October 31st, 2009
10:37 AM ET
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Boehner: Only Republicans have offered workable health-care plan

WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Minority Leader John Boehner pushed back Saturday against critics who accuse the GOP of attacking President Barack Obama's health-care plan without offering a formal Republican alternative.

"As a matter of fact, only Republicans have offered solutions to lower health-care costs and make it easier to obtain quality, affordable coverage without imposing a massive burden on the American people," Boehner said in the weekly Republican radio and Web address.

"We first released our health-care plan in June, and over the last six months, we have introduced at least eight bills that, taken together, would implement this blueprint," he said.

The GOP released the guiding principles of its health-care agenda in June, but did not release a comprehensive legislative blueprint at that point. Republican congressional leaders have said the party is in the process of crafting a substitute.

On the official GOP Web site, to which Boehner referred, the party pledges to formally offer its own plan during upcoming floor debate on the bill introduced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The site says the Republican proposal will incorporate all or part of the elements of health-care bills introduced by individual members, and a health-care plan introduced by the Republican Study Committee.

Boehner repeated Saturday the four main elements of the GOP's health care agenda:

- To let individuals and small businesses look for better insurance deals in other states.

- To allow them to pool together to receive the kind of insurance deals typically offered to large corporations.

- To create an environment that gives states greater range to experiment with cost-saving health care reforms.

- To institute tort reform.

He compared the Democratic version of the health-care plan to Bill and Hillary Clinton's failed 1993 proposal.

"It's clear where the American people stand on this issue," Boehner said.

"They're frustrated and fed up.

"We now have a choice: We can come together to implement smart, fiscally responsible reforms to improve Americans' health care or we can recklessly pursue this government takeover that creates far more problems than it solves," he said.

Floor debate on the Democratic bill introduced in the House on Thursday could begin as soon as next week.

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soundoff (233 Responses)
  1. Mike

    Most of the posters here are so dead set against a Republican idea that if it is not a Democratic plan it must be awful. Only one post notes that both the Democrats and the Republicans be tossed out so an American plan be formed. This is a logical first step. Both 'sides' have their friends and that is how any plan is always devised, just follow the money. In reality since the President opened this debate he said he wanted to cut the cost of health care. How is that done by spending a trillion dollars? Shouldn't the costs be cut and the the waste and fraud be eliminated before more money is spent.

    October 31, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. Paul

    Boehner is having another Republican wet dream.

    October 31, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. ErnestNM

    I think that the Democrats should raise the ante. Why only tax the rich (nearly all Republicans opposed to health care) $500 Billion dollars. That doesn't even roll back the taxes to the Clinton years. I say tax the rich for the ENTIRE amount of this bill.

    Then we kill two birds with one stone. If the rich Republicans want to whine, give them something to really whine about!

    October 31, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. Diane

    The Republicans had the floor for eight years and never touched the health care crisis. All they could do is wage war in the wrong country, and spend hundreds of billions doing it.

    October 31, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. Gary

    Isn't it interesting that this piece of dung has all the answers after 8 years of no action and no ideas. I give up. Vote out all incumbents and let's start over.

    October 31, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. sandy

    Give me a breaK.....anybody see there offering in June? I remember some 8 page thing that came out. Didn't say much of anything that I recall.

    October 31, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. S M R

    "A workable health-care plan" to a Republican is the "STATUS-QUO". The GOP ONLY CARE ABOUT BILLIONS IN PROFITS (which is shared by the upper class) and overcharged 95% of AVERAGE AMERICANS.

    October 31, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. JIlli

    An outline with no details is a health care plan? Maybe that hooey would fly when old gw loser was in office, but the american public has been fooled once. Shame on you.

    Why does boehner still have a job? The republicans have been played – I guess they got a whiff of the latest polling showing them in the teens. Too bad they chose to take themselves out of the formulation of the bill from the start. Too little too late mr. boehner – you've been exposed as the do nothing party.

    October 31, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
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