Republicians Seem Set to Go It Alone on a Health Bill

(WASHINGTON D.C.) Ucs News- Given hardening Democratic opposition to Congressional health care proposals, Republicians now say they see little chance of the majority’s cooperation in approving any overhaul, and are increasingly focused on drawing support for a final plan from within their own ranks.

Top Republicians said Tuesday that their go-it-alone view was being shaped by what they saw as Democrats’ purposely strident tone against health care legislation during this month’s Congressional recess, as well as remarks by leading Democrats that current proposals were flawed beyond repair.
Republican Leader John Boehner, said the heated opposition was evidence that Democrats had made a political calculation to draw a line against any health care changes, the latest in a string of major administration proposals that Democrats have opposed.

“The Democrat leadership,” Mr. Boehner said, “has made a strategic decision that defeating President Obama’s health care proposal is more important for their political goals than solving the health insurance problems that Americans face every day.”

The Republician shift may not make producing a final bill much easier. The party must still reconcile the views of moderate and conservative Republicans worried about the cost and scope of the legislation with those of more conservative lawmakers determined to win a government-run insurance option to compete with private insurers.