June 7th, 2009
02:42 PM ET
5 years ago

Republican: The Obama 'experiment is beginning to scare people'

WASHINGTON (CNN) – On the heels of Congressional Democrats rolling out a draft of their health care reform proposal, a Republican strategist said Sunday that President Obama’s ambitious plans to remake the nation’s health care system are part of a larger pattern of government spending and intervention that should be cause for concern.

“The Barack Obama experiment is beginning to scare people,” Republican strategist Alex Castellanos said on State of the Union before he cataloged the hundreds of billions the new administration has spent helping General Motors and putting in place an economic stimulus package.

“When we’re talking about 17 percent of our gross national product - on health care, that’s what we spend. But, if that Barack Obama experiment with our health care, if that doesn’t work, we’re also talking about human lives. We’re also talking about the quality of our health care.”

Democratic strategist Donna Brazile sees the Obama administration’s unprecedented intervention in the economy and private industry very differently.

“We’re in this position because we’re in a deep recession and the financial markets collapsed and credit dried up and the government has intervened,” Brazile said Sunday in response to comments by persistent Obama critic Republican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama.

“I don’t think this is a long term solution but I think we’re taking the necessary steps as a country to ensure that we rebuild the private sector so that every American can enjoy the benefits of living in this wonderful and prosperous country.”

As for the impending fight on Capitol Hill over health care, the Democratic strategist was blunt.

“This is going to be a long, hot summer . . .,” Brazile told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.

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soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. A.P. Fremont, Calif.

    Here we go again.....the same old tactics of trying facilitate scare votes for GOP candidates from America. The only majority of Latino Republicans are within Cuban-Florida districts of the U.S., and they remain "out of the loop" from reality. This is why their demographic remains the only group of GOP supporters around. They're more concerned with getting back at Fidel Castro because he took businesses away from their Grandparents in Cuba some 40 years ago. This is a different day....get over it !!! First of all, America has always been scared, since the start of our war against terrorism. It's natural to be scared during a time of war. But we must stay focused to prevail. Any human being is "lying".... if they state they aren't scared of war. It has nothing to do with Obama. Next....what would the GOP know about being scared of recession ??? Every recession within the last thirty years happened; as a GOP president was leaving office with our deficit in the deficit in the red.... you think that was an accident ???? yea...right...
    While every Democratic President left office with our deficit in the black (surplus). The GOP wasn't SCARED about Ponzi schemes 8 years ago... when Senator Phil Gramm deregulated banking rules...were they ???? This is how out of touch Mr. Castellanos is...

    June 7, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. Pragmatic

    ", if that doesn’t work, we’re also talking about human lives. We’re also talking about the quality of our health care.”... forgot to mention that the USA is about 34th in the world for the quality of health care ... not the cost – just the quality.

    Anyone who believes that the insurance companies don't already "ration" health care and stand between doctors and what doctors decide is best for the patients have not been paying attention.

    Insurance companies don't care if you live or die just as long as they make a generous profit.

    June 7, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. tomiwa

    GOP criticises absolutely everything Obama does. I am sure this guy will still be criticizing if he does it differently

    June 7, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Russell, NC

    You better believe that Obama's experinentation is scarying people.

    June 7, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. sgj

    Wow – the Republicans haven't learned anything.

    They are reverting back to scare tactics as a way of countering the health care reform. .... nice. ...

    June 7, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. KG Texas

    While I agree that our health care system is in need of reform, I do not think we should have government run health care. It doesn't work in other countries and it will certainly not work here. It seems our government now wants to run everything, not just health care. I am beginning to agree, this is all starting to scare people. I feel like one day we will all wake up and find we have no rights or choices at all.

    June 7, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. Oliver

    "beginning to scare people"...yes, his detractors are scared that Obama is beginning to deliver results

    June 7, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. Jerry

    Alex hasn't been living in the real america in a long time. There isn't an Obama experiment going on. The American people went to the ballot box and we elected him to do what he is doing. We want him to fix health care, we want to fix the energy and environmental problem and we want him to fix education. At the very same time we want him working on Iraq and Pakistan and the middle east. We hired him. We expect him to do what he said he would do and we expect lawmakers to follow his lead. Alex...you are on CNN because you talk alot, not because you listen alot.

    June 7, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. Mary

    She is such a nothing and a nobody. Why doesn't she just shut up??? She can't even run her own family. I really cannot stand her.

    June 7, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. Hannah Stevens

    It is the republicans that are trying to scare people. The economy is turning around. My IRA is back up by 14K in the last two months. There are fewer jobs being lost and many are now finding jobs. The housing crisis is turning around as well. Why anyone would listen to republicans is beyond me as it is they who got us here in the first place. They want to start more wars and lower taxes and starve the beast so that people continue to have no health care, no Social security. The republicans are the party of "I've got mine" greed and they are the party of the past.

    June 7, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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