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. jeff in Atlanta

    This isn;t about the democrats vs republicans, it's about what's right for America and this is not right and is a prescription for disaster. Glad to see more people getting on board.
    I guess many more are having the time to study this being as important as it is.
    Others are still just blindly believing whatever obummer tells them.

    Please go back and study the plan,. Then you can be glad there is a so called party of NO. They are desperately needed.

    July 25, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. Don't blame me - I voted for McCain

    That the Democrats are unable to "force" their agenda and ram-rod their ill-advised and so-called heathcare reform down our collective throats – only shows the ultimate failure of any party that attempts to push their agenda onto our country. Only when all parties are considered does our Democracy work best. The likes of Pelosi, Reid and others will find that their newfound "power" will be ultimately very short-lived – only because they have chosen (themselves) to abuse it.

    July 25, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. Izzy

    Why should anyone give any credibility to the gop? The gop is not a political pary, it's a conspiracy of like minded autocrats who would create a permanent majority which is followed by a dictatorship.
    We only escaped that fate because george bush and his administration were so disastrously incompetent and corrupt.

    July 25, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. Bigskyman

    It is easy to say it won't work too expensive etc. when you have great insurance, at little or no costs and don't have to worry. what about the people who face financial disasters following a major medical problem. lets ignor that costs to society. easy to say when you don't have to worry. easy to attack and say it won't work when you don't offer/have an alternative other than to attack or find fault.

    July 25, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. GOP = 21st century dodo

    Conservatives aren't bad, but Republicans are hideous. If only the GOP would excise the base and the neocons willing to exploit their useful idiocy, they might one day become a viable party once again.

    But as long as elected Republicans continue to be the conduit by which megacapitalists manipulate the god-fearing, intelligence-hating base, the GOP will continue to be the pustule it's become.

    July 25, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. florence

    What's the plan? I still don't know. All I know is it's not going to work. can someone explain what's the plan please.

    July 25, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. Kims

    Yeah for the GOP – most of them are in bed with the medical insurance industry. We all know that.

    July 25, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. anne treasure md

    These are the same Republicans that didn't care about starting a costly unnecessary war in Iraq. The cost of that war could have paid for health care for decades. And tell these veterans and medicare beneficiaries that government run healthcare doesn't work.

    Be on the right side of history for once. Remember, the only group getting between doctor and patient is the insurance company. For the record, medicare gives me no problems with claims. It's the private insurers. I wish the members of congress would lose their coverage until they come up with a plan.

    July 25, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. Tom

    Well, judging by the last 8 years, if the GOP doesn't like it, we should definitely do it. Besides, health care for all is the right thing to do.

    July 25, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  10. Sam

    I want to see more of Hillary Clinton, not Sarah Palin. Who is the more relevant for Pete's sake.

    July 25, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  11. suzyku

    The GOP IS a prescription for disaster, they've proven it over and over and over for the last 8 years! I sure hope we don't go through the dumbing down of this country again and allow them to get any traction on the health care reform or anything else. The GOP has done so much harm to the citizens of the U.S., some of who are still blindly following these nasty political hacks that it's abhorrent to even consider them as having any credibility at all.

    July 25, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. katiec

    It was dangerous for the republicans to bring up the word "prescription", when they passed an unfunded prescription
    plan, with no bids allowed on drugs, in hopes of breaking medicare.
    These politicians have stooped to their lowest level, and, once again have proven they care only about party, winning at any cost at the
    sacrifice of the American people.

    July 25, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. Derek

    Cmon, CNN! I was eager to hear the Republican's plan. Don't just glance over it or tell me their goal, tell me the plan!!

    July 25, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. Not Making Up My Stuff to Suit My Agenda

    More partisan rhetoric! GOP had complete control for years. What proposals did they make to help people who work hard but can't afford insurance? Not a single thing but to block any effort anyone else made. Of course, their concern is the insurance companies and making sure they have record profits, not people.

    They have let this country down in everyway possible and now try to block anything the President does to fix it.

    July 25, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. Independent

    Don't see any Republicans offering any plans....I suppose you are sitting back and praying for a disaster and then you think you will win all the 2010 elections...what will you do if it blows up in your face and it does go through...what do you have to offer, oh yeah, I remember you are going to claim it was because of the Republicans that it passed and you did all the work.....

    July 25, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. annie for Palin

    NO government rationed hellth care now or ever!!!! LESS GOVERNMENT LESS TAXES AND GIVE US BACK OUR FREEDOM!!!!

    July 25, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. Willy Brown

    Anything the democrats do is a disaster

    July 25, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  18. annie for Palin

    To tisgoogle – to get respect, our president MUST earn it and so far all he does is campaign and play the race card. ENOUGH!!!

    July 25, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  19. Bev - NYC

    Oh for the love of Pete, if the program is a disaster fix it. Stop running before the camera and microphones, listen twice as much as you speak. Get people in the room who know what they're talking about. Visit other countries like Thailand a thrid world country who had better helth care that we do. Don't critize com up with a solution, being Monday morning quarterback is easy, get some skin in the game.

    we as citizens also have to get involved, tell you Congress people what is working and what isn't. Every has a medical horror story and a good one. Tell your state reps what you need. They should be hearing from the people who sent them to Washington daily, not just election day.

    July 25, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  20. lou

    I've said it before, I'll say it again. Just take the entire amount of money spent on medical care in the US and let private insurance companies "bid" for the business. Eliminate Welfare and privatize Medicare and throw those totals in to the pile. Allow the private insurance companies to take the premiums and invest them as they do now, but DO NOT TAX the profits. Instead, require a certain amount be put into a fund to stabalize Medicare so the burden does NOT fall to future generations.

    Only by injecting a "profit cycle" into this system will we ever get this thing balanced. Look at how profitable these insurance companies are versus the government programs. GET THE GOVT OUT of the insurance business.

    July 25, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. Terry

    Yeah, leave the Governor's Office for family and friends, and to escape the microscope of fellow Alaskans wanting to know why you dumped them. But wait, this is the Republican Way – dump on the little people when climbing the mountain of political success. Sarah Palin has to get on with being rich, class separation, and all that is good in the Republican Party.

    July 25, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  22. Rob

    Us Libertarians don't care for your plan either Mr. Obama

    July 25, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  23. Dennis

    Have you seen the ads on TV? Who is the party of scare tactics? Funny members of the Democrat party don't support B.O. 's plan, yet it makes it seem like the Republicans are blocking this. The republicans can't do anything because of their numbers. Some democrats who understand economics are blocking B. O.'s plan, Thank God for them!

    July 25, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  24. B

    The GOP will -again- do it’s best to scuttle any health care program in support of the large corporations to the detriment of middle America.

    July 25, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. Terry

    By the way, all of the money that was spent by the Bush Administration for the Iraq War, would have a gone a very long way in paying for a National Health Plan. However, we know deep down inside, it was more important to line the pockets of Halburton and other right-wing warriors, than to think of providing healthcare for millions of uninsured Americans. Gosh, it makes me want to run out and campaign for the next George Bush – Not!

    July 25, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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