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House GOP Women Plan Assault on Democratic Health Bill

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) is lining up a series of women-centered events every day this week aimed at bashing the House Democrats’ health care plan, which could be voted on as soon as Friday.McMorris Rodgers, who is vice chairwoman of the Republican Conference, is corralling all 17 House GOP women to take part in events this week. They include special-order speeches on Tuesday night, the launch of a health care video on Wednesday, a telephone town hall with female physicians and small-business owners on Wednesday, a forum with bloggers on Thursday, and a press event on Friday.A GOP leadership aide said the female Members will also speak out against the Democratic health care bill during one-minute speeches throughout the week. Many of the lawmakers will also appear at a Tuesday morning press stakeout following the GOP’s weekly Conference meeting.McMorris Rodgers teamed up with Republican leaders to make the health care video, which will be launched Wednesday, that features all House Republican women discussing their views on the Democratic health care plan.“Women Members have really united together against the current bill,— said Kim Betz, a spokeswoman for McMorris Rodgers. Asked how they are united, Betz said they share the belief that “a government takeover of health care is not the solution. Recently, polls have shown most women are satisfied with their health care coverage and believe the market will do a better job than the government.—

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