The Congressional Budget Office says the bill will actually reduce the deficit. But Cornyn says the eight hundred and twenty nine billion dollar bill is just too expensive. Only one Republican supported the measure.
Cornyn says the bill cedes too much power to Washington. He also told the committee it doesn't address the concerns of many doctors.
"This bill does nothing to deal with the phenomenon of defensive medicine. Or to save the estimate $54 billion that a reasonable medical liability reform like that we have in my state of Texas would provide to taxpayers."
Democrats say the bill will expand coverage to millions of people by reducing Medicare costs. That could have a big impact in Texas where a quarter of the population lacks health insurance. The health care battle will continue as the measure moves before the full Senate.
From Capitol News Connection, Matt Laslo, KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.