House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-IN) held a press conference today to explain why progressive health reform would hurt seniors and to highlight the GOP’s “better solutions.” In an email yesterday, Boehner instructed readers to go to the GOP healthcare website “and you can see all of our proposals.”
The website ostensibly outlines the “Republican Plan” for “common-sense health care reforms” — but seniors are not addressed in the plans presented. In fact, there are no occurrences of the words “senior,” “elderly,” or “older Americans” at all. An archived version of the website can be found here.
Think Progress asked Pence to address the notable omission. Seemingly unaware of the failure, he merely instructed us to “stay tuned.” Watch it:
The GOP has been engaged in a months-long campaign to scare seniors about health reform. In August, Michael Steele tried to prey on seniors’ fears by rolling out the “Seniors Health Care Bill of Rights.” Now, it appears Republicans have simply forgotten about them.