September 9th, 2009
12:36 PM ET
5 years ago

Boustany rebuttal: start with what we 'agree upon'

(CNN) – Republican Rep. Charles Boustany said Wednesday that he plans to concentrate on aspects of health care reform that both parties "agree upon" in his rebuttal to President Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress.

"What we need to recognize is there are a lot of things that we agree upon," Boustany told CNN's Fredericka Whitfield. "Why don't we start there rather than starting with the very contentious approach that's been advocated, and in fact, an approach that is the only thing advocated in health care reform and that's a government plan."

The Louisiana lawmaker, a former cardiac surgeon, said specifically he thinks both parties agree on a need for overall insurance reform and lower costs. He called health care reform a "complex topic" and said "the most important thing to do is to get it right."

Boustany said he has tried to offer his ideas for health care reform to the White House and that he thinks Republicans need to be included in the overall discussions.

"Frankly, there really have not been any discussions between the White House and House Republicans and that's of some concern to me," Boustany said. "I'm quite frustrated to be frank with you. We do have a number of very substantive ideas that we could put forth."


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  1. No health care plan

    Can't wait till 2012 so we can vote Dems out and never vote them in again.

    September 9, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. gl, From Pittsburgh

    "Frankly, there really have not been any discussions between the White House and House Republicans and that's of some concern to me," Boustany said. "I'm quite frustrated to be frank with you. We do have a number of very substantive ideas that we could put forth."

    That becasue your party was to busy spreading lies about the Health Care Reform bill and spiting in the President FACE. I WOULD WANT TO WORK WITH YOU NUTS EITHER! MORE LIES COMING FROM THE PARTY OF NO and MORE DELAY!

    HE SPEECH SOUND LIKE IT IS GOING TO BE ABOUT DELAY, DELAY, AND MORE DELAY!

    -----------------------------–

    September 9, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. come on CNN!

    Dems = more government in our business only to screw things up

    GOP = real and positive changes to our health care system

    September 9, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. Farrell in Houston

    This guy, Boustany, sounds like he hasn't read one page of the healthcare reform bill, but he'll be able to repeat what is agreed upon if that happens.

    September 9, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. Lisa P

    Where's the beef? Have some "very substantive ideas that we could put forth"? Put them on the table. All I hear from the GOP is this meaningless tort reform idea and some plan to gut state-based insurance regulation in the service of one of their idiotic "competition" fantasies (like insurance companies would actually compete in any way that would benefit consumers! It would be the credit card fiasco all over again!)

    For people who supposedly agree with the Democrats on so much the Republicans have certainly been quite disagreeable.

    September 9, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  6. g

    having health insurance companys right health reform is like when cheney had oil companys right energy policy i know how that worked out reform with-out public op no reform at all

    September 9, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. green party

    Typical republi-con intellect. You write up your rebuttal before you've heard the speech you're supposed to rebut... :) :) :)

    September 9, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. concentrate on aspects of health care reform that both parties "agree upon"

    good beginning

    much better than other party of 'no' members

    start your discussion with the middle ground

    September 9, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. Stephan

    Sounds like the Got 0 Planners are getting a little nervous. After months of standing in the way of reform, now they want to participate. Could it be they are afraid of being left on the side of the tracks, with nothing to show for it come 2010? You hear it in the voices of Rush and O'Hannity – suddenly they have ideas! Not very good ideas – but ideas. You get the impression that moderate Got 0 Planners suddenly want to have something good to take home to their constituants besides whining.

    September 9, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. Fan of Common Sense

    The problem is the two parties do not agree on anything. That is because the demorats are lying about their true motives. The democrats couldn't care less about bringing down the cost of health care and making it more accessible. (If they did, they would be pushing for TORT REFORM and more competition.) Democrats care about one thing and ONLY one thing: CONTROL CONTROL CONTROL!

    September 9, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. justasking

    Remember when Bush put caps on jury awards in medical malpractice suits against obstetricians/gynecologists? Why did he stop there? Why did he not include neurosurgeons/neurologists, orthopedists, and other medical specialists, even for our regular family physicians and internist physicians (also nurses and other health professionals that require medical malpractice insurance)? It would seem to me that lowering the medical malpractice jury awards would ultimately lower medical malpractice premiums for the health care professionals, which would lower physicians’ hospital, clinic fees, etc. which would then eventually lower health insurance premiums by inciting quality competition between the health insurers for the general public which would provider better coverage/service for everyone, and saving us tax payers the Trillion or Two Dollars that our government wants to spend reforming health care their way.

    September 9, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  12. POEMAN

    Well that part of the speech shouldn't take long.

    September 9, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. Annie, Atlanta

    This guy is a "birther" for crying out loud. Any substantive ideas he may have have no credence once you know he believes the President of the United States was born in Kenya.

    September 9, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. a progressive liberal and proud of it

    And where were all the Republicans' ideas about health insurance reform in the 8 years before President Obama took office????

    September 9, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. IndyVoter

    Too Late Boustany!! You and your Republican crew have had year upon year upon year to put forth ANY health care reform plans. You have FAILED to do so! Now that you see that the Democrats are intent on doing what should have been done decades ago, you want to jump on the bandwagon....Sorry, there's no more room. All of the rational, thinking, people who really see the need for comprehensive and meaningful reform have already gotten on board. Funny how the Republican party keeps trying to dredge up some minorities/foreign named individuals to try to look diverse...PLL-EASE. We are not fooled or impressed.

    September 9, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. southerncousin

    So far all I've heard is outrageous likes from the republicans like "death squads" and "socialism". If the Democrats aren't listening to you it's because of this. Bring your party under control and have something reasonable to say and maybe people will start listening. Until then your just the looney right.

    September 9, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. Alfred E. Neumann

    Wow – the most important thing to do is to get it right."

    When was the last time you ever heard someone say that it's important to get it wrong?

    The rest of his thoughts are code for – no option.

    September 9, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. The House of Lords

    What is the Republican plan?

    Where is the Republican plan?

    There is no Republican plan.

    So how can the GOP agree with anything or anyone except themselves?

    Of course, this particular Republican can't even agree with himself whether or not he's English royalty.

    September 9, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. inbredsoutherncousin

    Won't do any good. Conservatives want to halt all reform not written by them regardless if this helps the hard working working people of America to ensure that their supporters, sister marrying, wife beating, sixth grade educated, inbred toothless, Hannity watchers can continue to suck their minimum wage employers dry for healthcare they'll lose when somthing catastrophic happens.

    September 9, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. John

    The Republicans HAVE introduced bills for Health Care Reform, perhaps none of you have heard of them, because everyone is blindly following the Democratic National Committees talking points and they are all held up in the Democratic-Led Committees...

    Look up: Patients Choice Act of 2009 (H. R. 2668), Health Care Freedom Plan (S. 1324), and Empowering Patients First Act (H.R.3400)

    September 9, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. NH Independent

    I cannot believe or trust anything this president says.......Obama said in a debate during his campaign that we should judge him by the company he keeps................ ok sooooo...Van Jones , Cass Sunstein, John Holdren, Carol Browner, Ron Bloom (Van Jones replacement & a big labor union crony), Valerie Jarrett are a few to mention........But CNN along with the mainstream media does not cover this.........but will cover Palin? Liberals should get a library card and learn to goggle search and take an interest who our president uses as advisors and czars....Really get a clue.....

    September 9, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. The court reporter

    Well, it's all subterfuge. H. B. 1388 passed and you Obamabots probably don't even know what it is. Start buying your brown shirts now, our president is calling you into service...voluntarily for now...but the door is wide open to mandatory service, on a global scale. You can even make $125/month with government provided medical care. I thank God I'm a military vet but even I'm not safe since I get to go into the "voluntary reserves".
    The repubs have drafted and submitted four bills for health care reform and they're on Madam Pelosi's desk. She refuses to let them in for a vote up or down.....and you have the audacity to say repubs are non-partisan?! I'll see you in the trenches, digging ditches and picking up trash with your fellow brown shirts. Something tells me your current convictions won't be so meaningful.

    September 9, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. Michael Hsu

    The insincerity of the democrats in achieving a bipartisan health care reform is evident in their "threat" to ram it through congress w/o a single republican vote.

    Also, the current democrat proposal is DOA because of its $3,800.00 fine for those w/o insurance. Congress is supposed to HELP the people, and avoid TAXING the people...

    September 9, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. cat

    This guy is another LOSER

    September 9, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. J.P.

    How about instead, we first check the Constitution to see exactly which enumerated power grants the Congress the authority to provide womb-to-tomb medical care to the nation?

    Keep looking, hippies, because it's not in there.

    The only way the Congress can provide this is through ultra-constitutional powers it usurps from the several states and the people themselves.

    "...if we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy."
    - Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Cooper, 29 November 1802

    September 9, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
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