November 19th, 2009
01:08 PM ET
8 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.

Filed under: GOP • Haley Barbour • Health care
soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. andrew

    as opposed to that bill the republicans have? oh wait, they just sit there and complain all the time with no progress and no solutions.

    November 19, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Governor Barber's state needs healthcare reform probably more than any other state in the union. These obstructionists need to just shut up. They offer no solutions, yet criticize every litle thing. The GOP, the casket closing.

    November 19, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is good that they don't agree; we can't all agree. The problem is that there is nothing offered as an alternative. What would these GOP governors suggest? I would like to hear options that they plan on because it is easy to critize, but to show that you have other options shows that you actually care about the people that elected you.

    November 19, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. annie s

    Of all 50 states, Mississippi comes in dead last in everything relating to health care – the highest death rate from heart disease; the highest infant mortality rate; the worst health insurance coverage and the fewest physicians per capita....and Barbour is leading the charge against health care reform? Please spare me the obstructionist Republicans, please.

    November 19, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. diridi

    GOP is nothing but thugs...thats it...what else...ignore...pass this health care reform with public option...ok

    November 19, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. Time for GOP to STAND UP!

    It's time for the GOP to throw the democratic attack playbook back in the democrat's faces. Then hit them again!

    The idiotic democratic party in power is destroying the beautiful US of A and it's time to fight back!

    The days of GOP bashing are D-O-N-E!

    CNN is over, MSNBC's viewers are still switching to Fox (as are the rest), and the deomcratic party will lose power very soon!
    Great days are ahead!

    November 19, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. AEK

    Yep, I remember this same gaggle of Republican hypocrites shouting at the wind when the stimulus plan came up for debate and then scrambling like junkyard dogs to snap up every penny they could get. In time their constituents will see it too! You're either part of the problem or part of the solution. You had your chance at the solution...

    November 19, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. Barbara Independent in NY

    GOP governors. Now there's unbiased opinions that you can count on as fact.

    November 19, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. gary

    Is there anything the Democrats do that the GOP favors? The Democrats need to move on without the GOP.

    November 19, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. Republicanssuckbigtime

    Haley is a big, very fat liar. What is it with Republicans that you so hate so many of your fellow Americans? Fighting health care reform is so very sad and makes you guys look very non-Christian and non-compassionate people you always say you are. I guess it is easier to talk about God's love than to live it, right GOPers?

    Good job Dems - it is about time that health care is available for all Americans!!!! Great way to care about people. Apparently the GOP cares only for the insurance companies.

    November 19, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Democrats don't care who they steal from, states or individuals, as long as they get to waste, in huge, dripping, gobs, money other people worked to earn.

    November 19, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  12. Pam

    If they don't like why don't they come up with a better idea?

    November 19, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  13. B

    Barbour is a bottom feeder and all of this will not be forgotten in 2010 and 2012 !

    November 19, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. Karla

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, and what do the Republicans propose? Nothing! Save money, not lives.

    November 19, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  15. Steve

    I owe Rush a big apology.....I now know what he meant when he said that he hopes Mr. Obama fails. If success means that we are migrating to a "European like" healtcare system, I hope Mr. Obama fails too. BTW Mr. President, does the phrase "it's the economy stupid" ring any bells?

    November 19, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. Sara

    Gov. Barbour need to just keep his comments down in Mississippi.
    And Louisiana's Govenor, well ????????????

    November 19, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. Reaganomics Leads To Feudalism

    I hope that the next time a Republican President wants to spend TRILLIONS of federal taxpayer dollars on an unnecessary invasion and occupation of a foreign country, that these SAME governors will be voicing their opposition THEN.

    November 19, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  18. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    There is so much wrong in our country and it makes me sick to my stomach. Politics in this country will create our own destruction because of selfish greed and no respect for fellow human beings especially the poor. I am tired of hearing people talk about their religious morals when no one is following the Bible according to the scriptures, not even so called ministers or priest. They use religion as the "politically correct thing to do" and not according to the scriptures. America is in big trouble and it's not about war or the economy.

    November 19, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. party of no

    Poor poor republicans. Still NO IDEAS and NO CLUE. I'm actually starting to feel sorry for them. I just don't think they're as smart as Democrats. Health Care Reform is passing. There will be a Public Option and there is NOTHING any one of these governors can do to stop it. The sooner they realize that, the better off they'll be.

    November 19, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. LacrosseDad

    these liberal Democrap fools must realize that Reid's healthcare plan is a way to benefit welfare frauds, illegal aliens and most important UNIONS. These groups can only survive on Government and not themselves...ask Detroit for starters..i came for Obama money.

    November 19, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. Mark NJ

    How much is un -competitive health care by insurance companys which represents to consumers a product with no choice that is spiraling out of control costing you the taxpayer. I would love to own a business with no compieiton. Are the american people buying into this bull that is being propogated by politicians who are being bought by the insurance cartel. If you buy into this bull crap then you are an idiot and deserve to be hosed by the insurance industry now and in the future! Answer me why you do have the same choice to enjoy the same health insurance as your elected officials. Let them only have your choices and then lets see what their response is.

    November 19, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. mike

    if the republicans do not like the plan then just opt out of the public option and stop crying look there is going to be no medicare if nothing
    is done but maybe thats what they really want to see happen

    November 19, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  23. ETM

    Oh, yeah, Haley Barbour, the Boss Hogg of the state with the worst health care in the nation and the most ignorant people–which explains why he is governor.

    When are conservatives ever going to have a spokesman with even a shred of credibility?

    November 19, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. Dave

    How about these GOP idiots present some ideas and solutions as opposed to their usual whining and moaning? That would be a breath of fresh air. Then again, they could care less about health care as long as they have teir own. Pathetic. As usaul...

    November 19, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. Marc

    Fine, fine, fine... whatever.
    But can they PLEASE show up a valid, sustainable, affordable, with real numbers to back it up (not just a vague promise of them) and credible ALTERNATIVE?
    Can they?
    Still waiting for one from their part....

    November 19, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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