Texas Senator John Cornyn, chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, is laying out a plan for Republicans to run against health care and, pledging to repeal anything that passes.
On the merits of the bill, the GOP will tell voters in ads and campaign mailers the health care plan’s benefits kick in far down the line, while tax increases on the wealthy begin right away, Cornyn said. He detailed an NRSC tally sheet listing all the Democrats who have said health care reform would lower costs.
“Every [GOP] candidate who is running a campaign in November 2010, that will be one of the first questions and the first ads that will want to ask, ‘Are your health care costs lower now by virtue of passing this health care bill?’ I think the answer to that will be no, they are not,” he said.
And the GOP plans to attack Obama for not addressing the jobs issue.
Cornyn said the GOP will accuse Obama of never getting to the jobs issue that he promised to focus on during his State of the Union address. They’ll say the deal was crafted with none of the transparency Obama pledged to fight for and that “sweetheart deals have rendered it toxic.”
Cornyn plans to bring up points of order on every element of the reconciliation package, in order “that there is no guarantee at all the bill would be fixed in a way that would accommodate their concern.”