Boehner Releases Attack on Health Reform While Sitting at Summit Table

February 25, 2010

(ChattahBox)— House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) apparently did not attend the televised healthcare summit with an open mind. When it was his turn to offer constructive solutions to fix the broken health insurance system in our country, he simply reverted to stale Republican talking points. And the Ohio Republican even falsely claimed that healthcare reform used federal funds to cover abortion services. After Boehner finished speaking, President Obama pointed out the factually challenged nature of his remarks. And while, his colleagues continued with the debate, Boehner issued a statement blasting Obama’s healthcare proposal, entitled “No GOP Reforms Included in Democrats’ Job-Killing Health Care Proposals.”

With hours yet to go in the healthcare summit, Rep. Boehner issued his Leader Alert attacking Obama:

“During today’s White House health care summit, President Obama made this claim: “What we’ve done is we’ve tried to take every single cost containment idea that’s out there. Every proposal that health care economists say will reduce health care costs, we’ve tried to adopt in the various proposals.”

No, not so much.”

Boehner went on to declare Obama’s healthcare reform proposal unconstitutional, which killed jobs and funded abortions:

“Of course, even if these GOP reforms were incorporated, they would still be attached to legislation that includes job-killing tax hikes, deep cuts to Medicare, massive unfunded mandates on states, unconstitutional mandates on individuals, an “abortion premium” levied on American taxpayers, vast new powers for the federal bureaucracy, and other unacceptable provisions the American people reject.”

Throughout his attack on healthcare reform, he frequently reverted to the false Republican characterization of a government takeover of healthcare: “Under the Democrats’ government takeover”—–“Democrats’ government takeover” —– “Democrats allow pools only as part of the government takeover”—–“The Democrats’ government takeover plan misses the point of this reform.”

In Boehner’s own words: Bipartisanship? “No, not so much.”

The full text of Boehner’s statement can be found here.

Source: Talking Points Memo


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