February 25th, 2010
10:58 AM ET
5 years ago

Republicans say start over on health care bills to cut costs

Sen. Lamar Alexander urged Democrats to scrap current health care legislation.
Sen. Lamar Alexander urged Democrats to scrap current health care legislation.

Washington (CNN) - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander said in opening remarks for Republicans at a bipartisan health care summit Thursday that his party wants to focus on health care costs.

The Tennessee senator urged President Barack Obama and the Democrats to scrap current legislation and "start over."


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  1. deb0155

    I do believe that there needs to be healthcare reform – but not a bill that will cost at least $2.5 trillion dollars, and a bill to throw out there because there isn't another plan! The bill in its current state needs to be tossed and both parties need to sit down at the table and get it right.

    Unfortunately, how it works in Washington is to "throw" anything at the people just to say they put a bill out there. That's not the way to do it – it needs to be done intelligently. To expect people to pay more and more taxes and say "that's okay" is not an option.

    And the worst insult to all Americans – other than the federal employees, union employees and our highest officials – is the fact that they will not be a part of this nightmare! The rest of the country gets stuck paying this bill – and these monsters we call our representatives get away "scott free!"

    What will it take for the American people to say "We've had enough," and get this thing done right! Don't throw scraps to the people – start this thing over and do it right!

    February 25, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. michael

    I'm just getting tired of the Republicians and their political obstructionism. They are the party no – no ideas and no plans of working for the American people. Why wait, why start over? This health care issue has been going on for over 30 years lets move forward and get it done! They are playing politics with our future just to get control of the White House. Since 1994 they've been preching les spending and less government and when they got control of the House and the White House look where they took us. They went from a surplus to bring America's economny to it knees. They party of NO just can't get it done or is unwilling to get it done – come 30 Years! Hard working Americans deserve better – we deserve a congress and senate that works for US.

    February 25, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. Harry in Texas

    So no Republican to focus on healthcare availability??

    February 25, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. Cindy

    No! Starting over is a waste of effort!

    February 25, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. Andy

    The dems can not pass it with the votes.Tell them to start over or let them impode,the people do not want reconcilliation,tell them to try and watch them implode.Dems just will not listen.

    February 25, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. Robert Jay

    These republican morons had over 15 years from the last time they killed health care, to do something about it. All they did was start stupid wars, fear monger, make us the laughing stock of the planet, and build a collosal debt. Now they think they know what should be done. I hope the president does ram the health bill down their throats and I hope they pout all the way home. I also hope they would walk out of congress in protest and stay home for the next 20 or so years .
    I am 65 yaers old and in my whole life I would defy anyone to show me what good the Republicans have done as a party for this country. McConnell / Boehner / Cantor and all the rest of you stupid Repuiblican people make me sick!

    February 25, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. Larry

    The democrats problem is they do not know what is in the current bill. Both sides need to determine what costs can be lowered and do those things first . . . the rest is stupid to try and is only political lies by both sides.

    February 25, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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