Warner, Webb: Aye on health care
Virginia U.S. senators Mark R. Warner and Jim Webb cast their lots with fellow Democrats early today by voting for final passage of the Senate health reform bill. Let the finger-pointing begin! Oh wait, it already has.
Warner issued this statement in defense of his vote. "While this legislation is far from perfect," Warner wrote, "I believe it will start to curb soaring health care costs for consumers and businesses, reduce our federal budget deficits over time, and extend the life of the Medicare program."
(We'll update when we hear from Webb.)
The rhetoric is already flying from the other side too. From the National Republican Senatorial Committee: "U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner voted this morning to pass President Barack Obama's massive government-run health care bill, which will lead to higher taxes, taxpayer-funded abortions, massive cuts to Medicare, and higher health care premiums for Virginians."
From Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele: "This morning, as millions of Americans prepared to gather with their families in celebration of Christmas, President Obama and Harry Reid gathered with their liberal allies in celebration of government."
Don't expect this debate to die down soon. In centrist Virginia, Warner and Webb have their work cut out for them defending their vote.
December 24, 2009; 8:48 AM ET
Categories: Amy Gardner , James Webb , Mark Warner
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