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
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  1. What????

    I don't blame Boehner and the rest of the party of NO. The media allows them to lie without being called on it. John King is no exception, actually, he makes it so easy to come on SOTU, spew their lies and know that they will never be called on them. Can you say FOX light?

    November 1, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  2. Sensible Joe

    For months, the Republicans have done nothing but criticize health insurance reform. Now, at the eleventh hour, they suddenly have ideas and a bill in the works? Why weren't they working on it and talking about it all these months instead of knocking the President and the Democrats, who were working on this vital issue? The GOP's moral and legislative bankruptcy grows ever more transparent.

    November 1, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  3. Never again

    It is embarrassing to say I ever voted for the GOP.

    November 1, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. kimberly

    Im sorry, but I think that ship has sailed. NOW they havea plan?? REALLY? Its only been a year of whining and bitc$%^, and NOW they have a plan...I think not folks, thank GOD they are minority in this country ,THANK GOD!

    November 1, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. Steve

    Well, we have the party of BLOW in control: Blow up the deficit, blow up our economy, and blow up our healthcare. Let's hope CHANGE is int he air and Americans are smart enough to punish the party of BLOW in the upcoming elections.

    November 1, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  6. Reformed Republican

    We've seen the rethuglicon approach to health care reform:
    Do nothing, block everything and pray that you die quickly when you get sick.

    While you bleat the worn out, hate-filled partisan spin you got from Rushblo that Americans want to go slow on reform another 122 of your fellow Americans die everyday for lack of health insurance.

    In case you hadn't noticed there Bonher, Americans want health care fixed NOW! Get with it there Bozo, it's the 21st century...

    November 1, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. Ray in Nashville

    Wait a minute.

    Just yesterday I read on the political ticker where Boehner said that the Republicans had offered their own Health Reform plan back in June. Now he's saying that the House Republicans are going to offer their own Health Reform bill. Hmmm.

    November 1, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  8. james of colorado

    The Repukes have never wanted health reform, it goes against every big insurance donor who has financed them over the past 60 years. They have had countless opportunities, but failed to achieve anything at all!

    November 1, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    And just when did Boehner read the healthcare bill, he hasn't. Boehner is like a kid who reads one page of a book when in fact he hasn't read the book but tries to convience his teacher he's read the whole book.

    November 1, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Marry

    Conservative voters love to take cheap shots at anyone they disapprove of.
    "How much does the White House pay CNN..."
    "...the kiddies are getting candy ACORN (S)!..."
    "Obama didn't go as the jokester?"
    "Did Obama dress up as a chief executive?"
    "omama is the worst president sence I have been following the presidents in office."
    "I wonder if he asked each kid who was trick-or-treating to give up a "fair share" of their candy for those too lazy to go trick or treating."
    I could not agree more. What is this? We have finally a President that is smart, works more than hard and the “rights” just keep japing day in day out! Were where you when the Bush administration did not get anything done in 8 years except to fill their pockets???? Concerned about spending and forgetting, they spend more than anybody ever did before on a war the country was led into. Let’s not forget the people that got killed over this lie. Now they find that people do want health care reform and suddenly they “have a plan”! It is a “no” plan, filled with nothing but lies. Boehner is complaining about how President Obama handles the “leftover” wars, complains about the (very sad) loses of solders. Where was he the last 8 years?? All of this gets to be unbearable to listen too!
    It would be nice if they ever participated in some constructive thought and get over being in a group that can do nothing but destroy, scare, lie, and say no, no, no! They should stay less on principle and drawing lines, but stay on the side of the American people!!!

    November 1, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. sandy

    Boy, we've heard this story before. They had a plan in June. What happened to it? The Republicans are only going to help the insurance companies and the rich. This is their way. I say it's time they stood up for the people of this country, not the party. Politics in this country is going to take us all down the tubel. Stand up Americans for what you want. March on Washington if you have to,but STAND UP!!!

    November 1, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. Bridget

    Will the Republicans' bill have things like, say, NUMBERS, in it this time? Anyway, they had their chance and did nothing so, too bad.

    November 1, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. Mike

    That "Revolution" seems to happen within the 20% of our population who still consider themself Republican and seems to take the form of a split between the ultra-conservatives and the neo-conservatives. Moderates? What moderates? And we, regardless of our political leaning, are to believe that these guys really mean it when they talk about bipartisanship? What a hoot!

    November 1, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. cm

    Your parties's actions here lately show me you are really clueless; not only to health care but every aspect of your party and their so called leaders.

    November 1, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  15. Beverly in NC

    This is hilarious – Republicans have NO healthcare plan because they do not want any healthcare reform. They have been bought and paid for by the insurance industry – over 90 Republicans in Congress have individually received more than $1M from the insurance lobby.

    The Republican healthcare plan is to sell out America and once again vote NO on a critical life or death issue for the People. Are Republicans even human? How can they ignore the abuse of sick and dying Americans? How can they gladly use a government-run healthcare plan they get for free as Congress members and then deny the same thing to Americans facing bankruptcy from medical bills, no treatment for life-threatening illnesses, and call themselves Christian?

    Republicans have no plan and never did except to kill healthcare reform with lies and fear tactics. They had 8 years to come up with solutions to the nation's problems and all we got was a economic disaster and 2 fraudulent Bush/Cheney wars whose cost could have completely paid for healthcare for all.

    This is just another Republican lie – they fight reform all year and now just as we are about to vote on reform they suddenly say they have a plan? Please – we are not as stupid as your fanatical nutjob base!

    November 1, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. joseph scalmato

    People should realize that everytime republicans are in charge of anything,there are more avereage people suffering one way or another. Uder the guise of what's good for the country only means of what's good for themselves.

    November 1, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. Marry

    I have a problem with John King. He talks mostly with the "Right" and that is o.k. But he lets all their lies go by; he does not call them on the demagogy the Right is spreading, and asks questions that encourages them to spread untrue views. I wonder if CNN wants to create a “safe haven” for the GOP so they talk at all to CNN. However, with good journalism this has nothing to! It is simple sickening!

    November 1, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. Chris in California

    This is getting, no wait, has gotten PATHETIC!!

    We are finally on the precipice of something truly revolutionary for this country and all the GOP can do is stall, stall, stall and make sh*& up.

    Sure it will cost money, sure it will shake things up but that's what change is all about. Sometimes its hard but we're strong and we can take it.

    Why does the GOP keep trying to take this country in a direction that's healthy for the few and leave the many to suffer.

    Enjoy your free and complete congressional health care Boehner!

    November 1, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. Perusing-through


    For 60+ years Democrats have been pushing for healthcare reform. And for 60+ years Republican have danced around it, avoided it, shunned it, blocked it, snuffed it out, or JUST SAID NO!

    When middle-class America voted for Healthcare Reform CHANGE in November 2008, suddenly Republicans eyes opened and now the hypocrites are pretending to have a "credible" health care reform package. LIARS!

    November 1, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  20. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    Boehner, how much exactly id the CBO score the republican health plan that was offered as an alternative.

    The Dems latest is 894, what was your figures?

    Oh, wait, you actually have to put details to the "outline" before the CBO can offer a cost projections over 19 years.

    The "outline" presented months ago by you, we are all STILL waiting for the factual details you promised were still to come "later".

    "Later" the new "never".

    November 1, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. cora

    Oh so now Boehner want to take another 3 or 4 months for the Republicans to come up with a bill now, and I betcha this was did on purpose, the schemers they are, I have never seen Boehner this much on CNN since the election.

    November 1, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  22. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    A GOP health care bill? Why bother. They can't get anything passed. Oh wait.... I guess they have to go through the motions to shore up the lobbyists in pharmaceutical and health-care/insurance businesses.

    November 1, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. bob in LA

    WHEN????? Forget the past – they have had 10 months to formulate one and STILL haven't ! Are we all supposed to just wait around for them to finally tackle the issue?
    Cancel Congress's healthcare until a bill is passed. Watch how fast we have logical, bi-partisan healthcare!

    November 1, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. Anthony McMahon-Illinois

    These guys amaze me. No taxes? No cost? I have no problem paying higher taxes for something that benefits me and the public at large.

    Basically it's more of the GOP same: you can have you're cake and eat too and we'll push off the hard decisions (i.e., responsibility) for some later generation when we're all dead and gone.

    What a bunch of morons.

    November 1, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. not alone

    It's been over ten months and you don't have a idea what you want,but want to say no to whatever the dems say.sorry party of the new republicans is only out for blood and not willing to reason at all.the new dems are just as bad.hopping for a better party to both for soon.

    November 1, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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