November 7th, 2010
10:11 AM ET
4 years ago

Republican Governors agree- repeal health care

(CNN) - Most Republicans agree on at least one thing - that the health care reform legislation passed last year should be repealed - and two prominent governors are no exception.

"I think Obamacare is one of the worst pieces of legislation passed in the modern history of the country," Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota said on CNN's "State of the Union."

"They (the American people) understand intuitively that what this is going to do… will be rationing health care," Texas Gov. Rick Perry told Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley on the same program.

Pawlenty also addressed the future of the Republican party.

"Now we have to govern and lead and produce results. And if we don't, we'll be thrown out in two years," he said. "It's a second chance really for Republicans, not an affirmation of the great work we've done in the past. It's an open door for the future."

Pawlenty is often mentioned as a possible 2012 presidential candidate, and when asked about the crowded Republican field and his future plans he said he "didn't know for sure" what he would do.

"I'll decide early next year," Pawlenty said. "These polls don't mean much for me or any other candidate."

If he does run, he said health care reform would be a large part of his platform.

"I like people being in charge of government, not the federal government," Pawlenty said.

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  1. jrm03063

    @DumbBucket – nothing wrong with health care before? We went to war over 4000 dead in one year – but the Harvard School of Public Health says that lack of insurance kills 43,000 EVERY SINGLE YEAR. Maybe you're heartless and consider them, like Scrooge did, "surplus population". We STILL have a problem in that our per-capita costs make it extremely hard for us to be a competitive manufacturer in the world – or hadn't you noticed? Nov 2 was about the economy – you'll find out as soon as you start trying to monkey with social programs that don't support immediate job growth.

    November 7, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. JR

    According to Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center for People and the Press, Tuesday's exit polls showed 48% of voters wanted to repeal the Health care law and 47% wanted to expand or leave it alone.

    November 7, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. Dan in FL

    So Governor Tim Pawlenty believes the health care legislation will lead to a "rationing health care." I guess he didn't read the bill. This legislation is primarily about creating a set of ground rules to make affordable health insurance available to a greater number of people than today. To do this, most people need to participate, everyone needs to practice preventative care, and not every medical procedure can be covered. Nothing in the legislation says that individuals can't buy more insurance or pay for a procedure themselves. Hence, nothing is being rationed.

    If the Governor want to debate which medical procedures should be covered and the impact on insurance costs, or if he wants to talk about ways to share health car risk without most people participating in health insurance plans, then let's have that discussion. Simply repeating Republican political talking points is not going to make the legislation any better.

    November 7, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. In the West

    Two things, Chum: 1) Poll after poll showed that Americans SUPPORTED the President's health care reform before the republicans started their smear campaign against if (full of lies like the "death panels" charge – voluntary end-of-life counseling equals death panels??? C'mon....) and 2) we own o small business and buy our own health insurance, and our insurance company (Blue Cross) has DOUBLED our premiums over the past five years. Our monthly premium for a family of four is now greater than out mortgage, and none of us have extraordinary health issues. How would you address that?

    November 7, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. usa/canada

    obama care did not go far enough as no teeth i.e.public option

    November 7, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. EdnaTN

    One of the things the Republicans said they want to do is to starve the insurance regulators from doing their job. I wonder how those who want to reverse the bill will feel in ten years when they have been forced out of the insurance market.

    November 7, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. ramtruck2500

    Ok well I guess we can see the message some people got about the election and just cant but help make others angry with name calling. What I don't get is how this directly impacts with jobs creations? That is what I want now! Go ahead later and tweak or whatever with health care but now we want jobs! Republicans were voted in primarily for this and now. Health care is secondary to me don't you get it??? As for Pawnety he really needs to spend time in his own mess called Minnesota. It is simply that, a mess. The party from this last week is sent in for JOBS not to settle some damn score! and for the record actual humans do work making up the federal government and they are'nt all devils and communists they are American as you and I.

    November 7, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. King

    These stupid stupid people who watches fox and their paranoia Terrence have doomed our country into electing a bunch of blind ideologist repugs that refuse to look at rationality to send our country down the drain. These folks praise bush for crying out loud and most of them thought he was a good president. Bush like majority of Americans makes decisions off of emotions and ideology rather than logic and rationality. How the hell your going to cut spending and cut taxes, the government is a control engine for money to circulate in an economy when you cuta the engine off well the economy stops and when the economy billions are lost. Who is going to support the shops, restaurants, stores and supermarkets, malls when you take billions from the poor and middle class. Will the rich come down here in the hood and support our local economy. You stupid voters have done this to yourselves and us all because the repugs makes it feels soo good to be angry and irrational and lessoning in to fox entertainment show filled with it's kindergarten name calling, rederics, paranoid filled shows, lies and intolerance. Now we are in big trouble.

    November 7, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I like people being in charge of government, not the federal government," Pawlenty said.
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    Perhaps Pawlenty is thinking of Texas, whose State Legislatures are now discussing dropping out of Medicare entirely. The thought behind this nifty plan is for the State government to run a similar program, but without Federal interference (or funding). Pawlenty tried somehting similar to this in Minnesota, dropping thousands of the uninsured poor from State run programs. The MN Supreme court ruled he had over stepped his authority. Nothing new for Pawlenty, he's known for over stepping. He is also leaving our State with a $6B deficit.

    November 7, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. Really?

    Yes! Let's get this country moving forward by repealing some of our most progressive legislation in a decade – before it even goes into effect!

    We're fighting two wars and unemployment is still around the 10% mark... and the now controlled Republican wing has nothing better to do than rip pages out of the lawbook than try to see farther than their noses.

    November 7, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. ken

    Do not repeal healthcare, the GOP and their greedy Insurance lobbyist let Insurance premiums run wild for eight years, denied sick children the right to buy Healthcare, and denied coverage when you got sick, don't listen to Greed Over People!!!!!!

    November 7, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. Abraham Lincoln

    The comment previous to mine was paid for by the RNC.

    November 7, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. Sabina

    It is people like you, ChumBucket, that keep me voting Democratic. Thanks for making it so easy.

    November 7, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. werbonkers

    This message paid for by the health insurance industry lobby.
    More work surely needs to be done to fix our embarrassing health care system, but a total repeal means to go backward, and that would be a worse legislative mistake. Wouldn't practical and rational revisions and amendments be more appropriate? Let's focus on regulating insurers, not health care practitioners.
    Even more frightening is governors trying to dive in. States rights are important in many areas, but one of the largest non-value-added cost to our health care system is the requirement for insurers and providers to accommodate 50 different regulatory environments.

    November 7, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. Europe

    I think is shameful that the US is just not getting it together. All western countries have some kind of health plan....but only the US is just not getting it. How long as people see it as a profit, health insurance in this country will never work, because some people just see $$$$$ signs.

    November 7, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. Ben

    @ ChumBucket: You don't have to change your health care if you don't want to. That's part of the new law.

    Health care in this country is a disaster and Medicare is going to become costlier with or without the new law. The new law imposes measures to ensure a) everyone gets insurance and b) eventually costs will go down.

    The misinformation and right wing rhetoric is just wrong. There is no "rationing," there are no "death panels," and you can keep what you have if you like it. If trying to ensure that everyone gets affordable health care and that it costs less is "communist" then call me Mr. Bolshevik.

    November 7, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  17. Crady

    Obamacare is easily the single most costly and economically disastrous piece of legislation ever put forward by a U.S. president, and that it was enacted into law is mind-numbing!

    Obama's arrogance and gross naiveté are written all over this toxic mess. Even now are premiums are increasing at rates averaging 30 percent! Instead of granting all Americans health care, Obama is actually placing it further out of reach! And it is doubtless the worst is yet to come.

    America is no longer solvent. We are a nation of debt. MASSIVE debt that everyone agrees can never be repaid! Add to that chilling fact are ever-increasing medical costs, doctor shortages, and the absolute madness of allowing 12 MILLION illegals and their extended families to partake of Obamacare could easily destroy our medical and financial infrastructure once and for all.

    Hope and Change have been replaced with "This Way Lies Madness".

    November 7, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. Riley

    Repeal ObamaCare and then tets repeal OBama. We cannot afford much of him in the White House.

    Obama is the most clueless president ever.

    November 7, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. paul

    dear chumbucket, i'd rather pay a ton for health care than the wars we will inevitably fight for oil in the middle east. or did you forget that wars are also paid for with tax dollars... remember those 2 wars we got into under republican controlled administration not too long ago? how do you think they are being funded, and STILL being funded?

    you have no idea what a real conservative is, stop embarrassing yourself.

    November 7, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  20. USA 1

    Healthcare reform isn't perfect, but it was better than the non-existent GOP alternative. The new program should have been a single payer, government run program, just like the military healthcare plan it took me 21 years to earn the right to have. If it is good enough for the troops it should be good enough for the people of the U.S. So, if the GOP is gonna replace Obama's program with a program like I just described, the I go for it! If not, then they will lose the House again when they start taking healthcare away from people with pre-existing conditions, the elderly, children, and young adults up to age 26.
    Right now they should be focusing on jobs, jobs, jobs! That is what the people want. That is the number one priority. That is what they were elected to address. If they don't create jobs first, then we'll vote them out again in 2012. So they better start listening to the middle class NOW!

    November 7, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  21. Kevin

    Wow republicans are funny, I mean lies they tell over and over again. The sad part is you have gullable people believe their lies. People tend to forget it was the GOP that got us in this mess and it is the GOP who doesn't have a single idea on how to get us out if this mess either. Whenever them what programs they would cut in order to bring down the deficit all you hear is silence. Their main goal is to bring down the president whom the majority of Americans elected. They are very transparent in that respect.

    November 7, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  22. Courtney

    No Republican will be able to repeal the Health Care Bill, because I like the fact that President Obama can veto anything the Republicans propose. If the Republicans spend all their time on repealing health care and not on jobs for Americans, they will lose big time in 2012. I sure hope that happens, because I can't stand the Republican party of today. Most of the Republicans only care about power and not the well-being of this country. They say they care about reforming health care, but only when Democrats make it an issue. If it was up to the Republicans, half of all Americans would not have adequate health care or insurance. Obama must remain president in 2012.

    November 7, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  23. mightyfudge

    Americans from both sides need to stop looking to Washington for answers. Politicians cannot, and will not help you. We must achieve despite the government, not because of it.

    November 7, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  24. Islander

    There aren't just the three options that are stated in the header of this article. There's a fourth option.With a majority n the House, they should just NOT FUND this boondoggle.

    November 7, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  25. Jesus Christ

    Who cares what these guys think. They are looking out for their powerful overlords in the insurance industry.

    November 7, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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