December 22nd, 2009
06:13 PM ET
8 months ago

Cornyn: There are 'some good things about the bill'

Republican Sen. John Cornyn said Tuesday that 'there are some good things' about the Senate's health care reform bill.
Republican Sen. John Cornyn said Tuesday that 'there are some good things' about the Senate's health care reform bill.

Washington (CNN) – Although he called the Senate health care bill a "budget buster," Republican Sen. John Cornyn said Tuesday that there are some parts of it that he can get behind.

The Texas lawmaker told CNN's Suzanne Malveaux that "there are some good things about the (health care) bill," like some wellness and prevention initiatives, delivery system reforms and requiring insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions.

"Absolutely. There's bipartisan support for eliminating the pre-existing conditions exclusion," Cornyn said.

But he added that there should be "step-by-step approaches" to tackle the individual issues rather than this system overhaul.

"This bill does a lot, lot more," Cornyn said. "That's why it costs about $2.5 trillion over a ten-year full implementation period. This is a massive government takeover of health care."


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  1. NVa Native

    Now he wants to appear proffesional – why did he resort to tea-bagger propoganda instead of rational discussion to help shape this bill?

    December 22, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  2. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    OK, let's think about the "step by step approach:
    FIRST STEP, a foundation with which we could build Health Care Reform that would allow profiteers to stay in business AND stay in check;
    ELIMINATE ANTITRUST EXEMPTIONS for health "insurance" companies...

    Second Step, Eliminate exclusions and denials as profit motives.

    Third Step; Criminalize those activities and start sending people to jail.

    Fourth Step; Provide the same health care options to the public that our government employees get at the same percentage of our income as they have.

    DONE

    December 22, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    "But (Cronyn) added that there should be "step-by-step approaches" to tackle the individual issues rather than this system overhaul."

    Yeah, right, if the GOP was so interested in reforming health care, then why didn't they do something about it during their 6 years of controlling the White House, Congress and the Senate?

    Because they aren't interested in health care reform! They like the status quo of for-profit health care, driven by what's good for the insurance industry and their stockholders, and to heck with the health and welfare of American business and people!

    The GOP will say and do anything to make President Obama and our country fail!

    December 22, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  4. Cornyn is a RINO with no principles

    "There are some good things about the bill, that is why I voted against allowing it to come to an up-or-down vote".

    Cornyn voted for TARP and is the biggest RINO-endorser ever to serve in Senate leadership.

    December 22, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. nathan smith ga

    who is this idiot? vote him out!

    December 22, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  6. Sam

    The story is told of the Soviet Politburo wanting to reform Moscow traffic–they decided to emulate the British system, having everyone drive on the left. But, that would be too radical and massive a change to do all at once objected one apparatchik–let's just switch taxis and buses to the left and see how that works.

    The time for piecemeal reform of healthcare is behind us. The existing legislation, and it will be changed in conference, is a modest step on the way to true reform.

    December 22, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  7. Another Reformed Republican

    Even though Cornyn says there is some good in the healthcare bill, I'll bet he votes against it. This is just more Republican tripe.

    December 22, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  8. Four and The Door

    The vast majority of Republicans I'm sure will agree with Senator Cornyn on these statements. Republicans do want health care reform. Who doesn't? Our current system is too expensive.

    However, this bill goes so far overboard on spending and misses so many opportunities to cut costs, it has lost all identity as reform. This congress and administration did exactly the same thing with the economic "Stimulus" bill that it stimulated nothing and caused more problems than it solved. Is this what we have to look forward to until we vote in a new congress next year???

    December 22, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    Besides – it's better to spend on US Citizens than on W's WARS.

    December 22, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  10. LIE-berman

    Translation "We Lost"

    December 22, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. Carole

    This article is just tooooo funny. Do ya think sir? No way? Get out!?

    December 22, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  12. Bush's Favorite Things: Blanky, Bikey & Nappy

    Yep. There's Cornyn trying to appear as though he knows what he's talking about, but after listening to a minute or two of this guy's drivel, any idiot with a single brain cell can decide he doesn't know squat about bipartisanship.

    December 22, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  13. mjm

    "There's bipartisan support for eliminating the pre-existing conditions exclusion"

    Great. One problem, in order to cover pre-existing you have to pay more because you are a higher risk. There is a program in IL that will cover anyone regardless of pre-existing. It's called ICHIP. It's BCBS and it's at least $432/month for a $500 deductible. The cost goes down with higher deductibles, but the premium goes up with age.

    Now, if they allowed small business co-ops (private co-ops), small businesses could get group insurance. Group insurance covers pre-existing, has lower premiums, and is private.....i.e. doesn't cost $867 billion, doesn't increase high end plans by 40% or cut Medicare.

    Democrats won't do it because they want a single payer....you know, for competition.

    December 22, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  14. Ken

    Well, it is good that Senator Cornyn supports eliminating the pre-existing conditions exclusion, however, he seems to not understand that the only way you can eliminate the pre-existing conditions exclusion without making premiums sky rocket for those who already have health insurarance is by creating an individual mandate to have health insurance. And, if you create a mandate to have health insurance, then you need to help subsidize those who can't afford to pay the entire amount of the insurance premiums which you just mandated that them to buy.

    It really is not fair for the Republicans to pick out the portions of the health care bill which they support without also saying how they would provide those provisions absent the Democratic health care bill.

    December 22, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  15. John

    Just gotta laugh when I hear these Republicans complaining about "budget busting" bills.

    Where were all these watchdogs when George Bush was squandering treasure (and lives) on middle eastern adventures and handing over billions to Wall Street tycoons?

    Next the Republicans will be telling us there's too much regulation of the banking industry.

    December 22, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  16. unemployed by Obama and cannot find work

    And it FINES people who dont buy obamacare and then, obama will send out his health care SS Troopers to get you and arrest you for not buying or paying. Maybe we all should stop paying taxes and see who get fined now. the revolution has started and 2010 will prove badly for the democrates.

    December 22, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  17. Alpha Male

    Cornyn is a doofus. he just can't admit that this is good for the country.

    he likes "most of it."

    Why must the opposition party be so negative?

    December 22, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  18. Gary

    Maybe he shouldn't have been so partison and gotten involved eariler.

    December 22, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  19. tcaudilllg

    Well it didn't take a rocket scientist to figure that the Republicans actually did support this thing. Hell, I honestly can't tell it from what they originally proposed.

    December 22, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  20. annie against biased news

    Sounds like another one going down for an illegal bribe!

    December 22, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  21. k

    why is it that grown ups comes on tv and lie to the people that they are supposed to serve. Republ;icans has all along said that this bill is a bad bill, how come this republican leader saids all of a sudden that there are some good things in the bill. It is time republicans stop protecting the insurance companies and do right by their people, who elected them to office

    December 22, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  22. So transparent

    What a shock! He thinks its good that people who have had cancer or other diseases should be able to get insurance. Who says these republicans aren't compassionate? Now that the bill is going to pass, these jerks who fought with lies and inaccuracies are trying to take advantage of the fact that the American people want this health reform. It's obvious who LIeberman and these republicans represent: The Insurance companies, who line their pockets with donations.

    December 22, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  23. zago

    Oh! This kind of surprises me. I thought the bill was nothing but socialistic government run pull the plug rationing health care system. I pray that more of them see the light very soon. My plea is that it's not too late to be in the right side of history. They can still get on board except if they want to stick with the right ring values: All for the haves nothing for the haves not.

    What worries me more in the republican debate is that none of the recalls having met someone in this country who needs help and that something should be done to reverse the status quo but it's all about obstructing. My friends, you fail to be there in so many occasions in history. Be there this time.

    I should add that their steadfast opposition has not watered down the bill to nothing but makes it more centrist. At the end of the day, there will be something for middle class America and working Americans to celebrate.

    December 22, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  24. John

    Oh please, you republicans fought all reforms all year long and now that health care is about to pass, you hypocrites want to talk about the "good parts" of the legislation like you had anything to do with it.

    The republican party is the Washington DC office of the Insurance Industry.

    The GOP stands for "Greedy Old Party"

    The only Americans that the republicans care about are their rich contributors.

    December 22, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  25. Steve-Illinois

    Most Americans are for health care reform. But the majority want a common sense approach. If you can solve the fraud in Medicaid/Medicare, there's up to $60 billion a year right there. If electronic record keeping will save us a bundle, then let's get that done. Common sense tells you that you don't risk everything, on a maybe! You go in steps, try different things, implement the ones that work, and toss those that don't. Pretty simple really. Common sense!

    December 22, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
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