GOP Sen Roberts: Let’s Delay Health Bill to Give Ins Lobbyists 72 hours ‘To Keep Up’

September 24, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) knows who he is truly beholden too, not his constituents or the American public, but corporate shills. During the Senate Finance Committee’s mark-up session of the health care reform bill yesterday, Sen. Roberts defended an amendment by Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY), asking for a 72-hour delay in the health care vote, to give health insurance lobbyists a chance to read (obstruct) the bill.

If the amendment had passed, it would have delayed a vote on health care reform for weeks.

Sen. Bunning, who was caught sleeping during the mark-up session, requested that the Committee delay the vote, until the final legislative language of the health care bill is posted on the Committee’s website for at least 72 hours. Thankfully, the amendment failed, with every Democrat, except Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) voting against it.

Before the vote, Roberts spoke of the need to delay health care reform for Americans to accommodate insurance lobbyists:

“But the thing that I’m trying to point out is we would have at least 72 hours for the people that the providers have hired to keep up with all of the legislation that we pass around here, and the regulations that we pass around here, to say “hey, wait a minute. Have you considered this?” And that’s all I’m asking for — is not only cost, but also the content of a bill. And that 72 hours, I think, is highly, highly important,” said Roberts.

According to Think Progress, Roberts has benefited from contributions from insurance companies, totaling over $172,000. He also opposes a public option, because he says, “it won’t work.”

Source: Think Progress


One Response to “GOP Sen Roberts: Let’s Delay Health Bill to Give Ins Lobbyists 72 hours ‘To Keep Up’”

  1. Old Man Dotes on September 24th, 2009 11:41 am

    I oppose health care for Republican Senators. I suggest that, in order to let the American people keep up, any emergency care they require be delayed 72 hours.

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