June 17th, 2009
12:10 PM ET
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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. SnowBird

    Because our family chose to take less money to work for the government so we could get healthcare and retirement, now both parties want to tax our middle income family to pay for illegals to have healthcare. TERM LIMITS

    June 17, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  2. Eleanor

    Isn't it just too fascinating that a bunch of Congressmen...Senators and Representatives, mainly on the right, but some also on the left, that benefit HUGELY, every year, and apparently quite satisfactorily from a "government run health program"...which ALL Congressmen enjoy for FREE, should be the very FIRST to decry a similar program for the American citizens who are the very people that PAY for that perk? Did you ever stop to wonder? Guess who's paying them off to say "NO"...just guess!

    Don't the American people deserve as good healthcare as their representatives in Congress? Well...don't they?

    June 17, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  3. phoenix86

    Libs, dems and Obamabot will hate it. The republicans want control of health care to reside primarily with the individual. Libs, Dems and Obamabots want / need someone to think for them.

    June 17, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  4. kishen c.rao

    I don't care what GOP says or does. We need to fix this health care mess.....all these years are enough to put up this nonsense. IT IS THE TIME TO FIX THIS HEALTH CARE MESS. People are seriously suffering without health care. Legal robbers are lobbying. These are hospitals, AMA, insurance groupings...etc., all are lobbying for their greed. GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO STEP IN AND CONTROL. PUT STRICTURES ON THESE THINGS. IT IS A MUST ON GOVERNMENT PART TO CONTROL HEALTH CARE. IT IS THE TIME FOR SUCH THINGS. TO CUT THE COSTS, PUT AMERICAN PAs IN RURAL AREA GENERAL MEDICINE PRACTICE, GIVING AUTONOMY. These physician assistants are the best doctors, they put lot of time with patients give good treatment. This way we can have competition, and hire less number of foreign medical grads. All these foreign medical grads are from India are from donation medical schools and just buying diplomas. We need to remember this. it cuts immigration too....

    June 17, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  5. DL

    For starters, limiting malpractice insurance, this passed when I lived in Texas, and of course medical association was all for it, and sang praises of how much lower the costs of health insurance would be...then reality set it, and it still had astronomical increases. Given the track record of the last medicare addition the GOP was responsible for, I simply have no faith in them. (Notice there is nothing there about negotiating prices for prescriptions...typical GOP).

    June 17, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  6. Fair is Fair

    The problem with the GOP plan is that it won't be a "freebie". The libs want nothing less than another unfunded and unfundable entitlement program.

    June 17, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  7. Donkey Party

    Nothing new, just a veiled attempt to make sure insurance companies maintain the right to gouge citizens.

    June 17, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  8. ghost

    OK, overall, not bad. I'm still not convinced that this will lead to lowering the cost to the average Joe. Tax credits don't necessarily lower the overall cost. It doesn't provide for issues with existing conditions. It doesn't do anything about denial of coverage.

    June 17, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  9. John Pinter

    they give a summary but no details. Something like their budget of 18 pages given out by bonehead boner. The guys are jokes

    June 17, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. afmcalax

    Once again absolutely no real plan from the Repubs. They role out their decade old plan of tax credits. The last tax credit plan by the presidential candidate called for a $5,000 tax credit for a $15,000 expense. Where the tax payer would get the $10,000 difference was left for everyone to wonder. Maybe it would come from workers ever decreasing salaries. Or maybe it would come from their ever decreasing portfolios. What it would really due would get corporate America off the hook (except for paid plans for their executives) and would leave even more Americans with no or poor coverage. Once again, not a real plan but a sham.

    June 17, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  11. ttofast70@comcast.net

    There yoy go again with those darn tax credits.

    June 17, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  12. Health Care or Hidden Care

    The GOP plan is a major cop out. What they're basically saying is:

    DO NOTHING.

    As a person who is paying for her mother's hospital bills and watching her suffer, this tells me they're REALLY out of touch.

    I'd rather implement Obama's plan and find a way to reduce the trillion dollar deficit after it's in place. Heck! maybe his plan will pay for itself since it would have a much better infrastructure than before.

    June 17, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  13. Jerry

    So where's the effort to reduce overall costs? What about pre-existing conditions? It still leaves the decisions in the hands of people who's incentive is to make a profit (i.e. avoid paying claims). How about incenting providers on actual health improvements.

    June 17, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  14. giniajim

    These aren't bad ideas to throw in the mix. Doesn't sound like a plan so much as a brainstorming list of ideas. But good on the Repugs, of whom I'm usually very critical, for at least coming up with something positive and not just hollaring Obama=Bad.

    June 17, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  15. Nut Jobs

    I wish these clowns would go join the circus. The GOP is joke, only no one is laughing.

    June 17, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  16. Beth

    May be less costly, but sounds a lot more complicated with a lot of Beauracratic red tape. And will it take care of such unfair practices as not covering people with pre-existing conditions. Will it take care of insurance companies trying to take the place of doctors and telling them what the can prescribe and not prescribe? I doubt it. It sounds awful to me.

    June 17, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  17. Ana

    Anything proposed by Republicans to help the poor does not sound like a good plan to me!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do they even know what poor is?

    June 17, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  18. kyle from ohio

    BAsic same old plan , Increase incentives for people, especially those in lower income brackets or over 55, to build up Healthcare Savings Accounts. Not taking into account if people could do that save for health care they would have a healthcare provider already. And the fact that people come in and out of lower middle class based on income and circumstance that happens every day in normal people lives. Have you become such an elitist that you forgotten about the everyday person. I'm sure some of these every day people are in your Family as well.

    Why can't we have a plan like yours senator or congressperson. the American people deserve, what we pay for you, don't we?

    June 17, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  19. D. Tree

    The GOP healthcare bill is just another WATERED DOWN piece of junk with no purpose than to get them through the next election cycle.

    They don't really want to change ANYTHING.

    Well guess what GOP? Most of the country is ready, willing, and able to fight for substantive reforms.

    We can't afford to wait any longer on this issue, and half-measures are not enough!

    June 17, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  20. WonderfulWanda

    Stop appearing on TV Media Shows without examples, examples, examples of how to fix the healthcare issues.

    And if the GOP gave a dang about healthcare, then something should have been done 6 years ago.

    June 17, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  21. AndrewDoD

    "Let states, small businesses and others group together to offer lower-cost health care plans."

    Except it will not solve the problem that we are having right now in that Health Care is a for-profit business. Over time, you will see an inevitable shift to higher prices as greed and profit margins come into play.

    June 17, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  22. There are no words

    How can they criticize and then come up with a half baked plan with no cost to it. It also sounds very much like John McCain's plan which was rejected.... Didn't they do that before with their alternative budget? They need to stop this kneejerk reaction all the time. Enough already GOP

    June 17, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  23. Hopeful Optimist

    Band-aids. Nothin' but band-aids. This is not REFORM. These people are wandering in the wilderness.

    June 17, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  24. Melissa

    GOP = Got N0 Plan.

    Everything that they have proposed just amounts to the same exact thing they have proposed in the past. Protection for the rich, and tax cuts while allowing some small things that the Democrats suggested just to shut the Democrats up.

    The answer is no.

    June 17, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  25. john

    this is a good one what a joke!

    June 17, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
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