Boehner: GOP will 'crash' WH 'infomercial' on healthcare reform

House Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLast Congress far from ‘do-nothing’ Top aide: Obama worried about impeachment for Syria actions An anti-government ideologue like Mulvaney shouldn't run OMB MORE (R-Ohio) told his colleagues on Tuesday that Republicans plan to attend the president’s high-profile healthcare summit this week in order to "crash the party."

According to a House GOP leadership aide familiar with the top-ranking Republican’s remarks at the weekly closed-door conference meeting, BoehnerJohn BoehnerLast Congress far from ‘do-nothing’ Top aide: Obama worried about impeachment for Syria actions An anti-government ideologue like Mulvaney shouldn't run OMB MORE appealed to skeptical Republican lawmakers, saying, “We shouldn’t let the White House have a six-hour taxpayer-funded infomercial on ObamaCare. We need to show up. We need to crash the party.” 

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Following the private hourlong breakfast meeting, Boehner acknowledged to reporters that House Republicans have not officially accepted the president’s invitation.

Boehner explained that leaders are waiting for a response from White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to a letter they sent earlier this month that asked a series of questions on the bipartisan summit.

“It’s our intent to be there on Thursday. We’re waiting on a response and we’re hopeful that we’ll receive one soon," Boehner explained.

In the two weeks since President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaWhite House spokesman blasts media over crowd sizes in first statement Trump defends size of his inaugural crowd Baker: Inaugural committee wanted us to 're-create' Obama cake MORE announced his televised bipartisan, bicameral healthcare summit, political operatives and consultants have debated whether Republicans could be walking into a public-relations disaster.

House Minority Whip Eric CantorEric CantorRyan reelected Speaker in near-unanimous GOP vote Financial technology rules are set to change in the Trump era Trump allies warn: No compromise on immigration MORE (R-Va.) has publicly said that Republicans intended to participate in the negotiation session.

Boehner conceded on Tuesday that “it's an invitation from the president of the United States. If you get an invite from the president, you have an obligation to go."

But the release of Obama’s own version of healthcare reform legislation on Monday irritated Republicans who have argued that the slate should be wiped clean if a true bipartisan compromise is going to be struck.

Boehner used the release of Obama’s healthcare bill as a rallying cry during the Tuesday morning GOP conference meeting, saying it was a sign that “Democrats clearly want us to boycott.”

The minority leader told reporters that the president has “basically crippled the summit expected on Thursday by coming in with a rerun of the same failed bill that couldn’t pass the House or Senate.”