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McKeon named to House Republicans' health care task force

Posted: February 5, 2009 5:50 p.m.
Updated: February 5, 2009 2:52 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) will serve on a select health care task force, created by House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio) and led by Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt.

The group assembles some of the leading House legislators in an effort to outline needed health care reforms that Republicans will champion in the upcoming session of Congress. The task force will offer solutions to increase Americans' access to quality, affordable health care and highlight the consequences a government-run health care system would have for American families. Their first meeting was Wednesday.

"Republicans are committed to making health care more affordable, more accessible and offer more options to American families," Blunt said. "Unfortunately, the only options we've seen so far this Congress would push us to a one-size-fits all government-run system. Republicans will develop real solutions through this working group to improve our health care system by putting patients before paperwork and frivolous lawsuits. This is a talented group of members and I am looking forward to working with Buck on this important issue."

McKeon said, "I am honored to be tapped by Mr. Blunt for the health care working group. Health care reform is a tremendous challenge, and we must ensure Republicans have a seat at the table to protect and strengthen employer-provided healthcare systems."

"Health care costs are too high, access is too limited, and American families and small businesses are looking to their leaders in Washington for free-market solutions, not a government-dominated health care bureaucracy," Boehner said when announcing the group's creation. "House Republicans will not be content to be ‘the party of no.' Instead, we will be the party of better solutions, and few issues demand more positive solutions than our nation's health care crisis."

In addition to McKeon, the following members are on the House GOP Health Care Task Force:

• Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Chairman
• Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas)
• Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.)
• Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.)
• Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Fla.)
• Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas)
• Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.)
• Rep. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.)
• Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.)
• Rep. Wally Herger (R-Calif.)
• Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.)
• Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.)
• Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.)
• Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)
• Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.)


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