Sen. Susan Collins, November 23, 2009:
The greatest barrier to health care coverage today is cost...My concern is that this bill would actually drive up the cost of health insurance for many middle-income families and small businesses. (Bold and underlined in original.)New York Times, page A1, December 1, 2009:
The Congressional Budget Office said Monday that the Senate health bill could significantly reduce costs for many people who buy health insurance on their own, and that it would not substantially change premiums for the vast numbers of Americans who receive coverage from large employers.