March 18th, 2010
02:27 PM ET
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GOP docs: Dem health care bill will decrease quality and access

Sens. Barasso, left, and Coburn led a group of Republican doctors who spoke out against the Democratic health care reform bill Thursday.

Sens. Barasso, left, and Coburn led a group of Republican doctors who spoke out against the Democratic health care reform bill Thursday.

Washington (CNN) – A group of Republican doctors-turned-lawmakers charged Thursday that the Democratic health care bill will decrease quality of care and access to doctors without lowering health care costs.

"It doesn't address the real symptoms of the disease," Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, said during a Capitol Hill news conference. "The disease is health care costs too much." Coburn is a family physician and OB/GYN.

The GOP doctors repeatedly pointed to their own experience treating patients, and predicted that the Democratic bill will not expand care.

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"The president continues to talk about making sure more people are covered but that doesn't mean more people will get care," Sen. John Barasso, R-Wyoming, said. "And there's a fundamental disconnect when [Obama] says he's going to solve this by putting 15 million more people on Medicaid," said the orthopedic surgeon.

The Republican physicians also referred to a recent New York Times report about the challenges facing the Medicaid program and argued that expanding enrollment in the federal program was not the cure to the country's rising health care costs and tens of millions of uninsured.

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soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    and where are YOUR ideas? NONE?

    THEN SHUT UP..... all the GOP does is whine and grumble.

    March 18, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Alan

    Ahhhh! Now HERE is a solid unbiased voice of reason for America. Republican DOCTORS! Only Republican Lawyers could be expected to hold their ground and scream "no" louder or more gleefully.

    Get this through your bullet-shaped heads - this is NOT about health care reform. It's about Health INSURANCE reform.

    Before I listen to a WORD these idiots have to say I would first want to see exactly how much of their re-election money comes from INSURERS.

    March 18, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. Disgusted in Iowa

    Anyone surprised that the republican doctors are the ones leading the oposition? Lets hear republican patients who think a visit to their doctor costs about right. My doctor bills my insurance $300 for a 5 minutes conversation...I am beginning to think he is a republican! Need to find myself a democrat doctor...maybe the costs will be much lower...

    March 18, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. mike NY

    And I always thought that Lawyers and Bean-Counters were the health care experts! 🙂

    March 18, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Coburn needs to be in jail with Ensign for being complicit to the payoff of Ensign's mistress, her husband, and child.

    That other guy? He's just going along with the do nothing republicans.


    March 18, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. Vince in NC

    There's nothing stopping the GOP from continuing to push for Tort reform. (Not that they ever have in the past).

    If they think that will hold down costs they should go for it.

    My experience from doctors that I personally know is this, they complain a lot about the existing system, the tremendous paper work etc... But in the end they all make a terrific living. Including one I know who does primarily Medicare work.

    March 18, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. Cynthia

    OMG!!!! Now it's going to decrease quality and access!! LOL grasping for straws!!!! LOL

    March 18, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. Neaderthal Republicans

    Reform of Healthcare Insurance will put pressure on costs.

    Translation, it will curtail the historical FASTER THAN INFLATION increases in profit & wages in the healthcare field.

    Can you honestly expect ANY Doctor to endorse a bill which will restore balance between this industry and others?

    Why should doctors get annual raises at percentage rates higher than other Americans? Why should healthcare insurance companies increase their profits at faster rates than other corporations. Neither of them should.

    These doctors are not experts in business. They are experts in their narrow fields of medicine. I would never go to an orthopedic surgeon with a cardiovascular (heart/lung) problem.

    Similarly, I wouldn't listen to a doctor about a business / profit problem. These guys don't know what they are talking about. Pass the bill.

    March 18, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. Monkey wrench

    the last thing we need is another Republican senator in Washington who is more focused on tearing down the President than he is on solving problems."
    It just depends on which side of the fence you stand, Republicans are not tearing down the President, they are tearing away at his far left liberal progressive power move to push America away from the fundamentals of our Constitution and into a bleak existence of governmental serfdom.

    Downsize government, make government officials accountable for their actions and make government (you'll like this one) function the way it is supposed to. America is declining as a society because of the lack of responsibility and accountability, just look at our courts and legal system, look at our schools. Instead of executing career criminals convicted of heinous crimes, we Institutionalize them for a while, make excuses for their behavior and then set them free to continue their trade, we've made campaign fund bribes a legal maneuver, we've decreased our educational system not to accommodate achievers but to prop up the disruptive and the intellectually diminished.

    March 18, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. Aspen Professor

    What else would you expect the Republican Doctors to say?
    Unfortunately for the Republicans, the AMA (American Medical
    Association) came out in favor of the Health Care Bill.

    The Repubs will do ANYTHING to block ANY Bill that Obama is in favor of. The very worst thing for the Repubs in 2011, would be if Obama has a successful stay in the White House. Then their Beck and Limbaugh racist comments go down the drain along with their future in politics.

    Who is dead set against the Healt Care Reform Bill - The Insurance Companies, the Repubs that depend on the Insurance Company $$$, and the Chamber of Commerce who will have to do without my future membership.

    March 18, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. Proud DEM

    They will stop at nothing to make sure Obama fails...plain and simple..this is not about Health Care's about the RethugliKKKlan party doing what it does best....Obstruct and say "NO"
    YOU WILL PAY COME NOVEMBER my little Rethug friends....GOP taking the majority is a laugh!!

    March 18, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. Barbara Independent in NY

    What sorry excuses for doctors these two are. I thought doctors were suppose to tell the truth. I wonder how much money the insurance cartel donates to them.

    March 18, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. Seth

    Senator Brasso, you really need to speak in a way that many of the people who want this hand-out care to land in their laps...

    Instead of saying there is a 'fundamental disconnect' with Obama.
    Say 'Obama has lost his mind'.

    March 18, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I hate to say this, but I worked for a insurance company that had previously been run by doctors that bankrupted the whole company and boy was it a mess to cleanup. This was due to doctors being doctors and not knowing anything about insurance. The lesson here is never ask a doctor about insurance procedures or costs, he'll always tell you to talk to the his billing people and that's why I was hired.

    March 18, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. AEJ

    Sorry GOP doctors. You have excellent health care which we the taxpayers pay for. You have aABSOLUTELY to care for or worry about. HEALTH CARE FOR THE UNINSURED AMERICANS!!!!! , Better care fr all, no more denying us who has pre-existing health conditions, no more premium hikes from the insurance companies.
    This will be a HAPPY DAY IN ALL OF AMERICA. I can't wait!!!

    March 18, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  16. carlos

    repulsive, repugnant and to top it off....CONServatives....also called gophers

    March 18, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. Molly Weasley

    The Republicans have lost all of their credibility on this issue. They're running scared that people will actually like it once it takes effect. Just shut up already, stand aside and let those who care about the country pass this bill so it can start getting implemented.

    March 18, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  18. Robert

    That bunch of idiots only made me angry. Do they know what a team player means?
    Why they dont sit with liberal and offer optiops? They are just right there to sotop the bill from passing rather that offering solutions to improve it.
    once again, BUNCH OF IDIOTS.

    March 18, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. Lisa in FL

    "It doesn't address the real symptoms of the disease," Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, said during a Capitol Hill news conference. "The disease is health care costs too much." Coburn is a family physician and OB/GYN.

    Well...Duh....Don't ya think that is WHY President Obama has made this issue his top priority for the American people? This is just the first step in bringing down healthcare costs and sooooo much more good for the American middle-class people. Check out the sad, sourpuss mugs in the photo. Ya think they think this bill just might pass? I think they think so looking at that shot. Yes! Thank you Speaker Pelosi, Sen. Reid and President Obama! Change is almost here, and my it tastes good!

    March 18, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. Robert Havecker

    If the Democrats push through the health care bill I think you will see a lot of people leaving the party and supporting the only other viable choice. I would expect there to be a large change of power in the House and Senate after the elections.

    March 18, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |

    Well lets see first it was this bill will add to the defecit WRONG
    Then this bill funds Abotrtion by tax payers WRONG
    Now care will be decreased as well as doctors



    March 18, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  22. David Ottson

    So what is thier plan ? I hear the complaints, and the frightening senerios, but what is thier plan ! I hear lets Start all over again and do it from the begining, What is the plan from the GOP. Sweep this under a rug and it will go away while millions of Americans face losing thier savings because of rising costs of health care. Millions of Americans go without coverage and gamble that they won't get injured or sick because if they do they will lose thier homes & savings before Medicare kicks to take care of them.

    March 18, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. johnnie w

    I got a WORD for the GOP, Whinners are what YOU ARE, Dividers is what try TO DO, and a FINAL WORD, is ALL OVER, it is now your WATERLOO, your DONE, your In ABYSS, your the BIGGEST CLOWNS ON EARTH, you do one thing very well, YOU LIE. very GOOD, but every TIME you open your GOP TRAPS and talk , YOU LIE.

    March 18, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. Independent

    Maybe what these Doctors/Politicians need to do is go back to be Doctors and provide free medical care to the people they are affecting now by obstructing the health care reform.
    They just go and put their "sad" faces on TV but in reality they are as of right now part of the problem not part of the solution.
    All these politicians obstructing the reform make me really sick, they don't care about the thousands with no insurance or the ones with insurance but not able to pay the high prices of co-pays, deductibles.
    If they are so worry about the people go back to your cities and be doctors not politicians provide free or low cost medical care to the people and shut up.

    March 18, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. Carmelle

    just shut up. You did nothing in the passed year...NOTHING!

    If they were employees of my company..they would been fired already.

    March 18, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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