July 24th, 2009
03:30 PM ET
5 years ago

GOP ratchets up health care reform debate

Sen. James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, says his party may have enough votes to stall Democratic health care reform.
Sen. James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, says his party may have enough votes to stall Democratic health care reform.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As Democrats continue to splinter over President Obama's proposed health care reform plan, Republicans are taking the opportunity to home in on a key argument: A good bill deserves more time and deliberation.

Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Georgia, said Friday that Obama's rush to put a bill together is "totally irresponsible."

"Most of us believe that the decision as to major reform of how Americans get their health care in this country deserves at least as much time and deliberation as it would take to select a puppy to live in the White House," he said. "It took the president six months to decide how long and which puppy he was going to have. ... To expect Congress to do something on major health care reform in six days is totally irresponsible."

Sen. James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, speaking on conservative Hugh Hewitt's radio show recently, was asked about whether his party had enough votes to block health care from going forward. His answer: "I think so. I really do."

"If he is unsuccessful, which I anticipate and will predict he is, on getting a vote prior to the August recess, then I would say there's no way in the world they're going to get this done this year," he added.

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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Ethan

    Every American should be asking his or herself the following question:

    WHY do the Republicans want to BLOCK this bill as opposed to improve it?

    The only alternative to the bill being debated is the status quo.

    And that is unacceptable.

    So... why are they blocking it?

    July 24, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  2. Zero.

    Look at that Face??? What does it say to you? Yet all Obama can do, is say. "I am the President Ha ha ha. So now CNN? I still want barack Obama to appologise overe the airwaves. I still guess he thinks he is too BIG! "The moment gets smaller. So low infact even CNN are grobbling in the dirt..

    July 24, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  3. stormerF

    To rush a Health care bill that is 1/6th of our Economy is irresponsible,and makes one wonder,what the Democrats are hiding?the Congressional Budget Office says the health care Bill will cost jobs,increase the Deficit and Harm the Economy,so why are Obama,Pelosi and Reid not listening?

    July 24, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  4. Zero.

    Yes I am Bitter. Real bitter to see Free Pess grobble.

    July 24, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  5. Tom in CA

    Did you hear something, too? Why yes, it's mutterings from members of the Grand Obstructionism Party!

    You know – the party of FEAR MONGERING and NO IDEAS!

    Hey – SIT DOWN and SHUT UP! This is the price that's paid for LOOSING AN ELECTION!

    July 24, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  6. David Evan

    It's not six months, but 60 years since the debate on national health care started.

    July 24, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  7. Stop the Robber Baron Insurance Companies and The Republicans they Bribe

    Call your member of congress. Demand that they stay in D.C. until they pass health care reform with a government option.

    July 24, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  8. This Just In

    NEWSFLASH: Republicans fondly recall the "republican revolution" when they controlled congress. Nostalgia runs deep for the "good ole days" when they earned the moniker the "Do Nothing Congress."
    So deep that today they decided to resurrect that strategy of doing nothing on the health care proposal those crazy democrats are pushing by urging "more debate", neocon code-speak for "let's try to talk it to death so we don't have to take a stand on anything".

    July 24, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  9. JonDie

    The entire GOP position on fixing healtch care can be summed up with two letters, No!

    July 24, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  10. Bob Pacific Grove, Ca

    LOL!!! Republicans have NO plan to contribute to the health care debate.........They simply want to maintain the status quo and kill any Democratic proposals for substantive changes........They are nothing but self-serving, greedy bloodsuckers whose shallow ideology has exposed their party as nothing more than supporters of corporate fascism.......

    July 24, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  11. mkn

    the GOP no longer has an credibiltiy when it comes to their claims of wanting to do what is best for Americans.
    There ONLY agenda is to try and cause Obama to fail and be weakend.
    Of course what would you expect, their true service has always been to serve themselves first and the rest of us just don't matter.
    I would love to see every single one of them opt out of their health care for a year so they could really UNDERSTAND what is at stake here.
    They have no clue what it means to have ZERO options when it comes to health insurance coverage.

    July 24, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  12. Roger

    We can always count on Inhofe saying no to moving forward

    July 24, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  13. Kate in SW Fla

    They are soooo disingenuous. The congress has been working on health care reform for 18 months, intensely for 6 months. Obama just wants this over-compensated politics-above-everything crowd to do their jobs. This should have happened 10 years ago. Medicare and Medicaid are going to bankrupt us. This reform has to happen before we can address that, because we need to have a better handle on how much it is going to cost us! This Senator is as mean as a snake. I went on vacation last year and I drove was out of the way, just to avoid a state that would elect this neanderthal and that other hate monger, phony "christian" Coburn. I refuse to have any if my money spent there, even just for gas!

    July 24, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  14. Fla.

    "No" Senator, it is totally irresponsible to purposely delay just for obstructive politics (read the GOP strategy memos).

    Healthcare reform has been in planning for years, and the American people deserve representatives working for US, not corporate interests.

    July 24, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  15. Healthcare reform is a smokescreen

    So called healthcare reform is just a cover for a power grab by this administration to saddle the taxpayers with more welfare programs and to run the country into further debts that can never be recovered from. Think this might be the plan all along? Weaken America for reasons unknown.

    July 24, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  16. Reformed Republican

    These rethugs really know how to use the tail to wag the "blue dogs". Even in the minority they can beat the dems with one hand tied behind their backs.
    The only dems with a set in DC are Waxman, Emanuel and Pelosi...

    July 24, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  17. tonyt

    12 months in a year GOP, It's not over!.

    No one said this would be easy!

    Our President has a backbone, unlike the party of NO!

    July 24, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  18. gl, Pittsburgh

    Nothing but old white rich men running in Congress. Republicans never want to help out the average people and the Blue Dog Democrates are a joke.

    July 24, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  19. Mike Hawke

    Republicans always speak on hating the health care bill but they never tried to make there own health care bill. All they do is complain and complain is ruff of what used to be a strong good party is now a lazy complaining party. That is why I left the party and join another party.

    July 24, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  20. gl, Pittsburgh

    Republicans we had 60 years to reform Health care. If you Republicans really wanted Heath Care Reform, you would have did it 8 years ago. Why do Republican hate USA?

    July 24, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  21. tonyt

    "Slow down" and "Lets not rush it" are just stalling tactics by the corporatist "Blue Dogs" to kill the bill.

    Keep Working at it President Obama, It will get done!

    July 24, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  22. tonyt

    Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Georgia go sit down and read a childrens book!

    July 24, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  23. gl, Pittsburgh

    Most of us believe that the decision as to major reform of how Americans get their health care in this country deserves at least as much time and deliberation as it would take to select a puppy to live in the White House," he said. "It took the president six months to decide how long and which puppy he was going to have. … To expect Congress to do something on major health care reform in six days is totally irresponsible."

    This is a very stupid statement. The Health Care Plan have been in works over 60 years not six months.

    July 24, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  24. Jessica

    Republican Senator Inhofe is the one that has it all wrong....Republicans have been totally irresponsible.
    What a moron this quack is.

    July 24, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  25. gl, Pittsburgh

    Sen. James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, speaking on conservative Hugh Hewitt's radio show recently, was asked about whether his party had enough votes to block health care from going forward. His answer: "I think so. I really do."

    "If he is unsuccessful, which I anticipate and will predict he is, on getting a vote prior to the August recess, then I would say there's no way in the world they're going to get this done this year," he added.

    So is this what the Republicans call looking out for the American People trying to block Health care going forward. I can not wait until this bill get pass this year and be glad to see eggs on your face Rethug.

    July 24, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
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