June 17th, 2009
12:10 PM ET
9 years ago

House GOP outlines health care bill

Rep. Eric Cantor says Republicans are drafting a plan to ensure all Americans have access to affordable coverage.

Rep. Eric Cantor says Republicans are drafting a plan to ensure all Americans have access to affordable coverage.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Republicans on Wednesday presented what they called a "sorely needed" alternative to Democrats' proposals to overhaul health care.

Republicans want to make sure all Americans have access to affordable coverage, Rep. Eric Cantor, the House minority whip, said Wednesday.

"We do so by making sure we keep down costs and incorporate the ability for folks to pool together to access lower costs, to bring private sector into the game and keep government out," Cantor said.

Neither Democrats nor Republicans have detailed how they would pay for their proposals. Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, said his party's plan will cost "far less" than that of the Democrats and "provide better results for the American people."

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    And the cost is????

    June 17, 2009 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  2. Dave

    An idea! An idea! Let's put up a statue! The GOP submitted an idea!

    June 17, 2009 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  3. Ryan Wing

    I'm so glad both parties are talking about how to make health care better as opposed to why we shouldn't do anything!

    June 17, 2009 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  4. Mick

    It'll be less costly because it won't cover everyone. If they plan to give tax credits to "taxpayers," what happens to the people who are below poverty level, are unemployed, or pay no taxes for other reason? Sounds like a plan to do nothing for the folks who really need help. Dave Camp is my Congressman, and he voted against Bush about 1% of the time...he will never support any bill that covers everyone if that means someone gets covered at government expense.

    June 17, 2009 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  5. katiec

    Well, whatever plan they offer you can be sure it will be in favor of big business and rape middle class America.
    Once again, much ado about nothing, with no details or figures.

    June 17, 2009 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  6. GI Joe

    Hmmmm – a few words in this one cause me major concerns. Seems to favor the top earners in the country - I'll wait and see, thanks.

    June 17, 2009 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  7. dEE-dEE

    Hoooo Boy!!!
    Here we go again the republican Health care will be the same as their budget, Same old ,same Old, low taxes for the rich, no new ideas and no numbers to backup their plan.
    The republicans had 8 years to implament they own health care plan but bush give us a madication plan that hasn,t work from day one. Where were the republicans with their BRILIANT IDEAS then.

    June 17, 2009 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  8. really?

    Let me guess. Tax cuts again. Guys – tax cuts don't help if you are unemployed. Just for once – for once Republicans – come up with something different.

    June 17, 2009 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  9. Right Leaning Independent

    How about making both sides of the aisle present how they plan to pay for a bill before presenting them. I mean how do you discuss a bill if you have no clue how it will be funded? This seems to be the way of Washington anymore...

    June 17, 2009 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  10. Larry

    Just another EMPTY Republican plan ...

    A lot of meaningless words with NO real action ...

    The Party Of NO ... at it's best

    June 17, 2009 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  11. changing my screen name to see if it helps getting my comments posted

    Back on the refundable tax credits again, huh? First, McCain's plan of $2500 doesn't come anywhere near what private, individual coverage would cost. It would need to be raised big time, or at the very least make it illegal to refuse someone with preexisting conditions. That would cut down administrative costs of insurers substantially because they won't be spending all this money to find out who is going to be a profitable 'client'.

    Second, a refundable tax credit won't mean squat for the low income people that cannot get together the money up front to buy the insurance. How is a person living pay check to pay check going to benefit from a tax credit for purchasing insurance?

    June 17, 2009 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  12. Pluto

    . . . more condescending crap from the Party of Limbaugh . . . yawn . . . not worth reading.

    June 17, 2009 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  13. SLM

    Democrats won't like it!! Democrats want free coverage for many that will be paid for by the taxpayers. They think the middle class on up should pay for everyone else. Middle class America will soon become the poverty level. Yup, Change you can believe in!!

    June 17, 2009 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  14. Neel

    The point is for EVERYONE to have healthcare

    June 17, 2009 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  15. Dawn in Pa

    This has been a controversy for several decades and still no one could fix what is broken... Healthcare in this Country is one of the best, but for millions of legal Americans who cannot afford the cost of good health insurance. Medicaid is part of welfare, Medicare is part of Social Security. Many doctors do not take it, sad but true... the why is because they do not pay the doctors what they want. Health clinics? it is not that good, many Doctors get frustrated and get grumpy.

    Democrats and Republicans get together and both parties need to put their differences aside, stop acting like children and think of some one who has a serious problem and cannot get real care, not heading to the ER and get one time help, and they usually tells you to go to your Family Doctor, how can that happen if you do not have one... One who can care for someone who could have a life threatening illness. Great... The United States is suppose to be the riches Country in the world, but the poorest who cannot help it;s citizen...

    June 17, 2009 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  16. Nicole Schaeffer

    I've worked in the Health Insurance Industry for 17 years. Mr. Camps proposal for refundable tax credits for lower-income Americans to "subsidize" health care expenses is a ridiculous idea. Physician and Pharmaceutical cost is astronomical, where is the discussion on reeling this in? Perhaps too many of our political leaders pockets are lined with dollars from the AMA and Pfizer's PAC? Example of an outrageous cost, open heart surgery with a single bypass runs an average of 500K. With "lower-income" Americans struggling to buy a gallon of milk that's $3.00+, how would Mr. Camps suggest we cover 500K and will the tax credit cover that?! What planet is Mr. Camps living on, obviously not the same as us "lower-income" Americans. Although for him I'm sure it's comforting to not to have to worry about Healthcare since our politicians have there own system.

    June 17, 2009 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  17. Party Crasher

    Two pages? Is that it? It seems that the GOP is still struggling with ideas. Just like their budget, 19 pages of talking points without dollar figues. What a joke.

    June 17, 2009 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  18. Lynn

    The bullet point missed " ..and all Republican lawmakers will immediately opt out of the government subsidized health care plan" and create their own pool.

    All the points under "the Republican bill also.." are all taken directly from President Obama's plan.

    If they haven't cost it out, how do they know it will be less expensive? Everyone knows it will be by taxing health benefits.

    June 17, 2009 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  19. Steph

    So far I've seen little details about any plan. This leaves me with more questions than answers. How would anything they propose lower health care costs? I bet the insurance companies love this plan!

    June 17, 2009 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  20. Ernesto

    Ideas? Wow! Even if they're not good ideas or have addressed what the GOP is accusing Obama of ignoring - How To Pay for the Plan - they are ideas. Now if the Republicans can show a benefit to their ideas over the Democrats, they might have something. I'm sure I'll hear about this on Faux News.

    June 17, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  21. Jeff - Austin, TX

    The proposed health care reform proposed by the Republicans is just another way that the Party of No is proposing to deny health benefits to those who can least afford to pay for health coverage and are those most in need of such coverage. The Republicans are telling the working poor that purchasing health insurance will be extremely difficult if not impossible.

    What happens to those who do not have the money to pay their premium when it is due? How can these tax credits be used to pay the insurance premium? Can they contact their insurance company and tell them that they cannot pay their premium until their tax credit comes through and then might have the money to pay that premium? What if the need for paying for other necessities, such as food and clothing, is a more pressing priority? Will these folks lose their coverage?

    I want answers to these questions and I want them now.

    June 17, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  22. annie s

    Surprise! A Republican plan that does absolutely nothing to offer real reform, but that does make sure the private insurers will continue to grow their profits. Make HSA's more accessible, i.e. continue high deductibles that people can not afford. Take Medicaid benefits and make them portable, i.e. offer poor people a chance to pay more money so the private insurers make bigger profits. Offer state insurance pools; if that works like property insurance state insurance pools, premiums will just continue to go up. And then of course, there is the good old tax credit idea. Real reform can not happen unless we give the private insurers a run for their money with a public insurance option.

    June 17, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  23. Barbara Campbell

    No surprises here. The Republicans' plan transfers taxpayer dollars into the pockets of the insurance and pharmaceutical industries. Have we seen this show before? Did it work? Yes, for the neocons and their corporate cronies.

    June 17, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  24. vegage

    Republicans are doing what they do best, benefiting big business and forget about people needs. We need to change the status quo, which is what causing the cost of health care to rocketing. It is time to present legislation that has in mind the majority of the American people, which is what Democrats are doing so well.

    June 17, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  25. Seattle Sue

    I personally would not buy anything from a Republican. Sorry but after the past eight years of Bush and Republicans, I just feel that they can't be trusted.

    June 17, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
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