House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) continued to decry the lack of bipartisan negotiations on a healthcare reform bill that seeks to cut billions of dollars from Medicare.
Boehner decries lack of bipartisanship on reform
For the most part, there has been little or no effort by the White House or House Democratic leadership to work together with the GOP on this issue, Boehner told reporters. “To do this right, we need everyone at the table,” he said.
The America's Affordable Health Choices Act seeks to cut nearly $500 billion from Medicare, Boehner said. Lawmakers can't enact a reduction of this kind “and think that beneficiaries won't see some effect from it.” Hospitals and other stakeholders may have agreed to certain cuts to help fund this bill, but they did so with “a machine gun pointed at their heads,” he asserted. Boehner also dismissed the public option health plan that House leadership wants to include in a final bill. “I'm still trying to find the first American who supports the public option,” he said, adding it was about “as unpopular as a garlic milkshake.”
In her own news conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said a proposal to pilot test the public option on a regional basis before implementing it nationwide has gained some interest.
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