August 13th, 2009
04:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Democrat: We don't need 'socialized' heath care reform

(CNN) - Rep. Steve Rothman, D-New Jersey, said at a meeting in Secaucus that the aim of health care reform is not to make America's system mimic Great Britain's or Canada's.

"I, for one, don't want a system like Great Britain's. I don't want a system like Canada's. I don't want national health care, and I don't want socialized medicine," he said.

Rothman said that any health care bill coming out of Congress has to "fix what needs to be fixed" but not "destroy what's good about the existing private health insurance system."


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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Renee

    Wow. This guy has a keen eye for the obvious.

    August 13, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. Randolph Carter, the evil narcissistic libtard

    Uh.. he'd better not let the death panel hear him say that. Have a nice day!

    August 13, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    Republicans are totally missing out on a valid point, atleast the Dems are holding town halls and listening to your points of views. Where were the town halls when bush and cheyney were cramming their illegal agendas down our throats????

    August 13, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. J.P.

    Translation:
    "I want to be re-elected."

    August 13, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. Darth Vadik, CA

    We have been so brainwashed about a dumb word in this country that because of it people will rather go uninsured or pay less for a premium. It is really sad when you think about it, because unlike what the Republicans say, a gevernment, under the correct management can do a lot of good.

    YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PEOPLE WHO RUN IT.

    It is individuals in the government who abuse their power that can do damage, an make the government look bad. I know it is hard for some people to accept this, but it is true. If you're going to let a few rotten apples spoil everybody, than be my guest and go without insurance.

    As far as social programs, for every one you can name that is bad, I'll name 10 good ones.

    But be my guest, be afraid of a word.

    You may say "you know who" but I'll say "Voldemort."

    August 13, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. Mike in SA

    It's funny, with the exception of Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee who rudely accepted multiple phone calls while her constituents were voicing their concerns (and yet she wonders where the Tea Party movement comes from), the only town halls I've seen reported have been hosted by Senators. The House members don't want to have them because they DO want socialized medicine and they would rather stick their heads in the sand than listen to their constituents. Or apparently stay glued to the phone in Miss Jackson-Lee's case.

    August 13, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. Matt

    Hey Liberal Sheep wanting Obamacare. Explain how I can buy insurance for my car from any company in any state in the union but I can't do the same thing with my health insurance?

    Maybe before we jump onboard for socialized medical care we allow the health insurance to operate like any other business and cross state lines. Watch your prices drop when they have real competition.

    But no we can't do that or how will 30 million illegals get free medical care.

    August 13, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. Bertina

    Duh, isn't it a good thing that none of the bills support socialized medicine? Maybe he should say that as well.

    August 13, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Mississippi Mike

    Since when has Congress tampered with private industry and made the industry better? Name one time that's happened. Congress has been tampering with the health care systems for decades and it's only made things more complicated and expensive.

    August 13, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. kishen c.rao

    lord, this guy is funny...this reform is not socialized or socialistic...OK, it is social...needed long time ago...go for health care reform...

    August 13, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. A.B.

    America and Americans would be better off under a socialized healthcare system. In countries with socialized healthcare systems, people live longer and are healthier than we are!! Any taxes we pay for good medical care under a reformed health system are a sound investment for our health. American people!! Wake up and get the facts about true health reform!! WE NEED SOCIALIZED MEDICINE!!

    August 13, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. 60's survivor

    well said. we can improve our current system needs help. some Americans need help. this country can to it and should do it. no more excuses. no more lies from those who profit excessively under the current system and naturally don't want change.

    August 13, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. Drew in PDX

    the only thing good about the private health care system is the people in those industries that are into making a profit off of peoples illness. Pay the doctors, pay the scientists that invent the medicine, but stop making insurance companies rich!

    August 13, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. A Canadian Bogeyman

    Thats what I said CNN. An inside-Fix. Nothing should be torn apart.

    August 13, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. CF

    I think we should do away with all socializations of our society: No more funded police; everytime you need help, you are charged. 911 calls, $1.99 a minute. No more highway taxes: every intersection you cross through, pay a dollar toll. I mean, why should I pay taxes to fund streets I'll never drive on? Why should I pay for the cost of the cops helping somebody else in need? Thats SSSSSOCIALISM!!!

    August 13, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  16. J.P.

    Exactly which enumerated power in the Constitution allows the government to deliver medical care?

    Build the roads
    Defend the shores
    Deliver the mail

    (no wait, scratch that last one... you've already effed that one up too badly)

    August 13, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. Mich

    Great job keep social health care away from our country.

    August 13, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  18. Obama Victim

    clearly a CNN mis-print.............this gentleman makes perfect sense....yet CNN lists him as a Democrat.....now..we all know better than that

    August 13, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  19. BRL

    If they would simply propose a subsidy for emergency care for those who fall below a clear poverty line, more people would support spreading the wealth. I know way to many people in their early 20's who say they cannot afford health insurance, but they are somehow able to buy a pack of cigarettes every day and go out to eat and drink with friends on a regular basis.

    If Obama can put so many restrictions on companies that take government money – why can't he also place restrictions like no drinking, smoking, or being overweight on those who take government money for health insurance?

    August 13, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. bess

    Finally, a democrat who understands. Thanks Rep. Rothman.

    August 13, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. Jimmy

    Just how exactly does he propose to fix it so the money grubbing insurance companies don't rape us for ungodly profits? How will he keep them from dropping our coverage in the case of a major illness? How will he get them to accept people with preexisting conditions? Do you think he has answers? I doubt it.

    August 13, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. Rick in OP

    The problem the Obama Administration has is that Americans who attended high school between the 1950’s and 1970’s had to take a semester length, civics course entitled AMERICANISM vs. COMMUNISM. Because of that course, people recognize socialism when they see it. And they know full well it leads to some form of overall state control (Communism).

    In Obama’s town hall meeting in New Hampshire he stated that commercially run entities such as Fed Ex and UPS run just fine, it was the Post Office (a government run entity) that was always having problems. That statement sums up the fears of many people. They do not want the government to take over the health care system and screw it up like the Post Office.

    August 13, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. AngryFORhealthcare

    there is NOTHING god about the current system.

    August 13, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  24. Peter

    THere is no provision for illegals. THere is no Death Panel. And by the way, name one part of government that was taken over by private industry that was made better?

    -Banks are private – helluva job their doing

    -insurance companies are private – most of you will lose your coverage

    -the military has been privitized – what a cluster of a money hole that is

    -Private Roads
    -Private schools
    -private everything sucks.

    i say the next time their is the desire for war, let the private companies pay for it and send their employees to fight.

    August 13, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  25. Donna A. Reuter, Bremerton, WA

    "Professor Stephen Hawking has defended the National Health Service from attacks by the American Right, claiming that he would not be alive without it. He was speaking after Republican politicians labeled the NHS as "evil" in their effort to stop President Obama's reforms of US health care which will widen the availability of treatment but at a cost to higher earners."

    August 13, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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