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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soundoff (228 Responses)
  1. JoeTheMechanic

    Although I have worked hard all my life, I cannot afford health care. I need to go to a doctor. I can not.

    I feel that the Republicans are just hateful, selfish people. They hate me, consequently, I hate them.

    Every industrialized country in the world has universal health care except the United States. If only a tiny portion of the wealth of rich people who pay no taxes were taxed, health care for all could be easily financed.

    August 30, 2009 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  2. MatthewDetroit

    Healthcare is NOT in the constitution.
    Healthcare is NOT in the bill of rights.
    IT IS NOT a right.
    If you want heatlhcare than you should negotiate with your doctor.
    This is ALL just a money grab by democrats.
    They want to CONTROL people and control ALL the money.
    They are socialist at heart and they want to MAKE all the decisions for you. They do not want to allow people to make their own decisions.

    August 30, 2009 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  3. WBN

    The senator is right; nationalized health care could bankrupt the USA if the trillions we are already in debt do not anyway. It's not a matter of "What do we have to lose, then?" There are many ways to help the uninsured (of which I was one for many years) that are not socialistic in nature–e.g., tax rebates to employers or individuals or insurance companies when the uninsured are covered or assisted by any of these. Everyone in America already has emergency care, so federal outlays would be much smaller in the manner of rebates for various types of coverage.

    August 30, 2009 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  4. Pete

    Republicans, you lost the election, you are the minority, you have no much to say, so please , sit down, shut up and listen. In a Democracy
    the majority rule.

    August 30, 2009 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  5. Tariq

    You criticize the go-it-alone path, but aren't you in the going-nowhere paths besides being in the way??

    If you are so keen on saying "no", then follow through with a better plan...keeping things the same is NOT a fix!

    August 30, 2009 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  6. A fiscal conservative

    Selling insurance is not a normal business because they do not produce or provide any service of tangible value to the Americans. They simply juggle money from the subscribers to providers, and charge a hefty commission for doing that, and denying insurance to all unprofitable subscribers. The hundred or more insurance companies is yet to come up with a plan to provide health care to Americans with pre-existing conditions or uninsured Americans. The republicans are telling us to abandon the only credible solution that has been proposed so far–a public option. I am a fiscal conservative, but until I see a credible plan from the republicans, the president should go full steam ahead with the public option. Only other credible option would be to control the insurance companies tightly like we control utility companies.

    August 30, 2009 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  7. Tony In Largo , FL

    No, Senator Enzi, this is the way it will have to be. Now, you, and “our party” if we can call it that, are against the proposal by the Democratically controlled Congress, but you did nothing, nor did you attempt anything, for National Health Care, when the GOP was in Power. The GOP has shown a clear lack of caring for the average American. You and “your party’s” motivation can only be attributed to the concern for your Bride, the very wealthy Health Insurance Industry.

    If you happen to read this, let the words of the real American Hero that was buried today in Arlington National Cemetery echo in your mind while you try to sleep: “With the money that we have spent in Iraq so far, we could have rebuilt every school in this country over again”!!!!!!! Edward M Kennedy.

    However, neither you, nor any of your colleagues, did your homework and allowed us to pay the accountable economic price and the priceless loss of life in Iraq sustained to this moment. I didn’t hear you complaining then, nor investigating the merits of weapons of mass destruction, which was a farce.

    For the reasons above, you have no credibility, either with me or the people with whom I speak on a daily basis.

    National Health Care Reform, now!!!

    August 30, 2009 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  8. Gymo

    It seems a lot of people forget these Republicans are in the minority, they lost they have no voice.
    There was an election, not a poll, but an actual election and the Republicans lost. We don't trust them and have no plans to restore them to majority leadership.

    August 30, 2009 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  9. TonySD

    As usual the Republicans will stop at nothing...say anything... distort the facts ...just to keep the status quo. Their strategy...use the church; create fear; raise the alarm on taxes!; how are we going to pay for it etc... Blah..Blah..Blah... where was of them when their king aka George W... spent over 660 billions dollars on an unauthorized war!!!! I didnt hear anyone of them talk about the grandchildren them.... give me a break!! And they call themselves Christian.... and as usual...I find its the holier than thou so called Christians who judge and preach hatred the most!! Funny how that works.... Get over yourselves.... there will be universal health care and thats that!!!

    August 30, 2009 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  10. center left

    Oh, yeah! What's the Republican plan? Nothing, that's what! ("Teddycare for all americans that want it!")

    August 30, 2009 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  11. Vincent

    The GOP claims they want to reform health care - as long as nothing changes! Maybe no one will remember that the GOP had no budgetary concerns with Medicare Part D when Bush was President? It is obvious that the GOP will not participate in the legislative process. Their only objective is to deny, delay, and stomp their feet. Considering the state of the loyal opposition, the Dems would be wise to pass the health care bill they want by any means necessary, and if it works out well, the Dems will be rewarded with electoral victories for a generation. If it fails, the GOP will have another chance to screw up the nation. In either case, the Dems are fools if they continue to chase GOP support that will never come no matter what is proposed.

    August 30, 2009 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  12. Carl from MI

    Where was this guy and his fake fiscal responsibility act when Dubya was signing everything into law and paying for it with borrowed money from China??

    Nothing worse than the hypocrisy of Republicans!!!!

    August 30, 2009 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  13. John M

    Big money beats the people's needs every time. Major health care reform would help real people. Opposing it ensures re-election. If the Conservaties in Britain favor their national health program, and the people in Canada can do it, there is no good reason NOT to have a single payor system. Gee, the doctors and their families may have to limit themselves to simply being wealthy.
    This is demagogery of the first calibre.

    August 30, 2009 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  14. Russ

    Wow. Dishonest on what the health care proposal actually says and dishnoest on the efforts of Republicans. Health insurance companies ration health care – just try to get a medication not on their formulary or a procedure they don't think you need – but Republicans continue to propogate the myth that your health care now is somehow better than under a public option. Nevermind that our life expectancy is less than that of most other developed nations. Sad and infuriating.

    August 30, 2009 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  15. rich

    Republicans are a joke! They are only Concerned about stopping Obama and do not care about people or health care. I am voting against any Politician who does not work to get meaningful health care reform. Politicians are elected by the people and need to work for the people. It seems to me that they are always on the take and do not care what is best for the people. I used to work at an insurance company and if their is no public option health care reform would be a joke. I know the tactics of insurance companies and believe me they are only concerned about profits and do not care about people. Do Not trust the scare tactics being used right now they are being communicated by insurance companies and believe me they are very skilled at communicating lies.

    August 30, 2009 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  16. Dan

    Republicans cant exhale without a lie slipping out.

    August 30, 2009 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  17. Peoples Voice

    We voted you people out of office. We don't need your approval for anything.

    Take your hate-America attitude and go home and leave the running of the country to we adults.

    Your services are no longer required. You are fired.

    August 30, 2009 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  18. Gop

    Obama and his party believe going this alone will help them win re-elections and the good news for our country is the fact they are dead wrong.

    Most Americans see what Obama is trying to pull and won’t put up with it. I know there are enough people here that want to believe Obama and his party is looking out for the common person but that is how Dictators got their start.

    Face a few facts Obama said he did not want to take over the banks and yet he did it. Obama said he did not want the Government to take over car companies and that is what was done.

    They could not even do a good job with their cash for clunkers and now Americans find out if they got the max of $4500 they will have to pay taxes on the amount. How’s that for a good deal?

    Two things people had better be worried about and that is when someone tells them they are from the Government and their here to help!

    August 30, 2009 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  19. paul

    The Republicans are showing their true colors again. Lie about what the democratic bill actually plans to do, scare Americans with their rhetoric (anyone remember the invasion of Iraq and WMDs) and blame all the problems on someone else. Hey Republicans...please go away. Isn't there an island in the Bahamas where you allow tax shelters where you all could just go and never come back? America wants to move on and you lost the election...BADLY. So please shut up and let us evolve as a nation...I mean heck...Republicans are already about as marginalized as they can be. What did Bob Dylan say once...
    "Your sons and your daughters
    Are beyond your command
    Your old road is
    Rapidly agin'.
    Please get out of the new one
    If you can't lend your hand
    For the times they are a-changin'."

    August 30, 2009 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  20. It's all part of the Dems master plan

    Think about it. IF the government controls your health care and can decide to pull the plug on senior citizens (ie those who collect social security) well TWO problems solved at once! They decrease health care costs by killing off the elderly AND they don't have to pay anyone who gets sick their social security. It's genius! And if you don't think Obama and his czars are that evil to dream up such a plan, well what else could explain the fact that they think their plan will contain costs?

    August 30, 2009 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  21. Henepenny

    Republicans find it difficult to say but the truth is that the next three and one half years will be the same as the last seven months as far as cooperation with Democrats. No Republican wants anything good to happen that would keep them out of power for long so this will be a classic adversarial type congress with no caring for how the country is effected. How can one party be so power hungry that not one member is willing to break ranks!

    August 30, 2009 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  22. Healthcare is a right not a priviledge

    Republicans make me sick. They didn't say ONE WORD when we were spending TRILLIONS of dollars on war. But now that its time to do something for the health and well-being of AMERICANS they have the audacity to balk at the cost. Disgusting pigs!

    August 30, 2009 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  23. Tim from Houston, Tx

    The most astute observation I have – this argument would not be taking place and a bi-partisan effort to fix this health care dilemma would be worked out. IF ONLY this conservative group and the protector of the wealthy would only walk a mile in the deprived shoes of individuals and family's that suffer from lack of health care everyday.

    Give me a break – conservatives such as these are far too removed from the citizens of America. They need to get closer to the rural and inner cities to see the pain.

    August 30, 2009 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  24. LMC

    Basically Republicans don't seem to feel that everyone deserves decent health care. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!

    August 30, 2009 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  25. eolufemi

    Hopefully, the passing of Kennedy reinvigorates the debate on the Democrats side.

    They need to pass a sales tax and get the money that way. And then present a plan to generate revenue and pay off the debt over ten to fifteen years.

    The president has demonstrated his ability to handle short term crises like our current recession. Now he hast show his ability to plan for the future and make difficult decisions that won't be popular initially. I'm looking forward to his return from vacation.

    August 30, 2009 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
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