October 31st, 2009
10:37 AM ET
4 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. Pepou

    Yeah we know their plan : DIE QUICKLY

    October 31, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. HarryB

    What plan is that? Don't make a change until 300,000,000 Americans can't affort health insurance? The last time that I checked, the US life expectancy was 50th, just ahead of Albania. Give us five more years and we'll be trailing Somalia.

    October 31, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Please STOP TALKING and produce the plan. When will the GOP learn that talk is cheap and easy but action requires some brain power – which they appear to have none.

    October 31, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. They call me "tater salad"

    Yeah!!..........Now suddenly they've had a "workable plan" all along!.........RIIIIIGGGGHHHHTTTTTT! GET REAL "BONER"! Just more proof that the "out of touch with reality" GOP views all of us as mindless, sheep wandering about the countryside bumping into things!..........Then again........Seeing as most, if not all people just want to sit there and run their collective, yappers instead of actually doing anything about it......Maybe their not that far off the mark!!!

    October 31, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. T Mckinley

    THIS is the Republican "plan" for healthcare reform:

    Do away with ALL government involvement in healthcare, do away with ALL regulations on the private insurance companies, and allow the private insurance companies absolute free reign to rape, plunder, and pillage the American people for EVERY last penny we have.

    BTW-How many millions of dollars does a healthcare insurace executive need to be paid in executive compensation to be able to live comfortably?

    October 31, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. KR

    I repeat he has along with his party done nothing in many years for the American people for health care. CNN my comments are no more inappropriate than many why do you keep erasing them.

    October 31, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. CG

    Did Boehner say Republicans would make health care accessible to American families...or make health care a cesspool for American families?!?

    October 31, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. Dan, TX

    Good grief. The republican ideas have been incorporated into the bills already. What he means is to throw out any compromise at all. Boehner is find with the democrats incorporating the minority ideas, but hell no to any ideas of the majority being in the bills. Republicans are whiny little girls. You are the MINORITY Boehner, you are lucky the democrats listened at all. Most of your ideas are in the bill. Stop whining.

    October 31, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. Mike

    John Boehner is delusional. The GOP serves only the Great NOTHING and the NOTHING is the devourer of everything! Instead of planning for the future the GOP like to make political points at the country expense, only to act shocked that 5-10 years down the road their failure to fund social programs leads to catastrophe later.

    October 31, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. American Expat

    The only plan the GOP has is to make sure anything the democrats try to do fails. The "party of NO" was not tacked on them for nothing; and they wear it well! After 8 years of Bush-o-nomics, they should be trying to hide somewhere, rather than continuing to propogate misleading facts, falsehoods, and even lies as part of their plan to disrupt anything of value from happening. I have never voted GOP and never will!

    October 31, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. FRANK, Las Vegas

    Another non-existent plan from Boner. We keep asking when Boner will stop with his lies, but they just keep coming. He tort reform will solve the health care problem and tax cuts will solve every other problem. Rep. Boner (or Bonehead) can't even pronounce his own correctly. Boehner (no matter what language) is pronounced Boner, not Bayner. But getting to health care, the GOP has no health care plan because they are bought and paid for by the insurance companies. They will protect the insurance companies at all cost. That means any cost to us. They don't care about the American people, they want to let the insurance companies to continue to rape us so that they can continue to get truck loads of money from the insurance companies. I'm sure that the fine people of Ohio are ashamed to have Mr. Boner as their representative in Congress.

    October 31, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. Aspen Professor

    Ah yes ... the Repubs are now offering a health plan. Has anyone seen the details? Did I hear you say NO but you trust the Repubs to offer the details soon? How soon? In a decade or three?

    The Repub lies continue. The protection for the Insurance Companies continue. The majority of Doctors favor the Dem reforms. The majority of the voting public favor the Dem reforms. What now Sen. Boehner? More smoke and mirrors?

    October 31, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. Jim

    he's a liar

    October 31, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. kgeukes Michigan

    We need responsible health care options NOW!!! What we don't need is a cigarette smoking, tanning booth Republican telling us what he thinks our health care should look like. For one, he's got the best care his 518.00 a year can buy, but try to find a policy like his and it will cost you at least 800.00 a month!! So he's definately not the one I listen to for sound advice...he may need to worry about his job. If he doesn't get real with the people he supposedly represents, he may be in the unemployment line!!! HINT>>>HINT!!!!!

    October 31, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. JFK

    The bills they offer are not reform. I do not want the Party of No creating anything except their own resignations. If they were so concerned with healthcare reform, then they would have done it 8, 6, or 4 years ago. But they werent concerned!! Its only because of the Dems that they are now offering their weak plans. Their a party strictly for and by the wealthy and corporate interests. I have no trust in their ability to reform anything unless it involves deregulating something. And we know where that got us too!

    October 31, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. me

    Susan Reyes! Please! I am sitting here red-faced for your stupid remark! What a foolish and, what's more, an ignorant thing to say.

    October 31, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. daniel

    And Boehner spake. And I saw the clouds part, and lo the voice of God from heaven was heard, and his voice was like the voice of many waters, and he said, "Thou art a friggin' liar, and lo, thy lies chap my divine behind and therefore will I send upon thee pustulent boils for thy deceiteful derriere."

    October 31, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. JFK

    Susie said:

    "Democrats do not read bills that they pass. Amazing that they keep getting re-elected."

    Sorry Susie, they read bills and create them too. They dont just say "NO" to reform. They dont offer weak plans that protect our corporate driven healthcare system either. Where was the Republicans plan during the Bush Administration? Thats right they didnt have one cause they dont really care. Go back to Faux News and deny yourself the reality the rest of us live in.

    October 31, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. Clearly Obama has no......

    good ideas on healthcare......he and his incompetent Sec. of Health totally failed Americans by not delivering the H1N1 vaccine on time..
    114 young American children have died with more to come. Is this the kind of government healthcare you want?????

    October 31, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. Sheila

    I'm a moderate Democrat, and I've seen plenty of suggestions by the Republicans.......TORT reform, insurance across state lines. There are some items I like in the Democrat plan, everyone should have to buy health insurance (just like auto....too many people buy new cars, but can't afford health insurance....hello?) There are a lot of items I don't like in the Democrat plan.......why would anyone with common sense want to impact those of us happy with our health insurance?? I just read pages 91 and 92 of the Pelosi bill, if insurance plans are 'grandfathered in' , then I can't have any plan I choose! Bottom line for me, if theres a public option or my money is used for abortion or covering illegals........this moderate Democrat will work to get the Democrats out of the majority. We need 'COMMON SENSE' regardless of the party.

    October 31, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. Willy Brown

    How's that "Hope and Change" working for you? Time to send the democrats home.

    October 31, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. Trace

    Republicans have committed themselves to healthcare lobbyists.....no wonder they've dug their heels in at every turn. ($$$$$)

    October 31, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  23. Jayne

    Wishful thinking big boy. idiot.

    October 31, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. Allison29

    Another Republican hoping we'll fall for his lies hook, line and sinker.

    October 31, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  25. They call me "tater salad"

    I didn't realize the GOP actually stopped "arranging the deck chairs" long enough to even think about having a plan!!!

    October 31, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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