July 24th, 2009
03:30 PM ET
12 years ago

GOP ratchets up health care reform debate

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/07/24/health.care.republican/art.inhofe.gi.jpg caption="Sen. James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, says his party may have enough votes to stall Democratic health care reform."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - As Democrats continue to splinter over President Obama's proposed health care reform plan, Republicans are taking the opportunity to home in on a key argument: A good bill deserves more time and deliberation.

Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Georgia, said Friday that Obama's rush to put a bill together is "totally irresponsible."

"Most of us believe that the decision as to major reform of how Americans get their health care in this country deserves at least as much time and deliberation as it would take to select a puppy to live in the White House," he said. "It took the president six months to decide how long and which puppy he was going to have. ... To expect Congress to do something on major health care reform in six days is totally irresponsible."

Sen. James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, speaking on conservative Hugh Hewitt's radio show recently, was asked about whether his party had enough votes to block health care from going forward. His answer: "I think so. I really do."

"If he is unsuccessful, which I anticipate and will predict he is, on getting a vote prior to the August recess, then I would say there's no way in the world they're going to get this done this year," he added.

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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. GOP = 21st century dodo

    OK, when a Republican says things like "Healthcare overhaul is needed" or "the current system is unacceptable" what they mean is "We're making too much money by keeping things the way they are and we don't plan to change anything."

    Don't you get it? The GOP has NEVER had ANY interest in healthcare for all. It's been blocking, stalling, and obstructing since Nixon's days.

    THE GOP WANTS TO KILL THE HEALTHCARE BILL. That's all. Just looking for political points. Nothing more.

    July 24, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. Ethan

    How is attempting an all-out full-court press to block the health care bill "ratcheting up the debate"?

    July 24, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  3. joe smith

    too bad this guy isn't as interested in the Freddie Mac report, that he was to receive, along with the President, and American people, perhaps he couls turn Robert Novak on to the subject, he was great at "outing" material..

    July 24, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  4. Arden Muller

    Sen.Inhofe: You and your entire party are a disgrace to the american public. The only people you and your entire party care about are yourselves. You represent nothing but greed and racisim. This President will not fail and we are not going to allow it.

    July 24, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  5. now is the time for all good men (and women)

    Are they ratcheting up 'debate' or 'negativism'? There is a difference. If they can bring some good solid ideas to the tables then that would be the ideal. If they just want to just stall progress then that's quite another. Reform NEEDS to occur.. the time is now. How many more people will go into the "I can't even afford health insurance" realm before something is done to help average Americans, who pay their taxes, and pay THEIR way to health insurance, but can't pay our own??

    July 24, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  6. Matt

    It's not a rush, we've been waiting for 15 years!!

    July 24, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  7. IS IT 2010 YET ??

    2010 cannot get here fast enough.

    July 24, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  8. aware

    Obama's is "totally irresponsible." He has a long term agenda of changing/destroying the USA as we Know it! 🙁

    I'm an Independent who does not trust the sham policies of the arrogant one.

    July 24, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  9. Keith A Sillsbury

    I find it incredible that the repulicans are more worried about tearring down the other parties and making someone look bad rather then fix the healthcare industry which everone knows needs to be fixed. How about helping with a solution like you were elected to do. Oh thats right, the common man doesn't slide you the big money like the big corporations do.

    July 24, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  10. Jim

    I know, lets throw a tax cut at it!!!!! The Rethug's will never learn.

    July 24, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  11. Chuck Anaheim, Ca.

    We have been talking about this as a nation since Theodore Roosevelt tried working on this issue. How much longer do you people need? Give us a break and get to work! You fool republics have NO plan at all except defeating anything Obama proposes.What a shame that your country means nothing except winning back the White House and control of congress so the stranglehold can be administered to the American people again. You guys had your turn and gave tax breaks to the rich and gave the working class in this country the shaft and two wars to pay for.

    July 24, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  12. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Inhofe wants to stall healthcare reform because he doesn't believe that poor people should get sick. He also believes that global warming is a hoax and that people road dinosaurs 3000 years ago. He's a nut job.

    July 24, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  13. Ted Tartaglia

    More wisdom from the Do Nothing Party of idiots. They would reject a proposal from God if the Democrats approved of it. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face. Oh, I forgot; they are Republicans.

    July 24, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  14. John Black Hills/SD

    What's irresponsible is the inability of representatives to work until they've accomplished their responsibility. If the job's to big and you need pictures to move ahead, I'm sure the President will have his daughters draw those for you in pretty colors.

    July 24, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  15. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    until the republican bumkins can come up with anything .they should just shut up pay attention listen and learn how honest people do it

    greed threats and fear thats all they have ..oh and sarah palin

    July 24, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  16. elizabeth Bizub

    I totally agree with Rep.Nathan Deal. To rush this heath care reform is and will be irresponsible on Obama way of thinking. I hope the rest of the party will stop take their time. When election time comes up the people will know who is in or out. And I"ll be one of them. E.J.

    July 24, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
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