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.


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soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. Reformed Republican

    Americans can be so stupid!
    Heres the facts people...
    No health care reform will guarantee run away health care costs that only the rich ($250K+) can afford.
    Businesses will no longer be able to afford paying for part of its employees health care insurance and the rest of us will lose health care coverage.
    Governments will have to increase taxes on EVERYONE to pay for the increased reliance on Medicare and Medicaid. That means the rich pay twice and the rest of us get third-world level health care.
    So, what will it be America – imporved access and health care for EVERYONE with contrubutions from ALL economic segments or just the health care for the rich – Your choice...

    July 25, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. Not Making Up My Stuff to Suit My Agenda

    Thanks to the "Let them eat cake" GOP for more obstruction. Stop the silly rhetoric, fear-mongering and get out of the way of people who are trying to do good for this country.

    You know what you could do? Work with those drafting the plan and make suggestions for ways to improve it. But, of course, few of you will because you want this to be President Obama's waterloo. More of the GOP, "I hope he fails" nonsense instead of thinking about the American people.

    July 25, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. democrat no mas

    Sorry, but I have to agree with the repubs on this one. Trying to fix the broken parts of health-care by adding more of what broke it (the government) just won't work. Nobody is going to get "free" health insurance, whether it's a public plan or a revamped private insurance plan. What good is more of a medicare, medicaid, or tricare type plan if no doctors or hospitals want to take it? If the government hadn't broken Medicare (& Social Security) by spending the money on things other than benefits, I might believe they could make it work. They can't, & it won't.

    July 25, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. JonDie

    The GOP plan: Do nothing.

    The results of the GOP plan have been:

    1) Health care have soared and continue to soar out of control.

    2) More and more people are losing their insurance and/or not getting the coverage they are paying for and/or not being able to change jobs because they might lose coverage of previously existing conditions.

    3) Millions remain uninsured with no insurance in sight.

    July 25, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. matt

    The latest Rasmussen Reports show 53% of americans DO NOT WANT CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH CARE REFORM!!!!!!!!!! What are we doing????? Of the 47 million people without health insurance over half are illegal aliens!!!!!! Congress put in there bill that all of our higher taxes will pay for them. What are we doing this for?? If there are things that can be fixed then fix them, but invent a government insurance company??? I am a democrat and voted for Obama, but what he is doing by trying to rush a bill through congress before the american public can read it is wrong. He is saying I will decide for you, and that is not freedom of choice, I am sad to say it but that is socialism.

    July 25, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. Marty, FL

    Alarm bells are sounding alright, that Rep. McMorris and her Republican colleagues do not want health-care reforms passed for the American people.

    Instead, the GOP uses the same old fear-mongering, obstruction, and lies to maintain a status quo for their corporate interests. Those Republican actions are shameful when Americans need this health-care reform now.

    July 25, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. history repeats

    i cant understand this. YES taxes might have to go up but if you dont have to pay for health insurance anymore wont everybody be saving money!? i mean my insurance is $1700 a month. i have $25 co-pays and $40 co-pays for specialists and an average of $20 for prescriptions. thats $20,000 on health care WITHOUT co-pays and prescriptions and i make about $80,000 a yr as a family......so tell me how its bad that people that make over 400k a yr will be taxed 7k more???? they are saying small business' will crumble, but those small biz owners also have to pay for health insurance for their families. they probably pay similar costs that i do. so i dont see how this will put people out of business and destroy the economy.....times are hard the economy is horrible everybody should understand that we are all going to have to sacrifice. its the spoiled mentality of americans that make them think they can keep there comfortability in these times.

    July 25, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. annie for Palin

    It doesn't take much of an IQ to figure out the financial aspect of this autrocity! Just sending a government representative (probably acorn) to the home of evey person over 65 yrs of age to advise them how to end their lives (or maybe murder them while they are there) will cost a fortune!!! Not mention all the other committees, groups, and idiots who will be paid to do pencil pushing! Take 1/10th of that money and put it in the current system. Take all illegals off our current medicare, medicaid and social security systems. Correct the tort system and get the criminally run government out of our private lives. Let the politicans in dc live on this health care plan – you can bet they won't give up their current plans.

    July 25, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. alpha_nu_916

    everytime clinton attempted to reform healthcare, he was shutdown by house republicans – too expensive & bad for america. the gop, however, was incapable of putting forth any viable alternative.
    a decade and some later, obama is getting stonewalled from both the "blue dogs" (conservative dems/liberal repubs) and the southern bible party (formerly the party of teddy roosevelt). it's one thing to disagree with the manner in which obama seeks to overhaul healthcare, it is entirely another matter by just ignoring the problem, which is what conservatives have done for decades.
    get something done! compromise & work together!

    July 25, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. history repeats

    i love how all these rpublicans are PREDICTING THE FUTURE. they keep saying how the dems will destroy this nation. the funnier thing is that they VOTED FOR GEORGE W BUSH TWICE!!!! so basically they predicted a man like like would make a good president and make this country GREAT! so why in the worl would ANYBODY still listen to their predictions? they obviously dont know what they are talking about, they are unable to connect the dots right? they were dead wrong about the born again they put in the white house and they still cant admit what they did wrong!! and when you talk to these people its like they are SO sure of the destruction obama will inflict. heres my advice: whatever these people tell you, DO THE OPPOSITTE!!!

    July 25, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. A little sad

    Money for healthcare should go to providers, not to insurance companies. They add an administrative level that eats up 20-30% of our healthcare dollars without providing a single medical benefit.

    If we quit paying the insurance companies to deny coverage, we could cover the costs of healthcare for all.

    July 25, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. matt

    Please understand how the current Government program really works- Medicare reimburses physcians and provides a fraction of what the private insurers do. In fact, they do not pay for many services that private insurers pay for- eg. look up your current state covered madated benefits. In addition, Meciare's "donut hole" that will not cover prescriptiuon drugs for Senior when they need them most- After $2,250 in prescriptions Medicare/ Government run plan stops paying. e.g.- A Senior can not afford $465 a fill for Plavix (choesterol med) So they get sicker. The drugs under Medicare start to pay again after the now more ill Senior reaches $5100 of Rx out of pocket expenses. Now the fixed income poor Seniors who we should respect the most get the worst deal. If this is what you want for your health care – good luck !

    July 25, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. Larry

    The Republicans have so made this a political thing. They see their seats in congress much more valuable than what is needed for the American people.

    We'll get the rest of them out of office in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

    Republicans are thieves and liars. I had no idea. I used to vote Republican.

    July 25, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. Peoples Voice

    Is their solution to the health care problem is to do nothing about it. Oh, I know what we could do. Let's give more tax breaks to the rich. That should cure the health care problem.

    July 25, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. NVa Native

    Same old story "be afraid, be very afraid".
    Enough of the whininig and fear mongering.
    We are Americans, and we can handle anything, and we can achieve what we put our minds and hearts to.
    Go away cry baby GOP.

    July 25, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. niyi

    This is my problem with political parties. i consider myself in the middle. But this congress woman needs to say exactly how this will hurt Small business, who majority of them dont offer healthcare to their employees and the ones who do have a had time giving out raises due to the high expenses. It is talk like this that divides America, because some people will read her statements and run with it, while others like me would do out homework. stop lieing to the American public just because you want Obama to succed and since no Republicans want to stand by this reform, then what do they propose. Because our healthcare system is a joke, So GOP stop dividing America and if you dont like this reform then propose something better.

    July 25, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. Richard-Arkansas

    And just what is the Republican plan to control the ever-spiraling costs of healthcare? Businesses know that they can't compete on a level playing field with Japan and other countries who have universal healthcare but as long as their insurance friends keep donating to them I guess we will be okay.

    What a pile!

    July 25, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  18. Simmy

    Why is it that spending is only an issue now? Bush and friends spent money for an unnecessary war, and who knows what else....FP Clinton, left the country in great shape.....Bush's actions or inactions began surfacing on his way out......It's crazy to think they didn't know a huge economic avalanche was coming.....Republicans, and some fair weather Democrats (Blue Dogs) choose to have selective memories when convenient for their agendas..... Healthcare is priceless.....Not getting a proper bill (PUBLIC PLAN OPTION) passed will be costly......

    Be quiet, Rep. Rodgers....In that HOUSE you're a minority.....

    July 25, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  19. Back to Simple Life

    I love it when they write a bill and then complain that they haven't had the time to read it. HELLO???

    July 25, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. niyi

    This is my problem with political parties. i consider myself in the middle. But this congress woman needs to say exactly how this will hurt Small business, who majority of them dont offer healthcare to their employees and the ones who do have a had time giving out raises due to the high expenses. It is talk like this that divides America, because some people will read her statements and run with it, while others like me would do out homework. stop lieing to the American public just because you want Obama to fail and since no Republicans want to stand by this reform, then what do they propose. Because our healthcare system is a joke, So GOP stop dividing America and if you dont like this reform then propose something better.

    July 25, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. Melissa

    What a load of garbage the Republicans keep spewing. I'm so tired of hearing it. When will they learn to shut up?

    July 25, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. Joshua

    No about it being a total disaster but Obama continues to rattle on. Put some lipstick on that PIG and sell it Obamii.

    July 25, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. Old White Virginia Female

    Everybody is whining about the cost to reform health care, particularly if we follow the Democratic plan. I pay Social Security/Medicare tax on every single penny I earn. Why should anyone else in this country get to make money that they DON'T pay Social Security taxes on? Well, let me see. Could it be because that group of people is made up of primarily Republicans who are worried about bankrupting our country? Partially. They are worried about money coming out of THEIR pocket and not worried about this country at all. I cannot see why any of their income is exempt from Social Security deductions. And can I add I am self-employed and therefore get to pay both the employee and employer portion of Social Security taxes!!

    July 25, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. Operation Crush Rush

    Her ilk will be crushed.Shes a paid liar.

    July 25, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  25. kathy

    This so called reform is a scam. As a small business owner, I know it will cost jobs. It's hard enough to make it in this economy. If they shove even more costs down our throats, we will be forced to cut our work force. These idiots can't see past their noses. The cost of everything will have to go up to offset our costs. Figure it out people. First keep increasing minimum wage and now healthcare and taxes. I'm no rocket scientist but I can see this is a mistake.

    July 25, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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