenge unaddressed. To do so would be to endorse a status quo that denies medical coverage based on pre-existing conditions, leaves millions of uninsured Americans at risk, and does nothing while the cost of health care spirals out of control.” (Congressman Brad Ellsworth, “Ellsworth Statement On Affordable Health Care For America Act,” Press Release, 11/7/09)

Ellsworth: “The Bill Includes Several Critical Provisions That Will Reduce Health Care Costs Throughout The System.” (Congressman Brad Ellsworth, “Ellsworth Statement On Affordable Health Care For America Act,” Press Release, 11/7/09)

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