Obama, Boehner Meeting Touches Health Law, But Resolves Little
The president and the House speaker met Tuesday in the Oval Office, but there was little indication any progress was made on resolving their differences on the health law.
The New York Times: White House Meeting Turns Into A Lightning Round For Obama And Boehner
At the same time, Mr. Boehner has done little to suggest his House would advance any of the president’s agenda in the months leading up to the midterm elections, telling his members this month that he would not pursue the immigration legislation that Mr. Obama supports, but that angered conservative Republicans. Republicans have vowed to continue their push to roll back or change the Affordable Care Act, and in a message posted on Twitter, even as the speaker was arriving at the White House, Mr. Boehner took a political jab at the president’s top domestic policy (Shear, 2/25).
In the House, Republicans are contemplating health law alternatives --
Roll Call: GOP Leaders To Huddle On Obamacare Alternative
House Republican leaders will meet Friday to begin crafting an alternative to Democrats’ health care law, but they face a slate of challenges from inside and outside the conference to advancing a credible plan. Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., will meet privately with relevant committee heads, his staff said. Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline of Minnesota, as well as Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp and Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, both of Michigan, will attend (Newhauser, 2/25).
And Democrats are themselves criticizing a GOP proposal they say would cause 1 million to lose their health coverage --
CQ HealthBeat: GOP Employer Bill Would Lead To Loss Of Health Insurance, Analysis Finds
House Democrats on Tuesday promoted a joint cost estimate that found a GOP bill to change the threshold for employer-mandated health care would cost $73.7 billion and cause 1 million people to lose their employer-based health insurance (Ethridge, 2/25).