February 27, 2010 11:00 AM

WASHINGTON • As Congressional Democrats look to forge ahead with a controversial health care reform plan — with or without Republicans’ support — Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon and Rep. Jerry Lewis are joining fellow Republicans in a call to begin a new proposal from scratch.

“If we do not start over with a blank page, we ignore the fact that the American public does not want a massive government takeover of health care that does not make health care more affordable,” Lewis, R-Redlands, said in a statement. “They want it fixed, with common sense, step by step reforms.”

McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, called the latest version of health care legislation “the same big-government scheme that the American people overwhelmingly reject.”

“This new plan will increase government spending, raise taxes, kill jobs, and provide taxpayer-funding of abortion,” McKeon said in a statement. “How can they believe ramming this bill through Congress is the right thing to do?”

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