Fiscal conservatives across the country have blasted the $871 billion healthcare bill passed by the Senate on Christmas Eve for its potential to increase medical costs, as well as for the earmarks won by several lawmakers in exchange for their support.
Many Republicans have taken issue with the fact that the bill is set to be financed through taxes on high-priced insurance plans, which they say will boost, rather than reduce, healthcare costs.
According to John H. Sununu, chairman of New Hampshire Republican State Committee, "Senate Democrats enthusiastically supported a healthcare bill that will bankrupt our country and saddle future generations with crippling deficits," quoted by Seacoastonline.com.
Meanwhile, congressional GOP members, led by Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), have blasted the special deals the Democratic leadership offered to some members of their caucus in exchange for votes.
For example, Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) won the concession under which the federal government will pay for all of the new Medical enrollees in the state, instead of sharing the cost with the state government as will happen in the rest of the country, according to USA Today.
The source also reports that Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La.) obtained a $300 million bump in Medicaid funding for her state.
"Passage of this bill is an indication of the Chicago-style sleazy sausage-making that’s been going on around here," McCain said.
"The lobbyists and special interests have won [and the] American people have lost," he added.