December 22nd, 2009
06:13 PM ET
10 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. Randy

    I agree with Sen. Cornyn. This bill is a massive government take over of health care.

    The US Govt. is pathetic... and "dangerous!"

    When will "We the People..." establish fiscal sanity within our government?

    CitizenCongress2010

    December 22, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  2. Pragmatic

    Yes ... the bill is far from perfect ... but it does have good points and its a start .... it's no longer reasonable to "stay the course" with health care reform for Americans. Too bad that everyone could not work together from the beginning ... rather than the heated rhetoric on dealt panels and killing grandma...

    December 22, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  3. Tim

    Does this guy know how read? It has been stated ad naseum that the bill costs less than 900 billion and reduces the deficit. What happened to the days when Senators actually could make an accurate statement?

    December 22, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  4. Annie, Atlanta

    But would two wars ever be considered a "budget buster" by John Cornyn? Or those mercenary contractors? Or what about the $1.5T tax break for the rich? Budget buster? How about tax cuts for companies that ship jobs overseas? Not having taxpayers, now that so many jobs are gone, is that a budget buster? And I could go on and on, but won't. You get the picture. But try to help us out here on Main Street with lower health care costs, and Lord knows, we can't have that! And all from guys (and a few gals) who have health care thanks to us. Amazing.

    I'm not looking for a handout by any means, but a little regulation and some healthy competition may just bring down the cost of my monthly premiums to less than, instead of more than, my house payment. And lower drug prices could keep a few more of us alive. Is that too much to ask?

    December 22, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  5. Liberal4Obama

    Expect a retraction tomorrow by Cornyn, the Tea Party won't allow any republican to say anything good about healthcare.

    December 22, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  6. Ani

    This is interesting. I heard one pundit say the republicans would do something like this. Like reagan said about medicare they aren't against it just want to make it better. It was a lie then and will be a lie when they say it in the near future. A real question I have is if 45000 Americans die in a year because they can't get health insurance. Does that mean the politicians that refuse to do anything about it are responsible for genocide. I know that's harsh but you get my point

    December 22, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  7. ib

    What is good about cutting medicare and gov. take over and destroying our healthcare?????? WHAT????????

    December 22, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  8. Hendrik

    Oh, Senator Cornyn, so now there are some things that you can get behind. Once the American people find that the bill is really a pretty good one, you will certainly find more good things about it. Hypocrites.

    December 22, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  9. billy123

    Senator Cornynyou better watch your step you are not staying with the GOP script "this bill will be the end of the USA if it passes." There may be a right wing nut running aganist you in your next primary?

    Also you may not be invited back on FOX nosie channel?

    December 22, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  10. cph9680

    Watch it, Cornyn. You too can be replaced.

    December 22, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  11. They call me "tater salad"

    Oh Oh people........ Better watch out........The sky is falling..........Run for your lives........ The boogie-man is gonna get you..........The government is gonna take over health care........These clowns just don't know when to give it a rest. Grow up children, play time is over, now its time to get to work and actually earn your fat, taxpayer funded salaries and health care plans for once!.........Losers!

    December 22, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  12. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    Whatever "good" there may be about this idiocy, it sure isn't worth $2.5 trillion.

    The only real good that will come out of this is that we'll all know who to vote against next November–and, believe me, we will vote against them!

    December 22, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  13. Richp from the poconos

    WOW, there are some good things in it, must have gotten your cut eh... Every one of you who vote for it will be out of office in 2010, being underemployed gives me alot of time to dedicate to that goal along with millions of others, you asshats have been wasting time on this health care but have done NOTHING to keep jobs in the US and kick start startups.

    December 22, 2009 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  14. gypsydaveywithablowtorch

    Some good things? Oh oh, the tea baggers are going to target him next!

    December 22, 2009 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  15. Tennessee Independent

    Translation:
    I know that me and my party are sold up to our eyeballs to the Insurance lobbyist, but maybe there are some teabaggers out there dumb enough to believe me.
    Sorry senator, you can't condemn the bill and then feign agreeing with a part that you and your party would never agree to if you had the votes to succeed.

    December 22, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  16. ShiWms Phx AZ

    R. Sen. John Cornyn ,

    What was your party’s debt, bottom line on Bush’s last day in ofc? President Obama's First

    Be honest...

    December 22, 2009 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  17. J.C. - Independent 4 Public Option

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

    I totally agree with Rep. Cornyn on this one. Every system needs regular audits, feedback, and even a redesign. Why do we wait this long to do system overhaul? Every Congress should re-evaluate our health care system and fix it to perfection like the French do annually. They have the best rated health care system in the world and their Universal Health Care Sytem costs less than half of our price per capita per year and yet it covers everyone.

    December 22, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  18. Preston kathy

    Preston kathy why are you fooling around mr obama russ l said do not pass the bill take a vote and see what repubs have the guts to vote for the bill

    December 23, 2009 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
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