Yesterday, Ben Smith at Politico reported on this story about Jeb Bush:
Jeb Bush, adopting rhetoric more often heard from Democrats, told students at George Washington University last night that the GOP “can’t be the party of no.”
“”We just can’t be the party of no,” the former Florida governor said, according to the student newspaper. “Republicans need to offer, based on their own principles, solutions to these problems.”
But is this accurate? Are Republicans really the Party of No?
To simply be the Party of No, the congressional GOP would have to propose zero solutions to the issue of the day (i.e., health care reform).
So, do they have any solutions?
Does this answer your question?
- House GOP Health Care Solutions Group Plan (Unveiled June 17, 2009)
- Empowering Patients First Act (Republican Study Group Health Care Reform Bill, unveiled July 30, 2009)
- Improving Health Care for All Americans Act (Shadegg Health Care Reform Bill, introduced July 14, 2009)
- Patients’ Choice Act (Ryan-Nunes Health Care Reform Bill, introduced May 20, 2009)
- Medical Rights & Reform Act (Kirk-Dent Health Care Reform Bill, introduced June 16, 2009)
- Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act (Gingrey medical liability reform bill, introduced June 6, 2009)
- Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2009 (Johnson small business health plans bill, introduced May 21, 2009)
- Promoting Health and Preventing Chronic Disease through Prevention and Wellness Programs for Employees, Communities, and Individuals Act of 2009 (Rep. Castle Wellness & Prevention Bill, introduced July 31, 2009)
- Improved Employee Access to Health Insurance Act of 2009 (Rep. Deal auto-enrollment bill, introduced October 15, 2009)
- Health Insurance Access for Young Workers and College Students Act of 2009 (Rep. Blunt bill to improve health insurance coverage of dependents, introduced October 21, 2009)
- 31 Common-Sense Changes Republicans Offered to Improve Democrats’ Health Care Bill (GOP Leader Alert, July 28, 2009)
- House Republican Leaders’ Letter to President Obama [PDF] Outlining Areas for Common Ground on Health Care Reform (May 13, 2009)
- Cleveland Plain Dealer: GOP health care reform proposals focus on medical liability reform & competition to lower costs (October 17, 2009)
Labeling the GOP as the Party of No does a disservice to the legislation linked above. In addition, Bobby Jindal and Tim Pawlenty, both new and fresh leaders within the GOP, have proposed their own solutions.
Party of No? I don’t think so.