Days Later, Griffin Still Waiting for Obama to Accept Meeting on Real Health Care Reform Ideas

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after not yet receiving a response to his December 10, 2013, letter to President Obama requesting a meeting to discuss real health care reform alternatives to Obamacare:

“In the wake of Obamacare’s numerous failures, President Obama said that if Republicans had better health care reform ideas, they should say so.  That’s why 33 of my colleagues and I sent him a letter that included a list of nine proposals that would help build an open and innovative health care system, expand access, increase choice, and lower costs.  So far, our request for a meeting to discuss these ideas has been met with silence.  I hope President Obama meant what he said and will meet with us.  It’s not too late for a fresh start, so we can get real health care reform right.”

On December 3, 2013, President Obama said to opponents of Obamacare, “If you’ve got good ideas, bring them to me….[If] you still think this law is a bad idea then you’ve got to tell us specifically what you’d do differently to cut costs, cover more people, make insurance more secure.”

On December 26, 2013, The Associated Press reported that, based on state figures, the number of Americans who had their health insurance plan canceled because of Obamacare totaled “at least 4.7 million.”  This figure does not include people living in the nearly 20 states that “say they do not have the information or are not tracking it.”