Broken Promises: GOP's "Health Care Solutions Group" Admits It Won't Have A Solution

July 23, 2009 10:04 am ET — Matt Finkelstein

After Rep. Roy Blunt admitted that the GOP's "Health Care Solutions Group" won't be offering an alternative health care bill, Media Matters Action Network decided to take a look at the group's broken promises.

As the debate over health care reform grows more heated, Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO) has made a pretty astonishing admission.  According to The Hill, Blunt said the GOP's "Health Care Solutions Group," which he chairs, won't be offering a plan.  In the wake of the announcement, Media Matters Action Network decided to take a look at the group's broken promises:

On February 4, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) announced that Rep. Blunt would head up a new health care task force:

House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today announced that Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO) will chair a Health Care Task Force, which is charged by Leader Boehner with crafting Republican solutions to increase Americans' access to quality, affordable health care

On May 6, twenty-one Republican members signed a letter to Republican supporters stating:

This process is far from over, and as the Health Care Solutions Group continues to work on developing a House Republican reform plan, we want to make sure we hear from you.

On June 17, Rep. Boehner said:

I want to congratulate Roy Blunt and all of the members of the health care solutions working group that are here with us today. They have worked for months on making sure that -- that we have a plan that will accomplish the goal that the president and Democrats all agree on.

And if you look at the plan that will be unveiled this morning, we take the current health care system and improve it to make it work better for all Americans.

On June 17, ABC News reported:

Meanwhile, Republicans in the House of Representatives today unveiled their own health plan. The plan's 3½ page summary provided to reporters lacked details or a cost estimate, but Republican leaders promised those details would come later.

On June 25, Rep. Blunt said:

Republicans have reached out to Democrats and the administration to create bipartisan health care reform legislation.  We'll continue that outreach while drafting our own legislation aimed at helping small businesses and families.  

On July 10, Rep. Blunt boasted of his four-page outline:

Our plan is actually much more detailed than their plan has been.  I think, finally, as the majority, they've finally put a piece of legislation together after six months talking about how they were the only ones that had a plan.  Our plan's been more detailed.  I think we're more prepared to debate our plan than they are.

It makes you wonder what Blunt & Co. have been doing for the past five months. Either they have a plan, but won't submit it because they'd rather play politics, or they were never working on one in the first place. 

In any case, Blunt's statement serves as further proof that Republicans are more interested in derailing President Obama than figuring out how to provide Americans with the care they need. 

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*Update: Blunt now tells Greg Sargent that House Republicans might introduce an alternative bill.

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