President Obama: Republicans Portraying Health Care as 'Bolshevik Plot'

Republicans Doubtful of Obama's Bipartisanship Push

Most Republicans in Congress doubt the president really wants to hear their ideas.

"There was nothing last night in the president's [State of the Union] speech to indicate that there was any willingness to sit down and work together," House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio said Thursday. "We're not going to ... vote for things that we believe will hurt our country."

House Republican Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va., said, "We heard the words. Frankly, we heard a little bit of lecture as well. Now we will see whether the action can kick in with those words."

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Obama and Democrats need to scrap the health care bill altogether and start over.

"Nobody on our side is going to find a way to help him pass this bill," Graham said.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who is working with Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York on a plan for tax credits for small businesses that hire new workers, doesn't see much hope for bipartisanship overall.

"I don't want to be too tough on President Obama. I like the man, and I like a lot of the people around him," Hatch said, laughing. "I know them all, and I like them. Do I agree with them? Hell no."

Longtime House Republican, Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., said he has written several letters to the White House with his ideas on homeland security but hasn't heard back.

"It's like writing a letter to somebody and nobody ever answers," Wolf said.

Wolf will get a response in the coming days, according to the White House.

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