July 24th, 2009
12:07 PM ET
9 years ago

Key conservative Democrat urges health care slowdown

Rep. Mike Ross said Friday he wants a slowdown on health care reform.

Rep. Mike Ross said Friday he wants a slowdown on health care reform.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A leader of an influential group of conservative House Democrats urged congressional leaders to slow the pace of health care deliberations Friday.

Arkansas Rep. Mike Ross, a key member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog coalition, said he remains concerned that the legislation currently being pushed through Congress does not do enough to rein in spiraling medical costs.

Ross' comments came a day after the top Democrat in the U.S. Senate said the chamber won't vote on a health care reform bill until after the upcoming August recess.

The announcement by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada went against President Barack Obama's stated timetable for both the House and Senate to turn out bills by the August break.

Obama is slated to discuss health care Friday in a meeting with Reid and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Montana.

"This is fundamental change that's going to effect all 300 million people in America," Ross said on CNN's "American Morning."

"Let's not rush it. Let's slow down. Let's get it right and ensure that the American people get the kind of health care that they need and deserve."

The bill as currently drafted "doesn't do nearly enough to contain those costs (and) get after the kind of fundamental reforms and changes that we need in how we deliver and pay for health care," he said.

Ross complained that this is "a bill that's supposed to be about containing costs, and yet we're still waiting (to learn) the cost for the current House bill. (It's) like asking us to balance the budget when we don't know what the budget is. And so we need to slow down."

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soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. stevegee


    If the Democrats get their way, freedom and liberty will be on life support - along with prosperity!

    My paycheck is already being sucked dry by Washington with Federal Income Tax, Social Security Tax, Medicare Tax.. what's next Healthcare Reform Tax, Cap-and-Trade Tax, The American Dream Tax?


    July 24, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. Mary

    Thankfully they are coming to their senses - this should NOT be a hurry up RUSH deal !!! Too much is at stake.

    But get ready folks - start saving your money. Many things will NOT be covered, that you think will be, thus you will have to pay for them yourself. You'll still pay the premium, you just won't get the same deal for your money.

    July 24, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. donttreadonme

    I hate to break it to you folks these "Blue Dogs" are the only reason Obama was elected and you hold any majority in Congress.

    July 24, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. Melissa

    No, it does NOT need to be slowed down, it needs to get finished and people need to stop fighting with each other against the public interest over money. Just DO it. No more games, no more stalling, no more idiocy. Just do it.

    July 24, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. Obama Victim

    wisdom from a Democrat...............don't see that very often

    July 24, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. Gillian, FL

    Yeah, slow it down, as long as it is passed this year. If you don't, then don't bother looking for my vote.

    July 24, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. PFFT

    And while one Dem tries to slow it down, the wonderful Nancy PeLIEse has decided to make it bypass any committee.

    Way to go Dems, shoot yourself in the foot. You've got ALL of Congress so you can do what you want. You just need to learn to work together. Something that Madame Speaker doesn't care about.

    July 24, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. The Party of HELL NO!

    The government has done SUCH a great job with Medicare and the VA.

    I just can't fathom why Americans are apprehensive about letting these people mangle their private care.

    July 24, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Kelby In Houston, TX

    I would hope that conservatives and blue dogs alike understand that they will not be able to kill this movement. The time for universal healthcare is now! The insurance lobby can't stop us. The GOP surely can't stop us. It's up to the people to apply pressure to their elected officials to come up with a good plan, a good strategy and execution.
    I understand the frustration with of my fellow liberal Dems. Sometimes Blue dog democrats do sound like repuglicans. But I believe some of them have good intentions. I also believe that some of them are in the pocket of the health insurance lobbyists and are actually trying to screw over the people. What republicans and Blue dog democrats don't realize is that the majority of people really do want universal healthcare and if our current elected officials don't come through, we will replace them. It's just that simple.
    The person with the most campaign cash doesn't win elections. The person with the most votes does.

    July 24, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. Barbara Independent in NY

    Yes, slow down please. Six decades is much too fast for the American people to expect health care reform. Are we ever again going to elect representatives that put human beings ahead of greed corporations? It appears not. FYI–Blue Dog Democrats are just Republicans that couldn't get elected as Republicans. They are a disgrace to the states they represent.

    July 24, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. Jetty

    Let's watch the so call Blue Dog Democrats. Find out their connection with special intrest Groups or are they coming from Red States thatwant to make sure that Obama fails. Make no mistake, failure to enact a comprehensive healthcare bill the includes some kind of a public option plan, would reck the Democratic Party for decades to come.

    July 24, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. lil

    They were voted in for change not more of the same. my suggestion is that the people in there distrist and states should call them up give them a piece of their minds. If that doesnt work vote them out because they are working for themselves not the people who voted them into office. Thats an easy fix.
    let the big drug companies and insurance companies who are donation big buck for their support give them jobs because they sure arent working for the people who elected them.

    Hidden Republican= Blue dogs.

    July 24, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. allie

    When Social Security was introduced, it was considered radical and socialistic and BAD for the nation. Thank heavens it passed. Now we MUST do something about Medical Insurance, and we should have done it a long time ago. Let's all work together to help those in need who cannot afford insurance now. I keep hearing we are this great Christian Nation--but I do not see us acting very christian toward our less fortunate citizens on this issue.

    July 24, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. ex stupid Republican

    We need a healthcare program in the richest country in the world....I applaud President Barrack Obama for his insight and Leadership....I used to be a Republican but Bush enlightened me.......The Republican don't even have someone they call "a leader".Or maybe it's a radio talk show host.....or a Quitter.......What a JOKE the Republican party has turned into!

    July 24, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. gary

    insure the health care of the people who do not have it, i do not want anyone messing with my health care i have a great rapport with my doctor AND WANT NOTHING CHANGED, UNLESS OF COURSE OBAMA THE HOUSE AND SENATE HAVE THE SAME CARE THEY WANT US TO HAVE

    July 24, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. Donna from Colorado Springs

    why is it that all of the conservatives.....Republican and Democrat want the process of passing health care reform to slow down? Could it be that this is the way it has always happened? By using scare tactics and threats of over spending, these idiots have stopped the process every time a president has tried to get a bill passed. I don't understand why. People need health care coverage and it's going to cost money. Everybody knows that! If all of these complainers suddenly lost their coverage, you can bet that they'd be lining up outside Obamas office to show him their support!

    July 24, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. jdquest

    I don't understand this slow down thought. It has already been slow enough. This should have been done years ago when Hillary was pushing. When it didn't go through then there should have been a lot of work on trying to come up with a better plan. I think all the congressmen and congresswomen should go without health coverage until the rest of us can get it. Get off your lazy behinds

    July 24, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  18. Roy Jones

    History lesson on spending!
    US debt when;
    Carter left office 990 billion dollars
    Reagan left office 2.8 trillion dollars
    Bush 1 left office 4.2 trillion dollars
    Clinton left office 5.4 trillion dollars
    Bush 2 left office 12.1 trillion dollars
    9 months into Obama 13.9 trillion

    Now exactly who is it that spends our money?
    All figures courtesy of the US Treasury Dept.

    July 24, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  19. voice in the wilderness

    Here's a thought: If taxpayers can't get insurance (and many cannot), then those who are paid from tax dollars don't need it either. It would be interesting to know how many people are staying at a job simply for this issue. Face it, as long as health care can be used as a fear issue to sway your vote or your choice of livelihood, the fearmongers will use it to their advantage.

    July 24, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  20. The Unshrub

    This country has been talking about some kind of coverage for all people for several decades, but now all of a sudden they need more time to act. This is just another stalling method. This is why we are in this kind of mess, Congress justs wants to stall so they don't have to actually make up their minds because they solution is something they do not want to do...

    Bad, bad, bad people.

    July 24, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. matt

    53% of americans DO NOT WANT HEALTHCARE REFORM!!!!!!!!! 91% of americans currently have and like their current healthcare!!!!!!!! What is Obama and Pelosi doing???????????? Half of the 47 million people without healthcare are illegal aliens!!!!!!!!!! Why are they doing this if 91% of americans already have health insurance? There are things to fix, so fix those and leave it alone. Why not try to fix the economy and actually help people?

    July 24, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  22. No More Cheney

    Bought and paid for by the insurance and pharmaceutical companies and covered by an excellent healthcare policy and fine salary with benefits that we everyday Americans pay for – why wouldn't they take their own sweet time to institute healthcare reform? It's no skin off their backs to let American citizens die due to lack of healthcare when they have what they need and more.

    July 24, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. MT

    Slow Down! How about put an end to it!

    Universalize everything, we can all make the same wage, live in communes, be educated from only only one viewpoint, sound familiar?

    Why do you think the US has the best doctors and medical care facilities?

    I've never heard of anyone rushing to Canada for an operation.

    Sure all the Whiney Underachieving Liberal Democrats want the rest of us who planned well, saved/worked our way thru college, thought out our career choices to pay for them! Who wouldn't! The ones that chose poorly and didn't sacrifce would rather notwork for it, at least they are consistent. This is largely the same group that bought houses with no-money-down loans and need us to pay to keep them from foreclosure. Excellence takes effort!

    July 24, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  24. dg

    obama said we all would have the same insurance than politians, ok so whats the worry, but of course this is just another liberal lie

    July 24, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  25. Adam

    Mike Ross will get re-elected for taking this seriously. I don't think even Blue Dogs and take any more of Obama's fiscal irresponsability. Obama loves to trash any industry that is making a profit and he is going to revive our economy. WHAT A JOKE..

    July 24, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
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