Within minutes of the release of President Obama's health care proposal, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R, OH) issued a response on behalf of the House Republicans signaling in no uncertain terms that the GOP does not consider the proposal to be a compromise.
Boehner made the GOP's feelings known with the first line of his written response to the Obama proposal: "The President has crippled the credibility of this week's summit by proposing the same massive government takeover of health care based on a partisan bill the American people have already rejected."
The President's proposal, as reported here, contains several controversial provisions that were sure to draw strenuous arguments from the right.
The proposal does away with the "Hyde Amendment' which would have outlawed the use of government funding to pay for abortions. It also raises taxes and includes penalties for individuals that decide not to obtain health insurance. All of these provisions drew fire from Boehner on Monday.
Below is the full text of Leader Boehner's response:
"The President has crippled the credibility of this week's summit by proposing the same massive government takeover of health care based on a partisan bill the American people have already rejected. This new Democrats-only backroom deal doubles down on the same failed approach that will drive up premiums, destroy jobs, raise taxes, and slash Medicare benefits.
"This week's summit clearly has all the makings of a Democratic infomercial for continuing on a partisan course that relies on more backroom deals and parliamentary tricks to circumvent the will of the American people and jam through a massive government takeover of health care.
"The best way to protect families and small businesses in this time of economic uncertainty is to start over with a step-by-step approach to health care reform focused on lowering costs, and that's exactly what Republicans are fighting for. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has confirmed that the Republican bill reduces premiums for families and small businesses by up to 10 percent. The Republican bill reduces premiums by implementing common-sense reforms such as allowing Americans to purchase insurance across state lines. Despite their rhetoric to the contrary, none of the Democrats' proposals - including the President's - provides this much-needed reform in a manner that can actually be effective.
"Republicans are also standing with the American people by calling for health care reform to protect human life and not use taxpayer money to fund abortion. The Republican bill would codify the Hyde Amendment and prohibit all authorized and appropriated federal funds from being used to pay for abortion, which the President's proposal would allow. Pro-life Democrats in the House have already pledged to vote against this provision. Health care reform should be an opportunity to protect human life - not end it - and the American people agree."