U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, delivered the following remarks today at a House Republican leadership press conference that followed the weekly meeting of the House Republican Conference:
There is no question, after two weeks home, House Republicans know that the American people want health care reform that lowers the cost of health insurance without growing the size of government.
But it’s also clear that the American people don’t want a government takeover of health care. They don’t want the government takeover of health care that passed the House or the Senate. And the American people don’t want more of the same government takeover bill that the White House raised the curtain on yesterday. And House Republicans are on the side of the American people.
House Republicans believe that this administration and Democrats in Congress should heed the voice of the American people and scrap this new bill, scrap the old bills, and renounce once and for all any plan to force through ObamaCare 2.0 by abusing the legislative process in the form of reconciliation.
As this summit is approaching, House Republicans are going to seize every opportunity, on the floor and on the airwaves, to explain to the American people that we have better solutions. We have a proposal that has been online for months that would give Americans the opportunity to choose health insurance across state lines, that would bring about meaningful tort reform, and would even deal with preexisting conditions through existing state funds.
Republicans welcome any good faith effort to hit the reset button and start over on health care reform that will lower the cost of health insurance for working Americans. But House Republicans will continue to oppose any effort to use this so-called ‘summit’ as a media preamble to forcing through ObamaCare 2.0.