November 21st, 2009
12:12 PM ET
13 years ago

GOP reiterates health care displeasure

WASHINGTON (CNN)– As the Senate debates the first of many important health care votes Saturday, Republican Sen. Mike Crapo reiterated his party's displeasure with the bill, in the weekly Republican radio and Web address.

"This 2,000-page bill will drive up the cost of health care insurance and medical care, not down, increase taxes by hundreds of billions of dollars, cut Medicare for senior citizens by hundreds of billions of dollars, grow the federal government by over $2.4 trillion in new spending, push the needy uninsured into a failing Medicaid system, impose a damaging unfunded mandate on our struggling states, leave millions of Americans uninsured, and establish a massive governmental intrusion into management of our health care economy," the Senator from Idaho said. "This is not true health care reform and this is not what the American people want."

Outlining the Republican plan, Crapo emphasized the importance of helping small businesses get affordable health insurance, educating Americans on how to make healthy choices, and allowing people to purchase insurance outside of their own state.

Crapo also encouraged American's to get online and read the bill for themselves.

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soundoff (175 Responses)
  1. Scot

    Sounds like Crapo to me

    November 21, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  2. gary

    No answers to any problems only fear mongering, playing to their un-intelligent base. Sure am glad to be a CANADIAN. Your pathetic.

    November 21, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. annie against biased news

    No one is saying there does not need to be health care reform but this 2000+ monstrosity is nothing more than government rationed health care. According to the constitution WE THE PEOPLE cannot be FORCED to purchase anything. It virtually eliminates seniors and the chronically ill. It forces us to use our tax dollars to murder babies. It puts the government in charge of running/ruining a massive program and they can't get small programs right. AND even worse reid and his fellow criminals are resorting to bribery to get it passed.
    AND all of these corrupt politicians are totally ignoring the wishes of the people who pay their salaries.

    November 21, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. John in Brooklyn

    "And when I say 'American people' I mean the insurance industry."

    November 21, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. Right wingnuts are the darlings of dementia

    What's in a name? More of the same GOP protection of the health insurance industry.

    November 21, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. Keith in Austin

    Any senator that votes in favor of the Reid healthcare bill today can kiss their political career goodbye re: re-election.

    November 21, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. Nick P.

    I keep hearing the 85% in this country who have insurance are happy with it. I am hear as a representative of millions telling you we are NOT HAPPY! I have seen my premium double in 5 years, my co-pays have gone up 200%, and now I have to clear $1000 deductible just to get them to pay even though i have been paying premiums up the ass! Meanwhile i have not received any extra coverage, or any better service! So stop saying we whohave it are happy with our coverage we are not! and I llok forward for this reform to go throught to cover everyone and bring down health care cost!

    November 21, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. ib

    Why can't people wake up and see these so called health care plans for what they really are– rationed medical care and tax bills. Strange that new gov. study guidelines are coming out just before the vote isn't it??? Less tests for all. Take a good look; these could be put in place under Obamacare.

    November 21, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. Tony from Michigan

    So this would mean that the GOP is going to vote to proceed to the bill so we can see you ideas put into the bill.
    Sen. Crapo must think every one falls for this line of BS. You need to proceed to the bill to debate your ideas and get them into the bill. You don't even want to take the step of debating the bill because you have no idea's that aren't preapproved by the insurance lobby.

    November 21, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. Right wingnuts are the darlings of dementia

    Now my health insurance premiums are increasing again, to pay for the insurance company bribes to the congressmen to defeat this, and also the 24 hour media blitz of fear.

    November 21, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. Right wingnuts are the darlings of dementia

    I wonder if the GOP Congressmen would be interested in giving up their positions as paid spectators, and actually engage in legitimate debate on this for the American people. For them to get paid for not doing their job represents the worst case of welfare fraud abuse.

    November 21, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. Right wingnuts are the darlings of dementia

    GOP Congressmen are a prime example of socialism, by their own definition. They take taxpayer money, and do nothing for the American People in return.

    November 21, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. Sean

    I just want to know what have the GOP done for health care when they were in control. And what is the GOP plan for getting 45 millions Americans insured?

    November 21, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. Georgia Peach

    So sad. Too bad. We will have healthcare and every registered Republican can be banned from it along with the illegals that they are sooo worried about getting coverage.

    November 21, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  15. Right wingnuts are the darlings of dementia

    The post office is more efficient than the GOP Congressmen.

    November 21, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. Bren

    This health care disaster is not supported by the majority in the country.

    The majority agree that some tweeks/changes should be made to our health care system to make it more affordable/effective for citizens--but they do NOT believe that this health care disaster is the answer.

    We do NOT need to destroy our entire health care system--or 1/6 of our economy-–just to make a few changes/tweeks to health care.

    November 21, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. Hannah

    GOP would like to see this country return to the pioneer days where there was no government, no services, no state or national parks, no regulation, no safety nets for people. Then they could continue to divert all of our tax dollars to war and making weapons, bailing out banks and funneling the money to the wealthy of the country. That is what they have been all about for 30 years now and it has brought ruin to our country. The workers of America are down on the floor and being trod upon. We need to make sure that the GOP stay the minority party forever. They are bad for America.

    November 21, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. quarterback

    I'd like to reiterate my displeasure with these no solution obstructionist corporate shills that populate the GOP (Greedy Old Politicians).

    If you want to speak, talk about solutions that will actually work.

    As I see this party deteriorate into angry old white hillbillies, I can never see myself ever voting Republican again.

    Abraham Lincoln would shoot himself before being part of this Garbage Old Party.

    November 21, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  19. R.B.

    Yes, we Americans don't know what we need, we need people like Senator Crapo to tell us. We let the GOP do our thinking for us. We are abject idiots. We prefer to have private options rip us off, opposed to having public ones do it. We're smarter than we look but dumber than we seem. We need more radical right-wing feedback with our coffee to help jumpstart our day. In the land of the free, we need the GOP to decide what is fair and balanced and keep reminding us how fair and balanced regressive, puritanical, oppressive idealogy is. We need to return to the Bush-Rove years. We all felt so valued, supported, helped.

    November 21, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. B

    Everything about THE GOP is Displeasure........ !!

    The party of ZERO

    November 21, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  21. ken

    The loudest doesn't mean they care correct.

    CNN stop spinning for the GOP. How about reporting more on the healthcare and democrats who are going to vote for the bill and how many districts can no longer afford healthcare..

    November 21, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  22. June Jorgensen

    I can't believe the Senate is havinga debate to vote on if they are going to debate on the health care or not.......come on, enough already...just get the job done and stop the fighting. stop spending our money on garbage like this;......I can not take this anymore!!!!!!!!

    November 21, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    why don't these morons shut up and try working for the good of the country?

    November 21, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  24. AndyB

    The Party of No reiterates No. After doing nothing about health care the entire time they had control they're saying no. What to worry they got theirs, including up until now their abortion coverage. The GOP are the epitome of hypocrisy and down right pathetic.

    November 21, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  25. Chris

    "Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!" – The GOP Doomsayers are at it again. Proclaiming that if we try to bring up health care in this country to half the level that it is in the rest of industrialized world it can only lead to widespread ruin. Give me a break!

    November 21, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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