Boehner Continues to Bad-Mouth Healthcare Reform

John Boehner knocks Kathleen Sebelius letter on the virtue of healthcare reform legislation.  Although healthcare reform legislation is now the law of the land, Representative John Boehner (R-OH), the House Minority Leader, is still not shy about communicating his distaste for the bill. Recently, Boehner sent a letter to Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, citing increased cost estimates, job-loss information and what he perceives as a lack of follow-through on an executive order regarding abortion coverage that the GOP finds troubling.

Boehner’s letter is a response to a recent statement by Secretary Sebelius, which stressed the law’s initial deliverables, including health insurance reform and tax credits available to small businesses.  “Now I’ve seen my fair share of propaganda, but this letter must have been written in an alternate universe,” Boehner said.  Republicans have uniformly opposed the healthcare bill throughout the process; the majority claim that it will increase costs.  Additionally, the GOP hopes that the healthcare law will guarantee them a majority victory over Democrats in November’s mid-term elections.  The GOP is expected to win more mid-term elections in the House versus the Senate.

Sebelius said that “Now, I want to be clear: the Affordable Care Act is not a magic pill that will cure all the problems in our health care system.  It will take time for all the benefits to kick in.  And if you look at the history of major social legislation, you see that there are always revisions and adjustments along the way.”

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi sides with Sebelius, saying “We’re very pleased with the unfolding of the healthcare bill,  In a bigger sense, it is about a healthier America.”

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