Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Monday that the final version of the Senate's healthcare plan is unpalatable even without the public option.

McConnell issued his statement minutes after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) unveiled the Senate's full health bill that included an opt-out public health insurance option. McConnell said that the public "clearly does not like, and doesn’t support" the "core" of the finalized healthcare bill revealed today.


"So, wholly aside from the debate over whether the government gets into the insurance business, the core of the proposal is a bill that the American public clearly does not like, and doesn’t support," he said.

"While final details of this bill are still unknown, here’s what we do know: It will be a thousand-page, trillion-dollar bill that raises premiums, raises taxes and slashes Medicare for our seniors to create new government spending programs. That’s not reform," he added.

Reid now must send the bill to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which will "score" the proposal. He cited "strong consensus" among his caucus and the White House for the version he announced.

The nonprofit "co-op" plans proposed by Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) will be included in the bill. The final legislation does not have a public option "trigger" that Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) indicated she could support.

"We'll have to move forward on this, and there come a time, I hope, where she sees the wisdom of supporting a health care bill after having had an opportunity, her and others, to offer amendments," Reid said of Snowe.