U.S. senators John McCain, Richard Burr and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell met in Charlotte Tuesday to discuss Republican concerns with health care reform.
In an invitation-only forum at Carolinas Medical Center, the senators said Congress and the president should “start over” on a health care reform bill. They expressed concern over the projected costs of the bill and its effect on the national deficit.
As reported by the Charlotte Observer, McCain called the debt “unsustainable.”
The total cost of the health care bill is estimated at $1 trillion over the next 10 years.
“Americans are concerned about out of control spending,” McCain was quoted as saying.
With polls showing his approval rate sagging, President Obama will meet next week with top Democratic lawmakers to discuss the future of health care reform and is expected to l give a major speech on the topic September 15 in Pittsburgh.