Republican Congressman Mark Kirk outlined what he called a centrist health care proposal which he says is designed to lower costs, increase choice and expand coverage for Illinois families. This is something he feels the recently introduced senate bill fails to do.
"Allowing more competition and more choice, really lowers costs. What I'm concerned about is a big one-size fits all government plan, that comes with high taxes and 500 billion dollars in Medicare cuts. I'm wondering if the seniors in America are going to be OK with that," says Kirk.
Kirk is one of only two members of Congress who serves as a reservist two weekends a month and two weeks a year. Also in January Kirk completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan, becoming the first U.S. Representative since World War Two to be deployed to an imminent danger area.