"Boehner creates GOP health care task force stacked with industry-tied lawmakers."
In an effort to combat its “party of no” image, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) announced the creation of a task force that will devise “free-market solutions” to health care and highlight the “consequences” of a “government-dominated health care bureaucracy.” CQ reports that “House Republicans will neither defer to Democrats nor simply try to obstruct them” on health care and notes the heavy influence of industry on the members:
The group’s members are friendly with the health care industry — together, they collected nearly $3 million in campaign contributions from health care political action committees in 2007-08. All but five of the 16 took more than $100,000 from health care PACs.
The panel will be chaired by Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO) who once bragged about blocking the expansion of SCHIP.