Last updated on: 6/16/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

House Republican Conference Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“The American people have rejected the president’s government takeover of health care but Washington Democrats are not listening. This afternoon Democrats rejected a motion by House Republicans to repeal one of the most onerous elements of ObamaCare: the individual mandate that will tax and penalize Americans who do not buy government-approved health insurance.

House Republicans have been listening to the American people. Through AmericaSpeakingOut.com, town halls, emails and phone calls, we know that taxpayers want Washington to repeal the government takeover of health care. House Republicans are ready to start over on a measure which actually lowers costs without imposing burdensome job-killing mandates that put the government between patients and their doctors.”

“Democrats Reject Attempt to Repeal Obamacare’s Health Insurance Mandate,” www.gop.gov, June 15, 2010

Description:

“The organizational body for all GOP Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the House Republican Conference is responsible for electing the House Republican leadership, approving GOP Member committee assignments, managing leadership-driven floor debates, and executing a communications strategy that is executed within the party and is conveyed to constituents through the media.”

“About House Republicans,” www.gop.gov (accessed June 17, 2010)

Mission:

“Internally, the Conference provides a wide variety of services to Members and their staff. Such services include daily legislative materials, visual media production, educational events and briefings, training seminars, issue-specific talking points, and assistance with press events and materials.

Externally, the House Republican Conference coordinates media availability for leadership events, schedules GOP Members to participate in TV and radio interviews, and generally communicates the House Republican message to the public.”

“About House Republicans,” www.gop.gov (accessed June 17, 2010)

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Will I pay less for health insurance and medical care?
  2. Can federal funds be used for abortion services?