Sen. Richard Burr said the new Senate Democratic health care plan doesn't cut it.
Sen. Max Baucus on Wednesday rolled out the Senate Finance Committee plan that requires all individuals to purchase health care and prohibits insurance companies from charging more to people with more serious health problems. But it stops short of President Barack Obama's proposal for a government-run insurance plan.
"Unfortunately," Burr, a Winston-Salem Republican, said, "the proposal put forth today fails several crucial tests. In addition to increasing spending and raising taxes, it also cuts Medicare by nearly half a trillion dollars. It makes no sense to jeopardize health coverage for seniors to pay for health care reform."
The Democratic proposal would be funded by finding savings in the Medicare plan through such measures as cutting beneficiary premiums for physicians and outpatient services.
Burr also said the Democrats' plan is "not financially sustainable over the long-term" and was being rushed through Congress.