Rep. Eric Cantor on GOP Health Care Plan

The Minority Whip talks tort reform, recission protection

Thursday, November 05, 2009


Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives aren't satisfied with the health care reform bill drafted by the Democrats, so they have written a health care bill of their own. There are significant aspects of the Republican bill that aren't yet clear, chief among them how much the plan would cost. An analysis by the Congressional Budget Office said the GOP plan would insure only 3 million of those currently without health insurance. By comparison, the Democratic plan would insure 36 million currently uninsured Americans. (Both estimates look ahead to the year 2019.) While the Democrats' bill would cover 96 percent of eligible Americans, the Republican alternative would cover 83 percent — roughly comparable to current levels. House Minority Whip Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) joins us with a look inside the Republican bill and his take on the nation's priorities for health care reform. (Click through for a full interview transcript.)

Join us tomorrow when Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the House Majority Whip, talks with us about the Democrats' health care reform ideas.


Rep. Eric Cantor


Noel King

Comments [4]

MK Ultra

GOP healthcre plan: don't get sick but if you do, make sure you die fast.

Nov. 05 2009 06:47 PM

It is ridiculous to believe that these weak measures will reduce cost in a way that will allow a significant portion of the uninsured to purchase insurance. Also, the idea that having a “public option” is somehow taking away an individual’s choice is equally ridiculous. Do you, if you are lucky enough to be employed and insured, get to choose which company provides the insurance? That is why a public option is needed to provide true competition. Are those now on medicare clamoring for the opportunity to instead purchase their insurance from private companies? And then the congressman speaks about a state based, federally subsidized program, but that’s not a “government takeover.” The "difference"is: This approach has federal subsidy money going to for-profit insurance companies. As far as where will the money come from if pharmaceutical prices are capped: how about from the obscene profit margins on the medications that millions depend on for their health and survival!

Nov. 05 2009 12:03 PM

It wasn't long ago that Presidential Advisor Valerie Jarrett was justifying the Administration's attacks on Fox News as "speaking truth to power." What a joke. It reminds me of that television commercial, where the executive sitting behind a large desk in a high-rise corner office says, "We're going to stick it to the man." The young aide, standing on the other side of the desk says, "But, uh, you ARE the man...?" Fox News is a cable channel that reaches about four or 5 million households at a time. Valerie Jarrett is the advisor to the putative Leader Of The Free World. If there realy is a problem of media bias (and I think there is), it is with the nation's taxpayer-subsidized National Public Radio network, not with a private company that requires no tax subsidies, no university radio infrastructure, no tax-deductible listener donations, and no charitable foundation support.

Nov. 05 2009 09:51 AM

I actually found refreshing the open hostility and dismissiveness ("devil's advocate" was how Celeste Headlee put it; John Hockenberry's voice just raised an octave) with which Rep. Cantor was questioned. I don't mind hard questioning at all, as long as the subject is given an opportunity to answer. (Cantor was, although just barely.) The thing is, we'll see tomorrow what kind of questioning Rep. Clyburn gets. If it is even close to being as tough, I suspect it will be because John Hockenberry will press Clyburn on why a more robust "public option" isn't being pressed harder, on a Senate that clearly doesn't support it at all. But still, my prediction is that the Democrat will get a lot more "warm and fuzzy" takeaway than this confrontational session with Congressman Cantor.

Nov. 05 2009 09:30 AM

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