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Boustany: We agree with 80% of Obama's plan, which should be scrapped

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posted on Sep, 10 2009 @ 06:05 PM

Maybe President Obama's health care speech yesterday did have an impact on Republicans. For instance, earlier this afternoon, Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA) told MSNBC "of course there's common ground. There is plenty of common ground."

"In fact," he said, "I would venture to say that we agree on about 80% of the issues right now. It's just a matter of hashing out those few areas where we disagree, but there's really not been that kind of real discussion, and it needs to happen."

That's downright Obama-esque language right there.

And it's a significantly different message from the one articulated in official GOP response last night, which urged "it's time to start over on a common-sense, bipartisan plan focused on lowering the cost of health care while improving quality."

Who gave that speech? Why, the very same Charles Boustany. What a difference a day makes!

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Boustany's "about face" is not too surprising when you consider that his response last night after the president's address to Congress was probably pre-taped. There's no way he could have written his reply in 5 minutes after Obama finished, so he must have just anticipated what the president might say and responded to that.

Today, after a chance to reflect on the president's actual message, perhaps he has re-thought his response and admitted to agreement on 80% of the plan.

Hopefully, this will possibly lead to more productive discussions with the Republicans and isn't just a political move to attempt to be seen as more moderate and reasonable.

[edit on 10-9-2009 by Sestias]

posted on Sep, 10 2009 @ 07:15 PM
I think after what happened with the Republicans last night, they're beginning to see that health care reform is going to happen, whether they want it or not, so they're joining in to try to change what they don't like, but there were two key events that really mucked up the Republicans:

1. The outburst of "You lie!" from Rep. Joe Wilson.
2. Boustany's horrible response for the GOP.

Actually, the GOP needs to pick better people.

When they used Jindal, his speech was bad!

posted on Sep, 10 2009 @ 07:18 PM
Reminder: It doesn't matter what Republicans think.

Democrats are not convinced, therefore it will not pass.

Democrats: My re-election or ObamaCare...........hmmmmmmmm? Not with those poll numbers.

posted on Sep, 10 2009 @ 11:53 PM
It is indeed interesting that Dr/Sen Boustany would change his mind
after hearing a speech which didn't tell him anything he didn't already
know! Perhaps he never read the House Bill, or listened to
anything the President said before last night?

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