For months now, Republicans in Congress have been complaining that health care reform legislation put forward by congressional Democrats is too long. “All you need to know is there are 1,990 pages,” said House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) of the House health care bill in October. “That should tell you everything.” But when President Obama released a proposal yesterday bridging the differences between the House and Senate bills, Boehner’s office changed its complaint and argued that it was too short:
A spokesman for House Minority Leader John Boehner today ridiculed President Obama’s health care proposal because it’s too short.
“The White House’s ‘plan’ consists of an 11-page outline, which has not been scored by the Congressional Budget Office or posted online as legislative text. So they want to reorganize one-sixth of the United States’ economy with a document shorter than a comic book, and they’re complaining that they can’t find our plan on their own website? C’mon,” said the spokesman, Michael Steel, in an email to reporters.
Boehner’s changing complaint isn’t surprising. Earlier this month, he and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) sent a letter to the White House requesting that “If the President intends to present any kind of legislative proposal” at the bipartisan health care summit, he should “make it available to members of Congress and the American people at least 72 hours beforehand.” But as Chris Bowers pointed out, when the White House announced they would do just that, Boehner attacked them for it.