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. Liberal4Obama

    Senator Enzi if you are not willing to be part of the solution then you are part of the problem so please just get out of the way.

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

    It is pretty sad that Senator Kennedy has not been buried yet and Sen. Michael Enzi, R-Wyoming, already denounced the "Democratic" health reform, part of which was supported by Sen Kenney. Let's kick the man down further while the soil is still warm ... is that how the Republicans develop bipartisanship? May be Sen Enzi should learn about class from Sen Kennedy before opening his mouth again.

    August 29, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  3. Not2Blue

    I pray that the American people are not so stupid that they can't see that all the Republicans care about are their political careers. They are not interested in helping the American people nor advancing this country in anything. SHAME ON THE REPUBLICANS! I hope they never regain any significant power. Those hypocrites need to realize that you really do reap what you sew.

    August 29, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  4. mark

    I have faith in the Administration NOT the republicans. It seems the repubs aren't evey attempting to work with or compromise. All they do is whine and accuse. The rebubs don't have anything to offer, only condem. Either shutup or work with the administration repubs.

    August 29, 2009 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  5. Earl

    Pitiful. The republicans can't even give it a break on the day Sen. Kennedy is laid to rest. Absolutely disgusting.

    August 29, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  6. tom mccarey

    What a surprise! How does Mr. Enzi's 54 constituents feel about his marriage to corporate interests?

    August 29, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  7. Doyle Wiley, MI

    Enzi voted "Yes" for the war in Iraq which is a huge contributor to the current deficit. But, he's against a health plan that will give health care to 40+ millions of Americans. So he doesn't have an issue with running up the deficit to kill and destroy; but he does have an issue with running up the deficit to make American healthier. So is he for America or against America? His way of thinking seems to lean toward what's worse for America.

    August 29, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  8. Bruce from Swugar Loaf, NY

    I think President Obama should forget about bi-partisanship at this point and go full speed ahead with the public option on health. The American people voted a democratic majority aND a democratic president because we (the Amercian people) had a mandate. To push through universal health care for all. This Republican idiot (like all these congressional Republicans), have no ideas of their own but to say NO. Which is why the American people voted them out of office.

    I really hope the democrats get it right this time or else I may have to sit out the next election.

    August 29, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  9. Bill in Dallas

    Enzi must be on some type of drug. Pulling the rug out of any bipartisan dilogue and then asking that the Democrats don't go it alone. What choice do the Democrats have? Republicans fought Social Security, the fought Medicarre , with the same old arguments they are using today to fight national healthcare. Now they act like Medicare and Social Security are their programs. They will some day claim national healthcare. There party is tired without any ideas except "no".

    August 29, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  10. Neil

    The deomocrats are not really interested in the deficit. This is obvious when you look at their "accidental" 2 trillion dollar oversight on spending. And we thought Bush was out of control. These Dems are spening like crazy.

    August 29, 2009 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  11. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Cheneys home state,population,10 people and 300 elk,but world HQs of another big Health Insurance Company.Interesting how the companies made sure they spread out in many small red states so they could control the House and Senate with lots of bag money.

    August 29, 2009 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  12. Oregonian

    How is it that these Repug's just get away with lie after lie after lie? I f you do any kind of independent fact checking it is so easy to see how decietful and dishonest they are. Yet NO ONE in the so called "liberal press" calls them on it except in little back page articles. There are over 117 amendments in the bill this Goober is talking about that were proposed by Republicans.
    Both parties use the emotions of people to get their point accross. The Dem's use hope the Repug's use fear. It is bad enough that fear seems to trump hope almost every time but it is truly criminal that the only voices heard are the fear mongers.

    August 29, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  13. Jose

    Like the republicans are going to agree to anything on health care reform. I can't believe I've been a republican all my life. I'm tired of this whining, complaining and do nothing politics.

    August 29, 2009 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  14. Lionking

    Do the Republicans have any solutions? or its the same old story of NO NO No no no!!!

    August 29, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  15. lieNoMore

    Hey Enzi come up with a solution or shut-up. ~40 million AMERICANS have no health insurance and the rest of us pay for it every time they have to use the emergency room for general care.

    When Bush was blowing the store chasing WMD in Iraq and bailing out his corporate buddies where were ya?? Probably selling off US jobs to the lowest dictatorial bidder, like the rest of the Repuke party.

    Belly up for decent healthcare for all. Try doing something for your own people once in while you moron...

    August 29, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  16. Robyn

    The Republican Party has become the last refuge of lies, incompetence, and twisted smears. How many people must suffer and needlessly die to fatten Republican coffers and keep the health care system broken.

    I had hoped for some measure of sanity from some Republicans, but there seems to be little that they will not do to keep their privilege, no matter how much America suffers.
    Fear, Hate, Greed, and Ignorance
    are the Four Horsemen of the Republican Party

    The Republican Party has truly become
    The Face of Evil in America today.

    August 29, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  17. Ken in Gainesville

    A pair of contrasts. Senator Kennedy a revered statesman, working for the poor, civil rights, children, health care for all Americans, women's rights. Senator Enzi, an old tired fear mongerer offering nothing but his crybaby voice in the desolate Wyoming wilderness. And just who do you think history will remember?

    August 29, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  18. Xavier

    I am so sick of rich republicans who have healthcare insurance themselves telling us we dont need healthcare reform. In 2000 I had full coverage for my wife and son for 389.00 per month. Today in 2009 I have less insurance coverage and pay more! If I was to get the same insurance I had in 2000 today it would cost me over 1,000.00 per month. Does this sound like a level playing field?

    August 29, 2009 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  19. Dante Peloches

    Not affiliated with either party. Thank you to all of the politicians who are standing up against the expansion of government. Health care needs to be reformed, but without government expansion.

    Let's find a solution that reduces taxes and creates opportunity for all Americans.

    August 29, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  20. PAUL W

    These Republicans would rather see another 40 million Americans lose their health insurance to protect the profits of the Insurance industry. The remaining GOP in the Congress should be tarred and feathered, and run out of Washington on rails for inciting violence and perpetuating lies.

    August 29, 2009 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  21. Gary

    Can't we just start by doing serious malpractice reform and make pre-condition exclusions illegal? Then if that works out next year we can talk about shortening the patent life on drugs and tax incentives for people to buy their own insurance....

    The sticking point is the government involvement, no public option, no government sponsored coops, no government panels to do healthcare rationing....we want less government in our lives not more. Frankly we are sick of working hard then getting over taxed to cover some lazy people who refuse to work....

    Understand this and you can fix healthcare with near unanimous approval.

    August 29, 2009 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  22. Robert

    Now there is something new, a Republican who thinks I instead of WE. What is that they are drinking that brought about this new found intelligence after 8 years of being brain dead. America used to think in the We for ALL Americans. So much for the "used to be greatest country in the world.

    August 29, 2009 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  23. No fan of Palin

    Glad to see the GOP behaving like they have the best interests of the country in mind.

    August 29, 2009 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  24. Whereisthenextbus?

    Enzi you should say Reject the go it alone stuck in the mud party of hate ,lies, deception ,starting wars as you are never for the people of this country just only for the rich.

    August 29, 2009 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  25. WAHEID

    The truth of the matter is that Republican Congressman, who themselves enjoy the benefit of having the best health care plan in the country - taxpayer supported, of course - are opposed to anything that would improve health care for the American people. One is reminded of Marie Antoinette's famous "Let them eat cake" comment. (And we all know what happened to Marie Antoinette!)

    August 29, 2009 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
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