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rainboxOn September 7 we wrote an article called “The Seniors’ Health Care Bill of Rights – What’s In It For Us?” We looked at the Republican Party’s “Seniors’ Health Care Bill of Rights” and concluded that “Notably, there is not one thing in the RNC Seniors’ Health Care Bill of Rights that will help the uninsured, add badly needed consumer protections for seniors and others, improve the effectiveness of treatment that seniors receive, or unsettle the powerful health sector lobby.”

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-IN) held a press conference yesterday to explain why progressive health reform would hurt seniors and to highlight the GOP’s “better solutions.” Rep. Boehner sent out an email exhorting recipients to go to the GOP healthcare website “and you can see all of our proposals.” The website outlines the “Republican Plan” for “common-sense health care reforms”. Unfortunately, the new GOP plans don’t address the needs of seniors anywhere. In fact, as Think Progress1 points out, there are no occurrences of the words “senior,” “elderly,” or “older Americans” at all.

Presumably, the GOP has concluded that it has successfully scared seniors into opposing any kind of health care reform and is moving on to a new target. Meanwhile, their delaying tactics are costing more American lives than all of our other enemies put together. Take a look at “A Grim Reminder” at the top right of this page and Rep. Alan Grayson2 crying as he reads aloud letters from people who have lost uninsured loved ones.

 1  “New GOP Health Care Website Fails To Mention Seniors” – Think Progress – 10/29/09.
 2  Rep. Alan Grayson video.

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