The drug companies are simply trying to make a profit, ... They are not trying to tell us what the best thing is for our health.

Republicans have to decide: Do we create an issue in 2000 or do we provide what people want: real patient protection.

When you are dealing with drug prices increasing two, three times the rate of inflation, the impact is extraordinary, especially for a population that is living on a fixed income.

They wanted lots of different plans, none of which would have the bargaining clout to get prices down.

I have not seen a system proposed that realistically provides the subsidies necessary to make an individual mandate work. I'm not crazy about employer-based systems, but that's what we've got, and I would like to strengthen rather than weaken it.

The continued prohibition against such bargaining will not only hurt seniors but will fleece the American taxpayer.

It's a profusion of confusion.

The large and increasing number of uninsured Americans is no longer simply an altruistic concern on behalf of those without health coverage, but a matter of self-interest for everyone, ... The stakes are high both for businesses and for workers who do have health insurance because they bear the brunt of costs for the uninsured.

If we moderate prices, it's not the research and development budgets that would be the first to go down. The profit margins, which are three to four times the profit margins of other Fortune 500 companies, they might go down somewhat -- not research and development.