November 8th, 2009
01:28 PM ET
5 years ago

McDonnell weighs in on health care reform debate, taxes


Washington (CNN) - Fresh off his win last week in Virginia's gubernatorial race, Republican Robert McDonnell wasted no time Sunday taking issue with health care reform, the Democrats' biggest domestic policy item of 2009.

Asked about the public health insurance option contained in the House health care reform bill passed late Saturday night, and about the different variations of the public option that could still be included in the final version of the Senate bill, Virginia's governor-elect said he was not keen on having his state involved in government-provided health insurance.

"[T]he public option does not seem to be something that is going to help us in Virginia," McDonnell said Sunday on CNN's State of the Union.

"However they structure it," McDonell also told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, "if it gives flexibility to states, I think that's a good thing." He added that he was "very concerned about turning this signifcant section of the American economy over to the federal government."

McDonnell also stood by his campaign promise not to raise taxes in his state.

"I think that's the worst thing you do in a recession is to raise taxes on - on the citizens. We're going to have hundreds of billions of dollars in new taxes at the federal level with this health care bill. When the tax cuts [passed under former Pres. George W. Bush] expire in 2011, it's going to be a crushing increase in new taxes."

"People want a better bang for their buck out of their government," McDonnell also told King, "and [they] don't want to have a tax increase every time we have an economic downturn."

Updated: 1:28 p.m.


Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Economy • Health care • State of the Union • Virginia
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Mickey

    The Dems should just vote on this with or without the Republican's support...you know...like Bush said..."You are either with us, or against us.

    Just vote on it and cram it right down the GOP's pie hole.

    November 8, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. lil

    You speak only for the rich, they are the ones who will be taxed.

    November 8, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. S M R

    Why is everything that comes out of the mouth of a Republican just the opposite of reality?

    November 8, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. judy

    Republicans came out of their caves to elect another obstuctionist.

    November 8, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    Virginia, you asked for repub leadership and you got it!

    Just keep on "dying quietly".

    Enjoy the "compassionate conservatism" you voted for.

    November 8, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. JonDie

    In other words, McDonnell is AGAINST:

    1) insuring the 45 milion Americans who don't have access to health care;

    2) helping Americans who lose their job keep their insurance;

    3) helping Americans who change jobs keep coverage for pre-existing conditions, and

    4) reigning in runaway profits for private hospitals, insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies.

    November 8, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. larrye

    if our new governor does not allow the public option in virginia we will sell the house take our funds out of va located banks and find a state more understanding to our needs,

    November 8, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. Aspen Professor

    "I think that's the worst thing you do in a recession is to raise taxes on – on the citizens. We're going to have hundreds of billions of dollars in new taxes at the federal level with this health care bill. When the tax cuts [passed under former Pres. George W. Bush] expire in 2011, it's going to be a crushing increase in new taxes."

    Yeah right, as in right-wing extremist Gov. Good ole Bushy and Dicky cut taxes and raised spending. Even the dumbest accountant knows that the result is an increase in a deficit, paricularly when you fund an unnecessary war in Iraq and pour billions into rebuilding what we destroyed. Imagine what we could have done with those billions here in the USA!

    November 8, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. g

    the money payed to haliburton and black water over the years would havepayed for health care

    November 8, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. Dylan from MN

    Good job Virginia, you elected another idiot Republican that uses the same talking points over and over and over and over again.

    November 8, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  11. ICARE

    If we grow green energy, we'll have plenty of people with jobs and there'll be plenty of surpluses. We should ahve done that, instead we went to war and drank oil

    November 8, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. Strange Bed Fellows

    The GOP won on false lies and terroistic fears. Most protesters say I'm Afraid. If you don't like the Public Option you don't have to buy into it. You can still buy a more expensive plan with less services–no problem, if you it's your money and your health.

    What fool thinks that the insurance company is really giving you a good deal?

    Winning on Lies and Fears won't bring lasting support. People are demanding performance.

    We are supposed to get our taxpayer's money back from bailing out the AIG Insurance Companies–we can take that Trillion and Save America over the next 10 years.

    November 8, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  13. Carole

    Don't take the money you weasle. You made sure you avoided these issues when running.

    I feel for Virginia!

    November 8, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  14. tcaudilllg

    The oppressor emerges.

    November 8, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. Tommygunn

    GREAT Another face on the PARTY OF NO (CONSERVATIVEs masquerading as REPUBLICANS. McDonnel is another person that is of the NO stance. Just wait and see what he does with Virginia over the next 6 months with the terrible economy.

    It's easy to say NO and ridicule the opposition with catch hate phrases......will somebody offer up REAL solutions out of this partY of NO....

    November 8, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  16. tcaudilllg

    It's not up to you! It's up to the people in that state! I knew this is what you really were... it's not your place to rebut the federalism, but to accept it, weakling governor!

    November 8, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. D. Tree

    Typical lying Republican. He knows that health care reform will save us billions AND reduce the deficit, but he's perfectly content to let his constituents believe the opposite.

    The man is a self-deluded liar, just like the rest of the far-right loonies in charge of the GOP.

    November 8, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. Joshua College Station Texas

    McDonnell : "I think that's the worst thing you do in a recession is to raise taxes on the citizens... People...don't want to have a tax increase every time we have an economic downturn."

    Um, I kind of think the worst things you can do in a recession are reduce restrictions on Walls treat execs so they can walk away with gargantuan golden parachute bonuses, deny people health insurance, and spend billions and billions on unnecessary wars. And it wasn't a "downturn". It was a collapse, and we were on the cusp of unparalleled tragedy.

    Republicans have made taxes the bogeyman. But most Americans don't even pay income tax! And those who do can certainly afford it. Even conservatives want all the services that taxes provide (hypocrites!). And besides, a 10% increase in taxes is a drop in the bucket compared to the increased cost of groceries, gas, utilities, rent, lost mortgages, lost retirements, and lost respect in the world that we 'enjoyed' as a result of Republican policies over the last 8 years. Give me a break. You had your chance. Losers!

    November 8, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  19. gl, Pittsburgh

    Taxes have not be raise yet McDonnell.

    November 8, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  20. gl, Pittsburgh

    When the tax cuts [passed under former Pres. George W. Bush] expire in 2011, it's going to be a crushing increase in new taxes."

    By that time the economy will be doing good and it will be time for the rich to go back to paying their fair share in taxes. These tax cuts for the rich from Bush did not help out the middle class and got this county in this mess.

    November 8, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  21. We Won Get Over It

    Mr. Wonder Man...he will cure the economy and produce more jobs, cut taxes and make sure it only rains when gardens need it...what a bunch of baloney. But then republicans can be fooled...look at what they voted for before bush and cheney.

    November 8, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  22. ATL Guy

    Dude, stick to local issues. Don't let the Republicans make you unpopular before you even begin serving. Serve your state and not the national Republican Party bosses.

    November 8, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  23. lila

    In fact, many people think we need to raise taxes on a sliding scale. Living in this Country is not a free ride, although republicans think it should be. Sorry, America is not anarchy. With anarchy the big fish eat all the small fish... and it's a system of everyone for themselves... ancd the young, old, and weak get crushed. That is just not very Christian now, is it.

    November 8, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. Emma

    What did we expect from him? Does he not see Virginians who would benefit?

    November 8, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  25. tata

    Love this guy

    November 8, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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