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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  1. Idiot_Pelosi

    You can't have a rational conversation with Obummer because he is just a puppet controlled by liberal clowns.

    Obama's speech tonigh can be summarized as follows:

    Er, Uh, Change. Uh, Change. Er, Uh, we need change in Health Care. Er, Uh, Uh, Change Er, Uh, Change.

    September 9, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Frankie

    The Dems HAVE reached out, repeatedly, but the sore-losers and right-wing nut-jobs just can't stand to be at the same table with him. Take Sarah Palin, who has decided she'd rather be part of the problem instead of part of the solution. Her op-ed in the WSJ made me howl with laughter, like just about everything she says/does. Here's a doozy:

    "But the fact remains that the Democrats' proposals would still empower unelected bureaucrats to make decisions affecting life or death health-care matters."

    I hate to break it to you, but unelected bureaucrats have been making life-and-death health care decisions for YEARS! Uh, they're called INSURANCE COMPANIES and HOSPITALS, and these industries need to be overhauled.

    Oops, wait, I forgot....the rich CEOs and doctors in BOTH those industries are GOP. No wonder they're hell-bent on blocking health care reform!

    September 9, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. southerncousin

    Won't do any good. Liberals want to ram this down the throats of the working people of America to ensure that their supporters, the dope smoking, non woking, Oprah watchers get more of the money we work so hard for so they don't have to take drug tests and get job.

    September 9, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. Jimmy the Greek

    FACT: A recent poll indicates 80% of Americans want a BI-PARTISAN healthcare reform bill.

    FACT: Obama hasn't invited the GOP to White House talks on healthcare since April – even though GOP leadership has offered to participate.

    Obama doesn't want "bi-partisianship"... he wants to craft his OWN version of socialized healthcare... and he wants everyone else to shut-up and accept it.

    September 9, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. Lynne

    Perhaps CNN could mention that Boustany was one of the Birthers before he sort of backed down. A real credible source! Where has he been in the months of debare over health care? Why is he a FORMER cardiac surgeon???

    Funny how you give all the negatives for the Democratic side but give a pass to the right!!

    September 9, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. No Hillary = No Obama

    What? Everytime something doesn't go Obama's way, is he going to yap us to death? I will not be listening to him tonight because I really don't care what he says. He will go down in history as the Yapping President.

    September 9, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. Bluebonnet

    Good idea but he will never sell the dumbocrats! I can't believe post on prior stories, such as United Healthcare and Blue Cross "rationing" healthcare! Don't these idiots know that their employer chooses the plan/$$$ he wants to provide for his employees? There are extremely good plans in both companies but, as stated, it all depends on what the employer is willing to pay for!

    September 9, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. jaye

    His rebuttal will be filled with LIES and utter nonsense.
    The republicans have turned into complete liars and evildoers.

    September 9, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. john u

    So was Boustany upset when Republicans regularly locked Democrats out of negotiations or when Republicans used the Reconciliation procedure to ram through their tax cuts in 2003? i doubt it.

    September 9, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. Johnny DC

    The Democrats in power, both in Congress and in the White House, like to sustain this false view that the GOP is strictly a party of "no".

    In reality, it is these same leaders that intentionally turn away any and all proposals or discussions started by the GOP.

    Fortunately for the Democrats, this strategy of maintaining the ruse worked marvelously for them in 2008.

    Unfortunately for the Democrats, the Independents and GOP-abandoners are realizing that this strategy is indeed a lie, and this will motivate a minor recovery for the GOP in 2010 and a major one in 2012.

    The American public is easily duped in the short term. Sooner or later, people understand what is really going on.

    September 9, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. Randolph Carter, the narcissistic, finger chompin' Obamabot

    Because we should always listen to what Louisiana politicians have to say. They've done such a great job of making their state a shining beacon of equality, progress and prosperity. Have a nice day!

    September 9, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. Bill

    This is false. Boustany won't focus on what's in commonin health care reform for R's and D's. That's because there is nothing in common. The R's are perfectly happy with a system that creates millionare doctors while patients die. Boustan will simply reply the lines that Palin, Grassley, and Big Pharma wants to hear.

    September 9, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. Angie in Pa

    He claims the Republicans have a number of Ideas to put forth WHERE? I havent heard have any of you? I have heard nothing out of the Republicans regarding Healthcare oh wait

    Death panels
    Goverment take over
    Destroying the country

    Thats it folks thats the Ideas we have heard over and over again from Republicans THEY HAVE NOTHING! NADA ZILCH They held power for 8 years what did they do about our Healthcare problem??????????????????????

    September 9, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. annie s

    I know one reason Republicans shouldn't have a voice in this – read Sarah Palin's op ed. Her idea of health care "reform", as with all the Republican's ideas, is essentially to allow the private insurers to keep doing what they are doing – but to allow people to buy insurance across state lines and to let those on Medicare have vouchers to buy private insurance (and ultimately dismantle Medicare). Neither of these proposals would do a single thing to lower individual costs – in fact, they would most likely raise them – but more importantly, neither of those things will help the uninsured or the uninsurable (those over 55, those with pre-exisitng conditions and many of the self-employed). We need a compassionate, intelligent solution for all Americans, not just the financially secure ones.

    September 9, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Laverne

    Well the republicans should start acting as if they want to work together with the dems on a bill and stop criticizing and shooting down every inch of progress made. Boustany may be one of the few repubs who talk like he's got some sense, but that has not been the case thus far with the majority of republicans. It is time to put up or SHUT UP!

    September 9, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. Wake Up

    Obama is just a liar. How can you debate a complete liar and fraud? Obama wants a socialist government. He wants the successful to be poor. He wants the unions to control all. He wants to end free speech, control the internet, and tell you what to do and say.
    LESS GOVERNMENT NOW! Both parties are taking away our freedoms, WAKE UP!

    September 9, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. Voted4HealthCare

    Puh-lease. "Substantive ideas" from Boustany include his ridiculous LIES about death panels. Another disingenuous Republican from the "deather" fringe. Give me a break.

    September 9, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. xargaw

    The Democrats want to pass reform. The GOP wants to kill reform as a way to destroy the opposition and regain power. What else do you need to know?

    September 9, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. special kay

    If memory serves me right, the Repubs had plenty of opportunities whether in the House or Senate to propose their verison of ideas. But NONONONONONONO. This debate has been happening for the last 60+ years not just this year. Nobody in the repubs camp wants to touch health care when (THEY) were in power but as soon as there is a Dem president all of a sudden (THEY) have these magical ideas. GIVE ME A BREAK.....

    September 9, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. Ted Tartaglia

    How does this work? Boustany asserts that Repubs and Democrats agree on many points concerning healthcare. I am not sure what world he is living in because Repubs only offer criticism and never advance any credible ideas. Yes, they keep proposing the same failed policy that has proven useless. The Repubs are only concerned with protecting big business; they care less about the American people.

    Boustany complains about frustration and insists that Repubs have some very substantive ideas they could put forth. Well, shut up and put forth your ideas.

    Repubs want to tear down what is good about healthcare and promote the bad.

    It is interesting to see the Repub geriatric crowd complaining about Government run healthcare. Does that mean they want to get of Medicare and buy their own healthcare insurance from the private sector. If they do, these Repubs are as smart as a piece of lumber.

    September 9, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  21. Kate in San Diego

    It is becoming very clear that there are some people who simply want to believe the worst because they hate Obama and being able to express their hatred is more important than anything else. it doesn't matter what is in the health care bill. If Obama found a way to provide the best care to everyone with no expense to taxpayers this group would continue to complain, criticize, and stand in the way of any change. If Obama found a way to have Jesus himself come down and support healthcare change there would be people insisting it was a trick of Satan. We are wasting our time on people who care more about hate than they do about saving lives.

    September 9, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. Steph

    Is he frustrated with himself???The White House has attempted to reach out, have open dialogue, and compromise, but the Republicans have decided to make outlandish attacks (death panels...Really??? Is that what they call dialogue)!

    September 9, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. carlo

    Boustany the birther and the idiot who tried to buy a Lordship from England wants to give the country his take on healthcare? I've lived in Louisiana all of my life, and I wouldn't trust him to clip my toenails, much less do anything else medical.

    September 9, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  24. Voted4HealthCare

    Boutsany is also part of the "birther" fringe in my xGOP.

    September 9, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  25. carlo

    When this passes, I want to rejoin all of you GOP tools right here so I can gloat. Thanks.

    September 9, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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