November 21st, 2009
12:12 PM ET
4 years ago

GOP reiterates health care displeasure


WASHINGTON (CNN)– As the Senate debates the first of many important health care votes Saturday, Republican Sen. Mike Crapo reiterated his party's displeasure with the bill, in the weekly Republican radio and Web address.

"This 2,000-page bill will drive up the cost of health care insurance and medical care, not down, increase taxes by hundreds of billions of dollars, cut Medicare for senior citizens by hundreds of billions of dollars, grow the federal government by over $2.4 trillion in new spending, push the needy uninsured into a failing Medicaid system, impose a damaging unfunded mandate on our struggling states, leave millions of Americans uninsured, and establish a massive governmental intrusion into management of our health care economy," the Senator from Idaho said. "This is not true health care reform and this is not what the American people want."

Outlining the Republican plan, Crapo emphasized the importance of helping small businesses get affordable health insurance, educating Americans on how to make healthy choices, and allowing people to purchase insurance outside of their own state.

Crapo also encouraged American's to get online and read the bill for themselves.


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soundoff (175 Responses)
  1. Marty, FL

    My former GOP continues to repeat the same old LIES about health-care reforms without offering ANY new alternatives. For instance, you can already purchase insurance across state lines–ex. my company policy is in CA. Not to mention, the GOP so-called "solution" a few weeks ago did not offer pre-existing coverage, which was pathetic.

    To clarify another lie from Sen. Crapo (seems fitting btw),the proposed Medicare reforms would actually help our seniors by closing donut holes in their coverage and stopping the cycle billing by greedy insurance companies to keep the funds for senior care, where it belongs.

    November 21, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. JJ

    Once again Mr. CRAPo and the GOP offer no real solutions, but why should they when it has no impact on their daily lives, selfish pricks.

    November 21, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. Right wingnuts are the darlings of dementia

    Purchasing insurance across state lines without your own state regulations, reminds me of why credit card companies flocked to states with little or no regulations, and that has not helped the consumer.

    I am sure all insurance companies will also flock to the state with the least regulations. This may help a state like Texas, but not so much, the American People.

    November 21, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. Barbara

    The GOP (Greedy Old Puppets-of the Insurance Industry) are so obnoxiously predictable-not just with this issue but with absolutely everything President Obama says-doesn't say-does-doesn't do-recommends-doesn't recommend. At every single turn; in every single instance they are knocking him down with lies, innuendos, fear tactics. To me this makes obvious the fact that they have no real plans or substance or ideas or suggestions to add to the debates at hand. They continue to use outlandish tactics instead of contributing. And those horrid tea-party idiots and the disgusting likes of Palin and Beck only worsen their political venue. They've never offered any sort of a real Plan to give People what they deserve-a real Heatlhcare Plan-but then their ties with Insurance lobbysists prohibits such moral character.
    NOW is the time to give All Americans what those Voted into Congress have-Affordable Health Insurance. I support President Obama and all working so hard to make this happen. I support President Obama as he works to bring us back from the brink of destruction. Pass HealthCare-Now!

    November 21, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. Mike

    "Crapo" - His name speaks volumes...

    November 21, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. mario mtl ca

    Why are they not talking about their own health care, paid by the taxpayer

    November 21, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. johnrj08

    Looks like the Republicans picked the right spokesperson for their latest whining binge about health care reform. Mr. Crapo, who sounds as if he is quite full of himself in every sense, makes these broad accusations while offering no alternate solution. It's all about attacking from an ideological viewpoint rather than being pragmatic about the problem.

    Maybe the bills in the House and Senate are not perfect, but they are both major improvements to a broken system that is escalating in cost beyond the reach of most middle class families. Of course, the GOP never cared about the middle class. It only seems to be interested in helping the wealthy and the corporations that line its pockets.

    Who is he kidding when he talks about "educating Americans on how to make healthy choices, and allowing people to purchase insurance outside of their own state"? Since when did Republicans ever care about educating anybody about anything? In any case, how are "healthy choices" going to help people with broken bones and bacterial infections who don't have insurance?

    More importantly, what would keep insurance companies from increasing premiums on customers who live out of state, just as many state universities do today? What naive gene does Mr. Crapo and the GOP have which makes them think that insurance companies wouldn't find a way to immediately neutralize any consumer advantage to out-of-state of purchases?

    The insurance industry is always one step ahead of these half-measures, but Mr. Crapo pretends that "competition" would somehow magically come into effect causing premiums and deductibles to drop instead of increasing by double-digits every year.

    Mr. Crapo and the Republican Party are digging themselves into a massive hole here with their obstructionist and corporatist strategy. Then again, this was never the party of intellectuals. It's a group of people who need their ideology to make their decisions for them.

    November 21, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. carlos, THAT one

    CONServatives....GOPhers...religious NUTS...just like the senator's name....full of Crap

    November 21, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. marc

    Mike Crapo...ha ha ha ha. Is this guy's name for real? What can be expected from the party of NO? Seriously other than just saying NO NO NO and more NO. I would like to hear "lets try this and that and the other". At this juncture I honestly do not think that the GOP has my and my family's best interests at heart. This is besides all of the wacko groups of angry white people that they have spawned to try and bring down society in the country. People like "Oath Keepers". They claim to protect the Constitution but selectively say what parts of it they will uphold. Hardly patriotic. An offshoot of a failed GOP flunky from the last elections. Same goes for the Tea Baggers, some more failed white flunkies who are very angry that there is a black man in the White House. The health care debate will heat up in the next few days no doubt and well see who is really for and against the people. I hope they all put the people's business ahead of party caca.

    November 21, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  10. Tired of stupidity

    Wow that's a shocker Republican Sen. Crap-o is displeased with the bill, while they had months to read the bill and then read the amendments as they come along, if you can't do that then please don't run for office next term, morons.

    November 21, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. Houston Mom

    Who cares what the Republicans think? After driving our nation off a cliff fiscally they really and truly are irrelevant. Don't trust them and never will again. I only vote for Independents and Democrats now and that is the way it's going to stay.

    November 21, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. Marie MD

    This one is too good to pass up – Crapo????? LOL
    Crapo is disgusted. If it sounds like . . . . . . . . then yes, it IS a repug.
    While it is true that many Americans should take better care of their health, unfortunately for many heredity plays a major part on heart disease, diabetes, cancer. You cannot change your genes.
    That rep bringing in that little white rich girl to "speak" to Congress was a joke also.

    November 21, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. brian in denver

    & just how does Mr. Crapo pretend to know what the American people need or want?

    November 21, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. Tired of stupidity

    Just wondering about the 5 minute Patriot Act vote no one read that but that passed and yes we lost rights but it was okay cause it was REpublican, ugh can I tell you how much I dislike the GnOP

    November 21, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  15. Ted from Calif.

    This sounds like more of the same old Crapo the Refusenik party has been spouting for months. Let's move forward and cooperate in improving healthcare for all Americans. My advice to the Refuseniks is to lead, follow, or get out of the way.

    November 21, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  16. Senior Lilarose in Oregon

    Republicans Yakety yakety yak!

    Yap, yap, yap, never have an original thought of their own!

    November 21, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. Max in NY

    The cost of helping people is always too expensive for republicans, but there's never any talk of cutting our number one expense: our bloated military budget.

    Talk about the trillions you give to kill people and bomb bridges else where first before you try to rag on a noble cause like healthcare...

    And the most ironic thing about this whole comment im making...IRAQIS HAVE HEALTHCARE GURANTEED BY US! WE DON'T EVEN HAVE IT BUT WE GUARUNTEE IT FOR THEM!

    Lastly: Spread the word: if you have healthcare now, and universal healthcare is passed...if your taxes go up, its actually likely you'll end up paying less for healthcare!
    Heres why: My family (in actuality) pays over $10k a year for health insurance. If my taxes now go up $6k to pay for healthcare, I've actually saved $4k...so to those on the right, think before you speak!

    November 21, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  18. Scott, Tucson

    True we need health care reform but the democrats are looking at this as yet another money tree. And where in the Constitution does it say that the government shall have the right to heavily fine or jail you if you do not go along with them and enroll into obama care?

    November 21, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  19. disgusted with lies

    It's unbelievable about all of the lies that the GOP is spreading, I'm a senior, and let me tell you that my health is rationed, medicines that are not payable with my income, doctors that don't want to accept me as a patient and so on.

    It's a shame that the Democrats are not able to tell the real story, those GOP loudmouths are a disgrace to our country.

    November 21, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. Kenneth Brush

    After working many years for food service employers who offered no coverage or coverage with such high deductibles that it was a waste of money to purchase them, I moved to Vermont. In Vermont I qualified for health coverage through the state. I finally had a doctor that worked with me proactively on my health and wellness, and I am forever grateful. Thank you Dr. Penney. And thank you, the people of Vermont, for believing still that we are a government FOR the people, and by the people. The road of life took me to another state, where health coverage was not affordable. I am cornered into bankruptcy now from the thousands of dollars in health bills from emergency surgery. I work full time. I'm not freeloading on society. But someone who made money off my work has health insurance you can bet. We the people deserve a government that cares deeply for it's citizens and not solely for profit for a few.

    November 21, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. JT the Show Me State College Freshman

    You know, healthcare reform, in my view, was never a political issue with me, it is a moral, American issue in my view. Every American no matter their religion, political affilation, gender, race, or sexual oreintation, should have decent affordable health-care. Furthermore, it is okay if you disagree, but after you disagree, how about offering an logical, thoughtful, intelligent alternative.
    PS: A warning to all 100 senators- If any of you vote down a chance to at least debate this bill, you minus well bring a suitcase with you as you do it, lets just say that. Besides, if you vote down debate, how can you have a chance to make the changes that you want to see happen, in your own point of view. If you refuse to debate, that means you are not doing your job, and you are wasting a good senate seat. In my state, we severely dislike people who refuse or walk out on their job, and America feels that way as well.

    November 21, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. katiec

    The republican health care plan is a complete farce, supporting the continuation of raping the American people. There is no reform, stipulations, guidelines for the insurance companies. Big surprise, right?
    Going across state lines is a big winner, when a few companies control health care and we know they will bid against theirselves, right?
    Tax credits, health care savings accounts are the answer for those struggling to put food on the table.
    Tort reform is .04% of health care costs.
    Until the party of NOthing starts caring about the American people, middle class etc, not only the rich and big business, they are a party which has no morals, ethics and creditibility.
    The party of hate, anger, fear mongering, lies, sewer tactics is trying to continue their destruction of the last eight years. They were not able to get rid of middle class, senior citizens, disabled, less fortunate but will never give up trying.
    They are truly on the path of becoming our countries most dangerous domestic terrorists.

    November 21, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. Larry - Hazleton, pa

    you know what they say about if it walks, talks, and sounds like a duck then it must be a duck – exactly what this sounds to me like CRAP from CRAPO. We the people have been listening for the past 40 years from guys like this and every time we try to do something to help the real people of this country along comes another CRAPO to tell us that we do not need it – that what really need is what CRAPO and his kind want us to have – well Mr CRAPO what we need is for you to shut up with the CRAP that you continuly spew out of your insurance company owned mouth.

    November 21, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. Richard L

    There's no need for the Party of No to attempt to explain anything.

    November 21, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  25. billy123

    I have to give it to the GOP and their masters the health insurance companies they have the scare tactics down pat. Please how can the GOP who is susposed to fight for new born babies right to life and then as soon as they are born you are on your own?

    Does anybody else see a double standard here?

    November 21, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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