Rep. Roy Blunt is promoting the House GOP's Health Care Solutions Group, which will advocate alternatives to the Democrats’ healthcare proposals that could put bureaucrats between patients and doctors.
Following President Obama's remarks today on health care, Blunt released this statement:
“I’ve told the President and White House staff on numerous occasions that the House Health Care Solutions Group is ready to work with him toward the shared goal of making quality, affordable health care accessible to all Americans. This common ground serves as a constructive starting point for true health care reform, but we find private, one-party meetings that set arbitrary deadlines a sign of a troubling lack of bipartisanship.
We hope to meet with you in the near future to discuss our common-sense principles that build on what works and improve on what’s broken in our current health care system."
As the Obama Administration moves toward a government-run health care plan, Republicans are ready to demonstrate why that is not a good option for the country. Blunt's office sent around a Wall Street Journal op/ed today, titled, "How ObamaCare Will Affect Your Doctor." The subtitle conveyed the main message of the piece: "Expect longer waits for appointments as physicians get pinched on reimbursements."
A New York Times article today reported on a host of Blue Dog Democrats wary of the costs a government-run health care system will rack up -- reportedly up to $1 trillion over 10 years. The Administration's health care agenda follows the same overspending patterns Americans saw in the stimulus, the omnibus, the bailouts and cap and tax energy policies.
The Washington Post reiterated the reality:
"The White House has emphasized repeatedly that health-care reform is entitlement reform – that is, an answer to the nation’s long-term fiscal challenge. Yet, so far, it is backing a plan to expand coverage that would cost taxpayers between $1 trillion and $1.5 trillion over 10 years, while it has proposed health-care savings of only $309 billion. There is a danger that the administration and Congress alike will be tempted to ‘pay for’ actual government expenditures with presumed but unspecified savings, like those promised yesterday."
House Leader John Boehner supports the House GOP Health Care Solutions group. A release from the Leader office today said Republican solutions "will expand access to affordable health care for more Americans and ensure that health care choices are madeby patients and doctors – not faceless bureaucrats in Washington."
Look for affordable, efficient alternatives to come from the Solutions group.