November 17th, 2013
10:45 AM ET
1 year ago

Republican senator: Time to start over on health care

(CNN) - Following the stormy launch of HealthCare.gov and the uproar over canceled health insurance policies, Americans would best be served by starting from scratch on health care reform, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, said Sunday.

"It's time to start over. This health care law is terribly flawed. It is broken; it has failed the American people," Barrasso, a physician, said on CNN's "State of the Union." "I think there's going to be a massive taxpayer bailout needed just to deal with the impact of this health care law."

A longtime opponent of Obamacare, Barrasso said Americans are "being hit by sticker shock" now that they're able to enroll for health insurance through the exchanges established by the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

"This is not what the American people wanted. The President did not need to destroy a good health care system to try to make a better one, but that's what we have now," he said.

After millions began receiving cancellation notices of their existing health–despite being assured by the President that the opposite would happen–President Barack Obama announced on Thursday his administration would allow insurers to extend those canceled plans for a year, even if they don't meet Obamacare requirements.

But Barrasso said the proposal is "basically a false fix" and a "political Band-Aid."

"It's not a permanent cure for the people that are being hurt by his policies. So it's time to start over with trying to get people the health care that they wanted from the beginning," he told CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley.

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soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Tony

    Offer a plan, then you can talk about starting over. I wish we could have started over on Iraq one and half month after the Iraq war had started, but we don't a TARDIS.

    November 17, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. Tony

    Sorry, I meant to say we don't have a TARDIS. The Day of the Doctor is coming!

    November 17, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    Republican Tea Partiers are against the Affordable Care Act, but exactly what are they offering as a counter proposal?

    November 17, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. Jackson in Texas

    If Obama care fails. We need to start a very good single payer plan in this country. We could pay for it with a federal sales tax.

    November 17, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. CB FL

    Where else can you have a job and make $170,000 a year and nothing of value to add to the conservation except NO.

    November 17, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. Kinard

    From this point on any talking point brought forth by any republican, at the state or federal level is a non-starter at best and to be completely ignored. There's never anything new and nothing placed before the people as an alternative to whats presently being adapted to our daily lives. Either be proactive with ideas and alternatives, or stay quiet and try to make the present system work.

    November 17, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. Gunderson

    So,
    Beware of Greeks bearing gifts. beware of Liberal's making promises they expect Conservatives to pay.

    November 17, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. Tampa Tim

    Since the republicans have nothing to offer, refuse to negotiate, and do not care about the 45 million uninsured, I don't think we should start over. Domestic terrorists of the GOP will soon be called out.

    November 17, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. vic , nashville ,tn

    OK start over what is you’re plan? Where is GOP proposal?
    We can’t stat over with out a plan , just fix it and move on

    November 17, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  10. Tampa Tim

    As a doctor, Barasso forgot the Hippocratic oath he took, and he also forgot the one he took when he was sworn in. It seems the only one he follows is the one to Grover Norquist.

    November 17, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  11. Thomas

    The GOP with no new ideas loves starting over , and over , and over , and over .

    We need the Affordable healthcare act , modifications and improvements are part of the process.

    What we need to do is start over with the way our government procurement contract system works , too many fat cats are rewarded for not delivering on there contracts . We never closed the lid on the ten thousand dollar toilet seat !

    November 17, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Well senator, if your GOP party did not decide to sit on the side lines and not parsnip attar in the healthcare debate at the time, you could have had input on the law. That was the GOPs choice, so don't try and turn the facts around in you favor now. Everybody knows it was the GOPs choice to sit on the sidelines!!!!!

    November 17, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. rs

    As soon as the GOP has a real-live plan (you know one with specific goals, measures, means and steps) we might talk. Right now all they have is "No", which really means all they really want to do is wreck the ACA (kind of like they do the economy).

    November 17, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  14. bankshotter

    oh, i get it Mr Clyburn......Barack just needed to 'splain hisself' a little better, huh? ya really think that the public would have accpeted Barack-O-Care if they had learned that they would see policies cancelled, lose their doctor and pay higher premiums, copays and see higher deductibles? really? your comments simply defy any wisdom on this issue.

    November 17, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  15. Rick

    HAHA what a moron...yeah give us the plan we wanted....a PUBLIC OPTION!!!!!!!! You Tea Bag FREAKS offered NO solutions, and coming from a doctor........wow!!!!

    November 17, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. rs

    The real problem with the GOP is this:
    They are motivated by only two things. First, imagery. They think that the American populace is drawn in by the imagery of the fresh start. The problem is that is all they do- announce the fresh start. Witness their crashing popularity. They say "restart", then pass more anti-voter laws, or one of their party minions get caught in yet another racist episode. Second, the GOP is motivated by the prospect of political gain. They don't care about the people or the problem, simply the political gain possible by exploiting the episode at had. Re: Iran. The GOP has no concrete restrictions they want levied against Iran, they just know they don't want "talk", or something not war. Same with the ACA- after voting (symbolically at $1.5 million a throw) 45 times to defund the ACA, now they claim to be upset that the web site doesn't work, or that (gasp) insurance companies cancelled policies. The GOP doesn't care about the uninsured. They just like the political hay.

    And there it is: The GOP is simply an empty party that likes playing games; no leaders; no substance.

    November 17, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. freedom

    Obama, Pelosi, and Reid should be sued, and no taxpayer funds should be allocated to fix this fraud of a law – that they rammed through – with over half the country not wanting it – they OWN IT!

    November 17, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. rs

    freedom
    Obama, Pelosi, and Reid should be sued, and no taxpayer funds should be allocated to fix this fraud of a law – that they rammed through – with over half the country not wanting it – they OWN IT!
    ________________
    I'll take Democrats and a bad "Obamacare" any day of the week over the anti-government, anti-American tinpot radicalism of the GOP. At least the Democrats are trying to make America a better place- the GOP just want a playground for the rich- one where democracy only applies to the rich and white.

    November 17, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  19. Bill

    The House voted 40 times to repeal the Obamacare trainwreck. Those were 40 exit ramp opportunities missed by every Democrat. Senator Cruz gave Democrats the last and most obvious chance to change their minds, but they refused. History will not be kind to the Democrats. They own this mess.

    November 17, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. Smacmack

    Folks, our elected officials voted for a bill that they didn't read, to prop up a POTUS who didn't know what the bill contained, and then they enforced through a website that doesn't work. Why are you all surprised this isn't working? No...I'm not a Rep, Dem, TP or any other party. Since I am not owned by a party, I feel that my opinion is more uncontaminated than many who post. So, in my opinion, Obamacare will probably survive, but only after the Left listens to the Right and some semblance of balance is put in the bill. And no, the Left was certainly not listening to the Right (who did have ideas) when the bill was crafted.

    November 17, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @Gunderson
    So,
    Beware of Greeks bearing gifts. beware of Liberal's making promises they expect Conservatives to pay.

    Actually Sir, beware of Republicans who give tax breaks to the richest people on earth and expect the poor and middle class to pay for it.

    November 17, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  22. aCriticalEye

    Had the GOP/Tea Clown offered to help with the ACA or have a plan of their own we could have worked with something. BUT THEY OFFERED NOTHING. Everything to them is a failed policy because they don't want to help.

    The GOP/Tea Clowns are hateful and obstructionist and thus MUST be eliminated !

    November 17, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  23. Kenny K

    If Republicans had offered a healthcare plan with 46 different versions they voted on 46 times, I will believe they are serious. Until then, all they have are sound bites.

    November 17, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. rs

    Smacmack
    Folks, our elected officials voted for a bill that they didn't read, to prop up a POTUS who didn't know what the bill contained, and then they enforced through a website that doesn't work. Why are you all surprised this isn't working? No...I'm not a Rep, Dem, TP or any other party. Since I am not owned by a party, I feel that my opinion is more uncontaminated than many who post. So, in my opinion, Obamacare will probably survive, but only after the Left listens to the Right and some semblance of balance is put in the bill. And no, the Left was certainly not listening to the Right (who did have ideas) when the bill was crafted
    ________________
    You may be "independent", but ill-informed. Much of the ACA is crafted around the '90s GOP Healthcare plan (as the Congressional GOP demanded during the bill's negotiations). The so-called individual mandate (that really has the GOP up in arms) is pure Newt Gingrich/Heritage Foundation boilerplate.
    No, the GOP is against the ACA only because the President is for it. As to the "no one read it" myth, spend a few minutes doing research before parroting the Right-wing drivel.

    November 17, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  25. aCriticalEye

    SMACKMAC your a blind fool, what ideas did the Tea Clowns have? HOW exactly did they try to make anyone's life better, other than their own? Their HATE was so blatant every piece of legislation was filibustered just so nothing would get accomplished. NO SIR, the GOP is a serious problem and they have to go!

    November 17, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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