President Obama’s Health Care Overhaul Plan Falls Short
February 22, 2010

SACRAMENTO, CA – U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today issued the following statement in response to the $950 billion health care overhaul proposal the President unveiled this morning:

“I’m disappointed to see that the President has again put aside his promise of bipartisanship in the health care reform debate. This proposal turns to big-government policies that will increase taxes, further expand the deficit and lead to higher premiums without an increase in the quality of our patient care.

“Barbara Boxer takes an even more extreme view with her support for the public option, which will only give government a bigger role in our health care. It is doctors and patients who need to gain a bigger role in health care – not government.

“There is bipartisan agreement that encouraging competition in the health insurance market, cracking down on frivolous lawsuits and ensuring no one is denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition are necessary and accomplishable reforms. Rather than trying to railroad through this nearly $1 trillion bill, I urge the President to focus on implementing these fundamental reforms upon which there is agreement and which we know from experience work.”

Fiorina has consistently urged for a health care reform package that lowers costs, increases quality and keeps decisions about care between patients and their doctors. Specifically, she has recommended building from the following policy recommendations: