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Boehner: "This new Democrats-only backroom deal doubles down on the same failed approach"

Obama charges forward on health-care, damn you who oppose.

John Boehner, House minority leader, speaks for me:

"The President has crippled 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 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."

For you nay-sayers who doubt the notion that Obama is going against the will of the people, let's go to Rasmussen:

President Obama this week called for a televised bipartisan summit to get his health care reform plan back on track, but 61% of U.S. voters say Congress should scrap that plan and start all over again.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds just 28% who think it is better to build on the health care plan that has been working its way through the House and Senate.

Support for and opposition to the existing plan remain at the same levels they've been at since just after Thanksgiving.

Only 35% of voters believe Congress should pass health care reform before the upcoming midterm elections anyway. Fifty-four percent (54%) say Congress should wait until voters select new congressional representatives in November.

It's interesting to note that in a separate survey earlier this week 63% of voters said, generally speaking, it would be better for the country if most incumbents in Congress were defeated this November. Just 27% now believe their current congressman is the best person for the job.

The man is an egotistical megalomaniac who is doing his level best to dicate policy the majority of Americans disagree with at great cost to the country and that threatens private care with extreme prejudice.

I've had enough hope and change.

You?

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Comments (17)

I just hope the Republicans... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

I just hope the Republicans have the balls to call Barry on his bullshit proposal, and if he refuses to get his party to start at square one, THEY GET UP AND WALK OUT!

I'm not one for the belief ... (Below threshold)
Deke:

I'm not one for the belief in reincarnation..BUT I'm begining to think this guy is Mussolini returning from the grave..Do yourself a favor and study the rise of Benito and Facism in Italy and the similarities are scary.

John Boehner has a case of ... (Below threshold)
James H:

John Boehner has a case of the vapors. Assuming Obama's actually willing to negotiate this week (and that's a big assumption, I know), then the "backroom deal" Obama presents is what's known as an "opening gambit" in negotiations. That means the Republicans should present their own deal (presumably hatched in closed-door meetings within the Republican Party) as THEIR opening gambit. Bonus points if they can find a little boy with a teddy bear who will be cured of cancer through free-market healthcare solutions.

This is the same shit sandw... (Below threshold)
Stan:

This is the same shit sandwich as before, just packaged in a couple different slices of bread.

Well, maybe if Obama would ... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Well, maybe if Obama would just EXPLAIN it for the 200th time, the American people would finally understand how wonderful it all is...

From the party of NO FRICKIN' WAY!

I don't know why Obama is e... (Below threshold)
sam:

I don't know why Obama is even talking to Republicans.

He has the votes, just pass it and deal with the consequences.

He's looking for even a fig... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

He's looking for even a fig-leaf's worth of cover, Sam - you should realize that. All he'll need is ONE Republican vote, and presto! It's BI-PARTISAN!

So they'll push ahead to try to get this done, no matter the cost. It really makes me wonder - what part of being "In debt up to our eyeballs' isn't clear? How do they think we can afford this? Fiscal sanity's pretty much unknown in Washington - but even so, this is beyond insane.

The Democrats are already on shaky ground for this election, and people are quite unhappy with the uncontrolled spending of the last year. Now they want to increase the debt, giving what is arguably the least capable, most bureaucratic organization in our country control over our medical system?

It must be some sort of death wish. I'd almost think, if it weren't so bizzare an idea, that Obama must be a Rovian plant put into place to completely destroy the Democratic party. I can't otherwise understand the continued pursuit of something that will so aggravate the electorate. Can they be so misreading the situation? Are their advisors so blind they don't understand the repercussions that will hit when they pass this?

Different shape of lipstick... (Below threshold)
kevino:

Different shape of lipstick - same pig.

On a somewhat different not... (Below threshold)
James H:

On a somewhat different note, I recently put to a group of friends the question of the question of healthcare reform. These friends range from extreme conservative to (I kid you not) socialist. So far, we have agreed on only two elements: restricting insurers' ability to reject people based on pre-existing conditions, and narrowing insurers' ability to rescind policies.

Allowing insurers to sell policies across state lines has gotten a lukewarm (at best) response. Tort reform, put forward by the conservatives in our little group, landed with a resounding thud.

Community rating received a moderate to lukewarm response. Medicaid expansion for people currently in the "working poor" category has received a moderately positive response.

Which makes me think that Democrats and Republicans should both shelve any Grand Plans for healthcare reform and instead pass narrowly tailored legislation.

Interestingly, the socialist was the most ready to walk away from the table, while the conservatives and moderate liberals were willing to negotiate.

Perhaps, in a bizarre way, ... (Below threshold)
Hank:

Perhaps, in a bizarre way, the dems push for this makes sense.

After all, what else is there?

Foreign policy? Been there, apologized and bowed. Nothing more to do.

Domestic economic policy? Already paid off the unions and hired an absurd number of new govt workers.

Domestic law issues? Holder is screwing that up nicely.

Domestic issues? 100 Billion for Michelle to go after what we eat.

Domestic Energy? Been there, crippled that.

All that's left is pushing ahead toward more dependency on the federal govt. And though many will lose their offices when voted out, if health care take over does occur, they've solidified their dem majority probably forever.

Taking over another 6th of the economy puts americans dependent on govt far over the 51% tipping point to ensure the permanent govt.

Also on another note (and f... (Below threshold)
James H:

Also on another note (and floating ideas for reform):

I know that allowing insurers to sell policies across state lines is popular with conservatives. If this were enacted, would those conservatives also be willing to lift health insurers' exemption from antitrust laws?

re: 7See, it reall... (Below threshold)
epador:

re: 7

See, it really IS all Bush's fault!

If Obama gets his way we be... (Below threshold)
retired military:

If Obama gets his way we better hope that we have any change left in our pockets.

Price controls for health i... (Below threshold)
Marc:

Price controls for health insurance.

That didn't work for Carter and gas proces. It's not working for Hugo in Venezuela.

In fact it's never worked. Figures obama would try something with a ZERO historical record of success.

James H., that backroom pla... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

James H., that backroom planning before a meet is not a "negotiative" strategy. It is the game they play. In case you were asleep, the majority of americans are tired of the game. The photo ops. The saying one thing and doing another. ww

"Health is wealth" is well ... (Below threshold)

"Health is wealth" is well known to all and everyone wants good health.So, Let us build a food habit discipline, keep pace with work, rest and exercise to Achieve good health, The ultimate wealth.

The President has crippl... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

The President has crippled 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.

While its true that the lateset polls show a majority of Americans oppose the House and Senate bills, one can not assume that everyone opposed to it is against a health care bill. Many liberals oppose the bill because it does not go far enough.

I have never seen a poll that showed a majority of Americans opposed to a public option. Most polls have shown 55%-60% of the American public support a public option.




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