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Eric Cantor, where’s the Republican health care bill?

Eric Cantor, the #2 Republican in the House, complains in a CNN editorial today under the headline, “It’s time for a bipartisan health bill.”

The piece goes through the regular Republican hogwash, proposing “solutions” like tort reform. (Cantor, tort reform is a distraction and everyone knows it.) It also makes a point that our leaders would be wise to recognize:

But the public option is not the only reason the public has soured on Congress’ health care efforts. This nearly $1 trillion legislation, much like the Finance Committee bill in the Senate, dishonestly resorts to a host of budget gimmicks to give the veneer of deficit neutrality over the next decade.

Take it directly from Cantor: Republican opposition to health reform has nothing to do with the public option. And throwing the public option out won’t make the plan any more acceptable to its critics.

However, the entire piece begs the question: Eric Cantor, where is your bill?

As Speaker Pelosi’s office noted, it’s been over 126 days since Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO), leader of the House Republican Health Care “Solutions” Group declared, “I guarantee you we will provide you with a bill that costs less and provides better care for the American people.”

Representative Cantor, you want a bipartisan bill? Well, where is it?

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Eric Cantor, where’s the Republican health care bill?

Eric Cantor, the #2 Republican in the House, complains in a CNN editorial today under the headline, “It’s time for a bipartisan health bill.”

The piece goes through the regular Republican hogwash, proposing “solutions” like tort reform. (Cantor, tort reform is a distraction and everyone knows it.) It also makes a point that our leaders would be wise to recognize:

But the public option is not the only reason the public has soured on Congress’ health care efforts. This nearly $1 trillion legislation, much like the Finance Committee bill in the Senate, dishonestly resorts to a host of budget gimmicks to give the veneer of deficit neutrality over the next decade.

Take it directly from Cantor: Republican opposition to health reform has nothing to do with the public option. And throwing the public option out won’t make the plan any more acceptable to its critics.

However, the entire piece begs the question: Eric Cantor, where is your bill?

As Speaker Pelosi’s office noted, it’s been over 126 days since Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO), leader of the House Republican Health Care “Solutions” Group declared, “I guarantee you we will provide you with a bill that costs less and provides better care for the American people.”

Representative Cantor, you want a bipartisan bill? Well, where is it?

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Eric Cantor, where’s the Republican health care bill?

Eric Cantor, the #2 Republican in the House, complains in a CNN editorial today under the headline, “It’s time for a bipartisan health bill.”

The piece goes through the regular Republican hogwash, proposing “solutions” like tort reform. (Cantor, tort reform is a distraction and everyone knows it.) It also makes a point that our leaders would be wise to recognize:

But the public option is not the only reason the public has soured on Congress’ health care efforts. This nearly $1 trillion legislation, much like the Finance Committee bill in the Senate, dishonestly resorts to a host of budget gimmicks to give the veneer of deficit neutrality over the next decade.

Take it directly from Cantor: Republican opposition to health reform has nothing to do with the public option. And throwing the public option out won’t make the plan any more acceptable to its critics.

However, the entire piece begs the question: Eric Cantor, where is your bill?

As Speaker Pelosi’s office noted, it’s been over 126 days since Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO), leader of the House Republican Health Care “Solutions” Group declared, “I guarantee you we will provide you with a bill that costs less and provides better care for the American people.”

Representative Cantor, you want a bipartisan bill? Well, where is it?

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