Hoyer Wants to Meet With Cantor on Health Care Reform

Posted September 22, 2009 at 12:22pm

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday that he wants to sit down with Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.) to find out what portions of the Democratic health care proposal the two lawmakers agree with.Both have made comments that they agree with 80 percent of what Democrats want to do. “I want to find out what that 80 percent is,— Hoyer told reporters at his weekly press briefing. “Whatever it is, we need to find out what it is and see if we can reach agreement.—Hoyer said he has had a number of conversations about health care reform with Rep. Roy Blunt (Mo.), the head of GOP health task force and former minority whip, but has yet to receive a copy of the Republican alternative.Regardless, Hoyer said Democrats are “not talking about dropping the public option,— one of many items in the Democratic bill that has come under fire from Republicans.Hoyer also accused reporters of trying to find light between him and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and said they both support a public insurance option to bring down costs.