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.


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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    GOP idiots do not have any kind of locus sandi to talk further on Healthcare law. What did they do Reagan 8 years Bush 8 years, bush 4 years??? Idiots. Yes, economy is improving. GM added 3rd shift. Good sign. Dollar is getting stronger, stronger. Yes, on OBAMA12. Period.

    June 23, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  2. Anthony

    The law says that employers with more than 50 full-time employees need to provide their employees with insurance. This means that the employers get group insurance for their employees, but it does not mean employers foot the entire bill. This is called individual mandate for a reason. It is not an employer mandate. Employers get group insurance because it is a benefit to their employees. Getting group insurance is cheaper on a per-person basis than employees getting insurance on their own. In any event, employers only pay part of the premiums, and they can pass some of the cost to their customers. Do people think that gas stations go out of business anytime the price of crude oil goes up? No, gas stations pass the cost increase to customers.

    Republican argument that Obama's healthcare plan is going to cost twice as much as originally projected is just hogwash. The new 10-year estimate from the CBO is significantly lower (1.1 trillion) than what Republicans have been claiming. Moreover, the new estimate goes up because the original estimate included several years in which not much money would be spent, as full implementation will not occur until 2014. The new estimate includes more years in which the plan will be fully implemented.

    June 23, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  3. mcskadittle

    what have the republicans done to help the economy? oh that's right nothing

    June 23, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  4. Marie MD

    Because nothing says scr ew you more to US citizens than having the best health care insurance money can buy (with tax payer money) for life in you are a member of congress.

    June 23, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  5. 2020

    People's business is top priority. How do you make Congress GOP understand? KICK THEM ALL OUT !!!

    June 23, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  6. NVa Native

    Typically another misleading headline from Corporate News Network (CNN) – to be factual it would read "Repubs are continuing to talk trash to misinform the public about what is actually in the Healthcare Reform Act".

    June 23, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  7. J,V.Hodgson

    More No from Republicans who cannot wait for the SCOTUS to speak. If the SCOTUS completely bash health care law PPACA it will be another even worse example of a court not even remotely listening to an awful lot of people, and as time goes on and it gets better understood more an more say it is OK, not the best but better than before. Cost premiums in the past were rising fast anyway and were kept low by morally questionable practices like pre – existing conditions, high co pays etc and the hiden cost in premiums of paying for the Uninsured.
    Obama speech implores a need to do something and say yes for a change. All the items he refers to are Economy helpful and may help reduce unemployment,problem; voting for them and doing something helps democrats and helps The president get re-elected = more do nothing.
    it is pathetic. Vote them out a.s.a.p
    Regards,
    Hodgson

    June 23, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  8. dreamer96

    Bush's Prescription Drug Bill for Seniors was unfunded, and suppose to only cost 300 billion, then 700 billion..Now we have new estimates over 7 Trillion for the ten years of the bill....Just how did the GAO make that kind of mistake....

    The GOP really hate the Obama care bill, but most civilized modern countries already have a universal health care system..most are rated better than ours at providing care, and they are cheaper too...Our current insurance companies use a toolbox of ways to charge for health care...We could put everyone in the same pool..Big Corporations having thousands of employees pay less per person, and the small businesses with 50 to 250 employees pay more..Why not use each state as a pool..or region..or the whole country as the pool..should we use a monopoly insurance system..just one central company...make all current Health Insurance Companies form a union....All workers have the same rate, everyone is in the pool...Use that old "He ain't heavy, He's my brother" philosophy...Oh No that would be Socialism...like FDR, Reagan, LBJ, Nixon, JFK...Just how many of our past Presidents wanted a Universal Health Care System??

    June 23, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  9. Jerry

    What could King Obama say about the economy?! Other than that he wants to blow many, many billions of taxpayer $$$.

    This man has no shame and/or respect for American voters. He just got trough lying to 2,500? Florida residents and is on his way to Miami to continue his shameless lying games.

    GOD help America if this clueless/divisive man is ever elected to a second-year term!!!

    June 23, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  10. Name: Okari Phineas

    The republicans are just politicking. Obama inherited a disfunctional economy which he has tried to rescue. His health care policy is to help th majority. Pliz republicans shut up! It's time for work

    June 23, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  11. g

    americans like romney sent the jobs overseas,and americans set the price of health care 700 dollar,s for tylenol and you have to run around the planet to fined enemy,s

    June 23, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  12. pinklady69

    The health care industry is now the fastest growing area for jobs because of the Affordable Health Care Act. San Diego is known for its great hospital, research, rehabilittion facilites, long term care, etc. Many who once were in the defunct mortgage business have signed up in colleges and trade schools to become nurses, technicians, aids, home caregivers, researchers, billing and accounting experts in the health industry. Republicans know that and so do the Supreme Court Judges, and most being conservative to not want Obama to be responsible for job growth just like they did not want Gore to be president. Well, we saw what that decision did for the country, death, debt and destruction.

    June 23, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  13. enuff

    I am so tired of these republican congressmen saying "Obama didn't do this... and Obama didn't do that. But when these very bills come to their personal doors, they, themselves deny doing anything with them, so they try to make Obama look bad. Get off your behinds Congress! Do it for your voters! NOT FOR YOUR PARTY!

    June 23, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. Larry L

    Republican still have nothing to offer as an alternative to the law. The would have CEOs decide what level of care patients need based on profits.

    Congressman Cassidy is also playing with the poll numbers because he neglecting the percentage of Americans who believe the law fails to go far enough. Americans want almost every provision of the law except the mandatory participation requirement. Wouldn't it be great if we could wait until we're on the way to the doctor's office to get our insurance policy and then cancel after we leave? Or if it magically "turned on" right before our car accident or heart attack. We can't have all of the great provisions of the law without making the insurance pool large enough to spread the costs.

    Dr. Cassidy may know about "best practices" but that doesn't mean they are used in medicine today. Healthcare providers make more money and avoid more litigation by providing every imaginable test and service possible – regardless of the patient's real situation.

    The last big part of the equation is about preventive care. If Americans continue the trend towards obesity it will break any healthcare system with diabetes, stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, and many other related illnesses. If Republicans have their way and most environmental regulations are discarded, we can expect huge rises in cancer rates. It's our choice and the current law is a start – but need to push forward to a single-payer system.

    June 23, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. onlyfacts61

    As usual, Cassidy's statements concerning the "health law" are misleading. Please research both parties accusations before forming an opinion and casting a vote.

    June 23, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. Jeff Palermo

    Bill Cassidy is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana not Maryland.

    June 23, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. Karm99

    Republicans:

    Repeal Healthcare – Their plan, none.

    Deficit Reduction – Their plan, lower tax on the rich and increase defense spending

    Budget – Their plan, increase student loan costs and cut support for poor families.

    What a platform to run on.......

    June 23, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. NVa Native

    Listening and watching Romoney is painful. He is so out of touch with reality and how real Americans live. Such a prankster.

    June 23, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  19. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    Republicans should talk about the article in the Washington post that details the bain and romney the clowns record of sending jobs to China ,Mexico and India and showing companies how to do it will he was runing bain capital ,they were one of the originators of sending jobs out of the country for cheap labor and must have cost millions of Americans their jobs ,romney the clown is a fraud ,going down in flames in Nov with the rest of republican bafoon party bums !!!!!

    June 23, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. NVa Native

    The other day Romoney said he "spent his career in the private industry" and continued "twenty-five years in the private industry I've learned a few things". He was born into wealth, became extremely wealthy in twenty five years, and retired to pursue a second career in politics.
    But his career in politics is apparently just to serve himself and all the other very wealthy because all of the Bush policies that are the same as all of his policies only helped the very wealthy and brought destruction and loss of wealth to all but the very wealthy.

    June 23, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  21. Four more years of THIS?! NO WAY!!

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

    And 4 years later, all Obama has Stimulus Plan #25, borrow, spend, borrow, spend borrow, spend our way to.... 8.2% unemployment and climbing. Record unemployment for a record length of time, all compliments of Obama's insane Borrow and Spend our Way to Prosperity. So how has this very same approach worked for Greece, Spain, Italy and all the other debt ridden, bankrupt socialist countries in Europe? The American people know how this story ends as they see people rioting in the streets of Greece. THAT is where Obama wants to lead the country. THAT is why he MUST GO this November.

    June 23, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  22. g

    they have a thank romney day in communist china–for his help in building the middle class

    June 23, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  23. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    Read the Washington post artical on bain capital while romney the clown was in charge showing companies how to export your jobs to China ,india ,and Mexico ,and you want to vote for this bum to be president ???????

    June 23, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. Republican Loser

    Republican are going to lose in November they are failing american people. Wake up let vote these do nothing congress out of the office. Romney going to send all jobs to China and India..He going to deport latinos.
    So wake up america

    June 23, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  25. Bill from GA

    1) Cassidy says healthcare costs were driven up by Obama. Healthcare costs were going up around 40% BEFORE Obama; now it's Obama's fault.

    2) "Families should be able to make their own health care choices". Try telling that to the insurance companies, if you can afford insurance. Or even get it, if you have ever been sick.

    June 23, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
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