Speaker Boehner: 'No artificial deadlines' for replacing health care law
January 19th, 2011
11:40 AM ET
9 years ago

Speaker Boehner: 'No artificial deadlines' for replacing health care law

Washington (CNN) - As the House of Representatives moved forward with a vote on Wednesday to repeal the health care law, House Speaker John Boehner said there is no set timeline for a vote on an alternative to replace it.

"I don't know that we need artificial deadlines set up for the committees to act," Boehner told reporters after the weekly Republican conference meeting, adding that the House will vote to instruct the committees to begin working on a replacement on Thursday. "We expect them to act in an efficient way, allowing all of their members on their committees to be heard, both Democrats and Republicans."

Asked what the law should be replaced with, Boehner said "common sense reforms that will bring down the cost of health insurance for the American people and expand access."

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor urged the Democratic-led Senate to follow the House action and allow a vote on the Senate bill.

"Leader Reid continues to say that he is not going to bring this up for vote in the Senate. The American people deserve a full hearing, they deserve to see this legislation go to the Senate for a full vote," Cantor said.

Cantor declined to say whether he thought there were enough votes to pass the bill in the Senate, but said "the Senate ought not be a place that legislation goes into a dead end."

Senate Majority leader Reid released a statement on Wednesday saying, "This is nothing more than partisan grandstanding at a time when we should be working together to create jobs and strengthen the middle class."

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soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. civility is cool

    Ahhhh . . . the fine line between pandering and back-pedaling. Ummmm . . . Speaker Boehner? WHERE ARE THE JOBS???!!!!!

    January 19, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. Branden

    Did Boehner break down in tears after making this announcement?

    January 19, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. aaron in MN

    #1 the the private insurance industry doesn't want the bill repealed. Their customer base grew with the new law. The prescription drug companies don't want it repealed. They're selling more drugs to seniors. The republican party is one big puppet on a string. Right now their puppeteers are telling them to dance for the tea party and act like you want it repealed. Why don't we have an alternative? Because they don't want one. Why won't they give specifics on bringing down the cost and making health care more accessible? Because that would mean public option or single payer and the pupeteers don't want that. You'll never see it repealed. you'll never see an alternative plan from the GOP. Puppets pure and simple. Hmmm and the simple minded follow them...what are the odds?!?!

    January 19, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. PalmReader

    "John Boehner said there is no set timeline for a vote on an alternative to replace it."

    Having spent much political capital explaining what they CAN'T accomplish, specifically repeal of Health Care, GOPers are now willing to spend an equal amount of political capital in their own defense of having no actual plans to accomplish anything at all.

    January 19, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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