Rep. John Kline, who recently became the ranking Republican on the House Committee on Education and Labor, issued a searing statement to Democrats this morning, criticising them for rushing a 1,000 page health care reform bill through the committee without proper deliberation.
The bill, which Kline called a “government takeover of our nationâ€™s health care system” in a statement, was approved by the committee this morning.
â€œDemocratsâ€™ stubborn insistence on voting when the ink had scarcely dried on the page belies a frantic rush to ratify unsound policy before its inadequacies â€“ and consequences â€“ could be fully realized,” Kline wrote.
He finished the statement by saying, “The American people deserve better than the Democratsâ€™ frenzied, partisan antics.”
The reaction shows a much more outspoken side of Kline, reflecting his new position as the ranking minority member on a key House committee.
The House version of the bill includes provisions for a “public option,” in which the government offers its own health insurance. At least one other Minnesota representative, Rep. Keith Ellison, is a major supporter of that provision. (See his Youtube video where he interviews fellow House members about why their should be a public option.)
The Obama administration has been pushing for the bill to get passed and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has predicted it will reach a floor vote by the August recess – though she backed down slightly from that timetable on Friday.