September 12th, 2009
10:02 AM ET
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Cornyn touts GOP health plans

Sen. Cornyn touted the Republican health plans Saturday.
Sen. Cornyn touted the Republican health plans Saturday.

WASHINGTON (CNN)– In the weekly Republican radio address, Senator John Cornyn touted a Republican health care plan "that will lower cost and expand access to care," while criticizing the president's plan, which he claims would "bust the budget."

"The Republicans want to save Medicare and Medicaid from bankruptcy by offering more choices to beneficiaries and making providers compete for their business," Sen. Cornyn said.

The Texas Senator said a Republican plan would work to lower coverage costs on a state level by increasing competition in the private insurance industry.

"So, instead of a top down plan that will bust the budget, President Obama should work with Republicans on a bottom up solution that the American people can support," Cornyn said.

In response to Cornyn's address the DNC released the following statement:

"In this week's GOP radio address, Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn reiterates the same debunked GOP talking points we've heard for weeks on end without offering a single GOP proposal to fix this country's broken health insurance system – not one. The truth is, the President's health insurance reforms will curb out-of-control costs, increase choice and competition, and strengthen our health insurance system so that Americans can keep the coverage they already have."

Filed under: Health care • President Obama
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Joan

    Why didn't they introduce their wonderful ideas for health care reform during the last eight years? Instead they let it get out of control and now want to sound like they have the answers. It's too little too late.

    September 12, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. Priscilla

    REPUBLICANS, REPUBLICANS! My dear idiots!!!! President Obama has opened the door for your opinions. Go see him and keep your crap out of the media! America doesn't want to hear your negativity! We are sick of it! Again, another plot to tear down our great President. Most Republicans are scrapping from the bottom of the barrel trying to gain some notoriety! Shame on You!!!

    September 12, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Larry

    If anyone out there really thinks that the Republicans care about the American people ... YOUR DREAMING
    The odds are better that you'll win the lottery ...

    September 12, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. Who cares?

    President Obama please tell the Republican'ts to kiss where the sun don't shine. They've had 8 long miserable years in office to "fix" or reform health care. They spent their time putting us in two wars, giving tax breaks to the rich and let's not talk about the surplus they wasted. I'm sick and tired of CNN and the other news media behaving like they are sincere in trying to be bipartisan. You have the support of the majority. Forget about the racists, forget about the no sayers, forget about the low information crew and just pay attention to the fair minded, intelligent diverse population that voted you in and booted the Republican's out.

    September 12, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. Steve, Chelsea, MI

    "The Republicans want to save Medicare and Medicaid from bankruptcy by offering more choices to beneficiaries and making providers compete for their business," Sen. Cornyn said.

    He wants to privatize Medicare and Medicaid. Get all the old people and children onto the same health insurance that the rest of us have.. Oh, right.. that means NO health coverage.

    September 12, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. Ron

    The Republicans want to increase competition? They are the ones who wrote into the legislation that Medicare cannot even negotiate costs with pharmaceutical companies. Hypocrisy? Sounds like it to me.

    September 12, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. drod

    GOP plan=We got no plan.

    September 12, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. Tom

    Are you joking? their plans are joke, half baked like everything they propose.

    September 12, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. USA Patriot

    Those people are scary – homegrown terriosts. They need Jesus! I hope the Republican politicians can count so they will know that the 30% of crazies will never give them a majority vote to win anything but a few isolated seats.

    September 12, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. suzyku

    cornyn is one of the "worst" of the republicans, their are so many bad republicans that it's hard to choose which is the worst of the worst!

    September 12, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. Vote out all republicans

    republican health care plan = don't get sick

    September 12, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. nurse

    Obama will fix health care like he fixed unemployment . Starting with the post office , everry gov org is bankrupt . post office soc security , medcare medicade fannie freddy . The dept of energy , started by carter to free us from foreine oill ( 28 billion anual bugit) all very well run and obama will do the same with health . Hear is my racist comment .....no thank you. wow really racist huh?

    September 12, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. Chas

    Now that the President delivered a convincing speech and a Republican embarrassed his party, the Republicans now have a plan!! To all Republicans in Congress. Get your resumes ready -you will all be looking for new jobs soon.

    September 12, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  14. Independent

    Tell me Sen. Cornyn, if you Republicans want healthcare so badly for the "American People", why didn't you do something about it when the Republicans were in control of the Congress???? TELL ME, WHY???? It is getting to the point you Republicans are all blow and no show....

    September 12, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. Pragmatic

    President Obama has tried "bipartisan" again and again: The GOP wants it all their way or no way ... elections have consequences – republicans had their chance 2000-2008 – and didn't do squat!

    I might have an iota more respect if the GOP had come to the table with an open mind and a willing heart: all they offer is distortions and out -right lies: The "death panels" is one. Republicans – think they are going to live forever and these in Congress know they will never, ever have to worry about the cost of their own end of life experiences....

    September 12, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  16. N

    Am so sick of people looking for a freebee, lol No one is looking at the fact that if you fail to pay the doctors, who is going to honor your insurance. This is America, are you going to force the doctors to treat you for little to nothing? What will everyone do, when the doctors decide to quit, and find other employment because the government has made it imposible for them to make a living as a doctor? I have seen nothing or heard not a word about fair wages for doctors? Just cheap care for the people. Are you willing to work for a crapy wage? I would say no, so why should doctors and nurses? Insurance is worthless if no one is there to accept it.

    September 12, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  17. Wanda

    To David....I concur completely. Very well said !

    September 12, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  18. 60's survivor

    n where you getting your facts from? rush limbaugh. Sarah palin. both ignorant rabblerousers. republicans don't have a clue. because it is not in their best interest to improve healthcare in this country for all Americans whether some of them know it or not

    September 12, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  19. Donkey Party

    To Nurse @ 2:56pm –

    Maybe not racist, but definately stupid.

    September 13, 2009 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
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