from NBC's Betsy Cline
House Republican Leader John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell joined forces today to repeat their criticism of the Democrats' health care proposal. Boehner said it will create more government bureaucracy at the expense of doctors and patients; McConnell echoed the sentiment, saying the plan calls for higher premiums, higher taxes, and a reduction in Medicare benefits.
McConnell called for a "real" Senate debate "on an effort to restructure one-sixth of our economy." He said Senate Republicans would insist the bill be online for at least 72 hours with a complete CBO score.
Boehner also encouraged President Obama to live up to his campaign promise to conduct the writing of health care legislation in the open. "The president during the campaign last year said that when we got to this part of the process, that it'd be a big open room, that he'd invite in the CSPAN cameras," but instead, Boehner said, "the bill is being written in the dark of night."
After much partisanship on health care, however, Boehner seemingly agreed with President Obama's call for an emergency $250 Social Security check for seniors and disabled Americans. He said he supported the President's call as long as the checks are funded by the stimulus.