Information? You Won’t Get It!
Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 2:10 pm
Ryan Grim reports from the House Republicans’ press conference to launch their alternative budget plan, which was previewed on page A-1 of Politico today as a “detailed alternative to President Barack Obama’s policies” and “a big, TV-friendly stack of blueprints.” From Grim:
“Two nights ago, the president said, ‘We haven’t seen a budget yet out of Republicans.’ Well, it’s just not true, because here it is, Mr. President,” said House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), waving a blue document in the air… Other than the tax proposal [to cut the top marginal rate], however, the plan was absent any details. Instead, it hammered the Democratic budget as too expensive.
Reporters — mainstream, liberal and conservative — greeted the Republican document with a collective scoff.
“Are you going to have any further details on this today?” the first asked.
“On what?” asked Boehner.
“There’s no detail in here,” noted the reporter.
Answered Boehner: “This is a blueprint for where we’re going. Are you asking about some other document?”
Republicans support leveling the playing field through policies that will provide tax incentives for millions more working families and small business owners to obtain access to coverage. Republicans also support breaking down the balkanized barriers within our current health insurance industry, allowing individuals to shop across state lines to purchase affordable policies that best meet their needs.
This is from the Medicare section of the plan.
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