November 19th, 2009
01:08 PM ET
4 years ago

GOP governors criticize Democratic health reform efforts

Cedar Creek, Texas (CNN) - Flanked by 14 of his fellow Republican governors, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour Thursday denounced Democratic efforts to reform health care and said that states will bear the financial burden if enacted.

Barbour took specific aim at a health bill recently passed by the House as well as the new legislation introduced in the Senate by Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada.

"Sen. Reid's bill, like the House bill, guts Medicare and is a huge cost shift that will have to be borne by states," Barbour said at a news conference held during the Republican Governors Association annual meeting.


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soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. Eric

    If they dont like it then they can opt out. Over done with.. Deal with the people after you reject it.

    November 19, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  2. midwest liberal

    Republicans denouncing something Democrats are trying to do? I'm shocked. Shocked and appalled!

    November 19, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Blah, blah, blah. What else is new with these Rethugs.

    They are now considered the party of NOPE. It is the sound of a broken record..

    Of course they will continue to blast everthing the Dems do and everything the President does.

    Poor things. They are so pathetic.

    November 19, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. G SMITH

    Just say no to Obamacare disaster. 2010 and 2012 will be the Republicans years and give back our freedom that was taken away from this administration. Better days are ahead but we all have to suffer for a few more years.

    November 19, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. Darth Vadik, CA

    The Pharisees criticized Christ too, doesn't mean they were right.

    November 19, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. Jack

    Mr. GOPers, This is your last chance to prove that you care for hard working American, you GOPers vote for healthcare bill and support President OBAMA's agenda and come out from the pockets of Insurance co. bring some moderates with you and help pass the bill or be ready to be kicked out in the next election. All American knows that you all are nothing more than the party of " NO " . Think ....

    November 19, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. Don Babb

    The Republican Party playbook has simply been No, No, and more No!! They cheered when the country failed to land the Olympic games which would have been a help financially to our country. They say no to health care for our citizens. This is the same party that said no to Social Security and Medicare. This is the party that wiped out a huge financial surplus that our country had with great hope of wiping out the deficit. Instead they chose to take this nation to a war which was uncalled for and then came up with no plan to pay for it.
    Simply said this party has its own agenda and does not want our country to move forward unless they are the ones in power. Thanks for making me a Democrat once again!!

    November 19, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. white female

    Boss Hog, and all his little country pigs should all go home.
    haters, haters.

    November 19, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. S M R

    Take the opt-out and SHUT-UP!!!

    November 19, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. Gary's Opinion

    Did anyone see the other article on CNN.com....the interest on the US debt over the next 10 years is $4.8 trillion! I don't care if you like healthcare reform or not, we cannot afford government healthcare or any other government entitlement programs. We cannot afford government options. We have to get serious about cutting spending or we will go bankrupt.

    November 19, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. al in memphis

    If you want to have some credibility with the voters, then show us the specific language in the bill you oppose. After that show us what your suggestion for improvement is.
    Oops, I forgot this is American politics. You win with accusations and not solutions.
    As far as real healthcare, do political leaders can look their golfing buddies in the eye and tell them their raking in too much money while small business and low income citizens suffer.

    November 19, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. T'SAH from Virginia

    Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah – and so it goes on with the Party of NO Sense, NO Suggestions and NO Answers!!! HEAD strong and DEAD wrong!!!

    PA-LEAZE!!!!! It already PASSED in the first round!! YOU and the OTHERS in congress have a lot to SAY about something you did not even VOTE for. Just keep 'not voting' and you will satisfy your constituents and then they can TRY and vote you into office again!!!

    Keep your DOGGONE mouth SHUT! Jeez! I hate the fact that the REPUBLI-CAN'Ts argue about what should be in a bill that they wanted NOTHING to do about its passing!!!

    November 19, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. John

    GOP criticizes – wow, what else is new!

    November 19, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. Ex-NC-Pub

    and every state they represent hovers near the bottom of health care for their people....

    November 19, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. Marguerite

    Did you REALLY think old Boss Hog Barbour would say anything positive about Democratic initiatives? C'mon...

    November 19, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. Shelly CO

    LOSERS, LOSERS, LOSERS!!!!
    All the GOP knows is to criticize everything this President does. They DO NOT CARE FOR THE American people and what is happening in this country. They have added NO VALUE to the morale, economy or health of the American people except anger and negativity.

    November 19, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. Obama 2.0

    But they bring no solutions, so get that non-doing crap out of here.

    November 19, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  18. Dar

    This bill is a 2000 poung pig and it will keep eating and eating like all pigs do. Here's your change kool aid sippers because if this passes you are going to be paying for this for a long long time.

    November 19, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. Marc

    I woul have been surprised if they had proposed any real option or alternative to the Government's proposition, or even had tried to sell again the Goodwill Paper that was their only attempt at that.
    No news here folks, just the Great Obstructionism Party...

    November 19, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. Marc

    The CBO disagrees with you guys, and they are non-partisans!

    November 19, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "Sen. Reid's bill, like the House bill, guts Medicare and is a huge cost shift that will have to be borne by states,"

    Again with the Medicare crap? Aren't these the same GOPers who, just a few weeks ago, blocked the heretofore annual knee-jerk legislation that raises reimbursement for Medicare just so they could claim that the $250B it represented was supposed to be part of the health care reform legislation and, therefore, that it was that much more expensive? The same GOPers who, in 1994 when they took back Congress, said they would now let Medicare and Social Security "wither on the vine"? Lying, hypocritical sacks of sh–. Seriously, if you don't see through these shenanigans, you deserve what you get....but the rest of us don't, so cut the crap.

    November 19, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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