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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  1. Drew, FL

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

    What he meant – Let's do nothing for decades more.

    September 12, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. Tubby The Tuba Texas

    Take a look at these politicians like Rep. Kline, and see where they get their financial support. Those opposed to the health care bill becoming a reality are the ones recieving hundreds of thousands of dollars of support from Insurance Companies, Health Care, Doctors & Hospital Associations. Do YOU really think they are voting for their deep heart felt desire to help Americans? They are looking at what THEY stand to lose if we lay waste to these organizations with a health care bill for the American people. Open your eyes and read and you will see the light.

    September 12, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. annie against biased news

    REAL AMERICAN CITIZENS are fed up with obama's lies on this health reform – evidently he has never read HR3200 and has no intentions of doing so. REAL AMERICAN CITIZENS are not saying that there does not need to be some reform but reform to improve our current health care system – not destroy it like HR 3200 will. REAL AMERICAN CITIZENS are fed up with the malignancy of corruption in dc!

    September 12, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. Billy123

    Trust me the President could start from scratch and no I repeat no Republican will vote for it. The Deems try to meet in the middle and then the GOP demand more. Let's see I get this what the minority party would like is a total GOP bill! By the way has anybody seen a GOP health care bill?

    Here is the GOP "Health Care Bill" YOU ARE OWN YOUR OWN!

    September 12, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. ge ontario

    i hope he means back when trumen though america should go along with the rest of the industral world

    September 12, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Deuce

    Scratch?.. Obama's mistake with health, is an open-wound. He thinks it is a railroad strike, you can call off at any time. Clinical Care.

    Intensive Care. Tens of millions used in mecical science. Is a Science. If you want a band-aid, you go to the drug store,

    September 12, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. jules sand-perkins

    If a clean-slate plan would be moved quickly with support from Republicans, why are the Democrats not willing to do that.
    Oh, I forgot–Democrats have to keep saying (lying?) that Republicans refuse to talk to them.

    September 12, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. Al, CA

    My advice to Obama: please stop looking back at GOP. The GOP became a party of religious extremists, school dropouts and high level crooks.

    If you improve education, then in a decade GOP will make something like 10% of population. They need a new, reasonable conservative party.

    September 12, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. annie s

    Get real. Republicans will not vote for any bill. Republicans will not negotiate in good faith. Republicans will lie, cheat and scare grandma to death in order to achieve their only goal – taking down this Presidency.

    September 12, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. KJ

    I find it interesting that in the first 6 years of the Bush administration when Republicans controlled the government, they made little or no effort to address our health care issues. Now, they are calling for starting over which is I believe is another effort not to do anything. As a supporter of the President, I don't agree with all aspects of the President's plan but strongly believe we must take some action on health care. We do not need to start over. Let's take action on the areas were there are common agremment and then work on the more problematic areas.

    September 12, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. Nea

    The Republicans are willing to sit down and compromise on what they don have a plan for 1 if they did why dont they present it and tell us how are they going to pay for it! They keep supporting the same LIE! Well it have been fact checked time and time again that illegal immigrants will not be covered i think they are starting to believe their own lie.

    September 12, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. Walt and Caroline

    Just WHAT is wrong with Obama?
    He is beginning to look as if he needs psychiatric help.

    The presidential campaign was over months ago but Obama cannot get off the campaign trail.

    Is the American public going to be subjected to these non-stop State to State speaches every time a Bill needs to be passed?
    Every time we turn on the TV, will we see Obama spouting off in front of a microphone?

    Now that Obama has been elected, he seems to want to remain a "candidate on the campaign trail"

    September 12, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. I Am The Great And Powerful Rush Of Oz

    Supporters of Health Care Reform to Kline: STFU and get out of the way, you apologist for the health insurance robber barons.

    September 12, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. James

    Start from scratch? What Congressman Kline really means is this is really code for, "let's see how long we can stall" Really, did any of you hard-hitting CNN reporters ask how much Mr. Kline is receiving from the insurance lobbyists to block this reform before you just posted his nonsense?

    September 12, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. Annie, Atlanta

    This is a U.S. Congressional Representative and he's telling President Obama to start over? Does he not realize that bills start in congress, make their way through the legislature, and end up on the President's desk to either be signed or vetoed. Amazing. And of course a Republican is going to suggest another delay tactic. No surprises there.

    September 12, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. Mike in MN

    Obama repeated his lie today in MN that you are either for his version of health care reform or are against reform period. The truth he can not bring himself to admit is that about half the nation, maybe even a majority are FOR reform, but not his version of it. They are not for the status quo. This is just one of countless politicaly motivated lies Obama has told since he took office. I will never believe him.
    We need reform that prevents insurance compaines from dropping you if you get sick or lose you job. We need reform that prevents insurance compaines from turning people down with pre existing conditions. And we need reform that guarantees that everyone who wants to be covered can get covered.
    But we do not need a public option or a government take over of the whole system to do this. And we can't afford a bill that adds billions to the deficit. The CBO says the current versions of the bill do exactly that. And he can't just claim to pay for over half of the bill by reducing waste and fraud in the current system. There may be that much waste and fraud. But if there is than the bill must specificly identify what the waste and fraud is and how it will be dealt with. Just a couple of lines in a bill saying that 500 billion can be found this way does not cut it. How can Obama claim the savings if he can not presently detail just what the waste and fraud is and how to deal with it. If he can't do that, then he is just making stuff up.

    September 12, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. PaulC

    Where was their "go slow...start over" when they were beating the drum for a nonsensical war? No one cared a whit as to how to pay for that but health care is different....:Yeah....right..
    God save us from the Republican right –"let them eat cake" mentality.

    September 12, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  18. ltl lulu

    I would consider this clearly just a stall and delay tactic. I don't believe they have any intention whatsoever to allow any real reform. They just want to keep the status quo for as long as they can, as thus far it's been quite lucrative for them to accept money from the health insurance industry. Why would they want that to end? They clearly don't care about all the people who are suffering because insurance is no longer affordable for the average individual or family!!!

    September 12, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. Chris

    All the Republicans attempts to block reform are a waste of time. The President is going to get a health care reform bill passed by December. Even that greedy health insurance CEO Rick Scott sees the writing on the wall. He has changed his anti-health care reform ads to anti-public option ads.

    September 12, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. Susan in Arkansas

    I've said it before and I'll say it again. The conservative Republicans would not vote for health care reform, even if Jesus Christ himself came down from heaven and supported it...because Jesus Christ is not a conservative Republican. Congressman Kline, why don't YOU and your compatriots write a bill, so America can see just exactly what YOU want in it. Then, let's compare. My guess is more dollars for insurance and pharmaceutical companies.

    September 12, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. gl, Pittsburgh

    “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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    Republicans had 8 years and did nothing now they want us to start over so they can come on board. Sorry it is a little to late WE ALL SEEN IN AUGUST JUST HOW MUCH REPUBICANS WANT A HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL.

    September 12, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. VS, Florida

    The republican racist base has taken over their party. This is the last gasp of the confederacy trying to refight the civil war. These people cannot be dismissed as merely being misinformed, ignorant bigots. This is a movement that is very organized, militant and dangerous. They are armed to the teeth and only waiting for a sign from their handlers (Herr Limbaugh, Beck, et.al.) to engineer a coup.. .

    September 12, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  23. John, Brooklyn, New York

    Kline....and by "start from scratch" we mean "kill it at all cost."

    September 12, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. lil

    This whole tea party is not about health care its about President Obama. If you think its not just look at the signs these people are carrying. You dont have to call anybody those kinds of names to protest.
    This is racism as true as it was during the 1960's.
    The republican party at its best and southerns reinacting the jim crow days.
    Look at the tea baggers they are all white and full of hate for one black man just like they were with MLK and their leaders glenn beck , hannidy, dobbs, limbraugh, dick army are the KKK.
    CNN I am so happy you got rid of glenn beck.

    September 12, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. chuck

    I wish the Republicans or the Democrats would explain to me how, after working full time for 36 years then having the company I was employed with close their doors, I'm expected to pay for health care. Unemployment in the State of Florida is 275 plus the feds are kicking in 25 total 300 per week. As an added dependant on my Wifes healthcare is 518 per month. Subtract that from 1200 per month leaves 682 per month then all of this is taxed which leaves 582 per month. Any Dems or Republicans able to supply shelter, food and clothing on $582 per month.

    September 12, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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