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 Brown

    Sorry Lady, our current health care "system" is already a disaster, as is your political party!!!!!

    July 25, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. Clint Lynnwood Wa.

    The GOP, Republican Party, what ever you want to call it, ia a prescription for disaster. GO AWAY!!!!

    July 25, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Hal

    Every elfih greedy Republican in this country should be the first ones denied health care. YOUR cowardice, YOUR greed, YOUR choice of doctors doe not trump the right o a SINGLE child in this great nation to receive the health care they need!! Much less 25 million children. The greedy, selfish GOP need to go away.

    YOU ARE NOT CHRISTIANS
    YOU ARE NOT PATRIOTS
    YOU ARE NOT A PART OF THIS NATION
    if you do not believe that we are a country Of, By and For the People!! It is your fellow citizens that make up this nation not the flag or the borders or your money. THE GOP once again reveals themselves as greedy, cowards.

    July 25, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. sue

    What is the correct answer GOP? Give us a hint, please.

    July 25, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. Roger

    Prescription for disaster! Yikes thats scarey I'm now against it. Disaster is a lot scarier than not having insurance....quick raise the security level to the highest color, that always works.

    July 25, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. Jim Tayberry

    Will a democrat on this board please explain to me for once why it matters what the republicans are saying? the democrats have the votes to do this without the republicans – so why is it the republicans fault. Please explain why so many democrats are against this plan if it is so good??? the democrats are the ones holding up the legislation – the republicans are just window dressing.

    July 25, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. Bld

    The only thing that I don't like about Obama's plan is that it does not completely remove for-profit insurance companies from our health care. We can't afford to continue to pay insurance company executives tens of millions of dollars a year to deny claims, and to reject anyone who might cost them a dollar.

    July 25, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Hal

    The GOP talks about corruption and waste in Medicaid and Medicare and limits on healthcare in public systems!! What they don't tell you is that corruption, waste, fraud and greed are even worse in private insurance systems.

    Sen Bill Frist's (GOPer) company defrauded the Medicare system to the tune of 6 billion dollars. So the GOP complains about fraud in the system when they are the single largest source of said fraud!!

    The GOP are FAILURES and COWARDS who attempt to drag this nation down with every word that comes out of their mouths as long they get their money.

    Oh and they don't want to be around any gays or people of color or other religions because they're scary!!

    July 25, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. John in WV

    If you are trying to talk to a republican about affordable health care for working class families you are wasting your time. The only thing you can do is what they do when in power. Remind everybody that they won the elections and then shove their policies down the throats of the American people. It's now time to give them a dose of their own medicine and make them eat health care reform.

    July 25, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. No More Cheney

    Republicans have no credibility. They blocked Hillarycare and have done nothing for the "least of us" here in the U.S. while squandering trillions illegally warring with and then re-building Iraq.

    July 25, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. jen

    So tired of this party of 'NO' to everything, Republicans are only interested in one thing, seeing the President fail, than support the President on this health care issue, FORGET YOU PARTY OF LOSERS, with or without your vote this bill will pass – so tired of this party of whinners, grow up and say something meaningful or else just don't say nothing at all...You had eight years, what did you do?

    July 25, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  12. Blue Dog

    The Pharmaceutical Industry alone has spent $40 million lobbying congress in April, May and June. As usual, their lying, hypocritical "I got mine but you're screwed" GOP enablers are shrieking at the top of their lungs that the sky is falling and everyone will go broke if we change anything.

    As usual, the GOP, Reich-Wingnuts and so-called conservatives are wrong about policy and on the wrong side of history.

    The usual conservative dogma of "don't change anything" is unsustainable and leading the nation to ruin. But, the GOP doesn't care as long as the Merchants of Misery keep delivering those campaign and PAC contributions. Money is all those greedy pigs care about.

    July 25, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. jen

    Sam, forget Sarah Palin, not worth mentioning, waste of time and space...nothing compared to HILLARY CLINTON...

    July 25, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. jj12345

    The dems have the majority, if they had the votes what does it matter if the republicians vote against it? The dems are looking for political cover for when this plan ends up costing three times the estimate or it outright fails. Does anyone know what is really in the bill?

    July 25, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. bam

    Let's not forget that it's the Republicans who took the Clinton surplus and turned it into a sizeable deficit, with transfers of billions of dollars from the US Treasury into the pockets of the war corporations, the oil and coal industries, and the insurance and pharmaceutical industries among others. Subsidies to already profitable corporations are called corporate welfare, and for Bush & Co. it was their prime objective, ensuring a continuing flow of campaign contributions.

    Now that the Democrats are trying to put into place programs that benefit average Americans, instead of corporate CEOs, the neocons are screaming bloody murder that these programs are too expensive.

    Is anybody paying attention???

    July 25, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. Heidi

    People say the Country is BROKE...HELLO??? how did we get there? Let's see useless wars, lies and greed. Now we have an opportunity to make a change to a horrible system that keeps getting worse and all I hear is socialism. Health Insurance programs are horrible as they are because of out of pocket expenses and very little coverage.

    When I had insurance it was lousy I felt like I was throwing my money away to corporate greed. I selected the cheapest option and when I went to the doctor, I had to pay the complete bill until I met my duductible which was several thousand dollars (what is the point of having insurance?). Hard working Americans are penalized for the sake of profits and people have the nerve to get angry at our President who seeks to challenge this broken system? It amazes me how some people in this country don't care about the quality of life... it is disgusting and there arguments are about finger pointing...

    July 25, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. Meh

    I guess given the GOP plan to do nothing I should be thankful for having a lot of illnesses. At least I'm getting my money's worth out of my monthly insurance costs.

    July 25, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. yuri

    Once again the GOP is galvanizin' the general public into believin' that the recalcitrant repubs have a better bargain for healthcare. That is one heck of a huey.

    July 25, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. Drew, FL

    America spends twice as much as other industrialized nations and we rank 30th in healthcare. So let's give in to more GOP fear-mongering and maintain the status quo. It's real simple people. Class warfare, nepotism, cronyism, adultery, hypocrisy etc,. This is what the GOP is all about.

    Democrats have been trying to reform healthcare for over 60 years. This isn't being rushed, it's been a long time coming. Let's make America No.1 again.

    July 25, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. Chenna Benna

    I say the President ask the GOP and all others in Congress who are opposing his plan to lay out their plans in detail. So far majority of the plans or ideas that I have heard about are from Democrats. GOP where and what is your plan?

    July 25, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  21. cedgar

    Have you read the bill? If you have not then please do so before
    commenting! Knowledge is power.

    July 25, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  22. Louise in CA

    The Republicans are experts in playing the holding game, holding up care to the American people, holding health care hostage for their own obstructionist agenda, holding a grudge because the American people wanted CHANGE, not the same old same old pandering to the haves and ignoring the have-nots that has been served up and shoved down our throats as "free enterprise," "free-market," and free-ride corporate welfare for the medical industry, insurance companies, and their political pacs. I'm sick of the fighting. Get the job done.

    July 25, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  23. Buzz Daly

    The absolute stupidest drivel coming from the Insurance Comany dupes is their silly claim of the Gummint "coming between" a Doctor and Patient.

    Give me a break.

    From what I've seen over the last few decades, that is the ONLY function of Insurance Cos, and HMOs.

    Go away Parasites. I will never give any of you once cent, regardless of what Congress decides.

    July 25, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  24. Nevada Joe

    What exactly did the Republicans do for 8 years, except start wars they could finish and break this country..

    July 25, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. susie

    The Democrats don't need any Republican vote to pass the Health Bill. So why do they keep blaming the Republicans? Is it that they don't want the people to know that a lot of Democrats don't want it? They feel putting the blame on Republicans is their only option.

    July 25, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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