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Republicans Compare Democrats to Ebenezer Scrooge

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Following the Senate's vote on Christmas Eve Day to pass health care reform, House Minority Leader John Boehner lashed out at the plan, comparing the Democrats to a famous Christmas villain: Ebenezer Scrooge.

(At left is an image of Scrooge from Disney's recent adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol.")

"Not even Ebenezer Scrooge himself could devise a scheme as cruel and greedy as Democrats' government takeover of health care," Boehner said in a statement. "Sen. Reid's health care bill increases premiums for families and small businesses, raises taxes during a recession, cuts seniors' Medicare benefits, adds to our skyrocketing debt, and puts bureaucrats in charge of decisions that should be made by patients and doctors."

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele also alluded to Christmas and Scrooge in his statement about the bill.

"The Democrats have put a $2.5 trillion lump of coal in the stocking of every American knowing that their risky health care experiment still increases premiums, still cuts Medicare, and still enacts hundreds of billions of new taxes to pay for it," Steele said in the statement. "Scrooge would be proud. I know a majority of Americans are not."

Though health care reform has now passed in both chambers of Congress, Republicans are vowing to continue fighting as Democrats are now faced with the challenge of reconciling the two different bills in order to create a final piece of legislation that must be voted on again in both the House and the Senate.

"I want to assure you… this fight isn't over," said Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky before the vote this morning. "In fact, this fight is long from over. My colleagues and I will work to stop this bill from becoming law. That's the clear will of the American people and we're going to continue to fight on their behalf."

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