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!