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Boehner: Healthcare Summit Will Be 'Infomercial'

Thursday, 18 Feb 2010 09:44 PM

House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Thursday that Democrats aren’t taking the upcoming healthcare summit seriously because continue to push bills that won’t pass the Congress.

"We’re one week away from the ‘bipartisan’ White House health care summit, and Washington Democrats are scrambling to salvage their massive — and quite partisan — government takeover of health care," Boehner said in a statement, according to The Hill. "But for all that, Democrats may not even have a backroom deal ready by the summit despite promises to post it online in advance.

"We don’t need a six-hour infomercial for the latest Democratic backroom deal. We need to start over on real health care reforms to lower costs. That’s what the American people want, and what they deserve."

Boehner noted President Barack Obama plans to present a unified Democratic healthcare plan prior to the Feb. 25 summit and also mentioned reports that congressional Democrats aren't quite sure what will be in it.

GOP leaders have questioned the White House's motives amid indications that House and Senate Democrats continue to work with the White House on merging the bills that passed both chambers and that the White House is working on its own set of proposals based on that legislation.

So far, the only Republican to publicly announce that he'll show up for the summit has been Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee ranking member Mike Enzi, Wyo.

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