Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Boehner Taps Blunt to Chair House GOP 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 and highlighting the consequences that a government-run health care system would have for American families. The Task Force will begin meeting this week.

“Health care costs are too high, access is too limited, and American families and small businesses are looking to their leaders in Washington for free-market solutions, not a government-dominated health care bureaucracy,” said Boehner. “House Republicans will not be content to be ‘the party of no.’ Instead, we will be the party of better solutions, and few issues demand more positive solutions than our nation’s health care crisis. Roy Blunt is uniquely qualified to chair this Task Force, which will help shape innovative House Republican health care solutions at a time when the American people need them most.”

Blunt said, “Republicans are committed to making health care more affordable, more accessible and offer more options to American families. Unfortunately, the only options we’ve seen so far from this Congress would push us to a one-size-fits-all government-run system. Through this working group, Republicans will develop real solutions to improve our health care system by putting patients before paperwork and frivolous lawsuits. I am honored that the Republican Leader has asked me to lead a group of talented members who I know will be active participants in this important debate.”

NOTE: Members of the House GOP Health Care Task Force are:

Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Chairman
Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX)
Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL)
Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA)
Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL)
Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX)
Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI)
Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA)
Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA)
Rep. Wally Herger (R-CA)
Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)
Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-CA)
Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA)
Rep. Tom Price (R-GA)
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ)

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