April 23rd, 2010
09:22 PM ET
5 years ago

McConnell on health care report: 'hard not to say, I told you so'

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reacted to an early government analysis of the new health care law.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reacted to an early government analysis of the new health care law.

(CNN) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reacted to an early government analysis of the new health care law. The report said that millions more Americans will obtain health care, but predicted that health costs will rise and questioned whether Medicare cuts would cause doctors and hospitals to drop Medicare patients.

Regarding the report's concerns, the Republican leader told CNN, "It is hard not to say, 'I told you so."'

McConnell talked about the report in a telephone interview on Friday with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of the Actuary – part of the Health and Human Services Department - released the report on Thursday. Congressional Republicans requested the analysis.

The report said that 34 million more Americans will have health insurance by 2019. It also said that Medicare will now be solvent, for a longer time, than it would have been without the law.

But the analysis projected that health care spending would rise more than expected. The report also predicted that Medicare cuts could cause doctors and hospitals to drop Medicare patients.

McConnell told King that those items in the report bolster Republican claims that the new health care law is too expensive.

"All the things we were saying during the debate and an administration actuary now confirms them," McConnell said. "We said there would be access problems for seniors and the poor."

"This bill is more unpopular today than when he [President Obama] signed it," McConnell added.

The director of the White House Office of Health Reform, Nancy-Ann DeParle, responded to the government analysis on the White House blog.

DeParle wrote that the report "found that under reform, Medicare will be stronger, with premiums decreasing by nearly $200 per person per year by 2018." She also said it predicted that the life of the Medicare Trust fund would extend by 12 years.

"But there are some areas where we disagree with the Actuary, particularly when it comes to the new law and the growth of health care costs," DeParle wrote. "Health policy experts and economists who have studied the bill have agreed that the new law will help bring down health care costs."

Regarding any potential Medicare access problems, DeParle wrote, "There is no evidence that providers would not continue to serve Medicare patients, and the report ignores key provisions that will strengthen our health care workforce."

The Obama administration believes that the report is overly pessimistic.

"Well, that is all they can say," McConnell told King.

"We warned them from the beginning about costs and access and these other issues and now they deserve to have to deal with the reality here."

McConnell reiterated that Republicans will run on a slogan of "repeal and replace" in the November elections with regard to the health care law.

The Republican leader also talked about Democratic candidates. He told King that the health care law "is an albatross around their neck."


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  1. Jason

    Repeal and replace... with what, exactly? Oh yes, tort reform! To quote "Dude, where's my car?", "and then?!!"

    April 23, 2010 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  2. Poetic Justice

    Let me give you guys a good reality check regarding this bill and a nice perspective on it. By the way, do I need to show you my Diploma to certify my credibility? Exactly, I don't think so.

    In 1935, FDR's New Deal set a new landscape and agenda. Which in effect was the signing on Social Security Act. I think is fair to say and elaborate that it was a different time and era, in contrast to ours. It is in effect a very smart and ingeniouis way to clarify the validity on such an act. In other words, it was done very well. Forward 60+ years later, there's no question it will have drastic effects and accountability where Social Security will be from now. Whether is a lack of resources or a lack of honesty is debatable but the point is it did cost money and the fact that it wasn't a very popular Act in those days, is overwhelmingly popular now. So yes, I agree, Social Security reform is necessary and obligatory. And with the signing of the new Health Care bill, only time will tell how far this new legislation will last.

    April 23, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  3. Denna

    Oh, Mitch. It's not so hard to say 'I told you so' for you. You and your ilk are just praying that President Obama's programs fail. What you and your minions, and those funny Tea Party nuts are too stupid to understand is that President Obama was elected, by a 53% vote, on the promises he made. Now he is trying to keep those promises. America is stunned because they have never seen a president actually try to keep his campaign promises.

    Of course health care costs are going to rise. But they were going to do that anyway. Seriously, when have you seen them decline? God you people hate that this man is the boss. You and the other Rethugs have no intention of replacing the bill with nothing, so stop that 'repeal and replace nonsense'. If America puts you people back in power, health care for all will disappear, but the costs, I promise you, will still go up.

    April 23, 2010 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  4. Brendan

    we need a public option. "told you so."

    April 23, 2010 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  5. Jim,Virginia

    In the meantime ,O'bama is vacationing in North Carolina playing golf while in Afganistan soldiers are dying.Sleep well,Mr.President.

    April 23, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  6. MAD IN TEXAS

    Of course they will drop them. The majority of Physicians now require payment up front. They will file on medicare for you but you must pay the complete charge up front if you expect to be treated. OBAMA and REID knew this but did not care. The Anti-Christ is not for his people anymore than he is anyone else in this nation. His goal is to destroy us. Now he has a tremendous start because of ignorance of a uneducated people.

    April 23, 2010 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  7. Pragmatic

    Poor ol' Mitch ... always finds what's wrong – never what was accomplished: no one said it was a perfect bill – or even a great one but its a start: GOP didn't have their knickers in a knot when they passed the medicare drug bill ( unfunded and used reconciliation) – short memories and hypocritical double standards ... GOP – as usual!

    April 23, 2010 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    longer solvincy for medicare and decreasing payments. Are we just going to over look that part.

    April 23, 2010 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  9. Jean 2

    Where is the rock he was under sleeping while life goes on????

    April 23, 2010 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  10. harold

    Hey McConnell.. do you have Health Insurance?...Or would you prefer to take Michelle Backmanns advice for those who have NO health Insurance and just GO to the Emergency room?. By the Way what is so conservative about the USA spending ...twice what the other advanced countries spend for Health Care?...Tell me.. Senate Minority leader....

    April 23, 2010 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  11. hobart

    Mitch,

    You've told us absolutely nothing, not so, not anything, but your party's mantra of "NO!" to anything and everything a Democratic President proposes.

    It's painfully obvious that you lead the Party of No, and have nothing whatsoever positive to contribute to the dialogue.

    It wasn't that long ago that Republicans had the same basic principles of common decency that everyone else has. I used to think that you were such a Republican.

    But now you, and the rest of your party, take your marching orders from the most extreme, intolerant fringe who actually want their base to commit acts of violence and treason when things don't go their way. No longer are you the party of Lincoln, who would roll over in his grave to see just what you all have become. Now you're the party that celebrates threats of secession, celebrates the Confederacy, and welcomes the most vile racists as your base.

    Why DO you Republicans so HATE America?

    April 23, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  12. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    Surprise, surprise!

    Everyone with any sense has known for a year that Obama and the far Left have been telling one whopper after another about the costs and effects of their socialised medicine idiocy. Of course costs are going to rise when you add millions of subsidised patients to the system. Of course docs are going to be disinclined to treat charity Medicare patients.

    As time goes on, everything else sensible people have known for a long time will be shown to be true. Costs will turn out to be many times the trillion bucks the CBO and its cook-the-books analysis showed, highly touted "savings" will turn out to be as mythical as phoenix eggs. The quality of primary care will go through the floor as underpaid, overworked, primary care docs quit or switch to better paying specialities.

    "A fool and his money are soon parted," and all you fools who voted for Obama are going to learn that the hard way. They only problem is that's it's going to cost the rest of us a bundle too.

    April 23, 2010 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  13. Carol

    I guess I am not surprised at McConnell's comment to John King. I have watched CNN for way too many years and I would be comfortable with putting John King in the Rep. column or as John King would say in the right, red column. McConnell relating the news from an analysis asked for by the republicans that the Medical Reform would make doctors and hospitals refuse medicare patients is just silly and only believed by the people easily swayed by whatever they hear. There are doctors and hospitals now that refuse patients. I know this because my mother was refused. All I ask is that the republican senators and congressmen to tell the truth and not make up facts as easy as they make up fairytales. If this country goes down...the republicans and religious fanatics will be the fall of it because they will look real silly when 2012 comes and goes and the world is still in tact.

    April 23, 2010 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  14. E. Elliott

    And of course the weasel who did the best he could to prevent any progress whatever would be without blame for the lack of a better bill. All you need to ask yourself is "would I buy a used car from that man"?
    How many Repubs would say yes I wonder?

    April 23, 2010 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  15. Red

    Nothing new to see here, just another politician celebrating the suffering of others simply because it presents a chance to attack "the other guy".

    Schadenfreude to the Nth degree.

    April 23, 2010 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  16. El Kababa

    If McConnell wasn't a Republican Senator, he would be unemployed. Then what would he do for health care... oh, yeah. I forgot.

    April 23, 2010 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  17. Shermani

    I couldn't agree more. This will go down as one of the most horrifically handled pieces of legislation in the history of our country. When the speaker of the US house of representatives pleads for everyone in congress to pass this bill so that "they can really look into this bill, and find out what is written inside" then everyone should have known that we had a enormous problem brewing. Now that this tax and spend bill has passed, all of the democrats are starting to point fingers, and blame...........who? Guess what, they passed this straight down party lines, so they own it! We'll see you in November at the polls!

    April 23, 2010 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  18. jim atmadison

    Poor Mitch. He's painted himself into the 'no' corner and now it takes everything he's got to try to pretend his back bench sniping somehow makes the GOP relevant.

    I think Cheney said it best as far as what these guys have done to themselves.

    April 23, 2010 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  19. Annie, Atlanta

    We knew single payer or a public option would have been the best way to go. I blame Mitch McConnell, and all the congressional Republicans for this watered down mess and give away to the insurance companies. Johnny Isakson, my Senator, told me via e-mail that he would not support any kind of reform because he had to protect the profits of the insurance companies. Thanks Republicans, for nothing, as usual. Hope the payoff was worth the soul selling.

    And by the way, to McConnell, doctors drop Medicare patients all the time. It takes too long to fill large garages full of expensive sports cars when you're involved in the program. It's all about that bottom line, after all. What is that oath they take, hypocritic?

    April 23, 2010 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  20. Every

    This is no suprise! We already know healthcare spending would rise! The point was with healthcare care passed, the rise in premiums, would be less expensive than the alternative! To continue on the same course we were on, we would see premiums climb where Americans would be paying15 – 20,000 a year instead of 6 – 12,000 a year under the new Healthcare reform bill! Mc Connell, is a liar, deceiver, and a pandora for necon ideology which John King is totlally immersed into! If you do not believe me just watch his show, and see how he lets repuglicans off the hook with their lies, innuendos, misinformation and deceptive inferences, My little sister could ask better indepth questions and follow-up on inconsistences better than John King! CNN, please entertain the idea of employing my little sister! McConnell is the same guy who did not want "Banking reform" until, he saw American were not falling for his repuglican shennanigans! Americans want Banking Reform and Americans got Healthcare reform, so stop your spin, it ain't going to change nothing!

    April 23, 2010 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  21. j burns

    Curious how we always have enough money(even if we borrow from those dreaded commies) and lives to spend on death and destruction
    but so self righteously alarmed when it come to nurturing life and building.

    April 23, 2010 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  22. gr

    Republicans need to move on already. I will never watch John King show becasue he is a Republican and glad it is not running the State of the Union.

    April 23, 2010 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  23. Aaron

    The health care cost concerns might be true, might not be true. Hard to tell when you're getting the news from pathological liars.

    April 24, 2010 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  24. Markus

    Mitch McConnell couldnt care less about 34 more million Americans having health insurance and didnt even mention it...Of course, spending on the huge Wall Street bailout, and the mindless internvention in Iraq (both of which McConnell supported) are legitimate use of taxpayer dollars, but not health care for our own poor and working people...Sen McConnell is a stain on our flag...

    April 24, 2010 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  25. Christa Johnson, Tucson, Az

    You can't believe a word this guy says! He gets the Republican talking points from his boses (big money) before going to the podium then repeats them over and over and over ..... that is...... unless the boses tell him something completely the opposite to say ..... and then he goes to the podium and repeats those talking points. He is like the perfect robot or puppet ...... he doesn't think for himself .... only repeats what he is told word for word. Sometimes it is as if he hasn't really thought about what he has been told before he says it!

    April 24, 2010 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
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