Reid & Boehner: Contrasting ways to deal with health care

McClatchy Washington BureauNovember 14, 2013 

Looking for a difference between Democrats and Republicans? Try reactions to President Barack Obama's health care strategy Thursday.

House Speaker John Boehner, meeting with reporters just before Obama spoke, said there was no good way the law can be fixed.

"Now, let's be clear. The only way to fully protect the American people is to scrap this law once and for all," he said.

"There is no way to fix this. And while the two parties may disagree on that point, it shouldn't stop reasonable Democrats from working with us to keep the president's promise and give the American people the opportunity to keep the plan they have and the plan they like."

Now flip to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, who had a different take.

"Today we saw a clear contrast: Democrats are working to fix and improve the Affordable Care Act, while Republicans still want to go back to the days when insurance companies could deny people coverage for pre-existing conditions, treat being a woman as a pre-existing condition, and watch health care costs drive families into bankruptcy," Reid said.

"The fix proposed by President Obama today is an important step towards addressing a problem that has arisen and if we need to do more, we will."

He urged Republicans to "stop listening to the extremist voices in their party who only want to repeal the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. Whenever Republicans decide to stop rooting for failure, roll up their sleeves and get to work, we stand ready and willing to work with them and find common ground."


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