November 19th, 2009
01:08 PM ET
5 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. J

    shocking... What exactly is your alternative?

    November 19, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. Death Panel Sarah

    These rats would make up any LIE to scare the less mentally endowed and to help their insurance buddys!!!!

    November 19, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. clint

    I won't ask if he read the health bill but I would like to know if he can read.

    November 19, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. Republican'ts are so YESTERDAY

    Oh gee, more Republican'ts telling lies and fear-mongering to block passage of a bill that would guarantee that millions of Americans can finally have access to affordable health insurance. What a surprise . . . . more Republican'ts speaking out AGAINST American citizens and FOR corporate interest. So, what else is new???

    November 19, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. Ken

    Haley, that's just simply not true!

    Why does everything have to be about politics, and "winning"? Why in the world can't these elected officials work for the people for a change?

    This is disgusting...

    November 19, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. stevegee

    Senator Reid's healthcare bill is exactly that:

    A Trillion Dollar Bill that current and future generations of Americans will never be able to pay for.

    And that makes me sick!

    November 19, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. Steven

    Then please offer an alternative.

    November 19, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. Malcolm in St Louis

    The GOP is defending Medicare!
    Wow, how times have changed.

    Or maybe they forgot their position down the years and just want to say no to anything being proposed. It means a little hypocrisy, so be it....

    November 19, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  9. chubby

    If they can identify 500 billion in waste in Medicare why have the demorats/nobama NOT FIXED the problem? This government health care program will tax the people of this country for four(4)years before the health care program starts. In addition the actual cost of this program will be 2 and one half TRILLION. Those 20 percent of the country(liberals)need to get their information from somewhere else besides abc,nbc and PMS nbc.

    November 19, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. j

    Is Anyone surprised ????

    November 19, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. alpha_nu_916

    good god, can lawmakers and politicians attempt to work together for the betterment of our country.
    i can't wait to read the responses bashing republicans/president obama & democrats . . .

    November 19, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. NC

    Barbour should be ashamed of himself. Travel to Mississippi and you will see people living in third world conditions. It is obvious the state is letting their citizens down. No health care, uneducated, racism and I could go on and on.

    November 19, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. Tram

    Then why didn't the GOP come up with their own health care plan over the last 20 years?

    Right, they couldn't - that would actually be HELPING the American people, and the GOP are only in the game to help themselves.

    November 19, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. terry,va

    The costs shifts to the states. The feds bail out the states with another stimulus and the circus continues. The answer is to defeat the bill. We don't need to add anymore debt to our country. If we are going to eliminate waste in Medicare/Medicaid, which the bill projects, let's do that first and when we do then we can talk about health care reform.

    November 19, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. Marc

    What else is the GOP going to do but obstruct and deny and NO NO NO. Frankly I wish they would just wither and die as a party. Having spawned very angry white people making militias, tea baggers etc. I doubt any thing good has come from them in the last 10 years.

    November 19, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. Duck Fallas

    Barbour is right. Mississippi doesn't take any federal money.

    November 19, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. dave

    i thought Sarah Palin was nuts when she was talking about death panels.

    Now the Feds want to eliminate routine mammograms for women age 40 to 50

    that's is a death panel

    November 19, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. Voted4HealthCare

    My xGOP continues their constant negativity and criticisms but offers NOthing as alternative.

    Given the chance, many GOP would ABOLISH Medicare altogether (ex. Dick Armey–uh, hello teabaggers working against your own best interests), yet the same GOP disingenuously LIES about current health-care reforms, which would close the donut holes in Medicare to benefit our seniors.

    There is good reason why AARP is endorsing the congressional health bill for seniors.

    Health Reform Now with a majority-supported public option for Americans

    November 19, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. tommygunn

    What's new...the REPUBLICANs are the PARTY OF NO.....and this takes money out of the State Politician pockets.

    What about the people of your state? Don't they deserve quality healthcare and TRANSPARENCY of all the cost (uninsured cost projections vs. a plan projections)?

    Just let the MONEY BEING SPENT go UNREGISTERED when the UNINSURED JUST SHOW UP at YOUR LOCAL HOSPITALs.

    November 19, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. George Bush - Worst President Ever

    What a shock. A G NO P'er compaining. That hasn't happened since about 5 minutes ago.

    November 19, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. J.C. - Independent 4 Public Option

    Only Gov Romney is qualified to criticize anY health care reform.
    Why don't these GOP governors learn something from him?

    November 19, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. Juan

    GOP get a job. if GOP you do not help with the helth refom get out.

    November 19, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. Josie

    The Democrats can't work hard enough to bankrupt the country. The Democrats certainly do work for everyones equality though. We'll all be equally poor.

    November 19, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  24. Minnesotan

    If I say it it is true because I am the GOP!

    November 19, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. Joe, Georgia

    This is news. Haley Barbour has changed his position on Medicare and now supports it.

    November 19, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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