As a "jumping-off point" for bipartisan health care reform discussions on Thursday, White House officials posted the Senate Democrats' health care reform legislation and some proposed fixes on Monday morning, an act that was depicted by Republicans as Exhibit A in their case against President Obama's sincerity.
On Tuesday morning the White House will challenge the Republicans to post one specific bill — even going so far as to offer to post the GOP plan on the White House website. Republican lawmakers have offered a number of proposals in the House and Senate, but haven't yet identified one plan as the consensus plan representing the GOP.
A senior White House official tells ABC News that the plan is to bring Republicans within the "circle of accountability" so they have to take ownership of actual plans and not just opposition to what the Democrats are proposing.
In a blog that posted at 5 am EST Tuesday, White House communications direcor Dan Pfeiffer heralds how the president's "proposal is posted right here at WhiteHouse.gov for everyone to examine. You can read through the plan’s bipartisan ideas section by section, or you can select your health care status and find out what the proposal would mean for you. You can even submit a question for our policy staff to answer."
But, Pfeiffer says, "What you can’t do just yet is read about the Republicans’ consensus plan – because so far they haven’t announced what proposal they’ll be bringing to the table. …after a year of historic national dialogue about reform, it’s time for both sides to be clear about what their plan is to lower costs, hold insurance companies accountable, make health insurance affordable for those without it, and reduce the deficit."
He notes that previously the White House had been told "this was the House Republican bill. Is it still? We look forward to hearing whether this the proposal they'll bring. The Senate Republicans have yet to post any kind of plan, so we continue to await word from them."
Pfeiffer offers that "we’ll be happy to post the Republican plan on our website once they indicate to us which one we should post. We hope they won’t pass up this opportunity to make their case to the American people."
*This post has been updated.