After Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced on Monday that Democrats would block any Republican attempts to repeal President Obama's health care overhaul legislation passed last year, new Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, fired back Tuesday with a tongue-in-cheek "thank you" message:
Senators Reid, Durbin, Schumer, Murray and Stabenow:
Thank you for reminding us – and the American people – of the backroom deal that you struck behind closed doors with ‘Big Pharma,’ resulting in bigger profits for the drug companies, and higher prescription drug costs for 33 million seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D, at a cost to the taxpayers of $42.6 billion.
The House is going to pass legislation to repeal that now. You’re welcome.
- Speaker-Designate John Boehner’s Press Office
Boehner's terse note of thanks seems to suggest that congressional Republicans don't plan to back down from their opposition to the health care law -- a platform which helped sweep Republicans into office in record numbers last November.
The first vote on a repeal is scheduled for Jan. 12.