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. Jetty

    A comprehsive healthcare system that serves all Americans is a fundamental right and moral obligation for all politicians.
    No doby doubts that a Public Option Insurance Plan (POIP) proposed by the Democrats is the best way to ensure a comprehensive heathcare reform that will benefit all Americans.

    I humbly ask the GOP leadership to come up with cost effective way to impiment such a reform while preserving the ideas behind a Public Option Plan.

    August 29, 2009 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  2. s.collard

    Healthcare is America's Holocaust Senator Enzi. We had the moral courage to save the Europeans from German evil-doers. Let's have the moral courage to bust the corporacracy evil-doers running the healthcare holocaust. Will you be willing to give up all your benefits and join the masses subjected to vivisection and no informed consent with profit makers making decisions on your life and your loved-ones lives???? will cost you too many campaign contributions? My bad, Senator. Do what's right for your corporate backers and the cattle can chew the cud? Is that your perspective after filtering the smoke and cleaning the mirror? Try putting your feet on your shoulders and pull and push at the same time – -maybe everything won't be brown and smelly anymore when your head pops out of your pooper.

    August 29, 2009 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  3. REA

    Enzi need to do the right thing to make sure all Americans have health insurance, all he want to do is just say NO we all have heard of lot of NO from the GOP.For once GOP try saying YES for the right thing HEALTH REFORM FOR ALL AMERICANS.

    August 29, 2009 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  4. jimmadison

    If any Democrats had believed that the GOP was interested in health care reform, those notions should have been eliminated when Senator Grassley announced that he wouldn't vote for the bill he was negotiating with the Democrats.

    If you want health care reform, Dems, you have to go it alone.

    August 29, 2009 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  5. dorothy oliver

    Senator Enzi and my Senator, Kay Hagan, along with others in Congress, recently gave pharmaceuticals a competition- free ride for 12 years, with renewal. I wonder if he has been the beneficiary of pharmaceutical ads praising him for supporting health care reform, as has Senator Hagan? The ad asks that we call Senator Hagan and thank her. Do these people think we are appreciative for making medicine more expensive?

    August 29, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  6. KJ

    and what are these amendments? Where is the detail from Republicans vs. just attacking Democratic proposals?

    August 29, 2009 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  7. John from California

    There is no such thing as bipartisanship with the republicans as they are all in the insurance industry's pockets.

    The Democratic Party should use the mandate from the last election and ram through health care reform over the republican special interests.

    August 29, 2009 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  8. Rick in PA

    So why didn't his Republicans implement an appropriate plan when they had the opportunity to do so under President Bush? I guess it's just much easier to attack, attack, attack, than it is to offer productive solutions to the nation's problems. As far as I'm concerned, the Republican's strategy to defeat President Obama's initiative are both transparent and objectionable. Sadly, some things never change.

    August 29, 2009 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  9. the ted kennedy health care reform bill

    Of course we know the republicans do not want anyone to have affordable health car. We know the insurance companies are lining their pockets. Whats more important the people or the money? We all know the republicans only think of themselves. So of course the money is their choice. All they know how to do is lie and divide our country and instill fear since they don't have anything to offer.

    August 29, 2009 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  10. Iain

    As a life long Wyoming resident I am ashamed to have Mike Enzi representing this great state. Mr. Enzi needs to wake up to reality and look around his state where people are held over a barrel by the health insurance industry. My family of three pays $1300/mo for health insurance and because I am self employed can only get individual coverage. Individual coverage=2nd rate coverage.

    August 29, 2009 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  11. CBH

    Nothing new here, just more evidence that Republicans will not stop until things stay just the way they are: health care corporations still making money... the "American way"

    August 29, 2009 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  12. richie

    We won the election. So this is what the majority of america wants. Ignore the right. When polls say people are unhappy with the current proposal it's not because they don't want reform or want scale it back some. It's because they want. The american people want a single payer system. If not atleast a hybrid but co ops will fail. Lose this ridiculous notion of bipartisanship. They are just stonewalling everything on the grounds that it's not their idea.

    August 29, 2009 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  13. Old Guy

    More BS. All that matters is that the democrats fail and the republicans get an opportunity to win back their majorities in the House and Senate, and to win the White House back. Screw the country as long as they are in power. We had the health care debate in the 90's. They destroyed the reform. Why?. They then had total control in Congress in both houses for the next 12 years. They had the White House for half of that time. They did NOTHING!!! They passed a Medicare Drug Bill that wasn't paid for! They made it illegal for Medicare or the Federal government to negotiate lower drug prices!!! They started a war of choice, cut taxes for rich and left our children and grandchildren to pay for it while the wealthy got richer on "No Bid Contracts" for military. They then refused to raise the minimum wage for 14 years. You republican sheep need to seriously review your own party's actions for the last 20 years. Have they followed their principles? If you are not wealthy making over $250,000 has your life improved? I am not asking you to abandon your principles and vote for or agree with every democratic proposal. However if a Democrat comes up with a proposal, look at it honestly and don't fabricate lies to defeat a proposal simply because it was a democratic proposal! Both parties are supposed to be working for the betterment of all of us!!! Politicians are elected to represent everyone, not the party loyal! I am sick and tired of the Republicans whining about Tax and Spend Democrats. The only thing worse than uncontrolled spending is the Republican Spend and don't Pay for it plan. Go back and review the last 20 years and see whom has ammassed the greatest debt. Ask how can all the Republican always vote the same way? At your next meal see if you can get everyone at the dinner table to agree on something. Why do both parties have totally opostite views. If a democrat says the sky is blue the republican will all disagree and say it is cloudy. Are we electing individuals to represent us or parties. Last November I saw names of individuals on my ballot. I did not vote for a party. Health care reform is too important to not do. Tell your representives to get off their collective asses, grow up and do their damm job! And stop lying to us. Most of us are not that stupid. Both Republican voters and Democratic voters need to evaluate and fix their parties!!! Stop worrying about the other party. Hold your your own party accountable! Educate yourselves on the issues!

    a fed up independent

    August 29, 2009 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  14. Steve

    we do not need a health care reform that increases the deficit, but we do a war in the middle east that will be never ending to continue to increase the deficit? Give me a break. We need to concentrate on America and teh citiznes within and stop trying to please big business.

    All need to be voted out of office and replaced!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 29, 2009 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  15. Sue

    You got to be kidding me. I say go it alone. The party of no is never going to agree to do any kind of health care.After watching the passing of Ted Kennedy I realized anything that was done to help the middle or lower class came from the Democrats. My dad used to tell me that the Republican party was only for the rich and big business. How true he was. Go it alone President Obama the people who voted you in is behind you all the way..

    August 29, 2009 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  16. Doug

    This is the same senator that said he was going to vote no on reform regardless of what was contained in the bill. His opinion is worth jack at this point.

    August 29, 2009 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  17. jim Jones

    After the previous administration took a budget surplus and turned it into a gigantic deficit by slashing taxes for the richest of our citizens and starting a war of choice based on lies and keeping off the the budget. These same ass hats are suddenly concerned about the deficit?? Give me a freaking break...

    Both the repubs and the dems are bought and paid for by the health insurance companies. Neither the Dems nor th repubs could give a rats ass about the plight ot non rich Americans.

    Our system is SICK. The only solution is a viable third party. But we are too lazy and stupid.

    This country is going down the tubes and we are too stupid and lazy to rescue it.

    August 29, 2009 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  18. diane

    there are not going to be cuts from medicare, that is a scare tactic, from republicans, government run health care will be good for all americans, medicare is wonderful, and government runs that. those rich republicans do not want to lose their tax breaks that bush signed into law, but they are going to lose them.

    August 29, 2009 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  19. dorothy oliver

    In an attempt to gut Medicare membership, Congress passed Medicare C to give those on medicare a choice of private providers (Bush idea.) Medicare C was funded more liberally than plain Medicare to please the insurance industry. Many saw through this ruse. The proposed cut is the excess given to private providers in Medicare C. Have the Republicans explained this to you? I didn't think so.

    August 29, 2009 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  20. Babs

    House bill 3200 is once again about growing big government and rewarding special interests, much like the "stimulus" bill, hence the rush to get it passed before the August recess. The unions plans are exempt from the limitations that Obamacare will impose on the rest of us, but tucked into 3200 is a 10B subsidy for union pension and benefit plans. We have bailed out the unions enough, let them sink or swim on their own, certainly without taxpayer funds supposed to be benefiting the uninsured among us. The mistrust of the Democrats has been well earned, and as more and more about this bill emerges, it's clear that health care reform and the lowering of costs are not, and never have been, a priority of those in power.

    August 29, 2009 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  21. thinker

    Sorry, don't understand any of this. Isn't it reasonable to expect that insuring more Americans comes with some costs? Don't we first and foremost want better health for all Americans, provided by health insurance for all, and aren't we then willing to bear these costs? Otherwise it's just ego... "I got mine, good luck to you".

    August 29, 2009 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  22. Bob

    Dear Sen. Enzi:

    We regret to inform you that you and your family's government payed health care has been revoked in an effort to reduce the budget. Thank you for understanding.


    51 million unisured citizens

    August 29, 2009 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  23. hypocrites_are_everywhere


    You make it sound like you (and the GOP) championed Medicare/Medicaid & protect the elderly! Do us a favor & read history - it was Kennedy/Johnson (Democrats) that pushed through Medicare/Medicaid!

    Obama stated over & over again that he wants a health care reform that is "deficit-neutral over the next decade."

    If what Obama say went over your head, do you remember this, "You are either with us or against us!" What did Bush say that you don't understand, #$@% head?

    August 29, 2009 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  24. Royce

    Today, Senator Kennedy was laid to rest. Over the last 3 days many from both parties praised him. Some say universal health care was his major legislative interest. Some say it would had more of chance if he had lived. Some say it has a better chance now that he is gone.
    I have no idea who is right. What I do believe from trying to understand both sides, is that the conservatives are not going to support anything the liberals propose. It seems, at most, there may be only 58 Democrats, including two possible Independents in the Senate. That's not enough unless they try the, I think, "reconcilliation" process?
    Then there it still has to be resolved between the House and Senate?

    I appreciate this is a complicated issue, deep felt issues on both sides of the aisle. I want to believe that both sides "care about people", and I think they do.

    This is politics, and, perhaps, the conservatives are more interested in "handing the President a defeat", a defeat that might really make a difference in 2010 and 2012, than working out a compromise that would benefit the American people?

    August 29, 2009 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  25. tony

    Gee, the last time I checked healthcare was rationed by the ability to pay for it, unless you are over 65, then the government helps pay for it. This is wrong. Senior citizens get way more government subsidies than they deserve. Why should working people pay for old perople's retirement and healthcare?

    August 29, 2009 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
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