May 16th, 2009
01:04 PM ET
6 years ago

GOP pledges to work with Obama on key issue

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Rep. Charles Boustany Jr., R-Louisiana, said in the Republican weekly address that it is his party's desire to work with President Obama and congressional Democrats on reforming the country's health care system.

"Let me be clear, Republicans want to work with President Obama and other Democrats to ensure that every American has access to affordable, high-quality health coverage," he said. "Despite our differences, we are convinced there are areas of common-sense agreement on health care reform among Republicans and Democrats. This issue is just too important to let partisanship or blind ideology get in the way. Let’s all work together to do the right thing for the American people."

Boustany, a doctor and member of the House Republican Health Care Solutions Group, said the GOP is "convinced" that there are some areas offering potential for common ground on tackling rising health care costs.

Transcript:

“Hello, I’m Charles Boustany, a doctor and member of the House Republican Health Care Solutions Group. We all know that in this troubled economy, American families are increasingly worried about their health care. In my home of Louisiana, I hear constantly from families and small businesses about rising costs and fears of losing coverage and as a physician I saw this first hand. Let me be clear, Republicans want to work with President Obama and other Democrats to ensure that every American has access to affordable, high-quality health coverage.

“Despite our differences on some important health care-related issues, we are convinced there are areas offering potential for common ground on health care reform among the two parties.

“We believe we must make quality health care coverage affordable and accessible for every American, regardless of pre-existing health conditions. President Obama has called for a plan that ‘puts us on a clear path to cover all Americans,’ and said ‘no American should be denied coverage because of preexisting conditions.’ Republicans agree.

“We believe health care reform must let Americans who like their health care coverage keep it, and give all Americans the freedom to choose the health care plan that best meets their families’ needs. The President has said Americans ‘should have the option of keeping their employer-based health plan,’ and said reform ‘should provide Americans a choice of health plans and physicians.’ Republicans agree.

“We believe health care reform must improve Americans’ lives through effective prevention, wellness, and disease management programs, while developing new treatments and cures for life-threatening diseases, and respecting the value of human life. The President has said health care reform must address ‘cost drivers’ in our system such as ‘obesity, sedentary lifestyles, and smoking.’ Republicans agree.

“We believe it is possible – and necessary – to achieve these objectives through common-sense reforms without raising taxes, rationing care, eliminating employer-sponsored health benefits for working families, empowering government bureaucrats at the expense of patients and doctors, or adding even more to our ever-growing national debt.

“At the same time, Republicans are concerned about news reports indicating that some Democrats favor a policy called a ‘government’ or ‘public’ option. We need to be clear about what this means. From my former practice, I know allowing the government to replace the health coverage that more than 100 million Americans currently have through their jobs could have devastating consequences. A government takeover of health care will put bureaucrats in charge of health care decisions that should be made by families and doctors. It will limit treatment options and lead to rationed care. And to pay for government health care, your taxes will be raised. That is something we cannot support, and frankly, it would clearly violate some of the principles the President himself has endorsed.

“That having been said, I want to reiterate Republicans’ sincere desire to work with President Obama and Democrats to find common ground on the issue of health care reform. Despite our differences, we are convinced there are areas of common-sense agreement on health care reform among Republicans and Democrats. This issue is just too important to let partisanship or blind ideology get in the way. Let’s all work together to do the right thing for the American people.

“Thank you for listening.”


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soundoff (235 Responses)
  1. phoenix86

    I want the republicans to work hard to stop Obama from further indebting the US taxpayer, from further nationalizations of American businesses, and from further retreats from foreign adversaries.

    That's what republicans need to do. Let Obama fail on his own and do not be tied to him in any way.

    May 16, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. dennis

    Yea gop go ahead and become one of these foreigners...

    May 16, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. AJP

    All I can say is I hope for the best, but I would never turn my back on a Republican.

    They will kick you in the face when you are down.

    May 16, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. claudia

    Obama's a pretty smart guy, I think he'll know how to handle this.

    May 16, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. Moses

    Same old Same old

    When will the overpowered democrats finally try something NEW? Are we really willing to turn healthcare over to these people and expect anything other than ten times failed Euro-lefty govornment supremacy?

    We all feel bad when GM and Chrysler people loose their jobs because of King Barry's Loan Sharking, but it really doesnt touch everyones life in a tactile way.
    If you give healthcare to the govornment PEOPLE WILL DIE.
    God help us.

    May 16, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  6. Tom

    More confusion in the GOP – or outright lying, could be either.

    May 16, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. Bill

    Another united Republican "NO" vote for whatever the Dems vote on.

    Mr. President please go it alone with the Dems in Congress on health care. Whatever you offer the Republicans for votes they will walk away and vote not anyway.

    May 16, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. malclave

    Considering Obama's continuing refusla to have anything to do with bipartisanship, I don't see much coming from this.

    Obama has already proven to be the worst President in at least 50 years, and he's only getting worse. He needs to stop campaigning, and realize that he has responsibilities to all Americans, not just to Code Pink and MoveOn.org.

    May 16, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. jude

    prez; better feed them republicans w/ a long handle spoon when he works with you republicans and not fall for the okey doke. as you tackle health care reform. to whom the same republicans and them same health care providers in their quest for profit and greed ran health care and social security in the ground. mind you social sec. was solvent until the gov't went to raiding and robbing the fund in the 70's. now after giving banks ,wall street, and other people who caused this train wreck bailouts. comes the hard task that you got to explain to retireee's that cuts are possible on there soc sec. look into medicare part d, which is nothing more than a WINDFALL and profit for the drug companies. you have to pay a premeium then pay a deductible people are getting hosed. also people have lost 401 k's and pension to the crooks and schemers. threat light threat light.

    May 16, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. NotNowMooky

    Finally, the GOP is becoming relevant again. The Party of "Perhaps".

    May 16, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. Noneya

    Generally, I side with the 'liberals' on these blogs – but many of you people are really just annoying. You jump all over conservatives who question everything Obama does, and then turn around and make derogatory comments about Republicans who make statements that they are willing to work with Democrats. At least let them prove they are lying before accusing them of doing so. You know, maybe Republicans and Democrats have more in common than they realize. Sheesh!

    May 16, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. Emma, San Jose

    Paula, have you considered that you are extremely paranoid and refuse to accept the truth based on fact. Is there a better way you can make a case against Obama without it being a lie?

    May 16, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. Charlie in Maine

    It seems as though a quote from that great southern gentlemna Forrest Gump is in order "Cooperation is as cooperation does." I hope they mean it.

    May 16, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. The Real American

    Paula... GET OVER IT. If you are that bitter still you need to just leave this great nation of mine and go back to wherever it is you come

    May 16, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  15. BC in NC

    Mr. Boustany, I am proud of you for reaching across the aisle and working wirh President Obama. Mabye, just mabye this will be a start for some others in the GOP to begin doing the same. Shame on them if they don't.

    May 16, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. BJs

    Yeah. Right. Republicans sure know how to tell a whopper...

    May 16, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. The Real American

    Paula? GROW UP PLEASE OR LEAVE OUR COUNTRY

    May 16, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  18. Cali Mike

    The GOP has no choice but to "cooperate"

    They have no vision for America that doesn't look like 1950, they have no Senate power, they have no House of Representative power, they are losing governorships, and have a 18% affiliation among U.S. voters.

    Rebuttal: They have the Supreme Court on lockdown (so far!)

    May 16, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. SR

    Yup. And Lucy pledges to hold the football steady for Charlie Brown's kickoff.

    May 16, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. J Kerry

    Who cares. We won the election, we run the country now, who needs any Republicans involved in anything. This is our country now.

    Paula: Join us or get out of the way!

    May 16, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  21. Proud American

    Paula May 16th, 2009 11:19 am ET

    Obama is paying lawyers to hide his birth certificate. We know that fact because his lawyers answers to suits all over the country are public record. There’s nothing crazier than a President hiding his birth certificate. People need to know that fact.".
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    Paula, you should take your Medicine, and head back downstair to the basement. Your a complete Idiot.

    May 16, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. Joanna

    I won't hold my breath!

    May 16, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. Ted Tartaglia

    This is a welcome change in the attitude of the Party of No, if true. Actions speak louder than words so I guess time will tell if the walk matches the talk.

    May 16, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. Robert

    Thank you GOP.

    You can Help us, as long as you don't Screw Up like in the Past 8 Years.

    May 16, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  25. Dave

    Obviously Joe Chang practices acupuncture.

    May 16, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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