Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Blunt: Reid Plan Is Path To Single Payer

Congressman Roy Blunt is calling Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's healthcare bill a "pathway towards a single payer system," even as some of his House Republican colleagues are frustrated about the lack of a concrete GOP alternative.
"Don't be fooled by the talk of compromise," Blunt said in a statement. "Senator Reid's plan reverts right back to a pathway toward a single-payer system. Once the government is a competitor, it very quickly becomes the only competitor, limiting health care access and options for American families," Blunt added.
Meanwhile, The Hill reported Tuesday that some in the Republican caucus want the GOP to introduce their own bill, even if it has no chance of passing.
"There’s a difference of opinion over what ought to be the strategy from a political standpoint on this issue. I happen to believe we ought to have a bill," said Rep. Tom Price of Georgia.
The Hill also paints Blunt's position this way: "Prior to the August recess, Rep. Roy Blunt (Mo.) the head of the GOP Healthcare Solutions Group, admitted that his party didn’t need to offer a unified plan, noting that Democrats were taking so much heat for the proposals moving through the lower chamber at that time."

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