February 24th, 2010
04:00 PM ET
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Boehner lines up GOP docs to fact check health care summit

Washington (CNN) -House Republicans will have a truth squad standing by to fact check during Thursday's televised bipartisan White House health care summit, House Minority Leader John Boehner announced Wednesday. And Boehner's truth squad has an unusual characteristic – more than half of the fact-checking team is made up of doctors.

Here's a list of the House GOP doctors who will be standing by Thursday:

Dr. Paul Broun, R-Georgia
Dr. Michael Burgess, R-Texas
Dr. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana
Dr. John Fleming, R-Louisiana
Dr. Phil Gingrey, R-Georgia
Dr. Parker Griffith, R-Alabama
Dr. Tim Murphy, R-Pennsylvania
Dr. Tom Price, R-Georgia
Dr. Phil Roe, R-Tennessee

In addition to these 9 M.D.'s, Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Louisiana, will be part of the group representing House Republicans at the White House meeting.

On the Senate side, the GOP is also sending two more doctors to meet with President Obama: Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, and John Barrasso, R-Wyoming.

Since mid 2009, Coburn and Barrasso have been hosting "The Senate Doctors Show," a twice weekly health care reform Webcast where the two lawmakers take questions submitted by the public.

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soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. hadelaide

    All fake doctors who live off the public dole to get lifetime health insurance and pension. I could give them credence if they renounce the benefits they have and wish to deny to others.

    February 24, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Trouble with that....is.....the doctors will not want anything in the legislation, that would hurt their practices, so......we aren't likely to see them agree to anything that takes away any profiteering that they might otherwise benefit from.

    February 24, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. Truth Teller

    I wonder how many are republicans? Any guesses out there?

    February 24, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. Center left-out

    Where is the Republicans solution to cover 30 million uninsured people? Again, a Republican stunt with no solutions.

    February 24, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. Jeremy in Albuquerque

    More obstructionist BS from the American Fascist Party. I was against Reconciliation until just this moment. Time to kick the rest of these snot-nosed republican rich kids off the playground.

    February 24, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. Randy, San Francisco

    Notice the list does not have a single person north of the Mason-Dixon line. Looks like a list of good old Southern boys' network.

    February 24, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  7. Bob in Pa

    Where are all those Dem Doctors ?
    This is where the process should have started. Not with a bunch of control freak politicians and lawyers.

    February 24, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    This is great...IF they are there for factual information and to aide the process. If they are "lined up" to just shoot holes in the propsed bill then they will be useless.
    My question is- why did men with an MD decide to stop helping the sick and become Congressmen? Did they just get a degree and never practice? Were they not making enough money? Did they decide they did not like medicine? Or were they just bad at it?
    They can only be "experts" on what doctors go through if they practiced.
    And, since this is about helping the individual, how will they help do anything but help big business?

    February 24, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. Papasan in AZ

    He forgot to add Dr. Strangelove to his illustrious list...

    February 24, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. Irma in North Carolina

    What did he use some of the republicans money that Steel wants to spend on him self to pay these republican doctors to come into the meeting. Boy hey must be about broke now.

    February 24, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. vernis Robertson

    These are all Republicans idiot , do you actually think that they will tell the truth about anything. John Boehner has been spending to much time in the Tanning Both . These is the GAMES that the Republican party play. A bunch of IDIOTS . I am wondering how much Boehner will be paying them for their time. OOP's i guess Micheal Steele spend all the money .

    February 24, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    How interesting that the doctors are ALL from the SOUTH?????????

    The same South that was against Civil Rights, Voting Rights, Women's Vote, School Segregation! Scary.

    February 24, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. Dave

    How is having a group of Republican doctors a truth squad? The other side will do the same and STILL the peoples work will never get done. Idiotic!!!!!

    February 24, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. George Maanu

    This is fascinating, I find it very hard to understand that if the Health Care system in the country was okay, Why did the ff. Doctors decide to be senators? Being a doctor is more of a public service than being a Senator in my opinion. No one party has the answers to everything so I will advice the GOP to come out of that meeting with a positive solution not another stumbling block.

    February 24, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. Vic of New York

    What's this "Spray-Tan" Boner wants to bring a panel of BOGUS Republican Stooge Doctors to be his "panel"?

    What happened to the non-partisan Congressional OMB?

    Hey Spray-Tan You just want to screw Americans and stuff your Corporate elite sponsors pockets with our hard earned money! Why don't you just say it. Hell, even your boy "Fat Ears" Limbaugh had the guts to admit he's a racist. What are YOU afraid of?

    February 24, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. Gary

    Sounds like Boehner is going into this with an open mind and is bringing Doctors to help with suggestions to make health care better, HA! More fair and balanced tricks from the right. Too bad Boehner and Cantor are taking up space in the house. They should step aside and let someone willing to work for the American People take their places. It's no wonder less and less people are willing to admitt, they are or were Republican.

    February 24, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  17. Bob

    I am sure everyone reading this noticed all the Dr.s are republicans. Boehner, has never dealt with a full deck when it comes to being truthful and dealing with the other party.. Don't ya just love his smiling face on TV when he marched up to the camera to put down any idea put forth by the Democrats. He is the author of NO what a great American.

    February 24, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. TheArk

    Boehner just won't give up. What is it he has against all Americans getting health care? Now he has lined-up a bunch of YES MEN Republican doctors to help him derail the process of getting a health care bill passed. I hope the American public is paying attention to what the Republicans in Washington are doing and when the time comes, vote them all out. The Republicans act as if there are no individuals in their districts that are suffering and dying because of the lack of health care. The Republicans are putting their party (and re-election) first and the American people last.

    February 24, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. America First

    Not sure I would believe these GOP hacks. Any doctor that does not advocate for the ability of sick people to be treated is not living up to their oath. Hearing them say even once that "government-run healthcare" is worse than no healthcare at all will discredit them in my eyes. Medicare is working just fine for many people - those who have it sure don't want to give it up. There is nothing wrong with the "government-run" health plan that the Senators and Congresspeople themselves have (and you NEVER hear them complain about it). The GOP will make ANY excuse to deprive the American people of healthcare reform for two reasons: 1) they do not want President Obama to look good ; and 2) they don't want their wealthy insurance company CEO friends to have to get off the gravy train (or stop contributing to their campaigns).

    February 24, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Hey Bonehead, just because they're doctors doesn't mean they're knowledgeable about insurance reform. Hell, I work for a doctor who didn't even know what the UCR for this region was until he was informed by his billing staff. Most doctors do not know the medical administrative cost and loopholes that insurance companies use to deny patients with pre-existing conditions. You actually have to be a medical "biller" to know how jacked up the system is. Since your famed Saviour Palin brought up the idea of death panels, she'll see exactly what that's like if reform doesn't get passed. Majority of Americans are already facing detah panels. They're called insurance companies. I bet you never heard this one before Bonehead: "we are unable to cover your services because your disability does not come from a congenital anomoly." Or "developmental delay is a non covered service after the age of three." American healthcare is fine. The health insurance companies are crooks and are profiting off the sick. So your 11 doctors can kick rocks because they don't know ish. To be frank, they're breaking their hypocratic oath by stalling on reform. Rule #1 of the hypocratic oath: Do No Harm. By doing nothing on health insurance reform is harmful to millions!!

    February 24, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  21. Allen from Illinois

    GOP Doctor/Fact checkers? LOL

    Might as well get your news from Faux News, the Weekly World, or the National Enquirer...or Rush Limbaugh's fact checklers! You won't get any truth here...

    February 24, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. Ed

    I hope the Republican doctors tell the truth and not resort to the
    "hypocritic" oath.

    February 24, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  23. hhh

    Why are all of his "fact checker" doctors Republicans? Is his doctors going to be saying what the Republicans want them to say. A doctor should be a doctor, not a politician! I would not believe anything these doctors had to say, and I am from Oklahoma, so I know I do not believe anything Senator/Dr. Tom Colburn has to say. In fact, we are already working at getting him replaced when his time is up.

    February 24, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. Florence

    There are two kinds of doctors: those who really care about people and those who really care about money. I think these doctors are the latter.

    February 24, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  25. Publico

    Just because you have an MD does not mean that you understand the complexities of health care finance and reimbursement. I would have a lot more confidence in the truth telling ability of this group if it was a bipartisan group of MD's and not just GOP members.

    February 24, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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