WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans say President Barack Obama is paying lip service to bipartisanship, while rejecting ideas that would bring the parties together in the health care overhaul effort.
In the GOP radio address, Sen. John Cornyn says Obama is ignoring the American people's wishes. The Texas lawmaker argues one of the House bills would inflate the long-term budget deficit, saying it works out to $2.4 trillion over 10 years. Obama puts the cost at $900 billion.
He says the GOP wants to make Medicare and Medicaid providers compete for business, expand private health insurance competition at the state level and overhaul medical liability.