Friday, September 11, 2009

Republicans to Obama: Here Are Our Health Plans

"Republicans have an offer -- or 35 -- for President Obama if he is serious about wanting to listen to alternative proposals.

"You've got the House working group -- solutions working group on health care; you've got a proposal there. You've got H.R. 3400. Or you could go to and you can see all of the proposals -- all of them. They're right there," House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters on Thursday.

H.R. 3400 is the Small Business Health Fairness Act. It calls for small businesses to offer employees health insurance through group health plans.

It's one of several options Republicans are hoping to use to gain some traction in the debate. 

Some of the GOP proposals focus on improving elements of the existing health care system, such as Medicare or Medicaid or the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), while others are more comprehensive in scope. For example, some plans would allow private insurers to offer affordable basic plans or exempt taxes from insurance bought in the individual market.

But none of the proposals has gotten a hearing, and none has much chance of getting passed since Democrats control Congress and the agenda.

"The thing that's killing me is that those very members on the Republican side have over the course of the last five months offered some 800 amendments and individual pieces of legislation to the -- to the president and to (House Speaker) Nancy (Pelosi) and Harry Reid, to say, 'Hey, this is our contribution.' Every last piece has been rejected," said Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele."

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