By Jeremy P. Jacobs - 06/20/09 08:32 AM EDT
McConnell, delivering the weekly Republican radio address, credited Democrats for trying to tackle healthcare reform. But he said Democrats' plans are too expensive.
Earlier this week the Congressional Budget Office found that two leading Democratic healthcare proposals cost more than $1 trillion over ten years.
That led Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) to announce that he plans to cut $600 billion from his healthcare legislation, which topped $1.6 trillion in the CBO report.
McConnell said the bills will likely cost more.
"The total cost would be much higher, burying us in deeper and deeper debt," the senator said. "And yet Democrats still want to rush the process. When it comes to healthcare reform, the Democratic motto is clear: rush and spend, rush and spend."
Similarly, McConnell argued that President Obama $787 billion stimulus has created more debt instead of resuscitating the economy.
"They even predicted that if we passed it quickly, unemployment wouldn’t go higher than eight percent," McConnell said of the Democrats. "Well, here we are just a few months later and the unemployment rate is approaching 10 percent."
The Republican said repeatedly that the Democrats are pushing for "government-run" healthcare program, a common attack line from Republicans this week. He also said the public should be skeptical of Democrats generating a sense of urgency to pass healthcare reform. They did the same, he said, with the stimulus.
“If the stimulus bill taught us anything, it’s that we should be wary anytime someone in Washington says the sky’s going to fall unless Congress approves trillions of dollars immediately," McConnell said. "Yet once again in the health care debate, it’s rush and spend, rush and spend. Americans want health care reform, but they want the right health care reform. And that means taking the time and the care necessary to get it right."