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. Charlie in Maine

    If Zoloft is a presciption for depression, Viagra a prescription for E.D., if antibiotics are a prescription for infection. Then I agree that Obama's plans for healthcare are indeed a prescription for disaster. In fact I will go you one better Rep. Rogers:

    The whole Obama administration of a persciption for the disaster taht was the W. Bush Error.

    July 25, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. Former Army

    People, pay attention: this is NOT an Republican vs Democrat issue.
    Many democrats are against this. Stop blaming the GOP. If you pay taxes, expect full disclosure.

    July 25, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. rev

    How come the GOP never proposes anything that might help get Health Care fixed? Oh, that's right... they're only interested in screwing 99% of Americans while giving egregious loopholes, tax cuts, back room deals and promoting corruption. I'd say that doing anything the Republicans propose is far more of a "Prescription for Disaster," considering their record of failed policy after failed policy....

    July 25, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. Teena in Denver

    So the GOP ratchets up pressure on the "health care plan"–OK, then come up with one on your own. Maybe the republicans don't come up with a plan on their own because they don't think the current system needs fixing.If that is their stance, status quo, then man up and tell the American people you don't think health care needs fixing! Quit the political postering and do the job you were HIRED to do!

    Right now we have corporate dweebs who work for a FOR-PROFIT insurance company dictating to the patient what, when, and how-. Which means, the company makes more of a profit if they can DENT your procedure! I, as a health care provider, am tired of some face-less entity who has NO medical background whatsoever telling me what tets should be performed based on coverage even if those tests are useless!

    July 25, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. Shirley

    Notice Republican Rodgers has no solutions. Typical Republican, siding front and center with her piers, Rush and Karl. She's a proven idiot.

    July 25, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. Ellie

    The GOP is circling the drain. I can hardly wiat to see them all flushed next election!

    July 25, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  7. nick

    I hear GOP gives reasons not to reform health and NO answers!! What is your PLAN GOP?

    July 25, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  8. Ellie

    Republican Rodgers will say and do anything the Party tells her to do. She's a follower and will rubber-stamp anything and everything Rush Limbaugh and Karl Rove put in front of her. In other words, she useless.

    July 25, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. Willy Brown

    Poor Obummer he has no one to blame anymore.

    July 25, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. Glennis

    All of you who are bad mouthing Republicans and the Blue Dogs will be the first to scream foul if this abomination of a bill passes. When you finally get hit with the taxes needed to cover it and you discover that the ugly little measures within the bill have an adverse affect on you or your family members, you'll scream bloody murder. But of course, you'll blame someone else for your own ignorance and shortsightedness.

    July 25, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. cm

    Every single member of Congress that is not working honestly on passing legislation to reform Health Care this year is just a Politician trying to survive the storm for their own benefit ,and they don’t really care Americans don’t have equal access to medical care in our country. Any way why should they care they-the politicians- have the best medical care taxpayers money can buy.
    Hope CNN post this.

    July 25, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. Thermometer

    It is a generally accepted fact that the Health care system is in shambles and on the verge of collapsing. The high costs have stalled benefits to millions of Americans and are likely to only get worse. The solution to this enormous problem which has to a large extent been caused by the insurance and health care provider companies is to take campaign donations from them and let them loot the people of their right to good health, which is exactly what the Republicans are doing. It isn't a bit surprising that they are following the policy of destructive division instead of constructive dialogue to find a common ground for a real solution to the problems. If only the democrats had dumped the idea of bipartisanship we wouldn't have been discussing this issue.

    July 25, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. Rob

    the opportunity for the richest nation in the world to be able to have basic health care for it's citizens should not die from petty politics. being Canadian health care is a right and it is not rationed or are people allowed to die in line waiting for treatment. these are just scare tactics which is all the gop knows how to do . please don't forget that it was the gops so called ideas which placed your country in the dire straights it finds itself in. the gop do not have anything to offer in this debate and should just get out of the way or even support THEIR president with something that is long overdue in america.

    July 25, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. Sherrie F.

    May I suggest these 'Thug's forego and donate their Healthcare Ins. to those of us who do not and cannot afford Healthcare Ins? I bet the cost and concerns wouldn't be an issue at all after the rich & greedy NEEDED medical care and didn't have it their for them! ..And they CAN afford to cover most procedures people typically need! Pathetic!

    July 25, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  15. tonyt

    I Believe Our President said it correctly, Keep working at it!

    The haters Would love for our president to forget healh care reform, it won't happen folks.

    President Obama knows great accomblishments are never easy.

    Keep working at it Mr. President.

    July 25, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. Joey

    Love listening to a politician. It's not what she actually says, it's what isn't said. I don't believe government is the answer and as much as I want to see reform happen, I don't want a new government entitlement. When things are handed out for free, people don't value them. Look at public education, for example.

    Perhaps if anything happens, we need to figure out something to ensure that families don't go bankrupt when a family member gets sick. I also believe that no one is addressing the issue of the pressure of long term care for our elderly. Younger families are now having to saddle the expenses of their children and their parents who have a much longer longevity because of medicine. The system is completely imbalanced, and what's sad is that any reform will probably never reach the average working family.

    July 25, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. phoenix86

    8,000,000 jobs lost since the democrats took control of Congress.
    2,000,000 jobs lost since Obama became president.
    $2 trillion 2009 budget deficit.
    $10 trillion deficit for at least 10 years.

    Democrats have proven that they cannot be fiscally responsible. Why trust them with individuals healthcare?

    July 25, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. Denna

    And of course the Republicans, who ran this country for 8 years, now have a very good solution to the problems we face. I believe that we, the tax payers, should enjoy the same kind of healthcare that Ms. McMorris-Rodgers enjoys on our dime. I am so SICK of the Republicans, the party of no, constantly sticking pins in any idea that may help the public. Lady, we want something better that what is out there. Now, go cash that check the insurance companies sent you to torpedo this plan.

    July 25, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. Ken

    I don't understand the "we can't afford it" argument... that's like the guy who refuses to fix his car so he can get to work, all because if he spends the money on his car, he won't have enough left over for other stuff. We can't afford to not fix this... healthcare is the leading cause of personal bankruptcies and is dragging consumer spending down the hole, additionally, it is the number one non-defense budget item... we need to find several good ways to reign in the costs and switch from expensive reactionary medicine to more cost-effective prevention.

    July 25, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. now is the time for all good men (and women)

    Are we expecting anything more from the GOP?? I should think not at this point. They have no viable solutions to the problems that ARE ACTUALLY occurring in this Country right now. The only thing they can do is block progress and resolutions. They are in bed with big business and will protect THEIR interests at any cost.. even at the expense of average Americans who are paying their salaries! (& for THEIR healthcare for that matter) How very sad they are! & the shame that they are bringing upon this Country.

    July 25, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. Ken, AZ

    Unfortunately, the GOP's plan is to do nothing and continue letting the insurance industry stand between patients and their doctors. The insurance industry is getting away with robbery and the GOP is complicit. "MORE OF THE SAME" is the republican plan.

    July 25, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  22. stormerF

    Why are the Democrats not talking about Tort Reform to lower healthcare costs? We need to adopt the Loser pays system and stop all the frivolous law suits,This will lower health care costs and health insurance costs immediately. Who do you think pays for the woman that sues her OG-GYN doctor because she now has stretch marks? WE DO by higher doctor's fees.

    July 25, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  23. Buck in NC

    Until the power of the lobbyists is diminished, the chance that anything benefiting the American people getting passed is slim. President Obama should start hammering away at these crooks and tap the growing populist sentiment in America.

    July 25, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  24. LuckyCanucky

    Thank God I live in Canada!

    For all the trash talking of our Universal Healthcare...The majority of Canadians love it. Imagine living without worrying about paying for healthcare. It takes alot of stress off of the population.

    I hear the GOP say that Universal health care puts a bureaucrat between you and your doctor. Isn't that what a private insurance company is?
    In Canada, we can walk into any hospital or clinic and get treated anytime...it's totally our choice. Don't believe the negative hype about universal healthcare...While it certainly isn't perfect...it is a system we are thankful for.
    I wish you luck in finding your solution!

    July 25, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  25. GOP = 21st century dodo

    GOP women, with a few exceptions, remind me of the women in Mad Men, all too happy to take orders and abuse just so they can get their piece of the pie.

    July 25, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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