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Georgia's Price pesters president on health care

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Echoing his previous claims that the president is not listening to the people, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) peppered Obama with questions about the validity of claims that the Republicans have - in Price's words - "offered nothing" in the health care debate.

"What should we tell our constituents," Price asked the president at Friday's GOP House Issues Conference in Baltimore, Maryland,  "who know that we've offered these solutions, and yet hear from the administration that we have offered nothing?"

Price specifically pointed to H.R. 3400, the Republican backed legislation that addresses health care reform, which he introduced last summer. "It is a bill that would provide health coverage for all Americans," he insisted, saying it would tackle issues like pre-existing health conditions, "without raising taxes by a penny."

"That's just not true," Obama retorted. "You can't structure a bill where suddenly 30 million people have coverage and it costs nothing." Insisting that he was just using the Republican version of health care reform as an example of the overall tenor of Congressional debate in 2009, the president said that all proposed legislation - including his own - must pass "some test of realism."

"It can't just be political assertions that aren't substantiated when it comes to the actual details of policy," he said, "because otherwise we're going to be selling the American people a bill of goods."

Price was not moved. "He distorted the premise and refused to even answer the question," the Georgia conservative told reporters after the meeting. "He is not interested in solutions other than those that come from the farthest left of the political spectrum," he added.

In a statement released later by the Republican Study Committee, a group of conservative legislators that Price chairs, the Congressman accused the president of "obfuscation," and was skeptical of any progress in cooperation with Democrats. "We can only hope that this time the President will follow his words with real action," he said, "and allow Republicans a substantive role in the upcoming policy debate."

For more info:
  • Read the Better Solutions booklet the Republican leadership provided to President Obama at the Baltimore meeting, which summarizes proposed GOP legislative alternatives to the majority party's bills.
  • The Washington Post has transcripts of the question and answer session between House Republicans and President Obama at the GOP House Issues Conference.
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Comments

  • Danny 4 years ago

    I would be interested to see the CBO scoring for the HR3400 the Rep is championing. If in fact he can fix the health care quagmire for free maybe our own personal Merlin could tackle the deficite problem he voted to create over the past years.
    Also could someone please check with this magician for his reasons for holding this ingenious plan back from a needy American public until the Democrats are in the majority. If memory serves his party held both houses and the white house for 6 years without a word from the Rep. when all it would have taken was a wave of the hand of the powers that be at the time to make this magic come to life.
    How disingenious can he be.............but even more it does prove Lincoln right...........you can fool some of the people all the time

  • Anna 4 years ago

    Congressman Price solution will not solve our healthcare crisis. Please look up pacs and political contributions to Price in 2008, from the Health Insurance Industry he received over 2.6 million www.OpenSecrets.org. He is wealthy thanks to the health care industry. His one solution is to expand purchasing Health Insurance over state lines. The State of Georgia has plenty of competition (over 15 private providers), due to laws in Georgia that Congressman Price will not addresss... Georgia Private Healthcare Industry competes for the highest price and our politicians allow that to happen.

  • Raleigh Conservative Examiner 4 years ago

    Atlanta Public Policy Examiner
    Perry: Good post. Don't listen to the naysayers. They are locked in the past. (Funny that a conservative would say that about liberals, non?) You're doing noble work. I have signed up for your posts, and am very impressed with your wisdom and commitment to conservative ideals. Maybe you'll occasionally check in on me as well at Raleigh Conservative Examiner. I'm going to learn from you. Thanks, and God bless you, brother. Verne Strickland, Wilmington, NC.

  • dmac 4 years ago

    For those of you with internet access (Ha!) a simple search of newpapers (Nexus/Lexus) shows that President Obama has never said that Republicans "offered nothing" on the health care debate. He's never said that they have "no solutions" on the matter of health care.

    Price claims in this piece that Obama is only interested in solutions from the far left. Not so either. The most progressive solution would be to expand Medicare to cover all Americans. Actually, that's not even all that radical.

  • dmac 4 years ago

    I also liked the part of the exchange when Price claimed that his proposal would not raise taxes by one penny. Obama refused to allow that nonsense to pass with, "That's just not true".