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House GOP Leader Blasts Obama's Economic and Health Policies

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House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) attacked President Obama's economic recovery platform in a Washington Post op-ed today. The congressman argues that Obama's plan is resulting in continued unemployment, higher taxes and debt.

"American families and small businesses face daunting economic challenges," Boehner writes. "They have watched with anxiety this year as the government has focused on implementing a takeover of health care, a 'cap-and-trade' national energy tax, 'card check' legislation for union membership and more tax increases."

Boehner's message is a continuation of the consistent opposition Mr. Obama has faced from Republicans, even after the president hosted a bipartisan meeting on job creation.

The president's meeting with Republicans fell into a conversation about politics, after President Obama accused Republicans of trying to "scare the heck out of people."

In his op-ed, Boehner added that Mr. Obama "said that Republicans are primarily interested in unemployment because of the 2010 midterm elections, and that we seem to be almost rooting against recovery. I told the president very directly that everyone -- Republicans and Democrats -- wants to get people back to work."

While Boehner writes that his party seeks to convey their concerns and propose alternative solutions, a memo written by Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele, obtained by CBS News, says otherwise.

"The Democrats have accused us of trying to delay, stall, slow down and stop this bill. They are right," Steele wrote. "We do want to delay, stall, slow down and ultimately stop them from experimenting on our nation's health care. And guess what, so do a majority of Americans."

In October, Boehner's alternative health proposal included allowing the purchase of health insurance across state lines, allowing people to pool together to buy insurance for lower prices and reducing malpractice lawsuits.

Slamming Obama's proposal to "raise taxes on small businesses" in the midst of double-digit unemployment, Boehner argues that the best way to promote job growth is to allow small businesses and individuals "keep more of what they earn."

"I used to run a small business. I know what it takes to meet a payroll and a bottom line," Boehner writes. "Employers will continue to hold off on hiring as long as Washington pursues these job-killing policies and piles more debt on our children and grandchildren."

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