"I take the president at his word that he is open to other ideas, and I trust that he will do everything he can to force those writing the bills in the House and Senate to moderate their flawed bills. The final test will be the legislative product Congress produces over the next few weeks. Congress is not there yet."
"U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.
"As usual, President Obama's delivery (Sept. 9) was absolutely superb, but no level of eloquence can make his health care scheme look good. The American people just are not buying it. This speech was billed as unveiling the president's detailed proposal for health care reform. However, in an effort to build consensus, he seemed intent on refocusing the American people and Congress away from details. As we all know, his big-picture approach will only go so far, because the devil is in the details."
"U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla.