March 13th, 2010
04:53 PM ET
5 years ago

Brown slams Obama, Dems for 'this disastrous detour'

Washington (CNN) - In this week's Republican address, freshman Sen. Scott Brown, R-Massachusetts, says the White House and congressional Democrats have focused on passing an unpopular health care reform bill while the economy and the jobs outlook needed the utmost attention from national leaders.

(Read Brown's full remarks after the jump)

Full transcript of weekly Republican address for March 13, 2010:

“Hello, I’m United States Senator Scott Brown from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

“When the people of my state elected me in January, they sent more than a senator to Washington – they sent a message. Across party lines, the voters told politicians in Washington to get its priorities right.

“And from my travels and conversation with people throughout this country, they told me that they want their President and Congress to focus on creating jobs and reviving America’s economy. Instead, for more than a year now, we have seen a bitter, destructive, and endless drive to completely transform America’s health care system.

“In January of last year, unemployment hit 7.2 percent and our economy was hurting badly. But, early in President Obama’s term, he and the Democratic leadership of Congress made takeover of health care their first priority.

“Today, times are even tougher across our nation when it comes to our economy. Nearly one in ten Americans are still out of work. And still, the President and Congress are focused on ramming through their health-care bill, whatever it takes, whatever the cost.

“Maybe you remember what President Obama promised in his State of the Union address. He said he was going to finally focus on jobs and the economy for the remainder of this year. I applauded him for that. Well, here it is, it’s almost spring. And what is he out there talking about again? That same 2,700-page, multi-trillion dollar health care legislation.

“So, an entire year has gone to waste. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs, and many more jobs are in danger. Even now, the President still hasn't gotten the message.

“Somehow, the greater the public opposition to the health care bill, the more determined they seem to force it on us anyway. Their attitude shows Washington at its very worst – the presumption that they know best, and they’re going to get their way whether the American people like it or not.

“And, when politicians start thinking like that, they don’t let anything get in their way – not public opinion, not the rules of fair play, not even their own promises.

“They pledged transparency. Instead, we have a health care bill tainted by secrecy, concealed cost, and full of backroom deals– and that’s just not right. They should do better. The American people expect more.

“They pledged a true bipartisan effort. Instead, they have resorted to bending the rules, and they now intend to seize control of health care in America on a strict party-line vote.

“In speech after speech on his health care plan, the President has tried to convince us that what he is proposing will be good for America. But, how can it be good for America if it raises taxes by a half trillion dollars and costs a trillion dollars or more to implement? In addition, how can it be good if it takes another half a trillion dollars away from seniors on Medicare, and still includes all the backroom deals you have been hearing about for months?

“Well, for the past year or more, the new establishment in Washington has tried again and again to sell this plan to the American people. But the Americans aren't buying it, and for good reason. And now, what’s going on is a last, desperate power play. They actually tell us that passing the bill is necessary, if only to prove that something can get done in Washington.

“Well, I haven’t been here very long, but, I can tell you this much already: Nothing has distracted the attention and energy of the nation’s capital more than this disastrous detour. And, the surest way to return to the people’s business is to listen to the people themselves: We need to drop this whole scheme of federally controlled health care, start over, and work together on real reforms at the state level that will contain costs and won’t leave America trillions of dollars deeper in debt.

“This, above all, was the message that the people of my state sent to the President and the Congress in the election over a month ago.

“You know some of my Democratic colleagues, you know, are being leaned on mighty hard right now. Speaker Pelosi and others are handing down their marching orders, telling them to vote for this bill no matter what. Rarely have elected leaders been so intent on defying the public will. For many members of Congress, the time for choosing is near – do what the party leadership demands, or do what the people have asked you to do. If my colleagues don’t mind some advice from a newcomer, I’d suggest going with the will of the people.

“After all, from the very beginning of this debate, the American people have called it correctly. In every part of the country, Republicans and Democrats have agreed on serious, straightforward, commonsense health care reform. They expect us in Washington to do the same – working together, acting fairly and by the rules, and staying focused on the need to make the American economy as strong as it can be. That is the business that brought me here on an unexpected journey to Washington. And, it’s the responsibility of everyone sent here to serve our country. We can do better – and I challenge my colleagues and the President to do just that.

“I’m Senator Scott Brown and thank you very much for listening.”


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soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. jules sand-perkins

    Senator Brown tells it exactly as it is, and he tells it well.
    I believe that, one day, Sen. Brown will be a wonderful President of the United States of America.
    "Diastrous detour" is apt. Not only has the Obama health-care folly been diastrous, but our error in electing a Marxist as our president has been diastrous.
    We need to make a big correction for a big mistake.

    March 13, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. Chris

    Thousands of Americans die each year because of inadequate healthcare coverage. The leading cause of personal financial ruin in this country is having to pay for critical medical care. America is the only super-power in the world but its also the country with the worst healthcare system of all the industrialized nations. Only the GOP would consider tyring to fix that a "disastrous detour".

    March 13, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. I Can't Stand It

    Well stated, Senator Brown!

    March 13, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. Perusing-through

    WRONG, WRONG, WRONG . . .

    The people of Massachusetts did not vote for Scott Brown because they were against the Democrat's health reform plan. All independent polls show a majority of Massachusetts voters support the Democrats reform proposals, and especially the PUBLIC OPTION which helps drive down cost.

    The reason Scott Brown won the Senate seat is because Martha Coakley ran such an embarrassingly pathetic campaign while taking the Blue state citizens for granted.

    March 13, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. diridi

    what does this idiot has locus standi? he is a raw in politics. Nation needs this health care reform than ever before. ok, this idiot does not know any thing. it is the time to pass this health care

    March 13, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. Marty, FL

    Same old talking points and sad lies. The CBO clearly reported the health legislation would NOT takeover our system. That fact does not change, no matter how many times my former GOP repeats the lie.

    It also seems curious how Scott Brown voted for a similar bill in MA but would deny other Americans in our country the same opportunity for health care.

    Pass health reform now for our country once and for all.

    March 13, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. Gil Oberdas

    Since Brown is new to the party elected maybe he has forgotten when the jobs problem started and who started it. Now after bailing out the banks which were about to have us lose our life savings we have a slow turn around with Obama. Umeployment has stayed steady with a likely improvement next month. Gee, how many months did unemplyment go up under GW?
    It is jobs your fool and Healthcare so Americans don't go brankrupt while insurance companies increase their rates 39%.

    March 13, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. Ramon

    Starting over means no Health care reform. Republicans never hear of multitask? The Republicans are just delaying senate bills pertaining to jobs, education and health. Republicans have no plans on helping this president.

    March 13, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. Andy

    Obama is on a egotistical march to notoriety for his own glory.He is an absolute disgrace to the American people and their desire.I wish him failure.November I hope every Democrate up for election loose and Obama will be a lame duck.

    March 13, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. stevegee

    Obama, Pelosi, Reid and all the liberals are good at wasting - wasting taxpayers' time and money (a $1.8 trillion deficit his first year in office).

    If we're lucky and continue fighting, perhaps his whole term in office will be a waste. Then in 2012 we can throw him out!

    March 13, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. Independent

    8 years before that were disastours too!!!

    March 13, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. Sue

    Scott Brown for PRESIDENT!!!! Please help us Mr. Brown – get us out of this defunct government fiasco!!!!

    March 13, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  13. James

    Gee Scott, what a great idea for a fat cat with health insurance paid for by tax payers! How about your family going without health insurance for a period of time. Did the GOP tell you to say this or was it because one of the drug companys have put you on the pay as you speak list. How can you solve the job market problem, when you don't have a solution for health care. I think you might be able to solve both. Here is the plan. Tell your party that we no longer support trade agreements that have distroyed this country and shipped our jobs overseas, then begin manufacturing everything in this country with high paid jobs that pay union wages and health benefits. Go for it Scott!

    March 13, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. one voice

    Would Brown rather go with the statis-quo that will double the insurance premiems across the board? YES!!! He will get his million dollar envelope at the expense of the American Taxpayer. That's what I call a team player. NOT

    March 13, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. KC

    Okay, so this guy has been a Senator for, what 10 minutes, and now he is an expert and the new face of the GOP? The GOP is really grasping at straws now.....pretty boy Brown should go back to modeling nude and leave law making to the professionals. This guy is another "no nothing" Republican, like Palin and Jindal, the epitome of the party of NO (no ideas, no brains).

    March 13, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. one voice

    This CLOWN wants to eliminate the middle class, he needs to be stopped.

    March 13, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  17. How To Bankrupt America - Put A Dem On It

    Obama/Pelosi and the dems voting for this bill have lost their mind.The American do not want this as written and they will not listen.The price will be paid November and Obama will be lame.

    March 13, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. Mike in MN

    Senator Brown is spot on, wonderful message.
    Obama on the other hand is an unethical corrupt mess.
    The Senate bill he wants House Dems to pass is full of special deals to states that were offered to get (bribe) Senators to vote for the bill.
    The Senators say that Obama and his top advisors were prime players in closed door negotiations on the deals to win Senators votes and push the bill forward. Now Obama is working to have the deals taken out in order to gain House votes and move the bill forward. In effect stabbing the Senators in the back. This is not ethical, it is not presidential. Obama is a fraud. He is not what he pretends to be. He is a disgrace and soils the office of the President of the United States.

    March 13, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  19. Ronald Kalil

    The House and Senate each have passed a $15 billion jobs bill in the last three weeks. Is Senator Brown assuming that no one is paying attention so that he can use a specious argument as a platform to attack health care reform?

    March 13, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  20. Mike in MN

    Senator Brown is spot on, wonderful message.
    Obama on the other hand is an unethical corrupt mess.
    The Senate bill he wants House Dems to pass is full of special deals to states that were offered to get (bribe) Senators to vote for the bill.
    The Senators say that Obama and his top advisors were prime players in closed door negotiations on the deals to win Senators votes and push the bill forward. Now Obama is working to have the deals taken out in order to gain House votes and move the bill forward. In effect stabbing the Senators in the back. It is obvious why Obama does not want these behind closed door negotiations on C-Span, the American people would be revolted. This is not ethical, it is not presidential. Obama is a fraud. He is not what he pretends to be. He is a disgrace and soils the office of the President of the United States.

    March 13, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  21. CEE

    Don't this clown get that paying outrageous premiums is part of the economy.

    March 13, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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