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December 10, 2010 / J. Shaw

Colburn New Budget Bill A "Trogan Horse"for ObamaCare

A Republican senator on Thursday denounced the $18 billion in provisions added to a catchall spending bill to keep the government running through next year, saying they’re a “Trojan horse to fund the new federal health care law.”

The Senate will decide the fate of the $1.2 trillion budget bill that narrowly passed the House Wednesday night and would keep the government running through September of next year. But Senate Democrats are planning to add more money, including thousands of pet projects sought by lawmakers

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., noted that the Senate version would  provide $19 million to the IRS for dictating health insurance under the new law; $6.25 billion to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for new health reform programs, and $210 million to the Health Resources and Services Administration for public health workforce programs.

“Using the end-of-the-year spending bill as a Trojan horse to fund the new federal health care law is hardly the mandate from the November elections,” Coburn said in a written statement to “Yet this is what Congress is doing through the must-pass spending bill to fund government operations.”

Coburn noted that the bill spends $12 million on an unelected panel of bureaucrats that Coburn says “will issue costly mandates, make coverage decisions for all Americans, and could deny patient choice under the guise of ‘prevention.'”

 “We already know the health law isn’t working,” he said. “Members who supported it are guilty of misleading advertising. During the last six months we have seen health insurance premiums increase, not decrease, because the new law. It’s time for Congress to extend current tax rates, pass a clean spending bill — a ‘continuing resolution’ — without extraneous and vague health care provisions, and go home.”

Sen. Daniel Inouye, chairman of the Appropriations Committee, added the nearly $20 billion in provisions to the bill, backed by Democratic leaders.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., opposes Inouye’s move, but GOP members of the Appropriations Committee, such as Sens. Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and George Voinovich of Ohio are open to the idea.



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