October 31st, 2009
10:37 AM ET
5 years ago

Boehner: Only Republicans have offered workable health-care plan


WASHINGTON (CNN) – House Minority Leader John Boehner pushed back Saturday against critics who accuse the GOP of attacking President Barack Obama's health-care plan without offering a formal Republican alternative.

"As a matter of fact, only Republicans have offered solutions to lower health-care costs and make it easier to obtain quality, affordable coverage without imposing a massive burden on the American people," Boehner said in the weekly Republican radio and Web address.

"We first released our health-care plan in June, and over the last six months, we have introduced at least eight bills that, taken together, would implement this blueprint," he said.

The GOP released the guiding principles of its health-care agenda in June, but did not release a comprehensive legislative blueprint at that point. Republican congressional leaders have said the party is in the process of crafting a substitute.

On the official GOP Web site, to which Boehner referred, the party pledges to formally offer its own plan during upcoming floor debate on the bill introduced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The site says the Republican proposal will incorporate all or part of the elements of health-care bills introduced by individual members, and a health-care plan introduced by the Republican Study Committee.

Boehner repeated Saturday the four main elements of the GOP's health care agenda:

– To let individuals and small businesses look for better insurance deals in other states.

– To allow them to pool together to receive the kind of insurance deals typically offered to large corporations.

– To create an environment that gives states greater range to experiment with cost-saving health care reforms.

– To institute tort reform.

He compared the Democratic version of the health-care plan to Bill and Hillary Clinton's failed 1993 proposal.

"It's clear where the American people stand on this issue," Boehner said.

"They're frustrated and fed up.

"We now have a choice: We can come together to implement smart, fiscally responsible reforms to improve Americans' health care or we can recklessly pursue this government takeover that creates far more problems than it solves," he said.

Floor debate on the Democratic bill introduced in the House on Thursday could begin as soon as next week.


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  1. scott p.

    The Republicans always have a plan, destroy the working class and give everything to the wealthy. It's worked for them!

    October 31, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. C Spurgeon

    He is a total idiot like the rest of his party. Republicann party has no credibility whatsoever since they have become the party of no. Some of the Dems are bad but these thugs are the worst...

    October 31, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. hitobito

    The Republicans are all talk and no action. Where was their health plan during the Bush Administration? Why didn't they rein in the deregulation follies of Senator Phil Gramm who spearheaded and authored the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act — which was significantly to blame for the 2007 subprime mortgage crisis and 2008 global economic crisis? The Act is most widely known for repealing portions of the Glass-Steagall Act, which had regulated the financial services industry. BTW, Bill Clinton signed the Gramm-Leach-Billey Act into law. Their refusal to sign the economic recovery program could have led the US into a complete collapse of the financial system in 2009. GOP has become the party of "no", as in no new ideas, no plans and no brains. Its a pity because we need a fiscally conservative party to rein in the financially irresponsible Democrats!

    October 31, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. Mickey, NY

    If you tell the lie long enough, and hard enough, the person (i.e. the GOP) begins to believe it...

    I have seen NOTHING even remotely resembling a health care bill on ANY Republican's website, or the RNC's website...who are they trying to fool!

    The las time I saw them parade out their "economic recovery plan, we were told it was 17 pages that Boehner waved in front of the press, but wouldn't let anyone read it " 'cause it ain't finished yet..."

    What bullcrap...these people shold be ashamed to show their faces in public. This non-partisanship is entirely about RACISM and BIGOTRY.

    Boehner and the Republican politicians are liars, plain and simple.

    GOP: Evolve or die...

    October 31, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. Jim K.

    "only Republicans have offered solutions to lower health-care costs and make it easier to obtain quality, affordable coverage without imposing a massive burden on the American people,"

    My comment:

    HA HA HA HA HA.

    Yes, John – only the republicans know what they're doing. You can tell by how well things went during the Bush Years.

    Go sit on your stool and shut up while the adults straighten out the stinking mes you guys created. And take Lieberman with you. He is a traitor just like the rest of you are.

    October 31, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. Paul

    This sounds an awful lot like "the dog ate my health care bill"...

    October 31, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. Blue

    The only time the GOP comes up with a plan for anything is when the democrats are on the verge of doing something good for the American people.

    October 31, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. JeffH

    As an Ohioan, I am ashamed every time Boehner opens his mouth. He does do a good job maintaining the image of the Republican Party as the party with no ideas. He and his Republican cronies have added nothing to the health care debate, absolutely nothing. What a disgrace.

    October 31, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. Wmscot

    We are all aware that the GOP is tied to the insurance purse strings and that these folks know that Health Care as they know it will change. They have been at the trough for so long they have to say something to justify the amount of money they have taked from the insurance and drug lobbists.
    Now the same lobbists are spending millions of dollars on the democrats in congress. That is why there will be no public option to keep the costs in control. You "Blue Dog" democrats are getting to that trough pretty regular and I hope the people who elected you ( not the ones that have given you big checks) will voye you out.

    October 31, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. George in Az.

    The GOP healthcare plan will be written on the back of a matchbook cover. You don't want to spend too much time reading the bill, right John??

    October 31, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. Michael

    John Boehner (OH-8: district that includes suburban and rural areas around Democratic Dayton), as your Republican colleague from South Carolina Joe Wilson infamously said, You Lie! You haven't offered a workable health care plan, instead all you have done was playing politics just as some of your colleagues have done.

    October 31, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. ib

    Anything would be better than Obamacare. Grayson said the republicans want senior citizens to die quickly. He got the die quickly and senior citizens right he just used the wrong party. The cuts in medicare prove that.

    October 31, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. Wow

    Liberals, you really need a wake up call. These are not lies. These are FACTS that Mr. Boehner is stating. How are you liberals saying this isn't a good plan? The facts are there. This is a workable plan that will bring health care costs down. It will not deter the quality of health care for our citizens, and it does not cost close to a trillion dollars.

    Stop being so partisan and open up. Work together. This plan has A LOT of great aspects.

    October 31, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. TCM

    repubs have offered a multitude of plans, only to get squashed by the liberal agenda to control the country, and disguise it as health care. You liberals that spew, "What plan?" and other ignorant things are exactly the ones to blame when our country crashes soon. I'd love to see a physical divide of the land and it's population. Put conservatives on one side and the liberals on the other....and the truth would be seen that the liberals are indeed leeches on the working class...and they would perish. The only comfort is that it's always the same handful of ignorant libs posting here;showing that they're truly a minority in this country. Let Pelosi and Reid's plan get passed, and you'll hate yourself for supporting them.

    October 31, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  15. Kris Smith

    The GOP had the YEARS with practically no opposition from Democrats. What did they change and what major issues did they address?!?! When they rode into the White House 8 years ago Clinton had turned this country around, we had a SURPLUS people! Now, on the brink they finally have answers. That's just BS. They are the party of Old People who can accomplish Jack and old Idea who couldn't and didn't accomplish Jack. So when they offer "solutions" reflect on what their previous ideas took this country.

    October 31, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. R.B.

    The GOP has 4 nifty ideas to fix health care! Classy!! Comprehensive!!

    The GOP naysayers have tossed us a bone. "Go fetch, Rover! " WOOF! WOOF! "Wait,... it looks like the same bone. They just keep kicking it down the road." Well, not "WOOF WOOF" then but "ARF." Nothing new here. More like scratch and sniff, then bury, then dig up again later. Repeat, Rover! Repeat! That-a-boy!

    October 31, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  17. Ed from the western slope of Colorado

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!!!!!!! Yeah. Right. The repugs are really working for the american people, as long as who ever it is they are working for has CORPOATION after the name.

    October 31, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    don't even need to read what this idiot has to say .
    he doesn't want like most people like him any kind of public option . because the insurance companies would have to stop raping america over health care cost . simple as that . he should have to use the same health care as the rest of us use. simple as that .

    gary davis
    harbor oregon

    October 31, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. Sam I Am

    It really escapes me how people Boehner can look into the camera and say these things without being embarrassed. His statements aren't just a conservative take on the problem. They're completely disconnected from reality. His "plan" is to completely deregulate the industry that has shown itself to be completely out of control. His "plan" is to do anything the Democrats don't do. Are Republicans so out of touch that they don't even realize how silly they look these days? Apparently.

    October 31, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. Dave

    Hey Libs – How do you know they are lies? The same way you know that the Dems only speak the truth. Can't believe your personal attacks. You never attack the message; just the messenger. And, you tell us how intelligent you are.

    October 31, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. SHIRLEY "61"

    The repubs obviously see things that the rest of the sane, reasonable world is not seeing.

    October 31, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. Palermo

    The Republican answer to everything is always the same: drastically cut taxes for the wealthy, and deregulation of corporations. The results are always the same: the wealthy get even wealthier, the government runs at a deficit desperately slashing public programs and education under the guise of "cutting waste", and corporate robber barons are free to plunder the public. I fail to see how "buy your own health insurance" can be considered a healthcare plan.

    The ultimate result of these policies over the years has left us with one of the worst education systems and healthcare systems in the industrialized world, one of the lowest personal tax rates in the the Western world. and a huge deficit. We seem to instantly be able to find money for military campaigns, but never for healthcare and education. We seem to have a priorities problem.

    October 31, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. Annie, Atlanta

    Did I miss something. When did the Republicans come up with a plan to reform health care, other than to just say no? Do they want more tax cuts for the rich, is that the plan? Or is it to raise insurance premiums again to help out their executive friends at insurance companies who want to make $30M yearly, instead of $20M? Which plan is it?

    A lot of us are aware of the huge disparity between the rich and the poor in this country, not seen since the Gilded Age, thanks to Republican ideas since Reagan. How long can we operate as a country in this manner? And when will the people who just cast their votes for Republicans, no matter, realize they're voting against their own best interests. This is insanity, doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. Wake up people.

    October 31, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. P.G

    Boehner should get an oscar for that performance... Does anyone really believe that they have ANY motive other than hoping Obama fails in cleaning up the Bush mess?

    October 31, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  25. Vicky

    The Republicans do not really want any type of healthcare as the pharmacys and insurance companies are their bggest supporters. if the gop looks the other way when they rip us off the repubs get more money and get elected the repubs wil Never want this cycle to end! there are those of us out here who understand exactly how this works. getting health care for those who dont have it is not a bad thing but it scares the repubs...who will donate to them? who will help them get re elected lol. there is more to healthcare than meets the eye. thats why the repubs are so against it. got to keep those lobbyists lol

    October 31, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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