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. USAvenger

    Right from the mouth of a "Republican strategist"... They don't know the mindset of the real American. Do you really want to know what scares us? The ridiculous costs of healthcare and how it got out of control to begin with.

    June 7, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. gl, Pittsburgh

    It is the economy stupid, but the Republcians still taking about war defense. They have no solutions if it don't related to war, but they call themself christian party. God said the poor will be with us for a live time, but the Repubicans hate the poor and would live to kill off the poor if they had their way because the poor cut into their war money.

    June 7, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. Big J

    Face it, some people enjoy living in fear! Period!

    June 7, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. Nick

    Another example of the Fear-based Republican party's prowess at misleading. These amateurs still don't understand that the status quo would be a devastating recession far worse than it is?

    These amateurs really believe the U.S. Health Care system is good? Have they ever been in a public Hospital? Millions of Americans can't even afford Health Insurance.

    Complete, complete disconnect from reality Mr. Castellanos.

    June 7, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. bob

    Truth is, if they're not fearing it now, they will be. Obama and his socialist regime continue to play the blame game. They want to continue to push this on the prior administration. But it isnt the past administration who is spending like crazy and trying to nationalize any industry that plays into their socialist plans. They are putting us on a very dangerous edge. Even with the mess left by the Bush administration, you dont have to spend and take over corporations to resolve issues. You didnt need the self appointed messiah obama and his socialist disciples to take GM down. They would've gone that way on their own, or maybe they wouldnt............but we could've saved a lot of money and taxpayer pain by letting the market determine that answer. Its the same issue with the banks..........let the Fed determine the insolvent banks and close them. You didnt need to spend billions doing it like you did.

    June 7, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. Carl Justus

    Yeah, Obama is beginning to scare people, the insurance companies, the oil companies, the rich greedy republicans, and so called far 'RIGHT".

    June 7, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. Big-K (DC)

    The only people scared are the Republicans mostly because of the confidence of the American people in the President and the fact he will Succeed,The doom and gloom they are hoping for will not come to fruitation.Go ahead have another sip of the kool aid, every thing will be all right.

    June 7, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. David

    The GOP Extremists are only focused on Fear and War mongering. They couldn't negotiate with anyone not like them or create even the 'concept' of a health plan for anyone but themselves. The more ignorant a person is, the more fearful they are of everything around them they don't understand.....the more dangerous they become to everyone not like them. Religious/Political Extremist 101

    June 7, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. Sue

    Or they are scrared if Obama's programs do work the Repubs will be out in the cold.

    President Obama is only doing what he was elected to do as far as health care is concerned.

    June 7, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. renaldo

    The only thing that scares me is that the Republicans could stumble back into power somehow. Obama isn't changing things fast enough for me.

    June 7, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. Karen

    What's scaring people is the complete ineffectiveness of the republican party to show any kind of care for the national situation above their ideology of "no" to anything that helps the average citizen in the long run. They need to concentrate on figuring out (not to hard) how to "fix" their platform. Namely, inclusiveness and trying to understand it is no longer the country or the world of 30 years ago.

    June 7, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. John in WV

    She can slam all she wants. We'll see if her slamming does any good come next presidentual election.

    June 7, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. Ray

    We've been pandering to the interests of big business for the past 25 years: the economic crisis we are in now is the result of deregulation and trickle down economics, the wealthy have grown richer and jobs and growth have trickled down to countries like India and China. It's about time that Americans take back our economy and health care is a good place to start. You notice that the insurance industry is already spending millions of their profit on a media campaign to tell us what a bad idea health care reform is.

    June 7, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. Jake

    but we were already scared silly the past eight years? bush, rumsfeld, cheney, rove, rice....they never stopped telling us how much danger we were in! two holy wars being waged in america's name?

    the "scare" is over.

    June 7, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. Mix

    What? No comments from the Obama bin Lyin' "let's bankrupt the country" lemmings?

    June 7, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. Pat A. Gonia

    Doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results is one definition of insanity.

    We have tried the Republican model, with notable failures. It's time to try something else.

    June 7, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. JimS.

    The people it's scaring are Republicans. And for good reason, because they know if they keep up the same old cr*p as usual, their days are numbered.

    June 7, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. Jason

    I'm not scared, Mr. Castellanos, I'm excited and full of hope for this country.

    June 7, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. Grrr-awful-o

    It scares capitalists. But not socialists.

    June 7, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    WHAT A JERK.... Ya we'd rather go back to the lies and corruption of the Bush administration with domestic spying, torture, illegal wars, and whoring for the oil corporations as its hallmark.

    June 7, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. MikeH

    John King is just a less psychotic version of Glen Beck. Castellanos is just a Republican toe-sucking stooge.

    These dismal sycophants are Republican operatives paid to do the bidding of the industrialist fat cats who want to continue to bleed America for corporate profit. If Obama doesn't stop their parasitic destruction of this country, America will become second to China, maybe third to China and Russia. You have the Republicans to blame for that.

    The first step to save America is to provide for our citizens, stop the economic plundering by the Healthcare (oxymoron) industry.

    June 7, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    Can the Repubs explain why Cheney was so scared to stand the elections so as to continue these policies he so much cherises?
    Was he afraid of circular swiftboats?

    June 7, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  23. makesUwonder

    Actually, I'm beyond the "scared" regarding Obama and his "experiments". I'm now at the angry and disgusted part. Now it's time to get him out of the White House. Now what must be done is vote him out of office. He's already harmed this country and it will take years before it can be fixed, but with the grace of God Obama will be out in 2012 and we can begin to fix the damage he has done. Hopefully, fix it before the next generation takes charge of this great county of ours.

    June 7, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  24. jon

    The modern world history has witnessed that every socialist or communist country has failed miserably. Obama's experiment on socialism will likely suffer the same fate.

    June 7, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  25. bud in NC

    So the executives and CEO's of our insurance companies who collectively get bonuses in the billions, say they will not permit the 60-70% of Americans who want a National health program to have it? They OWN our health care? What?? To scare us they (the millionairs) tell us it would be -Gasp, socialism. Horrors.
    Europe- yep them- have Universal health coverage for EVERYONE. And get this. Their per capita cost is less than ours, and we have millions un-insured. Medicare is effeciently run. No large saleries at the top. No giant bonusus. Do you think there might be a connection? Robber barrons using the scare tactik on us. They want it to sound like it is Communism. Europeans have as much freedom as we have. They care about human values not the right to exploit. The Robber barrons do not care about democracy, only the right to make money no matter how much it hurts the average person.

    June 7, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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