November 1st, 2009
10:57 AM ET
13 years ago

Boehner promises GOP health care bill

Washington (CNN) – With debate poised to begin in the House this week on Democrats’ nearly 2000-page health care reform bill, House Minority Leader John Boehner said Sunday that House Republicans intend to present their own health care bill.

“We are going to have a proposal,” the Ohio Republican said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, “And I would hope that the [House] Speaker [Nancy Pelosi] will allow us to have a debate and a vote on our proposal.”

Boehner added that this party intends to take eight or nine different ideas for health care reform currently available on and craft them into a single bill that Republicans will propose an alternative to the Democratic bill unveiled last Thursday.

Boehner also laid out for CNN Chief National Correspondent John King some of the key attributes of the GOP plan. “We do not increase taxes, we do not cut Medicare and Medicaid and we do not have mandates on individuals or businesses.”

Boehner also had a number of criticisms of the Democratic bill debuted late last week.

“This not affordable,” Boehner said as he patted a copy of the Democratic health care bill, “What this is going to do is bankrupt America. It’s going to cost millions of Americans their jobs and cut benefits for seniors. This is not what the American people want. They want a more gradual approach to fixing our current system.”

Related: House Democrats unveil $894 billion health care bill

Filed under: GOP • Health care • House • John Boehner • State of the Union
soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Gary

    Nobody believes you're serious. You have lost your credibility by not working for the people or with the President on ANY issue.

    November 1, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. Nick

    One word for Boehner and the GOP: LIAR!!!

    November 1, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. vic nashville , Tn

    They criticize Hillary Bill they didn’t have their own bill

    They criticize Obama Bill they didn’t have their own bill

    What joke

    Now they will have their own bill by next week because they know Obama bill will pass and this bill will attract more voters for democrats

    Boehner don’t play politics with our life

    November 1, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. catmom

    Haven't Republicans been saying all along that they had a health care plan and no one would listen to them? Now they are saying they are going to come up with a health care plan. If they already had a plan why do they have to come up with a plan? It seems Republicans are playing games as usual. They have no plan and they are not interested in health care for all. I'm not sure what more people need to know about Republicans plan for the American people.

    November 1, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. Jan

    Will the GOP have their "bill" scored by the CBO?

    That is when we will know if they actually have a bill, instead a bunch of incoherent mishmash that solves nothing.

    So far, the Party of No has been all whining and no solutions.

    November 1, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. Dante in Madison, WI

    Hmm... let me guess... Their "proposal" will be a cover sheet with a page behind that which reads "Details to come." and then a bunch of blank pages behind that–just like last time.

    Why does it have to be a "GOP health care bill"? Is it ONLY going to cover members of the GOP? Why can't it just be an "alternative" health care bill? See–that's the problem with that party–everything revolves around THEM instead of we the PEOPLE of the United States of America.

    Get a clue GOP.

    November 1, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. LuvMyVersys

    Until every Congressmen and Senator are forced to put some skin in the game, their healthcare bill will stink.
    Constituents need to demand "EVERY SINGLE" Congressman and Senator give up their Cadillac Congressional gold plated health care plan, and take the same government health insurance plan they plan to force the rest of us on, they have nothing to lose by offering us up a crappy deal.

    November 1, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. commonsense

    this guys come out with a bill after they realize that health care reform will pass. we already heard the repubs ideas.. they will do nothing to help the middle class. TOO LATE! stop trying to delay health care reform!

    November 1, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. Mark

    A republican health care bull, oops I ment bill, may be cheaper but it will be full of pork for the insurance companies. Average Americans will pay more under any republican plan. Possibly not in taxes but definitely in higher insurance rates and worse coverage. History shows clearly that the republican party has shown little to no interest in the health of this country. They have only allowed managed heath care to become wealthy and powerful. And the democrats have done little to stop this.

    November 1, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. Enough

    Unbelievable. Boehner is caught in another bold face LIE, and the media does not challenge him.

    Just yesterday, Boehner lied and said Republicans "have offered" (past tense) a plan and today flipped to "going to have" (future tense).

    Then, Boehner repeats the same ole lie about cuts to Medicare, which is to stop greedy insurance companies from over cycle-charging the taxpayers and keeping those funds for senior care, where it belongs.

    November 1, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. sharon

    Republicans come up with idea of alternative healthcare reform bill– to propose next week. Yeah team!

    November 1, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. Julie

    So if you're not going to increase taxes or some form of revenue, not cut medicare or medicaid spending, and not mandate that everyone have insurance, how exactly are you going to pay for the care of the increasing numbers people on these government programs and those who have no insurance??? Add them to an existing government program?? Oh wait, that's an added expense. Not pay the hospitals and doctors for these individuals' services? You'll have hospitals closing their doors. Maybe we should just deny them care all together for those without insurance or the ability to pay and send them home to die quickly. Healthcare has big costs, care is mandated by federal law without regards for ability to pay or citizenship for that matter, and fewer payers of these costs. What exactly have the Republicans been planning for healthcare reform in the past year or how about when they had full control of congress and the presidency from 2001-2005? They have not done a thing and still haven't "finalized" what ideas they have now. That's very pathetic.

    November 1, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  13. Enlil from Colorado

    More delay from the party of No. Why else wait until both the Senate and House have bills out of committee.

    November 1, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. Jack in Florida

    Yeah, right.........and I have a bridge for sale in Brooklyn....any bidders??

    November 1, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. JasonK

    The republicans already have a bill. The bill has the following
    * All women have the right to be raped but not get justice
    * Rape is an preexisting condition
    * No gays can be covered
    * You have the full right to be dropped by your insurance for falling sick. It will not impact your previlage to pay the insurance premiums
    * If you have don't have insurance you should just die if you have insurance you should still die so that the insurance company can make a billion more.

    November 1, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. Barb

    Yea right, Republicans have done NOTHING to help the American people. They "road-block" anything and everything, no matter, just to support failure. They are a mess.

    November 1, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. Republicans are the American Taliban

    They will submit their "proposal" along with their budget we are all still waiting for...

    November 1, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. Mike Buck

    Where was the Republican health care bill during the Bush Administration when they controlled the House and Senate and the cost went up over 400 percent? It went into their bank accounts! What a bunch of hypocrites!

    November 1, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. Republicans are the American Taliban

    Their proposal will be tax cuts for insurance be paid for by cuts in Social Security and Medicare!!

    November 1, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  20. Aunt Bea and Opie

    John is just plain pathetic.If he were my son ,I would disown him.

    November 1, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. ddieterle

    First of all, I would like to say that I am shocked and appalled that our representatives care more about pleasing and promoting their respective parties than helping the American people they were elected to represent. Why did they go into public office? I admit the benefits are substantial. Great retirement pay, health care, and a certain amount of notoriety, but I really believe that most, if not all, of our congress people and senators started out wanting to make the country and the world a better place. Somehow, they get caught up in the ‘headiness’ of it all and forget their roots. If they really want to be great, work together and be part of the common good, no matter what your party. History will remember you.

    To the Republicans I have to ask, why are you so against a public option?
    Since when have the entrepreneurs of our capitalist system been afraid to compete against the federal government? When permission exists, they go at it ‘tooth and nail’ and the winners are the American people. You have only to look at the postal service for an example. Comprise. Let the Democrats have a public option in exchange for not mandating employers to provide health insurance.

    To the Democrats I have to ask, why should employers be responsible for providing health insurance? An employer based system in our Capitalist economy in ludicrous! We will never achieve 100% employment. This burden makes our companies less competitive. The money the companies spend on health insurance could be given to the employees in the form of higher wages. Companies would be able to create more jobs as their products would be more competitive and their profits would rise. Not to mention, changing jobs or lay offs would not affect your medical care. Tell the Republicans the employer mandate provision will be dropped if they will agree to a public option.

    These seem like pretty easy compromises. DO IT!! Be part of the historical moment when the United States finally joins the rest of the developed countries, and some not so developed, into taking care of ALL their citizens’ health care needs.

    November 1, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. johny

    the Mugabe party of NO is back at it again, stalling as usual, no new idea, no plan at all just yell scream criticize and do nothing what a shame

    November 1, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  23. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Republican Health Care Reform:

    Reaffirm the anti-trust exemption enjoyed by the "Health Care" INDUSTRY at the expense of Citizens.
    Eliminate any right to sue for damages resulting from medical mistakes or malpractice – substitute in an arbitration panel, filled with industry fat cats.
    Strengthen Insurance Companies "rights" to make as much profit as possible through whatever means available, ie; exclusion, denial, termination.
    Allow said "Health Care" "providers" to sell their policies to whomever, wherever, whenever they want, regardless of State regulations.

    Did I miss anything???
    We demand the right to add THAT in later too.

    November 1, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. John From Brooklyn, NY

    Give me a break! This promise of an alternative bill comes after a YEAR of pleading from the Democrats to contribute to a bi-partisan plan while the Republicans have sat on their hands. Now that its clear that the Democrats are going to be successful at responding to the public demand for reform – despite Republican obstruction and lies for the past year – the Republicans are now trying one last ploy...a feeble..."but we have ideas too".

    November 1, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. katiec

    Gee, after ten months, no after eight years they now have a health care plan??
    Their plan will definitely support and promote big business and sacrifice the American people, you can betcha.

    November 1, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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