September 9th, 2009
12:36 PM ET
13 years ago

Boustany rebuttal: start with what we 'agree upon'

(CNN) - Republican Rep. Charles Boustany said Wednesday that he plans to concentrate on aspects of health care reform that both parties "agree upon" in his rebuttal to President Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress.

"What we need to recognize is there are a lot of things that we agree upon," Boustany told CNN's Fredericka Whitfield. "Why don't we start there rather than starting with the very contentious approach that's been advocated, and in fact, an approach that is the only thing advocated in health care reform and that's a government plan."

The Louisiana lawmaker, a former cardiac surgeon, said specifically he thinks both parties agree on a need for overall insurance reform and lower costs. He called health care reform a "complex topic" and said "the most important thing to do is to get it right."

Boustany said he has tried to offer his ideas for health care reform to the White House and that he thinks Republicans need to be included in the overall discussions.

"Frankly, there really have not been any discussions between the White House and House Republicans and that's of some concern to me," Boustany said. "I'm quite frustrated to be frank with you. We do have a number of very substantive ideas that we could put forth."

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soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. Shawn - GA

    Not one person thinks that healthcare does not need reform. Everyone knows this, the issue is the way that it is done. Let us do this right and help all people... not just those that feel they are owed something, not just those that feel they owe nothing... but the rest of us who are working hard and raising our families.

    September 9, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. victim of republican greed

    Can we at least agree that republican Lord B wrote the legislation that Sarah Palin claims to be the death panels she harps about were actually established in the Bush years?

    September 9, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. cat

    Hey I thought this guy was a independent. Can you double check your reference to Republican.

    September 9, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. Hugo

    Tort law reform (malpractice caps 150K)
    Insurance regulation (Fair practice, no existing conditions)
    Enforce our Immigration Laws by deporting illegals and anchors
    Pharmaceutical regulation (patent life)
    Correct the existing dysfunctional medical programs
    Recover fraud losses
    R&R with stem cell exploration
    Legalize assisted suicide for the terminally ill

    Vote in a Conservative Centrist Independent and get rid of this RED!

    September 9, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. cat

    Never mind the fact check i was thinking about the independent that john McCain wants to endorse for the Mass. Senate seat of our Teddy bear.Kennedy

    September 9, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. Oregon calling

    How can a conversation begin to take place when one party won't listen and already has a response – NO?!?!?! Get a clue and clean out the ear wax, Americans want Health care for our citizens. Grow some members of Congress and do the work for the people this time and not for "profit".

    Peace 🙂
    Caryle in Eugene

    September 9, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. Henepenny

    How can you expect those from the Senate or House that are getting millions from the insurance companies to worry about the people that are dying due a lack of insurance or a preexisting condition that is not covered. It seems that all Repubs are on the take since not one will vote for healthcare reform and a few Dems such as Max Baccus is getting millions for his campaign. The truth is just follow the money and you will know just who votes for what. It is funny to watch the idiots on the right try and destroy Obama's healthcare not knowing how much they would benefit. It seems that you could say that Republicans are either rich or stupid. Fox News offers the millionairs Hannity and O' Reilly telling the poor idiots that watch how healthcare reform is bad for them! Is this country dumb or what?

    September 9, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. Bob in Pa

    You all don't hear of any ideas because you keep your TV's tuned to the All Obama, All Day stations.

    September 9, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. Barry In Las Vegas

    Obama is the propaganda master at saying that he want to be bipartisian while all the time the Senate and House Democrats refuse to even allow a vote on ammendments the Republicans offer to help improve the Health Care Bill.

    Obama is going to push for the Goverment Option. He and the rest of the Democrats are tone deaf. They don't want to listen to the people – they know better.

    September 9, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. haren

    Deny Medicare to all republican and boycott the company who advertise in fox channel run by a Australian dividing this country.

    September 9, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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