October 31st, 2009
10:37 AM ET
9 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. EDR

    Liberals follow their leaders like lambs to the slaughter, focusing only on the coat tails of the one in front of them. They know not what is in their path, nor the history from which they've come. They disregard any and all opposing views, and can only bow down and chant the praises, talking ponts, and drink the kool-aid that spews from the mouths of those who claim to represent them. It's funny how everywhere liberals have been in charge, there is nothing but a trail of failure, slum, and hopelessness. That's the "progressive" way.

    October 31, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. Dennis

    It is painfully obvious where all the "coolaid drinkers" reside. What amaizes me is that it take 2000 pages to say that 50% of the citizens get to pay for the other 50%. Whatever became of individual responsibility and initiative? A real solution that addresses all of the issues
    1. Compulsory and individually owned lifetime Health Savings accounts
    2. Very high deductible insurance to address the more infrequent major crisis.
    Both could be subsidized for the needy.

    October 31, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. ALAN J

    I am so tired of this daily lie fest by the GOP! They need to take their Plant, Lieberman and go away. The Repudicans idea of reform is let all people of color and low income perish and save the good stuff for the crooks, them.

    Tort Reform in plain english is let the Doctors butcher you up and you do not have the right to sue for malpractice you should have been born the right color or in the right tax bracket. These doctors are cutting off the wrong limbs, taking the wrong organs and botching up people and the Repuds says so what no one lives forever!

    October 31, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. William

    Doesn't anyone else think it's a little fishy that our economy dumped right at the end of the Bush administration? As far as health care goes, we need something done. I offered a very simple plan – Anyone who needs to go to a doctor, goes. The doctor sends the bill to a local social security office and is payed the standard government rate. That's it, No Czars, No huge governmental body to create, No Illegals participating, No Illegals getting free educations. The only way to bring down health care costs is to force doctors to take less then their asking.

    October 31, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. observer

    This man Boehner is an idiot, funny he does not even realise it. What a joke!

    October 31, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. Frank

    3 more years until "Hope and Change"

    October 31, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. Nick

    By this time we know what GOP tax cuts mean: 5-cents a month for 80% of the American people and $1,000,000. a week for the next 10% then $5,000,000. a day for thwe richest 10%. AND, last but far from least, staggering deficits for the 80% to pay back to finance the millions doled out to the richest for the rich.

    October 31, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  8. m jeff

    The GOP plan is to do nothing except to continue to let the Insurance Companies screw us.

    October 31, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. LenSmith

    This man, Boehner, is just too, too, funny for the words that come out of his mouth. He is no of the most anti-American congressman, I have have ever seen in the House of Representatives. He would rather seen this country go to hell, then to help the American people. Everything he does and says is about hurting Americans.

    October 31, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. AustHall

    Where is the written health care reform plan with budget numbers by the Republicans?

    This debate has been going on for at least one whole year

    Why haven't the Republicans introduced a set plan for health reform instead of a few ideas and outlines?


    October 31, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Peter

    While I think that the Republicans are in no position to criticize those who are trying to reform health care (like they ever tried during their eight years of power), it's important to remember that this is more than a Republican versus Democratic issue. The problem rests in the power that special interests have on the Hill. Congress no longer represents the best interest of the people; rather, it represents the best interests of lobbyists and industry. It's as if corporations have more Constitutional rights than the average American, Until we hold our legislators responsible for accepting what is tantamount to bribes from lobbyists, we'll merely be spinning our wheels.

    October 31, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. joeins

    What they don't say about state lines: Ins. companies will gravitate toward the state with the lowest regulation and rip people off even more. Just look at credit cards – they all come from South Dakota where the rules are minimal.

    This is what will happen to health insurance.

    October 31, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. Elizabeth Ledbetter

    The Republicans' idea of health insurance reform does very little for a relative paying $28,000 a year premium for health insurance because of a precondition (breast cancer survivor). The Republican version of health insurance reform does not help friends of mine who pay huge health insurance premiums for adult children with preconditions, nor help another relative who lost her job and can't afford health insurance to pay for a brain tumor operation. It is time that the Republican leadership in Congress drops their extreme partisanship and has the courage to work for a bipartisan reform that provides affordable health insurance for all Americans, not just protecting the private insurance groups.

    October 31, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. 1990 pages!!!??

    At least the Repub plan is simple, instead of 1,990 pages of something that I'm fairly certain most dem legislators won't even read (probably because they can't read).

    On a side note, even if the repub plan accomplishes nothing, at the very least it will NOT cost the nation another trillion to the deficit for worse service. Dems probably actually believe their plan is good....and that is sad.

    October 31, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. karen gunderman

    If they have this great plan, how come No One knows what it is, it is always going to be coming later, it has been coming later for 60 years.

    He is so disengenuous, that it is almost laughable.

    October 31, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. peter

    mrs. whatever I dont care what you say , I like better mrs Obama idea, and after I watch that video, my vote always will be dem. Stop lying to the little group of people that still believe in your lies.

    October 31, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Lyle

    Again, House Minority Leader John Boehner shows that he has no idea as to the real Health Care issue in this country. We need Health Care for every American, just like the majority of other industrialized countries have successfully done! As always, the republicans try to make everything about money (not people), and hopefully the Democrats will continue the mission to make things better for people of this country.

    October 31, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. GOPer

    This man is insane and getting paid off by the medical industry. We have the worst health care systme in the industrial world!

    October 31, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. JWR

    Well it seems that 300 million Americans are not worth 1 trillion paper dollars over ten years. Is that what the Republican message is all about? We're not worth it. Their message is plain and simple. Wake up the tea party goers, you're not worth it.

    October 31, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. Four and The Door

    WV Gal said:

    You would think Republicans would like a robust public option as the financial expenses having to pay for health insurance/medical care to their employees would be lifted off the back of business.
    You are one of many who don't understand that we ALL pay for a Public Option...people, businesses, everyone. It raises our taxes and raises the cost we will pay for the insurance. That doesn't solve any problems, it just creates more problems that we don't need. As explained above, it doesn't have to be more expensive. There are other ways to get full access without just throwing America's money at it. The only ones who make out on this are the inefficient hospital companies and all the fraudsters waiting to attack this new government program. Fraud will be rampant like it is in Medicare.

    October 31, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  21. David

    Where is your plan Mr. Boehner? We the Americans are tired of waiting. What is your plan file bankruptcy or Die Quickly? Is that your plan now Mr. Boehner and GOP.

    October 31, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. annie against biased news

    First of all this is NOT obama's health care plan – he has not written one word of it – too busy jet-setting. This government rationed no-health care bill comes from the bowels of hades straight thru pukelos, reid, stinkies mouths.

    October 31, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. Workable_for-Insurance CEOs

    Yes, Mr. Boehner – we know.

    Your plans work perfectly well for the Insurance industry and its executives who receive ungodly cEO compensation that they get from increasing rates and providing inferior services.

    We know.

    October 31, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. the southern progressive

    Where's the story? October 31st, 2009 11:44 am ET

    Would you say that it's alright to go buy that house you can't afford because you bought that sports care last week that you couldn't afford?


    if it meant that the only way to save lives is to buy the house, then i personally have no other option but to buy the house.. i guess that makes me different than you, i value life over money.. ........(i didnt buy that sports car, someone else spent my money without my personal consent. so its not a comparison, i want to buy the house)

    and besides, a majority of the country want a public option, and we pay taxes too! .....

    October 31, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  25. Charles

    As I read comments left I see that most of the people reading know nothing of how this country was made. By hard work, not by waiting for hand outs. Healthcare was affordable before the government got there hand in it. Our government can't run the health care programs we not have that uses our tax money and now people want to give them more money to try and run a program that the know nothing about. The cost for the program they have put out does not have the cost for the people that it will take to run this program. Why is it you can not buy health Ins across state lines like you can car ins? Our government is why.

    October 31, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
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