Boustany: We Agree with 80 Percent of Obama’s Plan, which Should Be Scrapped

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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!

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Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at brian@talkingpointsmemo.com
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