March 4th, 2010
12:20 PM ET
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CNN Fact Check: GOP health care ideas

Is the White House's list of Republican ideas in the legislation passed by Congress correct?
Is the White House's list of Republican ideas in the legislation passed by Congress correct?

(CNN) - President Obama outlined four GOP ideas that he is willing to incorporate into his final version of a health care bill. In addition to those four proposals, which were brought up by Republicans during last week's health care summit, the White House touted the eight Republican ideas already incorporated in health care legislation passed by Congress as a way to show that the bill contains ideas from both sides. White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer posted GOP-backed proposals on the White House blog. The Fact Check Desk decided to check it out.

Fact Check: Is the White House's list of Republican ideas in the legislation passed by Congress correct? Have they truly been supported by Republicans?

– "Advancing medical liability reform through grants to states." Republican Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming introduced a bill in 2005 that included measures to do this. This bill, the Fair and Reliable Medical Justice Act, was also co-sponsored by Democratic Sen. Max Baucus of Montana.

– "Extending dependent coverage to age 26." In the House GOP Health Care Reform Bill, which is posted on GOP.gov, Republicans support allowing dependents to remain on their parents' insurance through the age of 25.

– "Allowing automatic enrollment in health insurance." The House GOP Health Care Reform Bill says "no state shall establish a law that prevents an employer from instituting auto-enrollment for coverage of a participant or beneficiary."

– "Including mechanisms to improve quality." Erin Shields, the press secretary for the Senate Finance Committee, told CNN that during the markup process of the Senate Finance bill, this issue was thoroughly discussed, and Republicans were among those in support of these mechanisms. The Patients' Choice Act, which was sponsored by GOP Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, "realigns incentives to encourage health care providers to provide better value at a lower cost," according to a statement on Ryan's Web site. The Patients' Choice Act had 12 co-sponsors, all Republicans.

– "SHOP exchange for small businesses to pool and purchase affordable insurance." Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, reintroduced the Small Business Health Options Program Act (also known as the "SHOP Act") last year with Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, and Blanche Lincoln, D-Arkansas. The bill was originally proposed by Durbin and was co-sponsored by 12 senators - eight Democrats, three Republicans and an independent.

– "Allowing the purchase of health coverage across state lines." In Sen. Enzi's "Ten Steps to Transform Health Care in America Act," the senator provides for "cross-state pooling." The House GOP Health Care Reform Bill also supports this proposal.

– "Offering a high-risk pool." During last Thursday's health care summit, GOP Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan stated that Republicans "support high-risk pools and reinsurance with $25 billion in funding." Obama said that "it's not that I think that the high-risk pool idea is a bad one." However, Obama cited his concern with the GOP bill, primarily that "there's not enough money that you guys put into it to be able to cover all the people with pre-existing conditions."

– "Supporting proven employer wellness programs." According to Shields, this is an issue strongly advocated by Sen. Ensign. It is also included in the House GOP Health Care Reform Bill.

Bottom Line:

The White House was correct in saying that all of these ideas have been supported by Republicans. However, they were not all solely Republican ideas, as some of the proposals have garnered bipartisan support.

–CNN's John Helton and Matt Smith contributed to this report.


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  1. Marty, FL

    This further confirms why I trust President Obama far more than any corporate politicians on both sides.

    Now that the truth has been revealed, will Republicans support their OWN ideas in the health bill, or will my former GOP continue to remind me why I left the party of no compromise.

    March 4, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. Start From Scratch Why???

    "The White House was correct in saying that all of these ideas have been supported by Republicans. However, they were not all solely Republican ideas, as some of the proposals have garnered bipartisan support."

    So what is all the fuss about Republicant's? Oh, I forgot. You guys want this to be the President's Waterloo. You people are pathetic. How about doing some work and stop trying to pass legislation to get reagan on the $50 bill.

    March 4, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |