February 20th, 2010
09:56 AM ET
4 years ago

GOP address talks health care

(CNN) – In the weekly Republican radio and Internet address, Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan suggests the upcoming bipartisan meeting on health care with President Obama may not yield the results many Americans are looking for.

"Americans are demanding that President Obama and the Democrats in control of Congress scrap their misguided plan of a government takeover of health care….They want Washington to start over with a step-by-step approach to health care reform that begins with reducing costs and ensures they can keep their current plan if they like it," Camp says. “For those families and small businesses looking for a sign that Washington is ready to wake up and find common sense on this issue, next week’s White House health care summit may not be it."

Transcript of address after the jump

“Hello, I’m Congressman Dave Camp from Michigan, and I serve as the lead Republican on the House Ways & Means Committee.

“This is a time of economic uncertainty. Tens of millions of Americans are either looking for work or have just given up entirely. They’re looking to Washington for solutions. But instead it seems Washington keeps adding to their problems.

“That’s why Americans are demanding that President Obama and the Democrats in control of Congress scrap their misguided plan of a government takeover of health care. They don’t want a 2,000-page bill that threatens jobs and drives up health premiums; they already have enough challenges to deal with in their daily lives. They want Washington to start over with a step-by-step approach to health care reform that begins with reducing costs and ensures they can keep their current plan if they like it.

“For those families and small businesses looking for a sign that Washington is ready to wake up and find common sense on this issue, next week’s White House health care summit may not be it.

“In fact, right now, Democrats are continuing to work behind closed doors, putting the finishing touches on yet another massive health care bill Americans can’t afford and don’t want.

“If it is like Democrats’ other health care bills, this one will drive up premiums, destroy jobs, raise taxes, slash Medicare benefits, and add to our already-skyrocketing debt.

“But this won’t be just another bill written in secret and signed off on by special interests. Democrats have admitted they are working on an undemocratic plan to jam this bill through Congress and subvert the will of the American people. Democrats themselves are describing this latest maneuver as a “trick.”

“If the starting point for this summit is more of the same backroom deals and partisan bills, then this meeting will likely be a charade.

“From the beginning, Republicans have listened to the American people and offered reforms that lower health care premiums for families and small businesses.

“The bill I and House Republicans proposed last fall implements common sense solutions focused on lowering costs. Our bill ensures nobody will be denied coverage on the basis of a pre-existing condition. It gives states the tools to implement their own innovative reforms. And we put an end to the junk lawsuits that are forcing doctors to practice defensive medicine and drive up the cost of health insurance for all Americans.

“The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office projects that the Republican health care bill would actually lower health insurance premiums across the board by up to 10 percent – about $2,000 per year. The Democrat bills do just the opposite – they increase the cost of health care.

“Just as important, Republicans get the job done without cutting Medicare, without raising taxes, and without piling more debt on our kids and grandkids. All the details of our plan are available at healthcare.gop.gov.

“Republicans remain ready to discuss these ideas with President Obama and move forward in a bipartisan way to lower health care costs.

“But Americans' health care is way too important to risk on a rushed backroom deal that puts federal bureaucrats in charge of your personal health care decisions.

“Instead of hurting small businesses by forcing them to pay new taxes and meet new regulations, our focus should be on lowering their health care costs so that they can expand and hire more workers.

“So in order to have a productive bipartisan conversation on health care, Democrats must first listen to the American people and scrap their massive government takeover of health care. We must go into the summit with a clean slate focused on making health care affordable. That is what Americans are asking for, and that is what Republicans will continue to work for.

“Thanks for listening.”


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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. chorse

    Sorry Davey, the polls all show that Americans DO want affordable health care and most want a public option. Stop the lies.

    February 20, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. GI Joe

    GOP health-care

    Cut taxes for the wealthy; more TORT reform; cut taxes for the wealthy,

    Yep - that's a good plan for poor people, isn't it?

    February 20, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. Total BS

    If you wanted to do anything about healthcare,you would have worked on it from 2000 to 2008..What a clown !!!!

    February 20, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. ran

    Fear/hate/obstructionism/purity is all the republicans have to offer on this or any issue; but now the people will see if they do not already know who is blocking getting this or any thing done in congress.

    A hint: Republicans, blue dogs like nelson and lieberman.

    People if you want your Govenment to work for us all then vote in 2010 for either a true Democrat or an Independent. Do not reward a single Republican or a blue dog a win.

    February 20, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. JLM

    The party of no has no plans and no clue when it comes to healthcare, because they work for the Insurance Companies and not for the people.

    February 20, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. Joe MN

    What kind of idiots do they think we are?

    They're bill would "lower costs 10% – about $2000 a year".
    First, my premiums went up 20% this year alone – and if 10% is $2000, they he is talking about a $20,000/year plan! I know they are getting expensive, but they're not that high YET – unless you got the government plan that you don't have to pay for I guess.

    All the republican plans have ever said is to cut lawsuit payments. All they care about is helping the insurance and drug industries. That is NOT the way to help the people – only YOUR special interests.

    It's time to shut down these multi-BILLION dollar profits at the American People's expense. What can't they get about that?

    February 20, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. Lilarose in Bandon, OR

    Maybe these haters of health care for all will suffer their own medical crisis and then understand there are millions of Americans who are dying because they have no health care insurance.

    Republicans have historically been known to be cold, cruel, and calculating....and greedy.

    What's good for them (especially those who are in congress and have great benefits) is not necessarily good for the rest of us.

    February 20, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. Marc

    “If it is like Democrats’ other health care bills, this one will drive up premiums, destroy jobs, raise taxes, slash Medicare benefits, and add to our already-skyrocketing debt.' Says the GOP.
    They are wrong in all acounts says the CBO.

    February 20, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  9. Spend the nation broke-put a democrat on it

    Do not work with these imbeciles,if they say yes,you say NO.If they say no,you say YES.Block their spending,run them out of office in Nov,then repair these morons damage.Hey we can then blame the next 4 years on Obama and his screw ups.Remember with the supreme court ruling,we can now buy the election because we are the party of wealth thanks to Bush.

    February 20, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  10. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Looks like Daves filling his bag with Wellpoint money.He should be wearing his nascar style jumpsuit with their logo on it.

    February 20, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. katiec

    A big part of the reason the Health Care Reform bill did not meet what is needed is that the Democrats tried to include the irresponsible, unworkable amendments the republicans demanded for their support and once they destroyed the bill, voted against it.
    The intelligent American people realize the GOP will not support, back any policy that will benefit, help middle class American, the less fortunate, women, veterans and senior citizens.
    Their only concerns are their personal gains, goals, allowing the continuation of big business running, controlling our country, destroy our president and in the process us and our country, party first and win at any cost.
    They are well on their way to becoming our country's most dangerous domestic terrorists.

    February 20, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. Dave G

    "Knee-jerk Conservative"

    February 20, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. paula

    Here's the thing: American citizens did not kill the health care bill, Congress did. All we have are inaccurate polls regarding the public option. What is wrong with what this guy is saying? 1. Plenty of people DO want a public "option", (an option not being a mandate). I have govt health care with the military and I think it's the best care I've had in my life, it's efficient yet cheap, and it's government run. 2. The guys says, "They want Washington to start over with a step-by-step approach to health care reform that begins with reducing costs and ensures they can keep their current plan if they like it." A lot of people do not want anyone to start over, especially when one side has offered no real ideas. Who said you could not keep your current plan? What about the millions of uninsured, I'm sure they are not wanting to keep their current "plan". There are so many holes in his argument, but I've run out of time and patience.

    February 20, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. Michael

    If, I was President Obama, I would not trust these repuglicans again! Because, all they will do is delay, obstruct, sabotage, try to take the limelight from the President and paint the Presidents policies as a government takeover! This, I do not understand, because with all the spending programs repuglicans pushed through under Bush, 2 Wars, 2 nuclear conflicts, tax cuts and crisis on Wall street, Banking, Auto, Mortgage, Healthcare AND LEAVING THIS NATION ON THE BRINK OF DEPRESSION! The invasion of privacy and breaking of over 400 constitutional laws, tells me REPUGLICANS THESE LAST 8 YEARS WAS A BIG BROTHER TAKEOVER! WHY, DOESN'T THE MEDIA, AND AMERICANS REALIZE THIS!

    February 20, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. Janice

    You can not work with morons and fools,just tell the dems NO and send them home in Nov.Then repair the damage.

    February 20, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. j

    I think a good health care reform package can be passed without the Conservative, stick in the muds, party of no. Democrats need to go with Reconciliation and stop playing around.

    VOTE PROGRESSIVE 2010!

    February 20, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  17. noneofyourbusiness

    "Americans are demanding that President Obama and the Democrats in control of Congress scrap their misguided plan of a government takeover of health care….They want Washington to start over with a step-by-step approach to health care reform that begins with reducing costs and ensures they can keep their current plan if they like it,"

    No they are not, that's just your narrow, right-wing, health-care-lobby-funded view. Republicans need to stop speaking like each one of them talks for EVERY American. They don't!

    February 20, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  18. Mike in Texas

    Dave Camp,

    You have been in Congress since 1991. What Health Care reform ideas have you come up with in that time?

    In the past two years you have received almost $1 million from health related industries.

    I am sorry, but I really don't think you want serious health care reform.

    The President keeps calling your bluff and is taking back his stack from you.

    February 20, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. Sue

    Camp is right.

    Based on numerous national polls...........The majority in the country do NOT want the public option. The majority in the country wants the current 2000-page health care disaster thrown out.

    The majority in the country wants the 2000-page health care disaster thrown out---and they want to see a fresh start with transparent, bipartisan ideas/solutions toward reform-–NOT a takeover of the health care system by the government.

    February 20, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. eolufemi

    what a bunch of lunatics

    February 20, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. CHIPS

    No the american people do not want this health care bill to start. You had your chance in the beginning. If it's started over then each one of you in congress should refund the american people your year salary for not working and wasting our time. When we as americans don't work on our job we don't get paid period.

    February 20, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. CHIPS

    No the American people do not want this health care bill to start over. You had your chance in the beginning. If it's started over then each one of you in congress should refund the American people your year salary for not working and wasting our time. When we as Americans don't work on our job we don't get paid period.

    February 20, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  23. Jake NC

    The imbecile dems can not understand that,they just want to fight everything,Just say NO to them.

    February 20, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. Hammerer

    If the Repubs do not surrender the media will paint them as racist or opposed to any and everything.
    The voters have sent a clear message that the present bill is not acceptable. All of the speaches and threats will not change that.

    February 20, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. Diane Portland Oregon

    This sickens me to hear what this man is telling the American Public. republicans have no conscience. Their plan has been examined and it does not insure even 1 more person than is insured today. It may lower the cost for the top income earners but does nothing for the people who right now cannot afford insurance. The nerve of him saying the Democrats will cut medicare. The republicans are working on eliminating medicare if they take over the Senate. Wake up people!! Don't vote republican!!!!!

    February 20, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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