From the office of Rep. Roy Blunt (MO):
The Administration continues to say it wants a bipartisan consensus on health care, but two weeks after Republicans sent a letter to the President requesting a meeting, there’s still no response.
CLAIM: “[M]y hope is that working in a bipartisan fashion we are going to be able to get a health care reform bill on my desk before the end of the year...” (President Obama, Town Hall Meeting, Arnold, MO, 4/29/09)
FACT: On May 14th, House Republican Leaders sent a letter to President Obama requesting a meeting with him to discuss areas for potential common ground on health care reform and and to discuss the efforts of the House Health Care Solutions Group, which is at work on House Republicans’ plans on the issue. The Leaders wrote: “Despite our differences on some important health care-related issues, we are convinced there are areas offering potential for common ground on health care reform among Republicans and Democrats.”
CLAIM: In a letter released TODAY to Senators Kennedy and Baucus, President Obama wrote: “I know that you have reached out to Republican colleagues, as I have, and that you have worked hard to reach a bipartisan consensus about many of these issues. I remain hopeful that many Republicans will join us in enacting this historic legislation that will lower health care costs for families, businesses, and governments, and improve the lives of millions of Americans.”
FACT: Over two weeks later, and the White House has yet to respond to Republican’s letter at all.
FACT: The President met with 24 Senate Democrats and ZERO Republicans on health care yesterday.
FACT: On May 19th, Members of the House Health Care Solutions Group sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Director of White House Office of Health Reform Nancy-Ann DeParle expressing their desire to work with the Administration in crafting bipartisan health care reform and clearly stating that Republicans cannot support any bill including a government-controlled plan.
CLAIM: In today’s letter to Senators Kennedy and Baucus, President Obama also wrote: “I strongly believe that Americans should have the choice of a public health insurance option operating alongside private plans. This will give them a better range of choices, make the health care market more competitive, and keep insurance companies honest.”