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07 December 2009

Local Democrat Says GOP Has No Health Care Alternative (And Gets It Wrong)

"[U.S. Congressman Paul Broun is]just opposed. He's what I call a ‘Republican no.’ He just says ‘no’ and he does not present any real alternative, nor do the Republicans to the bill Democrats have come out with."

Those are the words of Richmond County Democratic Party Chairman Lowell Greenbaum speaking at a health care forum designed to rally support for the 2,000-plus page Affordable Health Care for America Act [Kuzj, Steve (2009-12-4). Local Democrats shoot down critics of health care bill. WAGT-TV. Retrieved on 2009-12-7.].

Unfortunately for Greenbaum, the facts don't support his claim that the Republicans did not present an alternative to the Democrats' health care reform legislation. The 219-page GOP health care reform plan was offered by House Republican Leader John Boehner (R - Ohio) and posted online for public review. The Democrat majority in the U.S. House voted down the GOP alternative on a vote of 176 - 258 [House Roll Call 885].

In the words of Dragnet's Joe Friday, those are "just the facts, ma'am."