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Washington, D.C. – On the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., took some of his colleagues to task today for claiming the Reid health care bill doesn’t cut Medicare when it indeed does. Enzi noted specific sections in the bill and Congressional Budget Office (CBO) statements outlining the half trillion in cuts from the Medicare program.

“Some of my Democratic colleagues have attempted to argue that this bill does not cut the Medicare program. Unfortunately, all of these statements are simply false. CBO has analyzed the bill and concluded that the changes made by the Reid bill will result in a half a trillion dollars in Medicare cuts,” said Enzi.
 
“What we need to do is to bring down health care costs, reduce the burdens on small business, curb the deficit and protect seniors.  There are plans ready to be debated that do. This bill is not one of them.”
 
Debate on the Reid health care bill is expected to continue through the weekend.
 
To read the letter from the Congressional Budget Office sent to Harry Reid on Nov. 18, 2009 outlining the cuts the bill would have on Medicare, click here.
 
For the full floor statement, click here.
 
To view the bill, click here.