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."

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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. katiec

    Am so sick of these republicans attempting to say they have solutions while representing unworkable, unacceptable, favoring big business plans that will do nothing to help the American people and resolve our Health Care crisis. They are so adamant on keeping big business in control, they have sold us and our country down the river.
    Have never before seen politicians stoop to the sewer level they
    The definition of terrorists are those out to destroy a country by any
    means possible.
    The republicans are on their way to becoming our most dangerous domestic terrorists.

    September 12, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. Brian

    Cornyn's "plan" is to oppose everything. He has not given a single specific point.

    September 12, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Nothing 'Stand Up' about Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)


    We don't need a bandaid to make a boo-boo better, Senator. We need to fix a broken system, as sytem that your total failure to regulate the private sector for decades has broken.

    September 12, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. disgusted

    How about saving it by removing the cap? In the past all GOP ever wanted to do was get rid of these programs or privatize. As they took a vote to do again this year.

    September 12, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. disgusted

    Oh by the way...what state has that affordable coverage that is going to all of a sudden going to become available?

    September 12, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  6. BJ in NC

    Did they stay up all night to invent this after President Obama pointed out their fallacies to the entire viewing audience? I don't believe a word of the paper they are waving around. Their actions, did however, show to the entire viewing audience that they are so crippled by their attitudes against this President that they can't see straight.

    September 12, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. Dan, TX

    John Cornyn is my Senator and he is an idiot. But so are most Texans.

    September 12, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Rita OHIO

    When have the republicans ever supported a bottom up approach. I thought they were all about trickle down.

    GOP talk about hyprocrisy

    September 12, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  9. Jamey

    Does this guy think Americans are stupid??? The GOP has not now, nor has it ever, had a "health plan. In fact, the GOP has historically been against all health care for Americans including their attempt to ill Medicare. And no, Tort reform does not = healthcare reform. It only means doctors make more money.

    September 12, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    Has anyone taken the trouble to estimate the cost savings from the passage of the Clean Air Act? Yes, it was expensive in the beginning but the money saved over time in the treatment of asthma and related illnesses more than justified its passage.

    September 12, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. Steve (the real one)

    Wait a minute! The GOP have ideas and plans? All I hear is "what is the GOP plan" wah, wah, wah, blah, blah, blah!
    The left has so frequently regurgitated NO GOP PLANS! NO GOP PLANS! for so long, their throats are burning! Not just that but they have been caught in yet another lie! Anybody surprised?

    September 12, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. DonnaLee

    The Republicans want to save Medicare and Medicaid from bankruptcy ? What a crock of malarkey !

    The Rethuglicans and Bushie wooshie tried in vain to discontinue Medicare and Medicaid and replace it with privatized insurance.

    Let me see ... how many ways can republicans conjugate the verb "TO LIE " ?

    September 12, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. goodpyr

    Are there any politicians in the GOP that truly believe in the common

    September 12, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. Death Panel Sarah

    I thought republicans were supposed to 'hate' medicare!?! (But, then again, I thought Africa was a country!!!)

    September 12, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  15. Death Panel Sarah

    I quit my job to get ready for the death panels!!!

    September 12, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. Death Panel Sarah

    The private insurance industry does not compete....they learned long ago they would make more money raising rates together. There is so much profit, they do not have to compete for new customers.

    September 12, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. tony

    Republican health care plan? Does this remind people of the Republican budget with no numbers earlier this year? Where are the details?

    September 12, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. Chattanooga

    How about we start allowing medicinal imports(with some testing requirements) and allow people to write their own prescriptions(maybe have them take a medicinal competency test for self-prescription authorization)? Those two things alone would give the intelligent poor access to everything they need and create competition to lower prices. Most importantly, it would partially restore the concept of liberty.

    For example: I don't need to spend $90 to $200 to see a doctor in order to get a prescription for a $12 – 21 day pack of birth control pills. I know the risks, I know the risks of choosing an import over a domestic. Let me have the choice. Take away my choice and the risk goes up to nearly 100%, and then I have a baby that costs $1000 a month to care for, and guess who will foot the bill for that?

    September 12, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. Freeman

    Since when have republicans cared about the average American?

    September 12, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. Fed up Monority

    If these repugs had a would be all over CNN, FOX or any media outlet that is against President score points or make them look competent.......they are always on television screaming about irrelevent things....why not this,be specific..........put up or shut up.....many of us were born at night.........but not last night.

    September 12, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  21. vette gal

    I truly find it hard to believe what he and the other republicans are saying. After all, they are the ones that are against medicare and medicaid, as well as social security. It would behoove the seniors that are believing the lies the republicans spew to remember that. If the republicans had their way, the seniors of today wouldn't even be receiving a social security check and would not have medicare.

    September 12, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. Perusing-through

    The GOP has been trying to destroy Medicare since its inception. Suddenly the GOP are clinging to Medicare as though they always supported it. These GOP hypocrites will do anything to block health coverage reform, including offering up a fake version.

    September 12, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  23. Coherent1

    In other words, Conryn, you want to give vouchers to medicare and medicaid recipients, forcing them into the hands of private insurers, so the insurers can do to them what they're doing to us.....rationing care? So you appeal to those who are concerned that they'll pay for those who are not covered (which they do anyway), by flashing budget warnings in their faces. Sir, when your wife or daughter is at their doctor's office complaining of extreme lower abdominal pain, please sit back and let their DOCTOR call your private insurance company to get approval to run certain tests on them, okay? When your medicaid drawing mother or father is at an emergency room with their eyes rolled back into their heads and bottom lip hanging with drool seeping from their mouths, sit back and let the ER staff check with the "voucher receiving" private insurance company to determine if the voucher is enough to cover the tests needed to stop the spell they're having. Plus make sure that if you get your "so desired" voucher plan implemented, you join a private insurance company and pay for your own insurance, instead of being covered off the backs of the taxpayer, you socialist!

    September 12, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  24. David

    A solution the American people can support? Sen. Cornyn, the American people voted a Democrat into office in 2008 by a margin of 10 million votes in the most impressive voter turnout for a presidential election in 40 years.
    The American people gave the Democrats 6 additional seats in the Senate and 31 seats in the House in 2006, then another 8 Senate seats and 21 House seats in 2008 – and that doesn't even count Senator Specter's switch to the Democratic party.
    The American people have spoken loudly and clearly. They do not support a "Republican plan" that favors the interests of the wealthy and the drug companies (in other words, the status quo); they support change and affordable healthcare for all Americans.
    Senator, it is clearly you and the GOP who are ignoring the wishes of the American people. The rhetoric of fear and misrepresentation is powerful, but I do not believe it will defeat the strongest call for healthcare reform by the American people this country has ever seen.

    September 12, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  25. Becky

    I live in Texas. Texas has the highest number of people insured in the nation. I work in social services and can tell you that number is not made up of illegal immigrants. Its the working poor, black, white, students, etc.

    Sen. Cornyn has no room to talk on the issue of health care. Just look at the state he represents!!!!

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