July 25th, 2009
10:58 AM ET
5 years ago

GOP: Dems' health care reform plan 'a prescription for disaster'


WASHINGTON (CNN) – Amid increasing signs of disunity on health care reform within Democratic ranks, Republicans used their weekly address to hammer home their criticisms of the Democrats’ reform plan.

Related: House Democrats spliter over health care

“It’s a prescription for disaster,” Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington said in Saturday’s Republican address.

Pointing to a recent analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, Rodgers also highlighted the projected costs of the Democrats’ plan. The “proposal will drive health care costs higher than ever,” the congresswoman said.

And, Rodgers said, the Democratic plan will hurt small businesses and cost millions of jobs. Citing the National Federal of Independent Business, Rodgers said passing the Democrats’ health care reform plan could “destroy” a million small business jobs.

“Because of these extraordinary costs to families, small businesses, and future generations, alarm bells are sounding across the country,” the congresswoman said.

Related: GOP ratchets up health care debate

After touting the Republican’s own plan, Rodgers said, “[i]n the end, our real goal isn’t just to have medical coverage, but to have healthy families.”

In his own weekly address, also out Saturday, President Obama focuses on how the Democrats’ health care reform plan will benefit small businesses.

Updated: 12:13 p.m.


Filed under: GOP • Health care
soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. worriedmom

    Strange how Obama indicates it is the Republicans who are revolting against his Health Reform plan which in fact it is the Blue Dog Democrats that are wiseing up to this plan. Pelosi is going to destroy this country and Obama is using her to do it. Everyone (Republicans, democrats, Independents) wants some type of health reform, but something that won't bankrupt this country even further. And why did the Liberal democrats put back into the bill to cover illegal immigrants? As I said before if you want to stop having the illegal's drain our country, have a stipulation that if you are serious about wanting to be a U.S. Citizen youmust serve in the military for at least 4 years. then you will see how much one wants to become a U.S. Citizen. Pelosi and Libs stop this madness of destroying America!!!

    July 25, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. Fear

    “Because of these extraordinary costs to families, small businesses, and future generations, alarm bells are sounding across the country,” the congresswoman said. Wow republicans using fear tactics to justify the status quo of healthy=wealthy? Shocking.

    July 25, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. I am Newt's ex wife

    And the GOP's answer to healthcare is..........?????? Of course...nothing as usual

    July 25, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. Debbie B

    It's important, that this NOT be Republican vs Democrat issue.

    This is an AMERICAN issue. There is a lot a stake here. It's important to get this right.

    July 25, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  5. kishen c.rao

    ridiculous....These GOP do not care for American People any more...they are greedy to power...that's all..........we need to pass the health care reform....now...ok....

    July 25, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Joe in IN

    What Republican plan are they touting? There is no plan. Zip. Nada. Why doesn't CNN bother to point out the facts? The CBO says that the plan will actually end up saving 6 billion. The NFIB is harldy an independent source. But CNN just presents "opinions," never facts or news.

    July 25, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. Carl from MI

    Yeah... because just doing NOTHING like the Republicans want to do is going to make everything better!

    Why does anybody even support or agree with Republicans... they are not interested in the slightest to helping out their fellow citizens. The only thing they're interested in is tax breaks for the wealthy.

    July 25, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. RR

    I love how the democrats are now accusing the BI-PARTISAN congressional budget office of being too poltical!

    Let us not forget the GOP does not have the votes to block or obstruct anything, so the dems really can't blame them for any failures of health care legislation, but the dems will still blame the GOP.

    the GOP DOES NOT HAVE THE VOTES TO BLOCK ANYTHING!

    IF HEALTH CARE FAILS, IT WILL BE THE DEMOCRATS' FAULT!

    July 25, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. Anonymous

    This Nation already had a prescription for disaster for eight years, it was called George W Bush, and Dick Cheney

    July 25, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  10. Scott, Tucson

    I guess a Blue Dog Democrat is anyone who believes what the average American believes in and is middle of the road conservative unlike the leftist socialist loons that hijacked the party like Pelosi, Reid, Kennedy, Waxman and Obama. It's good to see that some of the democrats have the good sense to see this bill is a disaster in it's current form.

    July 25, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. D. Tree

    Those lying, two-faced Republicans call it a disaster, but THEY ENJOY A PUBLIC OPTION FOR THEMSELVES DON'T THEY??

    Republican Senators enjoy a Public Option but want to stand in the way of us having the same choice!

    July 25, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. Ted Tartaglia

    Isn't this what you would expect from a bunch of losers who can't admit that people aren't buying what they are selling. These demagogues should just shut up if they cannot come up with some fresh ideas.

    July 25, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. narasimha murty

    We pay big bucks for our health insurance. The health isurance company restricts the doctors and the hospitals we can use. Most insurance companies do not cover for preexisting conditions. We are young. If medicare is offered to us for the same insurance premium ,we would be more than happy to take it. Now we are too young for medicare.

    Most of the health care is financed by government through medicare and medicaid. Most of the health insurance premiums go to the insurance companies whose primary motive is profit.

    Obama, please open medicare for younger working individuals too for a premium. I do not believe older people are unhappy with medicare.

    July 25, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. Shayne in NH

    The Gestapo and their fear tactics at it again.......

    July 25, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. ender

    So, basically the GOP came running up to us and started crying "THE SKY IS FALLING!!!!!!"......................... again.

    They may have no ideas, no better alternate plan, and seemingly no real care to fix the healthcare industry before it buries us ................

    But they're consistant and uniform in their ability to complain about anything and everything under the sun.

    July 25, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. Limbaugh is a liberal

    And exactly what is the GOP 'alternate plan?' It is a 3 page outline with no cost estimates, 80% of which was stolen verbatim from the Obama plan. When republicans start doing the job our tax dollars are paying them for perhaps we will listen. Until then they deserve to be ignored.

    July 25, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. steve

    What a bunch of whiners.

    July 25, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. tisgoogle

    This is the wingnuts party of no! No respect to our President!

    July 25, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. Virginia

    The GOP has had 8 years of total control of both houses and the presidency and DID NOTHING but give the rich tax breaks, keep the minimum wage as low as possible, and refuse to help the uninsured. We had 36 million uninsured in 2000, now it's 47 million!

    Yep, no health care reform except the new prescription addition to Medicare – which included that the government COULD NOT negotiate drug prices with their drug company buddies.

    Now they don't like the Democrat's bill????????? Where were you all these years?

    PATHETIC!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 25, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. Peter E

    The usual scare tactic talking points fed to them by the health care industry. But who am I to argue with the millions of dollars in lobbying money the profit mongering $3 trillion health care industry is giving politicians?

    July 25, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. Party of NO

    No solutions from the GOP. Just NO. I think you misunderstand Nancy Reagan's message.

    July 25, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. Johnny

    Fear mongering at its best. The party of "no" may actually pull a victory out of this. It's hard to fight a special interest as powerful as health insurance companies.

    July 25, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. catmom

    I still don't see Republicans offering an alternative. Are they hoping they can get the Democrats to self destruct and the whole thing will go away? I think again Republicans are thinking wrong. If health care fails to happen most Americans will remember it was because of Republicans and a few Democrats who are taking from the insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies. They think we will blame President Obama, not so.

    July 25, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. Sam I Am

    Quit whining, GOP. You had 8 years to do something, and all you did is kiss the behinds of the insurance companies and other big businesses that have driven our healthcare costs through the roof. If you don't have an alternative plan (no one has seen it, if you do) then shut up. We're sick of fear mongering and a complete lack of concern for regular Americans. Go away.

    July 25, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  25. ib

    A broke country cannot afford this it is an absolute plan for disaster but people just look at the word free and see nothing else.

    July 25, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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