New Tone in Washington
Five Senate Democrat Leaders sent a letter to Speaker Boehner, promising to block a repeal of Obamacare:
“If House Republicans move forward with a repeal of the health care law that threatens consumer benefits like the “donut hole” fix, we will block it in the Senate. This proposal deserves a chance to work. It is too important to be treated as collateral damage in a partisan mission to repeal health care.” See the full letter.
Speaker Boehner’s response terse response represents a new tone to this debate.
Roll call reported Boehner’s letter in full:
Senators Reid, Durbin, Schumer, Murray and Stabenow:
Thank you for reminding us – and the American people – of the backroom deal that you struck behind closed doors with ‘Big Pharma,’ resulting in bigger profits for the drug companies, and higher prescription drug costs for 33 million seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D, at a cost to the taxpayers of $42.6 billion.
The House is going to pass legislation to repeal that now. You’re welcome.
– Speaker-Designate John Boehner’s Press Office
The battle to repeal Obamacare will involve many interactions between the House and the Senate, if this statement represents the House’s approach, it is a positive sign.