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. beevee

    My only question to the GOP is that if you have such a great health care plan and welfare of the people in mind what were you doing for the past eight years. I have not heald much about health care reforms during that time.

    June 17, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. joe nunya

    Super. Perhaps this will be like the alternate budget proposal...the one with no numbers. The health plan, that NOW they try to come up with. 8 years wasnt enough before, 8 more years of derailing any attempts in the clinton administration....
    Now they want to help? How bout this..SHUT YOUR MOUTHS

    June 17, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  3. teacher

    Are there really any intelligent people in this world that would waste their time watching Fox News all day. What a bunch of idiots on that network. They are the Biggest Loser. Who could really believe someone as ignorant as Bill O'Reilly. He doesn't even give his guests a chance to answer his questions. Why doesn't he go into a padded room and ask himself the questions. Then we don't have to listen to his ill-mannered diatribes.

    June 17, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. A-Wax

    The republican answer for everything = tax cuts

    June 17, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  5. JBW

    Interesting how the Republicans ignore health care until the Democrats actually try to do something. Now suddenly–they have a plan!

    June 17, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  6. Kim

    This is the same nonsense John McCain proposed while campaigning & voters didn't buy it then & won't buy it now. We need help now, not later! Waiting for a tax credit next time we file our income tax is not an option!

    June 17, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  7. john u

    The GOP is so out of the loop...they keep insisting that "doctors and patients" make the medical decisons....when the reality is that the insurance companies make the decisons and ration healthcare already. These elites have a 'golden' health care plan most of us have no access to.

    June 17, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. E

    Let me guess they want to cut taxes for the rich, and put all the costs onto the poor so that it cannot possibly succeed in helping anyone, then they will blame the Democrats for the failure.

    June 17, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  9. virginia for obama

    I bet the numbers will be missing again!!!!!

    June 17, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  10. Anthony

    As someone with a pre-existing condtion (caused by genetics and not lifestyle), I can't afford to seek medical insurance in the private sector. Either the costs are too high, it won't cover the condition I need it for, or both.
    Thus, the GOP's plan does nothing for me and I can't support it any more than I could support McCain's health care plans during the election.
    But it does who once again that there is no problem that the GOP can't "solve" with a tax cut or tax credit.

    June 17, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  11. Mick

    "Republicans have not yet determined key details, including the amount of those tax credits or who precisely could be eligible."

    No kidding. The Pubbies didn't include details but they know it will be less expensive. This reminds one of the GnOP's 13 page Federal Budget.

    We do have two favorite GOP ideas, tax cuts/credits for the wealthy and the transfer of government funds to private industry through "Medicaid transfer". That sounds suspiciously like "school vouchers" the method through which the GOP is trying to destroy public education or the failed GOP attempt to put Social Security dollars into the stock market.

    If the GOP finds a way to siphon off government dollars to hand to their major campaign contributors, they're always going to vocally support that program.

    June 17, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  12. UNHAPPY LA. Dem

    This makes a lot more sense than taxing my health care, just to give it away to people who won't work. I pay for my own healthcare and I don't see it as a right for everyone to be provided for.

    June 17, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. Hopeful Optimist

    This is the party of status quo, nothing more, nothing less. Why don't they admit they don't want any change. Afterall, isn't that pretty much the definition of conservative - conserve what is, resist change, even if for the better? I know people like this, even have family members like this, people who live in constant fear of anything different. Makes one wonder how they must dread going out into the world each day, not knowing if they'll return safely to their little cocoons. How sad.

    Thats not living. Thats just existing. What a waste of life.

    June 17, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. Lisa P

    Count on the Republicans to prop up an inefficient and wasteful system that fails more and more Americans every day. Oh, but what's that? Major GOP donors and supporters are getting rich off of all that pointless paperwork, arbitrary benefit modificatins and misery? Say no more! Bad, bad health consumers! It's all your fault! Claim denied!

    June 17, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. Anonymous

    Thus, Camp and Republicans are waiting to see the relative expense of different proposals before committing to specifics.

    Why break with the present tradition set by the Dems, don't read it, just vote yes.

    June 17, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  16. pee wee

    Thus, Camp and Republicans are waiting to see the relative expense of different proposals before committing to specifics.

    Why break with the present tradition set by the Dems, don't read it, just vote yes.

    June 17, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. Mike

    It is the same old tired plan of the private sector providing coverage at a cost to all Americans. Yhe private insurance sector is the reason we find ourself in this mess. A public option isthe only way that will help correct this nightmare.

    June 17, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  18. David

    I congratulate the GOP for actually contributing something rather than simply saying no. I have not seen this specific proposal but anything they have written so far boils down to these tax credits and deregulating the insurance industry (and calling it choice). The tax credits haven't even come close to paying for health insurance and deregulating the insurance industry is a recipe for disaster just as it was for the financial industry.
    It's rather odd that they say they haven't determined the cost but also say it will be much cheaper. It's also odd they haven't figured out how they will pay for it. It's a lot like having a budget with no income or expense numbers. Doh!

    June 17, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. David

    This is REAl bipartisanship. This is a REAL idea that achieves the goal but saves 600BILLION of our childrens dollars!!!

    June 17, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  20. Chuck, Tennessee

    To all who have been saying the Repubs were only giving tax breaks to the rich, check out this proposal. It gives REFUNDABLE tax credits to lower income Americans. That means you use the credit to wipe out your income tax liability and THEN GET A CHECK FOR THE UNUSED CREDIT to help pay for insurance. I still don't know how we can pay for ANY new program, but this is a start.

    June 17, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. Mike

    Lap dog ABC does not want anyone offering an alternative health care plan to the American people, hence obama will be hendered with facts about the costs of his plan. Just another tax and spend from obama and the demorats. Its like he claims to have grown/saved jobs of about 160,000 but there have been 2.5 million jobs lost and unemployment has grown to 9.4 percent when he said that it would not reach 8.0 percent if his stimulus package was passed. Well that was like passing gas.

    June 17, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  22. Ronald Clowney

    Finally, after all these years, the republicans have written a plan for health care reform.

    June 17, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  23. John

    Everyone in the USA knows we can not ever trust the GOP ever again.

    June 17, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  24. Curtis Hodgson

    Health Care is a LUXURY . . . it cost 500.00 a month for me and my wife; Major Medical with a $10,000 deductible. No Vision, Perscription, C0-Pay, No Perk's at all.

    We are independently employed, own our own business of 24 years and our income is down 60% due to the economic situation.
    WE STILL PAY PREMIUMS BECAUSE WE MAY NEED INSURANCE COVERAGE SOME DAY – No Help From the Government except the annual tax credit April 15th.

    If ALL PEOPLE in this country (WORKED) paid income taxes (POOR or NOT) . . . and the taxes were allocated properly . . . there could be a tax credit April 15th for the Poor too! Fact is, anybody can be Poor!

    In America – all It takes is ambition, desire and a good work ethic to elevate from poverty – any one can do it!

    Gime – Gime – Gime; . . . if you don't or have not worked, paid taxes – you don't get Social Security, Medicaid or Health Care – DREAM –

    You're not entilted to it!


    June 17, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. todd

    "Tax credits to lower income Americans," eh? I think I remember GOP opposition to tax cuts for Americans who don't make much money on the grounds that they don't actually pay taxes, so any tax credit would be an outright payment from the government.

    It sounds like the Republican party doesn't want people to be able to afford health care. This pooling idea would have been great if it had come during a healthy economy. And the automatic insurance idea sounds great. However, both these ideas depend on people being employed and businesses, large or small, being able to afford insurance (even pooled) in a terrible economy.

    June 17, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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