Critical Condition

Bipartisan Myths

Jake Tapper:

The White House continued to roll out endorsements from former Republican officials for health care reform Saturday, releasing statements from former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., and surgeon generals from the administrations of Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W Bush, with the Democratic National Committee introducing a new TV ad to run nationally making the same basic argument.

The goal is to paint current Republican officials as hyper-partisan obstructionists by contrasting them with former GOP officials and other Republicans from outside Washington, D.C. who have broadly endorsed health care reform efforts.

Complicating the argument is the fact that some of the GOPers in question have expressed serious differences with key particulars of the health care reform proposals Democrats in Congress have unveiled.

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