November 21st, 2009
12:12 PM ET
5 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. pat

    Let's just get an up or down vote. Wasn't that the mantra of the republicans when they were in power?

    November 21, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Bill from CA

    If Crap-o and the rest of the GOP has a problem with the health care bill, they should have thought about that before they spent eight years running this country into the ground, causing the people to reject the party in the voting booths last year, making them the MINORITY party that they are. Their opinion means nothing.

    November 21, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. Mr. Meteoritical

    Surprise surprise. Republicans who already have their own healthcare don't want to help pay for someone who doesn't. What would Jesus do? I bet he wouldn't vote against giving healthcare to people who need it.

    The anti-healthcare people are hiding their selfishness behind a facade of ideology.

    November 21, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. Jim

    Maybe if they had participated in solving the problem instead of trying to stop it from being solved the bill would be more to their liking. Can anyone think of anything that the Republicans have done when they had power that helped anybody but rich people? I can't. And I'm tired of them trying to get in the way whenever President Obama wants to work problems that everyone agrees are there.

    November 21, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. IKHAN

    Health Care Reforms with the Public Option are what every American is hoping for, not tomorrow,not the day after but TODAY.
    Its time that those opposing the Health Care Bill wake up to this reality.
    What Sen.Crapo says is not right.
    Health Care is every American's right not a privilege & the Govt. has to be responsible for providing it.
    We are not talking here of fancy homes,cars, vacations to exotic islands & fairy tale living. These are the rights of those who are more successful than the others in a free society & they are welcome to these benefits. But to say that govt. meddling in Health Care smells of socialism or whatever is just nonsense. A way to continue feeding Insurance Cos , big businees & lobbies etc.
    Pass the Bill (please!).

    November 21, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. grahame

    This is just business as usual for the Republican party. Spread fear and hatred. What Mike Crapo (unfortunate name) really means is
    "Don't mess with the drug companies who contribute billions to the Republican Party coffers.Mike Crapo..... Yes! Crapo indeed

    November 21, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. James P

    How completely pathetic. Way to represent your party as the party of fear. There is no rational debate with these people.

    November 21, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. stan

    Then answer the question why is it that anytime the GOP has been in power it has not made any attempt to reform healthcare?

    The only reason why they are talking about it is because the liberals have made a huge issue about it. Now its important all of a sudden? Dont be fooled they are just fine with the "Status Quo".

    November 21, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. kd

    'GOP REITERATES THEIR DISPLEASURE' is an hourly occurance. I don't know why they even bother showing up, everyone knows they're against everything.

    November 21, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. Preston

    Displeasure, indeed. The only thing that will make them happy is to see the President fail in any and all of his efforts to move this country forward and to undo the havoc created by his predecessor over the previous eight years.

    And I'm not the first to note how deliciously hypocritical it is for the Repbulicans to pretend to act as the protectors of Medicare, given that they adamantly opposed it in the 1960s as a socialist program, and continue to decry "government-run health care".

    If you are among those who actually vote for any of these poseurs, I beseech you to take a good honest look at yourself. You really can't be that foolish.

    November 21, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. Dana Curtis Kincaid

    The obvious response to Crapo is that he is full of crap. but that's too easy.

    Crapo gets insurance from the government for being a worthless pile of steaming poo, but doesn't want anyone poor to have insurance.

    That's what this boils down to.

    November 21, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  12. RTB

    What a pile of CRAPO coming from the Republicans. They don't want Health care reform because their in the pockets of the insurance , pharmaceutical industries. These Congressmen have great insurance for themselves and their families, thanks to the U.S. Govt. So they figure screw everyone else I got mine and 'we don't want to upset the big cats'.

    November 21, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. once upon a horse

    GOP has been against healthcare reform for decades..so much so that during the Bush years they didn't even make an effort to change it as the insurance compaines lined their wallets. Now since it looks close to that we may get a reform the GOP has nothing left but the fear tactics they have used in their playbook. Sad thing is that there are still people that feed into it. Maybe less this time but still people that do.

    November 21, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. J. L. W.

    The manor and tactics which the Democratic leadership is trying to shove this bill down the American taxpayers throat is unheard of, outrages and will be a disaster for the country.

    Paying off the democratic representative, who was a hold out, $100 mil.
    of taxpayers money for her state in order for her to vote for the bill is appalling. We desperately need a change in 2010.

    November 21, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  15. james

    Very suitable name

    November 21, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. Chicago11

    Say NO to the Party of No. Say YES to healthcare. Now, please.

    November 21, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. I am the flacid and powerless wizard of Rush

    Giving these guys power is like giving the keys to your car to a convicted drunk.

    The Republics know how to attack 'government', but they don't know how to govern.

    Status Quo? Too many people are dying from lack of health insurance.

    Pass the bill.

    November 21, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. Randy, San Francisco

    No surprise with GOP opposition to health care reform. Many in the GOP thought that Social Security and Medicare was leading us down the road of socialism.

    November 21, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  19. terry,va

    This is the death panel for America.

    November 21, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. Jamey

    Universal Health Care is where this country is going... but this bill is CRAP, get the pork/union/payoffs out... get it down to 500 pages.. move forward.. if congress cant produce a real bill vote them out.

    November 21, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  21. Tom C in NY

    Tough! Your side lost! Deal with it!

    November 21, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  22. Death Panel Sarah

    Isabelle...sorry, but you have been mis-informed by the dreaded party of "NO"!!!
    This bill will do none of those things!

    November 21, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  23. Jerry-Dallas-Tx

    This party is gone ROGUE ! Guess believe if I told Republicans the President of Scotland is Tony Blair and I repeat it time and again they will accept it.
    How did the party of Lincoln end into such shame? Do we start to blame Reagan ang Bushes?

    November 21, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  24. terry,va

    Senator Mary Landruieu (D ) LA is nothing more than a common street walker. And expensive one ($100 million) but still a street walker.

    November 21, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  25. Gorko

    Republicans don't debate because they lake the skills to do so.

    November 21, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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