August 11th, 2009
10:22 AM ET
13 years ago

Brothers spar over health care reform

(CNN) - The dinner discussion at the next Woodhouse family gathering should be spirited – if Tuesday's face off between brothers Dallas and Brad is any indication.

Dallas and Brad Woodhouse are on opposite sides of the heated debate over how to reform the nation's health care system with both brothers trying to shape public opinion on the issue.

Brad is the communications director for the Democratic National Committee, while Dallas works for Americans for Prosperity in North Carolina. The DNC, of course, is promoting President Obama's approach to health care reform, while Americans for Prosperity opposes it.

"It is simple that the president is loosing this debate," Dallas said during the debate with his brother on CNN's American Morning."You know that he is loosing this debate when people like my brother and the White House start attacking hard working tax paying citizens as mobsters, and when Nancy Pelosi calls them un-American."

"The same government that can't get water to thirsty people in a hurricane will destroy the best health care system in the world by complete government take over," Dallas added.

But Brad didn't hold back on his younger brother.

"You can't have an honest debate with folks like my brother on this issue," he said. "I mean no one has proposed, the president has been the last person to propose a government take over of health care. He said we need to build on the current system."

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  1. Neutralizer


    The federal budget has gone from surplus to deficit during the past decade.

    Fiscal year Surplus or deficit
    2000 +$236 billion

    2001 +$128 billion

    2002 -$158 billion

    2003 -$378 billion

    2004 -$413 billion

    2005 -$318 billion

    2006 -$248 billion

    2007 -$161 billion

    2008 -$459 billion

    2009* -$1,841 billion

    * Estimate
    Source: White House

    This is REALITY. Our deficit is UNSUSTAINABLE, we cannot afford socialized medicine. Deficit is 14% of our GDP. Everything is down, the only people making money are those in Congress and Senate and the Whitehouse.

    August 11, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. Kevin

    It is indeed instructive that Dallas Woodhouse resorted far more often to half-truths and outright propaganda and lies when confronted with information to the contrary of his views. He was more bombastic and immediately took the offensive with cracks like the non-existent "snitch squad." As usual, conservatives presume that to repeat lies loudly somehow transforms the lie into truth. It does not. There are principled reasons to object to the particulars of the current health reform bill in Congress, but we are not hearing that from the GOP. What we get, instead, is bullying, falsehoods, demagoguery, and ignorance to mask the inescapable fact that the Republican Party in particular, and the conservative movement in general, have offered NO reform plan of their own–zip, zilch, nada. Where are their supposedly "great" and "patriotic" ideas?

    Put up or shut up.

    August 11, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. jack in denver

    "The same government that can't get water to thirsty people in a hurricane "

    Its not sthe same government, and NEVER AGAIN will we let those people be in charge!!!!!

    August 11, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Just watched Obama at the N.H. townhall. The emeting went EXCEEDINGLY well. Everyone was very respectful of the President. Pertinent questions were asked and answered vis-a-vis: the so-called death panels, how much would the reform cost the taxpayer; how would an already taxed medicalm system absorb 46million more users et al.

    President Obama answered all questions SANS a teleprompter (thank you!), and cited examples to illustrate his responses.

    I thank God for our President. We all should.

    August 11, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. Independent Again

    Excuse me but didn't Obama state in 2007 that he wants to see a single payer system? Is that not a govt takeover?

    Didn't Barney Frank say he wanted a single payer system but could not get it right away so they were going to slowly implement it and this legislation is the start.

    I love how supporters of this seem to what to disregard what the President & other members of Congress said in the past about their true intent, and simply want to regurgitate the crap they are spewing now.

    Google Barbara Wagner. It is amazing what a state run universal healthcare did to this woman!!! They refused her medication for Lung cancer that would have prolonged her life but instead offered to pay for the medication to euthanize her!! I'm sure euthanasia was not in the Oregan legislation that allowed universal Healthcare but somehow there it is!

    Yeah I know CNN you will not post this. Goes against your agenda of full fledged member of WH press corps!

    August 11, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. AJ

    I have a simple question concerning health care . Why does Congress and Obama want to overhaul and change the entire health care system in this Country ??? Why can't we just fix the parts of it that are a problem like Insurance Companies not insuring people with pre-conditions, or allowing lawyers to file frivolous law suites or people to take their Health Insurance with them if they change jobs. These can be solved by passing direct legislation to control them. As far as people that have no insurance why can't the government just open Government sponsored Clinics located near major Hospitals.
    Since the alternative is a MAJOR tax hike on the American people to pay for a GOVERNMENT Give -away Insurance plan , what would be the difference. We don't need the Federal Government taking over another aspect of our lifes.

    August 11, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. Kathy S. Cloughn

    LISTEN PEOPLE!!! Nobody is listening, everyone is talking over each other. Those opponents of what Obama has to say simply want to sink any changes. They are selfish and should try to get a system established instead of Just a bunch of companies doing their own thing. I am lucky! I am part of a system and it is great. It is being looked at as a model...a co:op!

    Is sinking accessible abortion the REAL issue??? (We are a nation of laws and it is the law of the land.)

    August 11, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. beth

    14,000 American citizens lose their health care coverage every single DAY. There are so many tent cities filled with American citizens that cities are now just letting them be. The health care industry is excluding as many people as they can for coverage on an increasingly basis. Co-pays and prescript costs have sky-rocketed. And if you ever get a pre-existing condition – just forget it!

    If we don't reform health care now, our broken system won't cover anybody in the future.

    August 11, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. bearced

    When are we going to drop this "best healthcare system in the world" line? For the average American I believe we rank 37TH. Perhaps the wealthy have the best system in the world but there are many of us that cannot afford there system.

    August 11, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. Soledad A.

    Sorry to say, but I think President Obama is simply a liar.

    President Obama is constantly changing his position when things don't his way. I voted for him but I do not trust him any longer because of Pelosi and Reid. I have lost complete confidence in President Obama, and that saddens me a great deal!

    I only wish President Obama would tell Pelosi and Reid to take a hike because these two are hurting me big time (politically speaking).

    Thank you.

    August 11, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. Steph

    Dallas my friend "the best health care in the world?". Dont think so. Maybe for you and family, but not for all americans. In some parts of the nation people stand in lines to get free health care. So, give me a break. Its more like a third world country.

    August 11, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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