July 22nd, 2009
06:09 PM ET
5 years ago

GOP leaders offer a health care prebuttal to Obama

(CNN) - Republican leaders Mitch McConnell and John Boehner took aim at the Democrats' health care proposal Wednesday, hours before the president is set to address the matter at a prime time news conference.

Boehner, the house minority leader, laid out his view of several "myths" he expected to hear from Obama: "First he'll say, 'If you like your plan you can keep it,' but clearly under the [plan], the congressional budget office estimates 23 million Americans will be forced out of their private health insurance into a government run plan."

McConnell, the senate minority leader, disputed suggestions Repuplicans are agaisnt reforming the country's health care system.

"I can't find a single member who is not for trying to improve America's healthcare system," the Kentucky Republican said.

Both leaders also expressed concern with what they see as the president's rush to get a bill passed rather than addressing their concerns, and said they were willing to work with the White House on a bill on a slower timetable.


Filed under: John Boehner • Mitch McConnell • President Obama
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. carlos

    backwoods regresives...........

    July 22, 2009 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  2. Dan, TX

    Boehner is an idiot. You can keep your plan. Unless your company drops its health care plan because it wants to save money. But if we don't fix health care, maybe they'll just fire you instead. Thanks Boehner for cutting business off at the knees and forcing more layoffs.

    July 22, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  3. victor, tx

    ok... im willing to listen to a GOP plan... WHAT IS IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    you cant just keep saying ' oh thats a dumb plan... thats stupid, no... no ... no"
    im willing to support a good plan... but they just seems so out of touch and "holier then thou" spit it out already gop!!!!

    July 22, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  4. IndyVoter

    Please tell us EXACTLY HOW 23 million people WILL (not might), but will be forced out of their current insurance into a public option?...crickets, crickets... this is pure conjecture! Furthermore, if Repbulicans are so concerned about improving America's Healthcare system, where is their plan to fix it? ...crickets, crickets. Stop stalling and get it done. Its overdue, you've been putting it off for far too long. Do your job and fix the system.

    July 22, 2009 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  5. ray

    this moron should go jump off the brooklyn bridge

    July 22, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  6. IS IT 2010 YET ??

    Hurry 2010. Please HURRY.

    July 22, 2009 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  7. lucy2

    I don't want it rushed through or to be wasteful or ineffective either. But again, I have to ask, if the GOP leaders don't approve of this particular plan, WHERE ARE THEIR ALTERNATIVES? If they see so many problems and issues with these Dem plans, they need to come up with some other options and solutions of their own. Let's hear them! Maybe some one will (gasp!) come up with a good idea that makes sense and everyone can get on board with.

    July 22, 2009 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  8. dale

    Community organizer..... He could talk all the liberals into walking straight off a cliff. Sounds mosre like a cult leader to me.
    Also, if he's an american citizen why don't he just publically show everyone his birth certificate? It is starting to make many of us wonder. Just show an authentic certificate and shut us up.
    With what he's doing to this countries defcit it makes me think he may not be. Kinda like a planted person from another country trying to break us down.

    July 22, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  9. Jon Krieger

    There is nothing wrong with taking time to get this thing right!Why can't Obama see that?

    July 23, 2009 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
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