From NBC's Mark Murray
According to excerpts that Republicans have released, Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA), who will deliver tonight's GOP response to President Obama's speech tonight, will say that Republicans wants to work with the president on health care -- but also that they want Democrats to start over.
"Republicans are pleased that President Obama came to the Capitol tonight," Boustany is expected to say. "We agree much needs to be done to lower the cost of health care for all Americans. On that goal, Republicans are ready -- and we've been ready -- to work with the president for common-sense reforms that our nation can afford."
Also: "It's clear the American people want health care reform, but they want their elected leaders to get it right. Most Americans wanted to hear the president tell Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid and the rest of Congress that it's time to start over on a common-sense, bipartisan plan focused on lowering the cost of health care while improving quality. That's what I heard over the past several months in talking to thousands of my constituents. Replacing your family's current health care with government-run health care is not the answer. In fact, it'll make health care much more expensive."