November 17th, 2013
10:45 AM ET
8 months 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. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    "I think there's going to be a massive taxpayer bailout needed just to deal with the impact of this health care law."

    Sort of like what the tax payers had to do when George Bush ran our economy into the ground?

    November 17, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  2. Tony

    Insurance companies don't want to keep the plans they have cancelled. Now that Obama allows them to keep the plans, they can't blame Obama for canceling the plans. Republicans are finished when people realize that they are fighting for plans

    November 17, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. Tony

    I hit "return" on my keyboard accidentally . Republicans are finished when people realize that Republicans are fighting for plans insurance companies don't want to keep.

    November 17, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. Jules

    What's your plan? Remember you will have to deal with the millions that have already gained insurance through the ACA?

    November 17, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. anonymous

    You do not "fix" a train wreck. You STOP a train wreck from happening. The disaster we are seeing and experiencing is only going to get much bigger next year and many more MILLIONS of Americans on employer plans lose their healthcare thanks to Obamacare and Obama-Democrats lies.

    I'm sure every single American, and their family, will be highly motivated to express their displeasure next November with having been lied to and deceived by Obama and the Democrats.

    It is quite ironic. Obamacare was meant to be a poison pill for our healthcare system, driving the country towards full government owned and controlled healthcare. Instead it will end up being a poison pill for Obama and the Democrats. Yes, there is some justice in this world.

    November 17, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. don in albuquerque

    Proof all you have to do to get into the GOTP is be an idiot.

    November 17, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. king

    yeah right what rabid tea partier will ever allow the repubs to use government to do nothing in this country. what dream world is these folks living in, the American people haven't all gone gullibilized. the repubs need to stop this crap, they all want to drown government in a bath tub, and any one who believe differently, have been a sleep the last 5 years. i know the repubs controls all the media outlets, and think they can tell the people anything by saying it a million times, but some of us has eyes, ear, and a mind. and we are not jumping on any raft heading down stream, give the American people some credit repubs.

    November 17, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. Amazing

    The only problem with his statement is that the GOP never started any work on the health care issues affecting this country. AHA is not perfect but it is a start. Doing nothing does not solve the problem. Look at how that strategy has worked for the U,S, Post Office!

    November 17, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain: The GOP owes our nation $24 billion

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

    Laughable coming from the group that said Iraqi oil will pay for the war which would last no more than 6 months in a country where we would be greeted as liberators. Laughable coming from the group that took the Clinton surplus and evaporated it in part by cutting taxes during wartime (NEVER DONE BEFORE IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY) and passing unfunded Medicare Part D and unfunded No Child Left Behind mandates.

    Laughable = That pretty much sums up the GOP.

    November 17, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. Gurgyl

    These idiots are totally lost. They are drunk or under drugs. Pathetic idiot that lack brain. ACA IS A LAW. PERIOD.

    November 17, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. msindependent

    ObamaCare fails to achieve its goal, for everyone to be covered. The CBO revealed that even 10 years after ObamaCare, we'll STILL have 30 million Americans Uninsured., however.

    ObamaCare is a failure all the way around. You can't defend it., and the Democrats who are defending it look foolish and tone deaf.

    November 17, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. rs

    Discussion points like fresh start show how bankrupt the GOP is- they have no plan: no plan for heath care; no plan for immigration; no budget plan; no plan for Iran; no plan for the economy; no plan for jobs. They'll complain like mad and try to make everything an issue, but in the end- nothing for America.

    All they CAN do is make each thing worse, and for some reason, that doesn't scare them at all.

    November 17, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. rs

    msindependent
    ObamaCare fails to achieve its goal, for everyone to be covered. The CBO revealed that even 10 years after ObamaCare, we'll STILL have 30 million Americans Uninsured., however.

    ObamaCare is a failure all the way around. You can't defend it., and the Democrats who are defending it look foolish and tone deaf.
    ___________________
    And the GOP's plan of doing nothing does what exactly? Who's fooling whom? The GOP wants us to forget their little $24 billion anti-American tirade of last month. Punks like Cruz ought to be in jail- not doing Boehner's job for him.

    November 17, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  14. NC

    it is republicans that have failed the American people since 2000.

    November 17, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. Tony in Maine

    In your dreams SEnator. But before you nod off – again – do you mind giving me a rational reason Republicans hate the idea of people having access to health care like they do. Please don't feed me the usual horsecrap about bankrupting the country or stealing from my kids or grandkids – save that for the tiny brained. I'm thinking the real reason is Republicans see all others as less than – not worthy.

    November 17, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  16. Filmcue

    Society in general must come to grips with the fact that health care is not and should not ever be a business for profit. Profiting on the sickness and misery of others us morally wrong. As a society, we have a responsibility to protect and help all of our members, even those who cannot afford to do it themselves. The idea that in the 21st century, people be allowed to suffer, and/or die because thry have no money is immoral and reprehensible. The current system is broken because it relies on profit to survive, therefore preventing large numbers of people from getting the care they need. So they go to emergency, the most expensive treatment on the planet, and so as a nation, the US has the most expensive health care anywhere. Penny wise, and pound foolish. How come we are always hearing about what a generous and caring country the US is, and can't even protect it's own population from sickness. It's sll about the profit, isn't if?

    November 17, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. Norma

    What have the republicans been doing for the last 5 years? "Its time to work on healthcare" really GOP?
    It's time for them to stop trying to undermine the President. The healthcare will be fine. If the people want their cancelled policies back, let them have them. They need to pray they don't get sick cuz they will be out of luck. The policies were cancelled because they didn't meet the standards, in other words they are junk policies. People will continue to pay for junk insurance, good luck to them!

    November 17, 2013 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  18. Ron L

    HELLO!!!! The existing healthcare systems WAS NOT a good healthcare system for those people who were not getting there insurance from a fairly large company!! Remember how many people went bankrupt, could not get insurance because of preexisting condition, and how many people were dropped because they had reached a lifetime limit. I just don't understand why so many interviewers do not challenge these half true statements. You don't have to be impartial when you interview a person, you need to seek the truth!!!

    November 17, 2013 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  19. Liz the First

    Every big accomplishment has a few rough moments at the start. these thugs are looking for any excuse to trash what promises to be a good thing for the American people. they have no ideas of their own other than to keep the status quo. yes, there is a better way to do this, single-payor. but Obamacare is a good step in the right direction. the rethugs are afraid it'll be good and Obama will get the credit and they can't stand it. they're pathetic traitors.

    November 17, 2013 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  20. Ari A

    "And the GOP's plan of doing nothing does what exactly?"

    Umm..it does not ruin the health care system? What an idiotic argument: Well, true we passed a huge pile of legislative poo that is causing terrible harm and pain to individuals and the nation, but hey, you Republicans had no plan!! Idiocy!

    November 17, 2013 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  21. Dave

    Why are paid hacks still trying to deflect blame on George W Bush???? He's been retired fore five years!! How lame.
    But if you have no logical argument, you can always resort to blaming Bush.

    November 17, 2013 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  22. J.V.Hodgson

    Hello all the GOP wants to repeal PPACA with what, nothing other than the old private insurer network that eventually loses the 40m uninsured or at least those of voting age in that group... now let me see Texas has 1.2m of them, you think that number has no impact, gerrymandering or not on the mid term election results if they succeed with repeal
    Had the red states taken up the Medicaid part of PPACA then much of these issues would no longer be a debate.
    You think the way to win elections is to do what this gop has done recored filibusters of bills record opposition on pure ideology of almost every Obama appointment refusing the reconciliation process on budgets and then say Obama never passed a budget t led the master class on government shutdowns and the ISSAisation of congressional oversight = never mind how to fix the problem... prove the President Obama ordered all those matters, and is QED impeachable
    The GOP have refused debate and just tried to DICTATE their ideology onto a democratic majority. Enough.
    Regards,
    Hodgson

    November 17, 2013 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  23. Dianne

    Republicans need a transfusion. Pure ice water running thru their veins.

    November 18, 2013 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  24. Marie MD

    With what? Your party doesn't have an original thought.
    Obamacare will prevail and by 2014 we can revisit your teaklans shutting down the government and affecting million of Americans then pretending they cared about those affected by their own shutdown.

    November 18, 2013 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  25. RomneyWho

    Oh, those little minks wreaking havoc in the vineyard. The political pride of destruction, they call, "Name and Blame". Where are the grown ups? You know, the common sense people, the people of wisdom and understanding. Who, instead of trying to derail something so it can crash and burn, they put their heads together to make it run better for the good of all the people. Slapping myself on the back of the neck, what am I thinking of, it's not about the people, it's about who's in charge and at the top of the crap pile . . . because of the roll down hill thing! :(

    November 18, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
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