July 25th, 2009
10:58 AM ET
13 years ago

GOP: Dems' health care reform plan 'a prescription for disaster'

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Amid increasing signs of disunity on health care reform within Democratic ranks, Republicans used their weekly address to hammer home their criticisms of the Democrats’ reform plan.

Related: House Democrats spliter over health care

“It’s a prescription for disaster,” Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington said in Saturday’s Republican address.

Pointing to a recent analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, Rodgers also highlighted the projected costs of the Democrats’ plan. The “proposal will drive health care costs higher than ever,” the congresswoman said.

And, Rodgers said, the Democratic plan will hurt small businesses and cost millions of jobs. Citing the National Federal of Independent Business, Rodgers said passing the Democrats’ health care reform plan could “destroy” a million small business jobs.

“Because of these extraordinary costs to families, small businesses, and future generations, alarm bells are sounding across the country,” the congresswoman said.

Related: GOP ratchets up health care debate

After touting the Republican’s own plan, Rodgers said, “[i]n the end, our real goal isn’t just to have medical coverage, but to have healthy families.”

In his own weekly address, also out Saturday, President Obama focuses on how the Democrats’ health care reform plan will benefit small businesses.

Updated: 12:13 p.m.

Filed under: GOP • Health care
soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. judesuper

    Recipe for who's disaster? Yours? The GOPer's are not relevant now. Imagine when we finally get health care. That is if the dems don't cave, per usual. Then it will be the dems super majority for decades. Good, see ya' do nothings!

    July 25, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. tonyt

    Never Give Up. on health care reform.

    Total Cost of Wars Since 2001
    $890,691,707,898 and counting,

    July 25, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. sam kohen

    The only thing they did during their term from 2000 – 2008 was an attempt to destroy the Childrens Health Care (SCHIP). What else can they do.

    July 25, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. nate

    when you don't have the enough money to support the health care, how could you offer free health care?? This is a prescrition for disaster!!

    July 25, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. nate

    GOP doesn't have enough votes to block this plan, why dumbcrats still blame them?

    July 25, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. guy

    Blue Dogs Dems and Republican better give up they health insurance, the one WE provide with our tax money.

    They are shameless crooks

    July 25, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. Robert, Miami, FL

    Another Republican predicting "disaster".

    I sure miss Ronald Reagan. At least he was an optimist. He had it figured out that America is big enough and inclusive enough to get difficult things done.

    July 25, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  8. down in the middle

    Let's admit it, congress (both R's & D's) hate the average American! They'll take our money & the insurance companies bribe money also!

    July 25, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  9. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Among other things that will "hurt small business and cost millions of jobs" according to the GOP: Exploring alternative energy options, raising fuel emission standards, reducing harmful environmental impact, equal pay for women and minorities, raising taxes on the extremely wealthy, attempting to get international corporations to pay their fair share of taxes and just about anything remotely to do with improving the quality of the lives of Americans. This is not a rant; everything I wrote is true. How can anyone take the GOP seriously?

    July 25, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. Holly

    Nice soundbite. Unfortunately meaningless soundbites are the only the GOP has going for them in this debate.. When it comes to substance, they are dead wrong.

    July 25, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. Reinstate Darwinism

    When did CNN become "Home fo the bleeding heart liberals?"

    July 25, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. God bless America

    Let's make change happen, Mr.President.

    With a mother who has no health insurance and a precondition illness, I am not afraid to move forward. The GOP's fearmongering words do not scare me. Let love for our loved ones give us all courage to move ahead.


    July 25, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  13. Marry

    Mrs. McMorris Rodgers would only have to take a look across the border into Canada and study how a good health care system can work. Listening to the lies of the GOP is sickening. Only a good healthcare reform, which takes on the insurance industry and many other special interest groups, can help with that often deathly disease the GOP spreads – by telling lies, not caring, and trying to keep the status quo. Reforming the healthcare system is not a Republican, Independence or Democratic effort – it is an urgent and bold American effort!

    July 25, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  14. Hammerer

    How does Obama's Healthcare reform bill propose to euthanize the elderly? Have they allowed money for gas chambers or will they just let them suffer.
    Is this another project to create jobs for ALCORN?

    July 25, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    question to this idiot woman / how can competition cause higher prices?
    didn't they learn from the election most people aren't listening to the lies anymore. every one of these people should be fired . they are just a group of sheep doing the biding of big business and insurance . they don't work for the people anymore . like a bunch of sissy ass wipes . I shake my head in total awwwwhhh

    July 25, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    I have a solution to the current Health Care impasse.

    Let all the members of Congress who object to the idea of reform, give up their tax-paid coverage until Health Care reform is passed. Let's see how they like it.

    July 25, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. Blue Dog Dem

    I must agree with the republicans this time. The Obama Administration and liberal dems have it all wrong in terms of health care.

    July 25, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. Rod

    I wish I had health care but at a cost of $500 per month for a single person, I just cannot afford it.

    July 25, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. Patrick

    So, it seems like people hate the GOP because they have yet to offer an alternate plan to health reform. However, I ask you this, will it be better for our country if we take time to craft a bill that will save the country money and provide better health care instead of rushing it through like the stimulus (much good that did), like the GOP and Blue Dog Dems want, or should we just succumb to another massive liberal (obama) bill that will send the country further into debt (which we have to pay for) just because people want health care now? Its a simple question.

    July 25, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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