"With Democrats in control of Congress, much of the debate over the sweeping health care reform pushed by President Obama has focused on what proposals could win enough support within the party to pass, but the GOP isn't ceding the war of ideas.
House Minority Leader John Boehner rallied Republicans on Saturday and called on Americans to pay attention to the health care proposals being raised by the GOP, as the Democrats "recklessly pursue" what Boehner called a government takeover of the health care system.
Boehner outlined his party's alternative in the GOP's weekly radio and Internet address Saturday as Democratic proposals gain momentum in Congress and Republicans scramble for support to try to block them.
The Ohio Republican said there is a choice to be made: "We can come together to implement smart, fiscally responsible reforms to improve Americans' health care or we can recklessly pursue this government takeover that creates far more problems than it solves."
Boehner said a number of steps could be taken, such as letting people buy health insurance across state lines, allowing people and organizations to pool together to buy insurance for lower prices and reining in malpractice lawsuits.
Taking aim at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's plan, Boehner said it would put Washington in charge of health care decisions, add to the bureaucracy, raise premiums and cut Medicare benefits.
"Enough is enough. Breaking the bank and taking away the freedoms Americans cherish is not the answer to the challenges we face," Boehner said."
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