August 29th, 2009
09:52 PM ET
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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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  1. Donald in CA

    I guess Democrats are the only ones that have a problem with this healthcare system. Also, they are the only ones who have lost jobs and their health insurance. I always wondered how a poor person can be a republican when republicans look at poor folks as a inconvience.
    All those southern states going red when they are the poorest states in the union, please.

    August 29, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  2. Paul I

    I've grown very weary of politicians who have absolutely nothing constructive to offer on health care reform.

    August 29, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  3. Dean

    The Republicans have not been on board with healthcare reform from the start. They claim they want reform yet offer nothing in the way of a bill themself. face it they like things just the way they are now. They are in bed with the insurance compaines and like it that way. Kind of what we have growen to expect from the party of NO.

    August 29, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  4. Ivan

    From death panels to demanding choice but denying the right to choose a public option has been the Republican mantra, why should we believe anything that comes out of the mouths of Republicans.
    Just as privatizing social security would benefit only the money managers, the Republican solution to health care will only benefit insurance companies.
    The idea that we have the best health care in the world is belied by the fact that we are 35th on the list of life expectancy. I believe we are also further behined when it comes to the infant mortality rate.

    August 29, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  5. Norm Thomson

    The fact is that health care in this country should not be left to insurance companies who are in it for the profit. Everything the Republicans complain about in a National Health plan is already taking place in the private sector but at a higher cost. For example, the fear is that a national health care plan will increase the national debt – maybe so, but the way health care now occurs that deficit is already taking place by those of us who are paying exorbitant sums already. I just think it is so hypocritical for any politician to say they are looking out for the public given the coverage they get in Congress. It makes me sick to listen to the diatribe of the party that put us in this deep debt through the lack of oversight with respect to businesses and insurance companies are a part of a continuing scam.

    August 29, 2009 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  6. Dieter

    The reason Dems are going it along is because the Rupugnicans do not want health care for all. Enzi has government sponsored healthcare but he doesn't want you to have it. Go figure. Ignore these guys and bring on affordable healthcare for all – let conservatives opt out if they want – in fact cancel their social security, their medicare and they government sponsered care.

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

    Wonder how much he was paid... Love that all it takes is a little pay out to change our politicians opinions. How corrupt is our government. This is not baseless, just look how much the so called Blue Dog Dems have made of the healthcare industry since Obama took office.

    August 29, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  8. leq

    Amazing that those responsible for the utter sickness of our economy are now so vocal about the health of our economy. Human weakness knows no bounds.

    August 29, 2009 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  9. KCKatwoman

    A true Republican you are, Enzi. Twist the facts and remain status quo. By the way, when was the last time you had to pay for health care? You're on the government dole; your medical care is paid by taxpayers, so you just need to shut up with your absurd statements about Democrats and Medicare. It disgusts me that politicians such as yourself get all those perks such as free health care and, yet, you mouth off about the liberals trying to get more Americans covered with medical insurance. You, sir, are one of the reasons we have such a problem with health care coverage; you just don't get and don't care to – that is obvious. As long as you're able to visit your doctor and pay nothing, you don't give 2 s**** about the average American who cannot afford health care. You are one piece of work.

    August 29, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  10. unshrub

    If the republicans wanted ANY type of health care for eveyone they could have done something while they were in power, but they don't, because comprehensive health care might cost their rich and greedy friends a penny or two.

    August 29, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  11. IS IT 2012 YET ??

    Thank your lucky stars for the Republicans.

    August 29, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  12. REGGIE FROM LA

    Why now? Why is the GOP showing such concern for the state of health care as in institution after they've been brazenly fighting Kennedy and everyone else whose been attempting health care reform for decades? They put on these faces that make themselves appear to be stewards of the "real American consciousness". It looks so false on Senator Enzi and every other politician and naysayer to real reform...but in some bizarre way, people buy it anyway. The GOP has spent more time after President Obama's election worrying about the direction of our nation, out loud. They then say Senator Kennedy was at advocate for great things, then quickly remind misguided and pumped up legions to continue to stave off progress for good reform. Pretty frail preemptive strike. It looks false too.

    August 29, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  13. Carole

    Where are the Republicans crying for the expense of an unnecessary war $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$? Where are they?

    Republicans are okay killing and maming. People wake up for goodness sake. They don't care about budgets! The Republicans ruined this country. Bush inherited a surplus and turned it into massive deficits.

    Bottom line is if it is on War, they will spend. If it is for the working people for jobs they have not shipped over sees, it is a budget problem.

    Who are these people who can go to townhalls at 10 in the day who look like medicare recipients?

    Republicans = Stale, Male and Pale

    August 29, 2009 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  14. Harry the K

    This is why the Republicans lost the presidency... fear politics... just that the American electorate is slowly getting smarter and there simply are not enough dumb and ignorant Americans for the Republicans to sway. Keep it up, Republicans... you're doing America a great service!!!

    August 29, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  15. Florence

    I guess Reps wants to use our money by exporting freedom to countries that don’t even want it and they hate us.
    At first they claimed the health reform is design to kill their grandma and their retarded kids. When that didn’t work, now they claim it’s too expensive.
    How much has been the costs of the 2 wars so far? If not enough may be they should wage the war on Iran or even better on the world! That should cost plenty. That way the rest of us should keep on working as long as we're sick then roll over and die so the Reps can protect the unwanted babies, the vegetables on life supports and the retarded alive.

    August 29, 2009 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  16. Post always rejected by CNN

    I suppose by now, the democrats must realize that republicans do not want a Health Care Bill no matter what it contains. The more they THINK they can obstruct or deny the more they get their macho up.

    Since they do not have the votes to stop this bill I think the democrats should work out what is best to put in the bill, vote and pass it. If the republicans don't want to vote for it, that's their lost.

    The rowdy bunch of buttshired by the republicans and the health companies, that are jumping up and down and trying to disrupt meetings are desperate. They know the majority of Americans want this bill and they are trying and trying to stop it. I guess when you are reaping such windfalls from the health and drug companies you would do anything to try to stop this bill.

    But this just shows the REAL AMERICAN PEOPLE that the republicans could care less about America. All they want is to fill their pockets. And the public has also seen that the blue dogs are nothing but a bunch of republicans in disguise who are going to be voted out of office as soon as possible.

    August 29, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  17. Mary

    maybe the health care program would not be so coastly if ALL the Senate and All the congress were not so interested in holdin gon to their extremely benefits to death as well as class a 1 health benefits for them and their family. not to mention the pay increase they have already had so many of the fact that many Americans that they represent hve a difficu;t time reching them and if they do like in the case of the Senator from Calif,. D.F you receive a pre scripted return message written and sent by some aide. face it if it did not cost the U.S and Calf. most of all so much money in school for illegals work and hand out for illegls all the literature having to be printed out in o many languages that you have problems finding ENGLISH.. isn;t that suppose to be our language here??? clean up the mess in D.C and watch the money you will save, no wonder ll the senate and congress people are the known wealthy. get a life and let us live one too!!!!!!!!!

    August 29, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  18. FD

    The Washington crowd does not know how to balance the budget. The deals have been made with big business and all of us will pay. All of this spending has created no jobs where I live. Where is the "Hope?"

    August 29, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  19. American

    I voted for Obama but I am very concerned about the agendas of the Democratic majority. There is way to much government involvement proposed and additions to our ballooning deficit. Let's fix our health care system to actually cut costs, but lets not blow it up. There are ways that we can cover everyone in our nation without creating a new and costly government plan. The common people in other nations with socialized medical coverage are unhappy with their systems. There is a two tiered system in those countries, most people have the crappy government plan but a minority of people that can afford private plans enjoy the best health care. 85% of people can afford private health care in our country currently. We need to improve that, however. Let's work to make our current system better. The creation of a new government plan is a road to the downfall of the U.S.

    August 29, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  20. Slacko

    Ah yes, the Republican voice of rational discourse. This coming from the party that thinks Obama was born in Kenya, and that death panels are a reality. Why are we taking them seriously again?

    August 29, 2009 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  21. A Real American

    At least the Democrats have a plan, which is far and away more than can be said the unceasingly whining Party of No.

    August 29, 2009 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  22. Michael

    The irrational and irrelevant party of "No".

    August 29, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  23. TM in CO

    Why don't we cut the benefits to Congress, the Senate and the Administration to cover the costs instead of cutting Medicare? I know. Let's take it out of the governments travel fund.............................Could probably pay off quite a few of my medical bills with one of thier trips..........................

    August 29, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  24. Fed up

    Reject the go it alone path?

    In order to do that somebody has to be willing to compromise and actually come up with something worthwhile. So far we've seen NEITHER from the GOP. People better pay attention..you listen to these GOP leaders talk they ALL say the system needs reform...so if you don't take the democratic version, then down the road you will get the GOP version (they won't negotiate it, it will get shoved down your throat same as Iraq, Patriot Act and Medicare D). It will be more no-bid, no government intervention...so just wait til ALL this country's health care is in the hands of the insurance companies, then you might begin to understand why so many people are fed up. There is NO excuse to be a tax paying citizen who works hard and CAN'T get health care because of 'preexisting conditions'.

    August 29, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  25. henry

    It was never the gop inyent to negotiate. Go it alone I say

    August 29, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
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