September 26th, 2009
08:19 AM ET
12 years ago

Sen. Isakson: Dems 'wrong' on health care

WASHINGTON (CNN)– In the weekly Republican address, Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson said the Democrats’ approach to health care is "the wrong approach for our families."

"The kind of massive tax increases proposed by the Democrats is exactly the wrong approach for our families, our small businesses and our economy, especially in a recession," Isakson said.

"Republicans believe the key to reforming health care is strengthening the doctor-patient relationship by using choice and competition – rather than rationing and restrictions – to contain costs and ensure access to affordable health care," he continued.

The Democratic National Committee released the following response to Sen. Isakson's health care claims:

"It's a good thing the GOP continues to rotate messengers for their weekly address since the message certainly isn't changing. This week, GOP Senator Johnny Isakson continues to float the same debunked GOP lies and mistruths that Republican have repeated for weeks – apparently with new hope that their tired message will resonate with the American public."

Filed under: GOP weekly address • Health care
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Pam

    All of a sudden the republicans have a solution to the horrific mess they created. GIVE ME A BREAK! I truly believe the majority of Americans are not brain dead enough to trust that these morons(republicans) can achieve anything at this point.

    September 26, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. victim of republican greed

    The republicans have no plan for health care reform, other than the status quo. Over two-thirds of Americans now know that, and still they think that putting American people at risk is going to get them votes at the polls.

    September 26, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. Ronald Schwartz

    The democrats could care less about you and me,It's Ried,Pelosi and pres Obama wanting there way, Impeach the three of them and we'll
    get some good security,good health care, and good jobs back.
    the dems. are stuck in old day politics not change.

    September 26, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. LacrosseMom(stuck in moderation)

    I only have this to say:

    45,000 Americans die each year from lack of healthcare.

    IF 45, 000 Americans were dying yearly from terrorists attacks, you can bet, that the GOP would be rioting in the streets, shouting that we need to nuke the Middle-East!

    However, when 45,000 Americans DIE each year, because they do not have healthcare the GOP (who claims to be Christian & pro-life) remains on the side of Big Pharma, and the Big Insurance companies!


    September 26, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. Haily

    Seriously, what's more important? Money or good health?

    September 26, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. strangely silent the last 8 years

    Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson has nothing to say about the cumulative mess that got us to this point... put a sock in it Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson

    September 26, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. Truth Teller

    The only reason the GOP does this is because they know their constituents will believe every lie thrown at them.

    September 26, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. katiec

    Why do these inconsequental, never heard of politicians continue to get your headlines? Oh, right, they speak out against our president and health care reform. Forgot, for a moment, your bias reporting
    for anything republican.
    For a TV station that touts "news you can trust" the most of us
    realize we cannot.

    September 26, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. catmom

    It's rather difficult to strengthen the doctor patient relationship when the insurance companies stand in the middle of it. Rationing and restrictions are also currently in effect courtesy of insurance companies. They tell you what medication they will allow, what test is accepted, what treatment you can receive, what will change? And, how long do we have to wait for insurance companies to lower the cost to consumers? If that was something insurance companies wanted to do we wouldn't be talking about health care reform. Republicans have made it clear that they are not the least bit interested in changing a thing. They don't particularly care about the people without health care, they have it so forget everyone else. Or, as Cantor said, find a charity.

    September 26, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |

    More of the same right wing nonsense, spin and willful distortion from yet another Republican.


    "Republicans believe the key to reforming health care is strengthening the doctor-patient relationship by using choice and competition – rather than rationing and restrictions – to contain costs and ensure access to affordable health care," Isakson said.

    Senator, the Democrats are proposing REAL choice and competition, not you and your confused Republican Party.

    And no one is proposing rationing, sir, or anything that would lead to rationing.

    You can twist reality and try to scare people all you like with nonsense about how a public health insurance option COULD – emphasis on COULD, though it certainly won't – lead to government-run health care.

    You might even convince a few people that more give aways to the insurance industry will somehow bring costs down – WHICH IS WILL NOT – but you guys are losing the debate AND YOU KNOW IT.

    The vast majority of the American people aren't buying your tactics of FEAR and HATE anymore.

    And we're coming to hold the politicians ACCOUNTABLE to us, the American people!

    September 26, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. Bpin

    He is right. The US needs health care reform. We simply cannot afford it under the current plan. Our debt is just too high. We risk the possibility of lowering our bond status if we need to borrow more money. That is a dangerous proposition. If our bond ststus is lowered, we will no longer have the strongest economy in the world and our credit rating will slip so borrowing money will be difficult. Most US citizens do not even realize this. We MUST lower our debt so that we can protect our credit rating and be in a position to borrow money if we have an emergency and need to do so. Top, number one priority

    September 26, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. Ken in NC

    For Republicans to demostrate that things are changing, the GOP continues to rotate messengers for their weekly address since the message certainly isn't changing. This is another clear way for Republicans to show to the world how one idiot will follow another. They pass the message along from one to the other and take turns reading it in a different tone of voice so they can all say each of them has had something different to contribute.

    September 26, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. Susan, Macedon New York

    The Republicans are pathetic. They have no plan other than to continue the status quo so they can keep receiving huge contributions from the pharmaceutical and health care corporations. They've made it clear that big business is their top priority, not getting health care for millions of uninsured Americans. They couldn't care less about the welfare of their constituents; they just want to use the issue to bring down Obama. Talk about a lack of patriotism and compassion.


    September 26, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. Mike

    And further more ...blah blah blah. Now please send all Corporate contributions to the Isakson 2010 fund.

    September 26, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. Wanderer

    DEMS ‘WRONG’ on health care. It could be, so what is GOP "RIGHT' on health care? no one is certain at this point of time, but It is certain for me to believe it now that the majority of GOP believes they are always RIGHT, like those of the churchgoers who believe they are always RIGHT because they are Christians. They believe they are Christians because they believe GOD blesses only the Christians.

    September 26, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. eolufemi

    Lying republicans...I'm getting tired of these guys not offering anything productive in the way of suggestions.

    What would be great is for the people to tell their congressional members that they'd be willing to accept a 1 to 2% national sales tax which could pay for health care reform that includes a public option available to anyone that wants it. From what I hear a national sales tax of 1 or 2% would be worth around 2 trillion dollars over ten years.

    If they did that, they really could subsidize health care for most americans and bend the cost curve for medicare. Get rid of medicare advantage, increase the number of health care providers, and underprice private insurers through the public option and ALL of us would be paying less for health care than we are now. Which should go to increased income and wages.

    September 26, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  17. J.C. - Independent & Insured

    For a party for global democracy not to accept health care as a human right, what else is a human right?

    September 26, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. CAW in MD

    It's time for everybody to start holding the politicians accountable for the words that they use. Isakson claims that the Democrats are for massive tax increases, rationing, and restrictions. Okay, prove it. Lay your cards on the table and show specifically why you say these things. Let the American people examine what you have for evidence, and make up their own minds as to whether you speak truth or not.

    Republicans are perfectly entitled to their own opinions - they are NOT entitled to their own facts. Trot 'em out to support your positions, preface your comments with "in my opinion", or just shut up.

    September 26, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. Voted4HealthCare

    The Party of No plans to repeat the same old tired lies from the same old tired region where their followers are sadly gullible enough to still fall for their nonsense.

    Many Americans have learned by now the truth is just the opposite of what my xGOP says:

    • The middle class and small businesses actually received a tax cut under President Obama.

    • Rationing happens now for insurance companies' greedy profit, instead of the best possible care for patients.

    • The majority-supported public option will actually increase choice and competition for Americans.

    Health Reforms Now for our country!

    September 26, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. jules sand-perkins

    "Lies and mistruths," the DNC states?
    Republicans continue to uphold their assertions about Obama's socialistic health-care agenda with facts every time Democrats challenge us. An example is the factual explanation of the deception that prompted Rep. Wilson's admittedly rude outburst, "you lie," to the President, a shot that is still orbiting the planet loudly.
    Republicans do not want to change things that should not change, such as the freedom to succeed and the freedom to fail.

    September 26, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. demo for obama

    Like President Obama said, if you got a bill bring it on with your cost to reform this broken system. GOP put up or shut up! If you cant produce a bill with your cost go sit down and let our President do his job what he was elected for! Yall didnt object to Bush spending $$ on Iraq war, not paying for Medicare Advantage prescriptipn drug, and last his stimulus yall help pass right before he left office! I get it you dont want Obama to pass Healthcare reform so that he may fail!

    September 26, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |