Republican minority leader’s response: Coming soon
A leading Republican Congressman said Sunday that his party would present by the end of the week its own plan for health care reform, one of President Barack Obama’s top domestic priorities.
House Minority leader John Boehner spoke after Obama’s top allies on Thursday unveiled sweeping compromise legislation, including a government-backed insurance plan to compete with private firms.
His comments were made during an interview with CNN host John King on Sunday. King asked the Republican minority leader: “Where is the Republican proposal, where you can say to the American people, we’ll spend this much over 10 years; it will do this to the deficit; and when we’ll be done, x-percent of the American people will have health insurance?”
“By the end of this week, people will be able to look at one proposal” that provides transparent cost figures and clearly states the number of people to be covered, Boehner told CNN.
He said the proposal will clearly delineate that “what the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) says it will cost and … what the CBO says will end up the percent of Americans who will have health insurance.”
Boehner declined to give specific details on the Republican proposal, but said it would not increase taxes, cut existing government programs for the poor and elderly, or have “mandates on individuals or businesses.”
He added that the GOP wants to allow insurance to be purchased across state lines, and proposed to “give grants to states that have innovative programs to bring down the costs of health insurance.”
House Democrats unveiled their draft text after Democrats in the US Senate have crafted their own version, and if the two chambers approve rival measures they must forge compromise legislation to send to Obama to sign into law, a process that could easily run into 2010.
Democratic House lawmakers have estimated their measure would cost 894 billion over 10 years and expand health insurance to 36 million Americans, helping to extend coverage to 96 percent of the population of the world’s richest nation.
This video is from CNN, broadcast Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009.
New Bolton bombshell implicates Bill Barr in Trump’s corruption with China and Turkey: report
Yet another huge bombshell was revealed to be included in manuscript for the upcoming book by former National Security Advisor John Bolton titled The Room Where it Happened.
"John R. Bolton, the former national security adviser, privately told Attorney General William P. Barr last year that he had concerns that President Trump was effectively granting personal favors to the autocratic leaders of Turkey and China, according to an unpublished manuscript by Mr. Bolton," New York Times correspondents Micheal Schmidt and Maggie Haberman reported Monday evening.
GOP senator admits she’s hoping Trump’s Ukraine scheme successfully sinks Biden
In a press conference with reporters on Monday, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) gave the game away by implying she hopes that President Donald Trump's scheme to dig up foreign dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden successfully sinks his candidacy and causes him to lose the Democratic caucuses in her state.
"Iowa caucuses are this next Monday evening. And I'm really interested to see how this discussion today informs and influences the Iowa caucus voters, those Democratic caucus goers. Will they be supporting Vice President Biden at this point?"
The remarks came after White House lawyers spent hours trying to change the subject from Trump's attempts to extort the president of Ukraine with military aid, to the conspiracy theory surrounding Biden's son's work in Ukraine that he had been demanding they pursue.
Republicans defended ‘a vile scoundrel’ who is ‘racist’ and ‘a petty tyrant’ — and it wasn’t Donald Trump
President Donald Trump's defense attorneys were blasted for their defense of a different president on Tuesday.
"I mean, of course Trump's lawyers are defending Andrew Johnson. Of course," noted MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes.
"Johnson was a vile scoundrel and a drunk and a racist and a petty tyrant whose presidency brought blood and shame upon this nation," Hayes continued. "That's the kindest characterization I could muster."
The host linked to a 2019 piece on Johnson that he wrote for The New York Times as a book review of "The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation by Brenda Wineapple.