House Minority Leader John Boehner (R – Ohio) today attacked President Barack Obama’s new healthcare proposal, accusing the president of “[crippling] the credibility of this week’s summit by proposing the same massive government takeover of health care based on a partisan bill the American people have already rejected.”
This morning The White House unveiled a new healthcare reform proposal based on the Senate’s bill designed to serve as an “opening bid” going into Thursday’s bipartisan congressional leadership conference on healthcare legislation. The goal of the televised summit is to reach an agreement on healthcare reform in “a transparent manner,” said White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer.
Pfieffer said that the President wants to see “a straight up or down vote on healthcare.” He said that the president has compromsed on a lot, including giving up on a public option, allowing for health insurance companies not to pay for abortions and cuts to Medicare, but Boehner says it’s not enough.
Boehner issued the following statement:This new Democrats-only backroom deal doubles down on the same failed approach that will drive up premiums, destroy jobs, raise taxes, and slash Medicare benefits.
This week’s summit clearly has all the makings of a Democratic infomercial for continuing on a partisan course that relies on more backroom deals and parliamentary tricks to circumvent the will of the American people and jam through a massive government takeover of health care.
The best way to protect families and small businesses in this time of economic uncertainty is to start over with a step-by-step approach to health care reform focused on lowering costs, and that’s exactly what Republicans are fighting for. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has confirmed that the Republican bill reduces premiums for families and small businesses by up to 10 percent. The Republican bill reduces premiums by implementing common-sense reforms such as allowing Americans to purchase insurance across state lines. Despite their rhetoric to the contrary, none of the Democrats’ proposals – including the President’s – provides this much-needed reform in a manner that can actually be effective.
Republicans are also standing with the American people by calling for health care reform to protect human life and not use taxpayer money to fund abortion. The Republican bill would codify the Hyde Amendment and prohibit all authorized and appropriated federal funds from being used to pay for abortion, which the President’s proposal would allow. Pro-life Democrats in the House have already pledged to vote against this provision. Health care reform should be an opportunity to protect human life – not end it – and the American people agree.
Pfeiffer urged Republicans to put together what they want to see and post it online, even offering to post their proposal on their website.
“We’d hope that going into Thursday’s meeting the Republicans would post their proposal online,” he added. “We want this process to be as transparent as possible.”
Thursday’s summit at Blair House will be carried live on C-SPAN, streamed live on www.whitehouse.gov/live and likely broadcast on some cable news networks.
The administration’s full proposal was posted at http://www.whitehouse.gov/health-care-meeting/proposal at 10 a.m.