Republicans talk health care, Obama economy in weekly address
June 23rd, 2012
06:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Republicans talk health care, Obama economy in weekly address

(CNN) - President Barack Obama advocated for his jobs package while Rep. Bill Cassidy argued against the health reform law as they stood by their parties' positions Saturday during their weekly addresses.

Obama called on Congress to pass a transportation bill, expand access to college and fund infrastructure projects.

Cassidy, a Louisiana Republican, argued that the health reform law signed by Obama in 2010 had an effect of "driving up health care costs, making it harder for small businesses to hire workers."

"The law, as an example, is going to cost nearly twice as much as we were told, people are already paying more for their health care than they were before, and because of health insurance expenses, employers are canceling plans to expand their businesses, which is to say they will not be hiring new workers," he said.

Cassidy did not say he supported the Supreme Court overturning the law, but said a "majority of Americans want the Supreme Court to overturn all or part of Obamacare."

A CNN/ORC International poll released in early June showed 43% of Americans supported the law while 34% believed it was too liberal and 13% opposed it because it did not go far enough.

An additional 10% said they had no opinion on the law.

Cassidy said his experience as a doctor informed his views on quality care.

"Families should be able to make their own health care choices, visit the doctor of their choosing and receive the health care they and their physician feel is best," he said, arguing the health law does not do that.

In his address, Obama focused on several measures, including funding for a transportation law.

"Bridges are deteriorating after years of neglect. Highways are choked with congestion. Transportation delays cost Americans and businesses billions of dollars every year," he said. "And there are hundreds of thousands of construction workers who have never been more eager to get back on the job."

Obama touted $500 million in transportation-related grants announced Friday, but said additional action by lawmakers is necessary to "take steps that we know will create jobs now and help sustain our economy for years to come."

He also noted the increase in student loan interest rates that will kick in at the end of the month barring action on the Hill.

But election-year politics which does not reward compromise has made legislative logjam a much more likely outcome than bipartisan breakthroughs.

"We've got responsibilities that are bigger than an election," Obama told legislators.

Cassidy did not mention the election year.


Filed under: 2012 • Economy • Health care • President Obama
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. 2012liberal

    Gop doesnt want 2 put construction worker back 2 work b cuz they will lose if they get back 2 work. Constr makes up 60% of our work force and r they angry white men that obama can't reel n. Gop wants 2 keep it that way!

    June 23, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. Mike in Texas

    Republicans don't want health care reform. Their free market argument is garbage. They have theirs so why do they care if others don't.

    Amazing how people cry for free markets one day and then the next day whine about the high price of gas and health insurance. Well that's the free market for you.

    June 23, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. Larry L

    @Anthony

    Thanks – great analysis.

    June 23, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Marry

    “…receive the health care they and their physician feel is best," Cassidy said.
    Well, he is right. For about 2% of the people that is an option. You have enough money; you do what will take care of you and your families medical care best. But, what about the other 98% that live and die by the mercy (and there is not much) of the insurance industry? You know the industries that find a way to deny coverage, clam pre-existing conditions, do not cover older children… or the ones that are not insured at all???? Well typical GOP – no plan, what do they care, does not affect them, with 98% of the people they do not relate too…? Oh, and the biggest reason – the (black) President has done something to help the people! How dare he do that when the GOP has delayed for decade’s successfully work on health care reform!

    June 23, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. judy

    loosing health care will be a big blow to everyone even the repos they just don't see it yet. But they will. Of cousrse the president is talking jobs thats the top of everyones list except the repo clowns who are so out of touch. Their maine goal is to see the US economy fail so they can gloat. Do we really want these people running the country,? Old orangeman telling congress not to gloat if health care fails. So sad that watching people loose everything is what makes these morons happy. Obama 2012 Forward.

    June 23, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. Sonari Glinton

    Bill Cassidy is an M.D. and a Republican from Louisiana. He is NOT from Maryland (MD).

    June 23, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The biggest Bullies to seniors are Republicans, they are worst than the kids who bullied the Grandma who was their bus monitor. Republicans better back off seniors and take note to how people responded to the Grandma who was bullied.

    June 23, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. Canuck

    I can understand the frustration with Obama – the man has been a major disappointment after all that he promised. What I cannot understand is the notion that the GOP will magically fix America's problems if , God forbid, they manage to gain power – the problems are largely caused by Republicans. Blind allegiance to a party regardless of their behaviour is going to kill America.

    June 23, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
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