ABC’s Z. Byron Wolf reports:
Even as Democrats start the difficult task of rallying support in their own party for Sen. Max Baucus' health reform plan, Republicans are lining up against it. Their opposition is a bit bipolar, complaining that the plan would lead to a government takeover of health care in the US, but also raising alarm bells that the plan would cut benefits for seniors, who already have government run health care in Medicare.
Here is the official thumbs down on the Baucus plan from the Republican leader in the Senate, Sen. Mitch McConnell, where he complains both that the Baucus plan will cut Medicare (a government run health care plan for seniors) and set up government run health care for others:
"This partisan proposal cuts Medicare by nearly a half-trillion dollars, and puts massive new tax burdens on families and small businesses, to create yet another thousand-page, trillion-dollar government program. Only in Washington would anyone think that makes sense, especially in this economy," he said in a paper statement.
Republicans are making a talking point of all the "thousand-page" bills Democrats want to pass – the other health care bills, the stimulus. The Baucus bill, as written, is only 223, but will get longer when its translated into legal language. McConnell also complains that it's another "trillion dollar" bill although the Baucus bill is only $856 billion. Finally, the Medicare cuts he refers to are Medicare savings the bill assumes will be realized with greater efficiency.