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. Independent

    Rep Kline, will you give up your health care and wages until health care reform is pass, if Obama start over???????.......I DIDN'T THINK SO!!

    September 12, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. New Day

    is there ever a new message from the GOP?

    September 12, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. MORE-more-more....not better

    More money to solve health care...? bigger deficit and debt....!!!

    More Troops..bigger target...Defeat the Taliban with more troops and
    at any cost...More troops again and again...Why ? does America not
    (USA) not get it that although militant and evil against their own people
    the Talibani are also Afghanistani (with a few exceptions) and will never go away no matter how many more troops Pres Obama is willing deploy. The only outcome of more is giving the Taliban a bigger
    target to kill more Americans...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    More in health care more troops ...more, more will not solve anything

    September 12, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. Donkey Party

    Do nothing Mr. President, things are just fine the way they are! Slow down, we need another 100 years to figure iut how to slow this thing down. I hope anyone that stands in the way of health care reform (with a public option) suffers a long, extremely painful death that their insurer won't cover. Americans are so stupid to even listen to any of the total and complete lies of the right-wing country destroyers.

    September 12, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  5. Rob

    It is so transparent what is going on. I have an idea! How about all those who want to start from scratch on healthcare drop their coverage until a new plan providing affordable access to quality healthcare for all americans is achieved.

    September 12, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. fideauxdon

    Oh, please! Health Care reform has been an issue since the days of Teddy Roosevelt. Despite being in power frequently during the last hundred years, the GOP has never taken step #1 to reform health care or make the lives of the average American better. If the GOP had their way, there would be no Social Security, No Medicare, no OSHA, no Unions, and no middle class. Any moves that they've proposed, like GW Bush's Social Security personal accounts, would have only made the hole deeper for the average American!

    September 12, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. Ant

    Start with a clean slate, you have had plenty of opportunities to work on a bill, before the recess and know you still want someone to start over. Why? because you chose not to add anything to it!. Go scratch yourself!

    September 12, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. bella

    Mr. Kline, the GOP is dealing with a bunch of disgruntled, angry, and DISHONEST Congressmen, who have NEVER been willing to step up to the plate and be Bi-Partisan! Check with your buddie, Joe Wilson! I'm sure he can come up with another LIE to support your opinion!!!

    September 12, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. KP

    Yea, start from scratch. Scratch all of the people who have pre-existing medical conditions, scratch all of the people who have major illnesses that bankrupt and cause them to lose their life savings. Keep the money grubing insurance execs and their ilk.

    September 12, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. BJC

    We do not want Obama's Ration Health Plan. We do not want Obama's Ration Health Plan.

    September 12, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. Death Panel Sarah

    The Democrats will just have to pass this legislation without the 'party of NO'....
    Then the Repubs will all be death paneled!

    September 12, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. Dennis

    Maybe instead of mud-slinging and rejuvination of the negotiating process (aka Political Theater), we should just get all the parties concerned sitting around a campfire in their Snuggies with a mug of hot cocoa, then inform them that their services are no longer required. Americans aren't nearly as dumb as they pretend to be when TV personalities and politicians talk about them. If the market wanted everyone to have healthcare, they would lower the price. That's the fact they aren't talking about. The healthcare companies have spent a great deal of money shaping their product into a luxury good–luxury service. That's what we call a failing business model as most Americans don't do Luxury anything. The Dems have failed miserably at every piece of legislation this term–and yet they've passed the legislation. Incompetence can't be good for America.

    September 12, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. D. Tree

    Nice try, you lay bum! Why donÄt you come up with some good ideas of your own, the Democrats have already come out with theirs!

    September 12, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. Byron

    why should there be a compromise? dare the repubs to vote no for it.

    September 12, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  15. Jon

    Right. Go slow. And maybe everyone will just forget that we need health-care reform.

    September 12, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. Joyce

    Typical Republicans! They are willing to come to the table and compromise IF the Democrats do not bring their plan to the table. The only plan the Republicans want to compromise on is the Republican plan with no part of the Democrat plan! This is not compromise.

    September 12, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. BJ in NC

    REPUBLICAN KLINE this is just another attempt at slowing down the momentum and determination that is driving the health care. If the Repugs have not done anything positive in this length of time, what makes them think that this tactic is believable to anyone except the narrow minded group who is doing what they can to prevent ALL citizens from having the comfort and peace of mind that "if" they get sick and need the attention of a physician, they can walk into a healthcare facility and get the attention they need.

    September 12, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. lovable liberal

    Republicans lie when they claim they'll compromise if the Democrats will just start over. The Republicans are happy with the status quo. They've had a chance to compromise. Now it's time to pass a real reform with them or without them.

    September 12, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. J Williams

    Nice try you moron.

    But the big insurance companies are going to have competition REAL SOON.

    CRY ABOUT IT IF YOU WANT.

    September 12, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. Dan, TX

    There are four or five bills, not one. Take the best ideas out of those five bills and be done with it.

    1) No pre-exisiting condition exclusion for purchasing insurance
    2) No dropping anyone from insurance based on health condition
    3) Everyone who buys the same plan gets the same price

    Done.
    Republicans like to say that we should tax less and let people keep their own money and they'll spend it more wisely than the government (unless the republicans control the government, then the spending is for the greatness of America). Sadly, most Americans are ignorant and irresponsible. Look at all the people that could afford health insurance (if they lived in a smaller house, gave up cable TV or cell phones, etc.) but don't buy it. The republican answer is probably the correct one, if they go bankrupt because they don't have insurance it's their own fault and we shouldn't provide medical care for them and they should die. But even the republicans say we have to care for poor people (as long as they prove they aren't illegal – but they also would block any suggestion that we require people to have government ID cards to show they are legal – unless of course it is voting time and they live in democratic districts).

    September 12, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. Centrist

    The same old talking points from greedy corporate interests. How does the GOP expect Americans to take them seriously when they repeat obstructive directions from lobbyists already exposed as trying to destroy health care for those in need??

    Regardless affiliation, it is past time for these health-care reforms that have been in process for decades in America.

    September 12, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  22. astroturf

    Three cheers for rep joe wilson!!! Its alright for the leaders of the house and senate to call the people names but when their leader gets called by his real name they get up set. Who ever called for an apology should go home this is going to be a no holds barred battle for our freedoms and if you havent the spine for it you should go home. Please GOP start fighting for my rights weve seen how they do it when you look at their cronies friends and ministers you know what kind of fight your in for . Just hold on to the rights you can until the midterm elections then you will be in the majority again because they have been exposed for what they are a big government socialistic leftist party that will take our rights away. signed astroturf freedomfighter

    September 12, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  23. The new GOP party of NO, racism, and hate is emerging

    if this idiot can't come into the debate halfway, by checking his scare tactics at the door...i wonder why the american people should start all over because of him. too late...get with the program and pass healthcare reform!!!!

    September 12, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  24. Cybersharque

    Note that CNN omits to mention that Mr. Kline is a republican. Once you realize that he is, any reason to listen to his screed vanishes. Joe Wilson killed bipartisanship: the funeral is long overdue. But never forget that CNN is taking sides in the debate, and they are not favoring truth and transparency.

    September 12, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. anthony

    Republicans want Democrats to slow down on health care reform. Thanks to Republicans there had not been any movement on health care reform for some time now. If health care reform goes any slower it will be going backward, which is probably what Republicans want.

    September 12, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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