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.”

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Filed under: GOP • Health care • House • John Boehner • State of the Union
November 1st, 2009
09:21 AM ET
13 years ago

Scenes from the White House: The Obamas host local kids


The president and first lady played host to approximately 2000 kids from the Washington Metro area on Saturday evening, the Obamas' first Halloween in the White House. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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Filed under: Michelle Obama • President Obama • White House
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