October 31st, 2009
10:37 AM ET
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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. 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 but most people don't remember this. Because of our government companys have to pay for the majer part of your Ins this cuts down on what a company makes in turn puts the cost of everything up and what we could be paid down.
    Our government can't run the health care programs we have already, 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 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. Gerry

    Some of you people have no clue. You can go to the House web site and look at the DEM plan HR 3400 and compare it with the REP plan HR 3200 and the new plan is HR 3962, 1990 pages long. I did read HR 3400 and most of it was about how to make money and penelize people and doctors. I read part of HR 3200 and it was readable. I am afraid to look at the new one.

    October 31, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. David Evan

    It seems like Bush era snow is again in season. When will they ever learn.

    October 31, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. Barbara

    Easy for him to say. He has great healthcare. Wonder if his hair might budge if he or anyone in his family were denied healthcare? Wonder if his hair would stand on edge if he had to sit in an ER and wait and wait-and wait. You live in a glass bubble Mr. Perfect hair!

    October 31, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. joann

    I'm laughing so hard I can't finish typing....LOL!!!

    October 31, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. Hendrik

    Isn't it a bit late to come up with an alternative plan. The GOP has spent so much time attacking the Dem's plan that they have not had time to develop their own. In reality they want no change so why the need to developed an alternative beyong tort reform and insurance portability? Losers.

    October 31, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. Bld

    For almost 100 years, maybe more, whenever the GOPs are running things, NOTHING gets done unless one or more GOPers and their rich friends make a lot of money from it.

    Rep Bonehead is for the people? Sure, where "people" includes "my wealthy friends and contributors" but not the 95% who do the work to produce income for Bonehead and his buddies.

    October 31, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    The party of NO offering a health care plan, mm mm
    They had their chance for eight years but done nothing, now they have a solution. Regardless of what party you belong to, how can you trust any comment that comes out of their mouths.

    October 31, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. Donovan

    The repugs have offered reform in the form of "more of the same". This will not do. The fact the repugs LOVE the way this broken system currently works is apalling. They are making too much money off of this. The insurance industry has doubled down on the fact that republicans are greedy corporatists and will support any form of Big Business. They have lined the pockets of these greedy republicans with donations. It's absolutely SICK that people's own money (one's premium) is being used AGAINST them so they are denied affordable health care. And these psychotic republicans call themselves the "party of morality"?!? More like the "party of IMMORALITY". You can add to that Larry "Tap Tap" Craig and certain S.C. governors.

    October 31, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. bill

    ok boener where is your plan.LAST TIME IT WAS EMPTY BLUE FOLDER.just like your head fill of hot air.by the way cnn first seven articles are about republicans.HUM WHATS UP WITH THAT

    October 31, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. monster zero

    The end of every society comes when the elected populous votes themselves the keys to the coffers. The Democrat health care plan is nothing about reforming the health care insurance industry, it is about taxing the populous to make the other failed Big Government plans solvent for a little longer. It is about POWER and CONTROL, it isn't about us, the Dems are in the pocket of every lobbyist group out there just as the Republicans are. Reading the posts on here just makes me realize how doomed we are, baaaa, baaaa, baaaaarrrrrrraccccck!

    October 31, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. Dan

    The party of NO suddenly comes up with a health care plan you can trust, mm mm. They had eight years to cut costs in health care, all we seen was out of control costs. Then along comes (suntan Boehner), we have a plan, we just need to come together. How in the world can any reasonable citizen trust the right wing party.

    October 31, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. cfoster

    The only plan the GOP will ever offer is one that will screw over hardworking Americans for the benefit of big corporations, insurance copanies and rich people. The GOP always talk about how they care but then why are they the first to either defend the broken system we currently have or offer no real solutions. Die quickly will be the best solution for any plan offered by the GOP..

    October 31, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. John

    Republicans only want to defeat Obama no matter the consequences.

    October 31, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. John From Brooklyn, NY

    There IS NO REPUBLICAN PLAN! The plan pursued by the Republicans is, in fact, to stall, delay, denute, and lie about the Democratic plan. With the exception of Olympia Snowe, the Republicans have jack-boot, lock-stepped together and refused to consider even one significant component of healthcare reform.

    October 31, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    It's Ok to implement the Democratic Plan. Just start taxing the 43% of the deadbeat American population that currently pays no tax to pay for it. Maybe if they didn't get a free ride, they would decide that $900 billion is too much. This country is turning into a welfare state, and I refuse to pay any more for illegals, and people too lazy to work.

    October 31, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. Anthony McMahon-Illinois

    I agree. What healthcare plan? What's he talking about? The last time I heard them say anything it was the "gang of nine" from the Finance committee literally quoting chapter and verse from the now withdrawn Price Waterhouse analysis done for the health insurance industry. The GOP must think the American public is stupid.

    October 31, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  18. Jim from Reno

    Yes, the Republicans really have a plan. Our wonderful senator from Nevada..you know, the really great Christian Man with all the High Morals...John Ensign...says... "Exercise and Eat Healthy." I guess that means that if you get sick, you better die quickly.

    October 31, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. A wised up Democrat who is now an Independant

    A-Men brother. Right on. The OBAMA health plan is generated toward one class of people and your better be marked that way to gain any benefits.

    October 31, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. Keeth in California

    Just making stuff up.

    October 31, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  21. Makes me sick

    The GOP offers a health care refrom plan and critics scoff at the GOP for not offering a health care reform plan.

    Only in America.

    October 31, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  22. Ben

    There's a reason I call this guy Boner.

    October 31, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. T Mckinley

    What has John Boehner been smoking? Anyone who thinks that the complete "free-market" privatization of heathcare is the only "workable" solution is NUTS.

    The complete "free-market" privatization of healthcare will only insure that the number of people without healthcare insurance will skyrocket.

    October 31, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  24. jason

    Yeah, the GOP's workable health care plan goes like this.


    and if you do


    October 31, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. B

    Really, what might that be? They have produced nothing but confrontation and negative input to put a stop to ANY healthcare proposals put forth. They have no intention of supporting any healthcare legislation period!

    October 31, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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