House Republicans marked three months of healthcare reform on Wednesday with a new report asserting that it has failed on all counts.
House Minority Leader John Boehner's (R-Ohio) office released a report titled "ObamaCare: Three months of broken promises," which concludes that the signature healthcare law for President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats had failed to live up to specific promises.
The report rehashes a number of claims Obama and congressional Democrats had made about the healthcare bill to conclude it failed on creating jobs, keeping costs down, trimming deficits, not raising taxes, benefiting seniors, allowing flexibility for individuals to keep their own plan, not funding abortion, partnering with states and building popularity for the measures.
"Indeed, Republicans recognize that we work for the taxpayer, not the other way around, and we will continue to confront and challenge this government takeover of healthcare at every turn," concludes the 43-page report. "Too much is at stake for any elected official — Republican, Democrat or independent — to stand idle while ObamaCare continues to destroy jobs, hurt our economy and increase the burden on families and small businesses."
The report is very much part of the aggressive PR campaign both Democrats and Republicans are waging to frame the healthcare reform bill Obama signed into law in March after a lengthy battle in Congress.
Both the administration and Republicans in Congress have been unrelenting in working to define the law since then, driven by a mutual sense that the fate of health reform might be closely tied to their fate at the polls this fall.
To that end, Obama's been holding events to trumpet what the White House says are the immediate successes of the bill — the type of immediate successes Boehner's report disputes exist. The president's pollster has also made the argument that voters are turning toward Democrats on health reform.
The Boehner report argued that Democrats have been unable to sell voters on reform even after three months, and argued that voters are still in favor of GOP solutions that had been offered throughout the healthcare debate.
"The notion that Americans would like the bill more after it passed was essentially a takeoff on another flawed argument Democrats had used to buck themselves up, that the more Americans learned about a government takeover of healthcare, the more they would like it," said the report. "As a result, this job-killing monstrosity has been rebooted, recast, renewed, refreshed, retooled, revamped, repackaged, rehabilitated, revived and recharged — all to no effect."
“Is this what counts as work these days for Washington Republicans, selectively stringing together old news articles, out of context quotes, right-wing conspiracies, and debunked claims then labeling it a report?" said Doug Thornell, a spokesman for Assistant to the Speaker Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). "I’m surprised there are not more pictures or cartoons in here, that’s how ridiculous this taxpayer funded pamphlet of misinformation and lies is. House Republicans haven’t been honest with the American people on health reform for almost two years.”
Updated 3:59 p.m.