Ted Poe (R-TX) referred to Winston Churchill as he addressed the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce about health care reform Friday.

Winston Churchill said that the length of a document prevents it from ever being read, and right now, the health care bill the senate is working on is about 2,700 pages, Poe said. That may prevent some folks from reading it.

According to Poe, the health care bill the senate is currently working on wont pass because theyll never get that magic number, 60 votes, they need to get it done.

Poes concern with the health care bill is multi-faceted and starts with the price tag.

It will cost us $2.4 trillion. We absolutely do not have that kind of money. Weve already borrowed money from China. China owns 60 percent of our debt, and some day, thats a debt that has to be repaid. Were broke, he said.

Another issue Poe said hes disputing is the creation of 111 new bureaucratic positions to the government. Not one of those positions, he said, will attend to one patient and no one will become healthier because of them.

The biggest apparent concern to Poe was the governments involvement in a citizens health care at all. Part of the proposed senate bill, Poe said, says that every citizen must purchase health insurance, either for themselves or through their companies. According to the bill, if a citizen doesnt purchase insurance, they can be subject to fines, and if they dont pay those fines, they can be subject to being brought up against the IRS for tax evasion.

It is my opinion, and many of my constituents, that the constitution doesnt give the government the authority to force you to buy anything, Poe said.

Car insurance, which is required in the state of Texas, isnt the same, Poe explained, for two reasons.

The government has already ruled that driving is a privilege and not a right. The second reason is because insurance is meant to protect the third party, not yourself. A more appropriate comparison would be if the government said we support transportation and were requiring everyone to buy a car. If you dont buy a car, we can fine you, and if you dont pay that fine, we can send you to jail, Poe said.

Instead of focusing on the larger problem, the Congressman suggested fixing smaller problems that wouldnt require any spending first.

Fix the Medicaid and Medicare fraud problem. Fix the problems with the insurance companies. The answer isnt to tax people, but to cut taxes and to fix things that dont require any funding up front, because we just dont have $2.4 trillion to spend on anything, even if this bill were the greatest bill ever, which its not.