September 12th, 2009
12:01 PM ET
5 years ago

Rep. Kline to Obama: 'start from scratch' on health care

President Obama spoke to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday.
President Obama spoke to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN)—Congressman John Kline urged President Obama to take the proposed health care bill off the table Saturday and “start from scratch,” if he wants a bill passed anytime soon.

“There are things we can agree on, and things we can’t,” Rep. Kline said in a conference call with reporters, explaining Republicans are willing to sit down and compromise if the President will come to the table without the proposed bill HR3200.

Kline called the presidents plan a “pilot plan,” one which lacks real details.

President Obama heads to Kline’s home state Saturday for a rally in support of health care.

“The rally will surely be confusing because the president is on a sales pitch,” the Minnesota representative said.

In response to Vice President Biden’s remarks earlier this week that there will be a bill by Thanksgiving, Kline said it is impossible to determine a timeframe.

“We don’t know now what we are dealing with,” Kline said. “If it’s HR3200 the way it came through committee, I don’t think it can pass,” he said, stressing if Republicans and Democrats can start with a clean slate a plan “could move very quickly.”


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soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. Di

    Obama says bill will not cover illegals immigrants. Wake up American! An ER still must treat illegals or be SUED. It is illegal to refuse treatment!! Our taxes still pay for illegals.

    September 12, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. Di

    Obama was supposed to unify our Country, seems he has pulled US apart. The republicans did not approve of Bush spending!

    September 12, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. Wanda

    oh I get it....start from scratch hoping that health care reform will not happen. wrong !
    Health care reform will happen this year with or without the republicans.

    September 12, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
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