August 29th, 2009
09:52 PM ET
9 years ago

GOP senator blasts Dems health care proposals

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Bipartisan support may have faded further from reality Saturday when the ranking member of the Senate Health Committee condemned Democratic health care proposals which he said would “make our nation’s finances sicker.”

In the GOP’s weekly radio and Internet address, Sen. Michael Enzi, R-Wyoming, said that a comprehensive health care reform bill should decrease costs and be deficit-neutral. He said that the Democratic bills put forth “fail to meet these standards.”

Democrats have proposed some cuts to Medicare which would be used to cover uninsured Americans. Enzi accused Democrats of “raid[ing] Medicare” and said “savings from Medicare should only be used to strengthen Medicare.”

“These bills would expand comparative effectiveness research that would be used to limit or deny care based on age or disability of patients,” Enzi said.

Enzi also said that his colleagues in the Senate have put forth amendments that would “protect Americans by prohibiting the rationing of their health care.” He continued, “The Democrats showed their true intent by voting every amendment down.”

After making clear Republicans’ dismay with Democratic proposals, Enzi urged President Obama and Democrats in Congress to “reject the go-it-alone path that they are currently on.”

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soundoff (228 Responses)
  1. decent american

    at this point, i will take any story, any story... besides the kennedy funeral. i mean, i understand the man deserves some respect, he was a kennedy, brother of jfk, and a senator for a very long time, but good grief. he was not a GOD. lets get some perspective. it is almost like this a liberal, obama, left wing thing and not a personal loss grief, national thing. what is going on?

    August 29, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  2. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Newsflash! Health care rationing is what private corporations are doing right now! They take your premiums and then their bureaucrats deny you coverage if you fall ill, declaring it somekind of pre-existing condition. Oh, and yes, they use your money to pay for somebody else's abortion too! (I bet you never checked your own insurance company doing that!) That's what we have NOW! That's why we need the reform! And so far republicans came up only with half-ideas, most of which were verbatim stolen from Obama's health plan, but they now claim as their own.

    August 29, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  3. Sam. or better yet

    Let the uninsured fill our emergency room. Our better yet let them get sick and died. Republican have no moral feeling if you dont have money.

    August 29, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  4. S Callahan New York

    He is speaking the setiments of MANY people in this nation.....
    the consensus is we do need health care for all...the division is the way in which to do it.. It light of it's impact long term this should also be inclusive of both parties which is repensenative of ALL peoples of America.

    CNN could you highlight some of the admendments put forth by the Pubs??

    August 29, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  5. greg lewis

    The republicans just keep putting out noise and can not stand that they are the minority so there tactic to be heard is go negative even though this is why the Americans elected Obama.

    August 29, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  6. Bill

    Ah, I get it. So the health reform effort would deny care to people with disabilities unlike private insurance companies that so warmly welcome people with pre-existing conditions. And Republicans are actually the great defenders of Medicare after once warning us that the Medicare Act would destroy freedom as we know it, take us on the path to totalitarian socialism, and desecrate the doctor/patient relationship.

    OK, it all clear now, Senator Enzi. For a while there I was worried that that your position on health care was dictated by corporate interests and your obstructionism by your party's electoral ambitions next November.

    RIP, Senator Kennedy.

    August 29, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  7. RAH

    This guy, has got to be kidding. I hope the democratic party proceeds against the party of no. If the party of no wants bipartisanship, it will have to start with them. Healthcare is to important for the repubs to play with. They had 8 yrs under Bush to give us some reform and 12 years under Reagan and we got nothing. Now is not the time to continue funding the repubs insurance buddies. Now is the time to work for the American people. GIVE US GOOD HEALTHCARE REFORM !!!

    August 29, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  8. Trang, Fremont, CA

    I think many of us will be transformed in this period. We want our fellowman to be in good health, have good healthcare, and yet we don't want our country to be so burdened by the high cost of healthcare. Many of us will find alternative ways of healing ourselves, help our fellowman to have good healthcare and yet dont' burden our country and future generations. This could be the impetus for us to break free of our dependency on our 'healthcare system'. We will change our 'dependency' consciousness to one of 'master/creator' consciousness and help heal ourselves and our universe.

    August 29, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  9. suzyku

    I am extremely sick and tired of the republicans and their lies! Enough of them, the whole GeeOhPee needs to go far far away, maybe their own little island that they can destroy all by themselves with their lies and hate and negativity!

    August 29, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  10. Reality Check

    Thank you! Our country does not need any more financial debt. Our elected officials need to start listening to their constituents. The public is angry NOT because we were told by one organization or another to be angry, we are angry because of this incessant spending spree that is happening. Our country is being sold out beneath us and it may not even exist for our children or grandchildren as the United States of America at this rate. Take a look at who owns out debt.... this country is never going to be able to pay its way at at this rate of spending....... This has got to stop! Fix the parts that are broken... the whole system is not broken!!!

    August 29, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  11. Larry

    Typical Republican-the party of no. If they do not like the Democrats health plan then offer something else. Instead the republicans offer no as their solution. At town hall meetings they shout down those who support health. At some town hall meetings republican supporters show up with guns. What fools.

    August 29, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  12. Mike R

    "In the GOP’s weekly radio and Internet address, Sen. Michael Enzi, R-Wyoming, said that a comprehensive health care reform bill should decrease costs and be deficit-neutral."

    You are wrong, Mr. Enzi! It would be NICE if we can decrease costs and make it deficit-neutral, but the primary purpose of this bill is to ensure guaranteed health care access to all Americans. Any "amendment" without this included is nothing but a waste of debate and tax dollars.

    Either get this through your head, Senator, or stop pretending to be offering "alternatives" to the Democrats' bills.

    August 29, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  13. FL for Change

    How fitting. On the day that the "lion of the Senate" who has spent his entire political career fighting for affordable health care for ALL Americans, this BOZO wants to attack the President's current plan. All of the sudden, the Repugs want to claim that they have a plan that will rescue us? No thank you. We've had enough of your lies, fear-mongering, hate, and MORE LIES!

    August 29, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  14. Heath

    Decent video, the problem is republicans have very little credibility on the health care issue. Before an elected official is allowed to speak we should know how much money they have received from insurance companies for political contributions. It's like asking a convicted felon to be a character witness in order to indict another criminal. There is something wrong with this picture.

    August 29, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  15. Dee

    I believe that over 100 Republican amendments were added to the proposed bill. But on rationing....even if healthcare is not rationed to those without coverage the cost will bankrupt most of those people. Unless there is a payor covering the cost hospitals and other medical providers will bill the patient. You cannot enter a hospital or doctor's offic without signing a statement acknowledging you are responsible for any amounts not covered by insurance. You cannot obtain medications without paying up front. If you have a home and any savings they will be gone. And in today's world where jobs are lost everyday you never know when your coverage will be lost. Work together without this constant bitter accusation that the uninsured are somehow responsible for their plight. Unfortunately, we are not all born wealthy or lucky or have the opportunity to reach the top of the ladder.

    August 29, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  16. Aspen Professor

    Ah yes ... Another Repub looking for something for nothing..
    I've got an idea ..... Lets make it illegal to accept bribes from Insurance Companies. That will cut the legs off of the Repubs who depend on the Insurance Company money for their reelection.

    August 29, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  17. Susan

    Hmm, I read that there are 100 plus Republican amendments in the House bill, and they STILL will vote against it. The truth is, they do not want to cover all Americans, in any manner. They would trash Medicare too, if they could get away with it! But it's Dems who are somehow the evil ones for trying to help all our citizens. Why do Republicans not bat an eyelash at sending 10 BILLION a month to Iraq, but can't see past the nose on their face to spending money on us?

    August 29, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  18. Kurt

    How about this Mr. Enzi? You and all your hack buddies should have your coverage slashed, co-pays raised, etc. Then you'll feel what the rest of us REAL 'Mericans are feeling.

    August 29, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  19. Sally

    More Republican lies and deceit about health care reform. It was certainly okay with these Republican to drive this country into the ditch with the senseless war in Iraq but it is definitely "awful" for Congress to help Americans with their health care. Typical Republican hypocrisy and myopia!

    August 29, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  20. Gus The Willie

    If these knuckleheads of the GOP are unwilling to address the foremost issues facing this country, why can't the government do away with Medicare and Social Security? This should settle the facing debts have to burden by the posterity of our country. No one lives forever, including old white men who professes the plan being put forth by the Democrats have no premises to go forward. If this call for getting the government out of the business of providing social programs, do away with them. Let nature take control back from these old white men, and let the addage of "survival of the fittest" kick back in, and let the those who have been fittest write up a new bill what will be free of old white men who think they know it all just like this knucklehead, Mike Enzi.

    August 29, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  21. Brad

    They are not "going it alone." There are millions of us out there that want and need health care reform. Stop telling lies and confusing people. We elected these people because they are better equipped than you to do this. Get out of the way!!

    August 29, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  22. Brian

    We know whose pocket this guy is in...the same pocket we will find most Democrats. If Obama really wanted healthcare, he would call these lies out and hold these people accountable. But, instead, he wants to make deals and keep the AMA, drug companies, and insurance companies happy by not "getting to the point." Obama is as much to blame as the crooked republicans for not making this happen. Oh, and btw – these town halls are a joke, and the people protesting are complete mindless, non-self thinking puppets. It's time to quit putting these corporate lackeys into office who call themselves public servants – politicians.

    August 29, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  23. Butch Dillon

    Enzi and his republican colleagues simply do not want to reform the health care system. His voice is meaningless to Americans, it represents the interests of the few who profit immensely from the system as it exists today. At best, Enzi is a truth, he is a traitor to American ideals.

    August 29, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  24. patty

    WHAT YOU CAN DO: This issue is huge and it's red hot!. The insurance industry is waging war against The American People right now, by spending $1.4 million a day (of our money!!) to influence lawmakers to keep us hostage to their wasteful, for profit system. They insist we pay their high premiums and high deductibles while they decide whether they'll cover a medical procedure (or not) and all the while, they siphon off the cream for themselves. Sign up to one or more action groups, call your legislator, scream bloody murder, these vultures must go!

    August 29, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  25. aaron blankenship

    The only politicians who have EVER written a bill to come between families and their doctors were Republicans who decided that Terri Schiavo should live as a vegetable for the rest of her machined aided life. It is Republicans who consider themselves to know better than you yourself and your family do. Remind them that all men are created equal and tell them to vote for Single Payer.

    August 29, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
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