Congressman Whitfield Reacts to Obama Speech

by scrosby on September 10, 2009

Republican Congressman Ed Whitfield says he’s hearing two different stories from democratic leaders on their intended health care overhaul. The western Kentucky representative says the President’s remarks to a joint session of Congress last night don’t line up with bills that have already been drawn up in various congressional committees.

“So we have the President, who is very amicable, very friendly fella, a great speech maker, saying one thing,” says Whitfield, “and then the people who are running the House of Representatives for his party, are something totally different, and that’s why all of this is rather puzzling.”

Whitfield says the future of the health care debate is in the hands of the so-called Blue Dog Democrats, a group of moderate Democrats concerned about federal spending.

Congressman John Yarmuth of Louisville came out strongly in favor of the President’s speech.

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