WASHINGTON, (NBC) - President Obama vowed Tuesday to "get the job done" on health care reform, but the President and House Democrats got slammed by a health care heavyweight: The Mayo Clinic.
It says, as currently envisioned, the House health care plan would lower the quality of care and raise costs.
Republican John McCain took advantage, posting the Mayo Clinic's critique on Twitter.
"In the current version of the house bill we stand by that statement; it's still true," Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. Denis A. Cortese said Tuesday afternoon. "Even though they're moving in the right direction, we don't think they've gone far enough."
The legendary hospital's expertise has been touted by the president himself. "Mayo provides care much more cheaply than a lot of other health systems, even though it's better care," Mr. Obama said on July 1st.
Now, Republicans are claiming the clinic as a new ally as they slam the Democrat's plan.
Senate Democrats are working on ways to pay for wider coverage.
The President told Meredith Viera on NBC's Today that hiking taxes on the wealthy remains an option. "A package which will probably include some additional revenue from well to do people like you and me," he said to Viera.
President Obama wants any bill to include a panel to oversee health spending, an idea that Dr. Cortese likes and has endorsed.