Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Boehner Responds to Senate Democrats' Letter on HCR Repeal

Hoping to appear important in the agenda setting of the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives, Senate Democrats Reid, Durbin, Schumer, Murray and Stabenow sent a letter to about-to-be Speaker John Boehner about that matter of repealing the Health Care reform.

As usual, they led with scaring Senior Citizens about the bad, bad Republicans who want to kick them to the curb to eat cat food and beg for quarters:

"We urge you to consider the unintended consequences that the law’s repeal would have on a number of popular consumer protections that help middle class Americans,” the senators wrote. “The ‘donut hole’ fix is just one measure that would be threatened by a repeal effort. Taking this benefit away from seniors would be irresponsible and reckless at a time when it is becoming harder and harder for seniors to afford a healthy retirement.”

The senators added: “If House Republicans move forward with a repeal of the health care law that threatens consumer benefits like the “donut hole” fix, we will block it in the Senate. This proposal deserves a chance to work. It is too important to be treated as collateral damage in a partisan mission to repeal health care.

To his credit and our amusement, Boehner reciprocated with his own letter to them.

Senators Reid, Durbin, Schumer, Murray and Stabenow:

Thank you for reminding us – and the American people – of the backroom deal that you struck behind closed doors with ‘Big Pharma,’ resulting in bigger profits for the drug companies, and higher prescription drug costs for 33 million seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D, at a cost to the taxpayers of $42.6 billion.

The House is going to pass legislation to repeal that now. You’re welcome.

- Speaker-Designate John Boehner’s Press Office

Onward, Mr. Speaker.

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