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. Jamey

    Kline is lying. The GOP wants no part of any health care program. The proof of that is simple: If they did, they would have tried to fix it during Bush's reign of stupudity and lies. The only thing they tried to do during that time was dismantle Medicare.

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

    Well the rethuglicans finally have some concrete Obama proposals to get all cranked up about. I can hear ther now ...

    Here we go wingnuts ... assault weapons at ready ... lock and load ... Don't shoot till you see the whites of their teeth!

    September 12, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. Gene from Georgia

    Desperation. if anything passes that displeases their handlers, Big Insurance, there will be hell to pay for the Repubs..

    September 12, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. ccc

    whole GOP been pilot plant for America last eight years

    September 12, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. Zion

    Start from scratch is not a policy. Lets try again.

    September 12, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. steve fielder

    Another meaningless effort at obstructionism by another Republican Congressman in the pay of the Healthcare Insurance Industry. This effort at healthcare reform will succeed, Mr. Kline. Too bad you and most of your fellow Republicans weren't part of it because, come election time, none of you will get to claim any credit for helping it happen.

    September 12, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. Jeff in Virginia

    First the Republicans wanted to 'slow down'.

    Now that we've slowed down, they want to 'restart'.

    Republicans have no desire to let any kind of healthcare reform pass. How is that not blatantly obvious to everybody?

    September 12, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. Perusing-through

    DON'T START OVER; PRESS AHEAD WITH HEALTH COVERAGE REFORM! How stupid can Kline be? He knows the score is 49-to-7 in favor of reform, with less than 2-minutes to go in the fourth quarter; and its game over for the GOP – - – (who have been living off millions from insurance lobbyist). So Kline and the GOP want to start over? Why? Because Kline and the GOP are desperate obstructionist trying to derail health coverage for 45-million uninsured. Why? Because the GOP are trying to block "health coverage security" for those already with insurance. Joe Kline and the GOP are acting like "rat-snakes" for their insurance lobby masters.

    September 12, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. "Start from scratch"???

    Last we looked there is a health care sytem is place and in dire need
    to be fixed..however a new bad system is the last thing the country needs.....Fix the broken parts ...put in new strigent law to stop abuse and overcharging the American people and punish the lawbreakers.

    Health care can be affordable for all when greed is eliminated...!!!!!

    September 12, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. Richard-Arkansas

    Forget the talk. Push through what we can get and then when the Republicans are in charge again in 2032 they can figure out how to fix it "their" way without cutting off granny's social security and medicare or face the fact that their history is deficits, wars, and mis-management.

    Just what do the Republicans stand for other than corporate profits?

    September 12, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  11. Moosehead

    President Obama,... pay no attention to these corrupt, bought and paid for crooks, ... no looking back, full steam ahead. The American people are counting on you.

    September 12, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. NoTelePrompTer

    Once we have a health plan, who will cure the biggest disease in the country which is called BIG GOVERNMENT?

    September 12, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. Sue

    mr. obama has NO BUSINESS being in the health care business. NO government run by one man should force us to give him the right to OWN us!!!!

    September 12, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. Priscilla

    This is a plot to stop healthcare reform. President Obama doesn't have to start from scratch. He already has a plan in motion. If you, my dear idiot, want to present your ideas to our great president, President Obama has opened the door for you to do that. Your motive is to stop healthcare reform, NOT to contribute to it. You are soooo shallow!

    September 12, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. KATHLEEN

    Start from scratch????
    Just when we are so close to winning? That's a typical "republican
    response!!!!!!!!!

    They must be having "meetings with the DRUG COMPANIES AND
    INSURANCE COMPANIES", who pay them to "lie' to the American
    People, who are in dire need of this Bill to Pass!!!!!!!

    September 12, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. S Callahan

    Truth be told, I agree...start all over....keep it smple with the goal of insuring all in America while protecting their ideals...keep out the garabage add ons.

    September 12, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  17. Kate in SW Fla

    Code words for "let's defeat President Obama, Hell with American poeple." They said thge same thing back in 1994. How did THAT go for us? I consider Repiblicans to be traitors, who hate Americans and only care about getting into power again, so they can contuinue to rob citizens to make themselves and their allies richer and richer. And, they have hijacked my religion to do it.

    September 12, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  18. Connie, Indiana

    "from scratch" means people we aren't doing a darn thing about Health Care..and you will continue to pay out the nose for premiums until us republicans determine we have made enough money off your backs.. and that is the truth....

    September 12, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. Elly L

    I hope Rep. Kline tuned into the Health Forum today down at the Target Center in Mpls. THere is alot of public support for all the pieces of health care President' Obama is proposing. Starting over is ridiculous and is a way to kill health care reform which is exactly what many conservatives seem to want. Wake up and smell the coffee-AMericans want health care reform! It's time!

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

    You must be kidding. Where has this guy been for all these months? Now, after a great speech by the President and another insulting blunder by a Republican, these guys want to start over? Look for a new job!!!

    September 12, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. Independent

    Rep Kline, is that the memo for the week...."Start Over???"

    I got dumped by my insurance cause I was born with a medical problem....yesterday, I spent $139.50 for an inhaler that 5 yrs ago I paid $60 for....I need this inhaler to breath....NOT RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 12, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  22. Pragmatic

    Health care reform has been on the table since Harry Truman! If the GOP sincerely cared about health care reform ... why not even start the discussion 2000-2008? The GOP can't create – only complain... using the same rhetoric their grandfathers used against SS and their fathers against Medicare. Status Quo and Stay the Course ...

    September 12, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  23. Debbie

    This is absurd! If you are too inept to follow what happens in Congress then you are too inept to be in Congress!

    Health Care has been on the table for decades! Start over!

    Klines a quitter or inept!

    September 12, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  24. Tracy

    Don't scratch the plan.. Keep the republicans in a frinzy... I love it.. He said he was going to shake up Washington and he is doing just that.. "Do yo thang Mr. President".... DO YO THANG MAN!!!

    September 12, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  25. Hugo

    This would be the smartest and best thing that Obama could possibly do at this point. With two wars going on, our economy struggling, unemployment at an all time high, tax receipts at an all time low and civil unrest continuing to grow, you would think that someone that the media has presented as an intelligent bipartisan centrist would have enough common sense to put the politics aside and do something that would not cost our Nation more money and would not encroach on our individual rights and freedoms. Congress could and should evaluate the driving forces that have escalated our medical costs and address them on an individual basis with both parties coming to agreement to do WHAT IS BEST FOR OUR NATION, NOT THEIR POLL NUMBERS!

    September 12, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
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