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A Doctor in the House? Boustany to Deliver GOP Response to Obama

11:41 AM, Sep 8, 2009 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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I question the GOP's wish to put a tonsil-stealing, foot-pilfering profiteer on TV to make their case. Nonetheless, the Republican Party has chosen Rep. Charles Boustany, a Louisiana surgeon, to deliver the response Wednesday:

Boustany, R-La., is a cardiovascular surgeon who was first elected in 2004. He represents southwest Louisiana.

He is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, and is a graduate of Louisiana State University Medical School...

When President Clinton addressed both chambers of Congress to push his health care reform plan in 1993, the Republicans drafted then-House Minority Leader Bob Michel, R-Ill., and Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kansas, to respond.

He's one-up on Obama in one respect, at least. Boustany said he's read and studied the bill:

To his credit, Congressman Boustany did say he read and studied the entire healthcare proposal. No small feat, as the bill is over a thousand pages long.

Maybe Obama will delegate his explaining the bill "line-by-line" to Boustany.