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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soundoff (233 Responses)
  1. catmom

    It seems to me that if the Republican health plan was so great Glen Beck, Sean Hannity, Limabaugh and the rest of the right wing blowhards would have been screaming about it every chance they got. I find it interesting that those people can do a whole lot of criticising but can never tell the American people what the Republican alternative is. They can certainly tell us how the Democrats are trying their best to ruin our country but they never tell us how Republicans or Conservatives will help the country. I wonder why that is?

    October 31, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. julie scarf

    too little, too late!
    Why didn't George Bush come up with something 10 years ago when it was quite apparent we had a crisis?

    October 31, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. janelle

    And yet again, no one is listening, or using common sense! The Republicans have indeed been pushing for their health plan since the beginning. But all anyone wants to hear is the government providing health insurance and tax the "rich". Well guess what, there aren't enough "rich" people to tax to pay for government health insurance. We will all pay, but not get the benefit of it. Why do need a public option? We're told it's because it will force competition and lower premiums. Well dropping restrictions against private insurers selling across state lines will do the same thing, and not cost a trillion dollars! But even more importantly, if nothing is done to address the true problem of health care, which is the high costs of actual health care, nothing will stop the rising costs of health care which will bankrupt this country, public option or not!

    October 31, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. J.C. - Independent & Insured

    Being an Independent, I am independent. But on the health care issue, I must say that I am a fiscal conservative for the Public Option and a strong one. GOP has provided nothing but lies for our national health care issue. They lie about health care has been treated as a commodity in a free market, when they knew all along that the health insurance industry is exempted from the anti-trust law. What kind of free market is it to prohibit people from buying insurance across state lines, allow pre-existing conditions and treat people like cars for insurance purpose? The more I found, the more disgusted I am by GOP. They may be good at something, but I haven't found any these days. To correct themselves for supporting private health insurers, GOP now says they don't want government controlled health insurance. They should get all their Medicare taxes back now and never use Medicare after they reach 65, because they trust private insurers better and they should fulfill their dream to get in bed with them.

    October 31, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. John of NY

    The US Government has failed at every business they have ever attempted to run.
    Social Security FAILURE
    Medicaire FAILURE
    Medicaid FAILURE
    Fanny Mae FAILURE
    Freddy Mac FAILURE

    at least they are consistent. The national Debt is only 12 Trillion and rising fast. Rep & Dems equally to blame. Fix the system but don't try to be the system or it will be like all the others FAILED!!!!

    October 31, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Boehner's making excuses for being too lazy to read the drafted bill. Whatever the GOP does is probably already in the bill and they want to take credit because the bill will pass. Furthermore, he's lying, because we haven't heard of anything the GOP has offered other than NO. They have no plan, no solutions and now they recognize the public knows this.

    October 31, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. mike

    Why do Dumbacrats and Libs complain all the time?

    October 31, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. JO

    It's extra sad how some retarded wannabe dem like "amazed dem" and other republicans still insist how they don't know what's included in the dem healtcare plan. The rest of them only complain and criticize with no solutions of their own. I had healtcare coverage and i am in debt. The plan that the republican offers is crap and would not even make a dent in the current healthcare dilemma we are in. those republicans are selfish and vendictive. They all want to get back at Obama for their losses when it wasn't Obama that caused it but the people for whom they serve. WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE REPUBLICANS!!!

    October 31, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. Marty, Grand Rapids MI

    Fact: Republicans have submitted no plan to the CBO and have offered nothing to provide healthcare coverage to Americans that do not have it.

    October 31, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. db

    Boehner is right, which is kind of sad because the Republicans haven't offered much. But so far what the Democrats have put forward is about as worthless as their cooked job creation numbers.

    October 31, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. Mark

    This idiot should be working for the National Enquirer. He can tell stories and lies with such a straight face and he probably thinks people believe his crap.

    October 31, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. James P

    What a sickening bunch of lies from Boehner. The republicans have done ABSOLUTELY NOTHING positive or helpful to try and get healthcare.

    October 31, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. Bridget

    GOP, y'all had eight years in power and could have come up with something then. Not impressed by anything you do now.

    October 31, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  14. independent

    This guy looks like a fox who works for foxnews. you can tell when he's lying.

    October 31, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. Suzan

    More of the same flack and NO NO NO from the Republicans.........thinking they are the only ones with a plan........tax cuts ain't going to get it..........more tax cuts and less money coming in to pay off the debt it not the answer........come on GOP can't you come up with anything better than is........you are still putting up road blocks for this President and it is eveident that you don't want him to get this country back on its feet and you will do anything at all cost to stop it.......

    October 31, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. Mark

    One that won't bankrupt the country!!

    October 31, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. Ronnie A.

    Several phrases come to mind when I see Boehner's statement:
    Fish or cut bait;
    Hold 'em or Fold 'em;
    Put up or shut up; etc., etc.
    We keep hearing about all your "plans" and haven't seen ONE yet.

    To "Amazed Dem" who hasn't seen the Democratic plan yet, the Democratic bills in all their forms are on-line. Also , how can something that has never been published (like the Republican plan), "make more sense"? Do your research before posting.

    (A real Democrat usually knows that.)

    October 31, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. Tim

    Everyone wants health care reform. The name calling on these message boards is not helpful to achieving something that everyone is happy with. The majority of Americans would not be happy with the plan the Democrats have offered. So why are they still pushing it so hard? Let's make our politicians work together to find some middle ground and put forth some legislation that both sides can live with.

    Of course, judging by these message boards that is asking too much as it appears they are simply reflecting the childish and ignorant views of their constituants, on both sides of the aisle.

    October 31, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. New Yorker

    Reginald asks, "why does the media let the GOP get away with these lies." There you have; it: the mindset of liberals. If you don't agree with them they want to silence you. Just one problem, Reginald is not telling the truth.

    October 31, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. What????

    As usual, the republicans think that the American people are stupid. Republican Roy Blunt boasted, "I guarantee you we will provide you with a [health care] bill." That was 136 days ago. Now Boehner is saying that they have a plan.......... where the heck is it? I can tell you what their plan is. Whine about the 1990 page plan the democrats put forward. After all, it is 1993 more pages than their plan. Part two of their plan, continue to lie to the public that they are for health reform, but then do everything to stop reform. Thanks to Frank Luntz for that idea.

    October 31, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  21. Jacob

    yeah, right! what a bone head!

    October 31, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. aa

    stop crying and your plan will not work. i dont know why GOP has to work on health care now and they didnt do it when they had control past eight years

    October 31, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. Jeff

    Whenever someone mentions Tort Reform as a solution I know they are either uninformed or in somebodies pocket. I know Boehner is not that uninformed. Latest studies show that Tort Reform limitting medical malpractise suits to $750,000 total for both pain and suffering and punitive damages will save .5% (that's a half of a percent) in Healthcare costs over 10 years. Even when Bush has it studied they showed less than a 1% savings. And at what cost?
    "Sorry Mr. Johnson we cut off the wrong leg, here is you $750,000. We have scheduled you to come back next month so we can remove the right one." Or "Sorry we screwed up and killed your daughter. We can go through a long, messy trial where you might get $750,000 with 30% going to your lawyer or we can just give you $400,000 right now. You can have a nice funeral with $400,000"

    October 31, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  24. thanks, but no thanks

    to Four and The Door,

    so, you are ok spending more than a trillion dollar trying to re-build Iraq (which we destroyed it), but investing in the health care is a bad thing? You and your Republican friends better get the priorities right, or 2010 will be a slaughter to the party of NO. Our president said the "sky is blue". l am sure you are going to repute this. Also, l am just curious if you are going or taking social security check. Heck no.. It is a government hand out. YOU are just a hypocrite...And CNN what the hell are you moderating????

    October 31, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  25. cora

    If that man don't stop lieing like he do he's going to get a ticket on a train to HELL, the REPUBLICAN'S have not even thought of a HEALTH CARE BILL let's known written one. Unless he's talking about that pamplet he showed one time with them blank papers in it. LIAR, LIAR, PANT'S ONFIRE. LOL,LOL,LOL,

    October 31, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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