“A trillion dollars worth of government healthcare is not what people in my district are telling me to bring home from our meeting with the president,” Barton said in a written statement. “If nothing changes by Thursday, the president risks turning a signature issue into a signature failure.”
Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), the ranking Republican on the Ways and Means Committee, said that the president's proposal sidestepped GOP input. “This is not a serious attempt to address the concerns the American people have expressed about the Democrats' bills and does not truly include important policy changes Republicans have been pushing to address them,” he said in a written statement, citing medical malpractice reform as one example.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), accused the Obama administration of being tone-deaf when it comes to the wants of rank-and-file Americans.
“The longer Washington sticks with its failed approach to healthcare, the longer Americans have to wait for the real, step-by-step reforms that will actually lower costs and lead to a better system,” McConnell said in a written statement.
In the meantime, Karen Ignagni, president and CEO of America's Health Insurance Plans, said that the Obama administration's unbending focus on health plans misses the mark.
Ignagni said that the private health payers have been knocked back when it comes to increases in overall healthcare costs. Rather than focus on the health plans, elected officials should instead concentrate on the underlying drivers of higher costs, like medical services, a general lack of transparency when it comes to quality of care and a system that pays for volume rather than value.
“There is a heavy dose of politics at work,” she said during a conference call with reporters.
"President Obama seems to want to get involved in health insurance regulation at the state level. I think that's wrong," said California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, a Republican who is running for Governor. "I don't think the problem has to do with not enough federal oversight. The problem has to do with costs," Poizner said, speaking at a news briefing regarding some California insurer investigations.