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. Isabelle, Texas

    I really hope this bill is defeated. Our economy cannot handle the spending that will take place if this bill passes and is signed into law. Things are horrible as it is, with most people I know being stretched to the limit financially, unhappy in jobs that are forcing them to work more hours for the same money (no raises), and unable to leave those jobs because there aren't any other jobs to go to.

    The national debt is nearly out of control and the dollar is falling and this bill is an insult to the American people. It is 2,000 pages and will only serve to ration care, increase costs and increase the tax burden on an already burdened American public (the tax increases will start as soon as the bill is passed).

    I can't speak for anyone else, but I can say for us, we can't afford anymore tax increases. We are already trying to cut our food bills even more than we already have and we rarely go out to eat and never for any kind of entertainment anymore. My husband is working insane hours for the same salary. If this bill passes, things will only get worse. I'm calling my Senator today and I hope others do, too, to stop this travesty.

    November 21, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. Doraine Gordon

    If we wait for the Repubicans to do anything about health care reform we will be waiting forever. The GOP has been in power alot more than the Dems but they never want to do anything about health care. When the Dems try to do anthing about it, the GOP won't help. They sit on their hands. What is wrong with that bunch? They simply don't care about the people. They all have plenty of money and good health insurance. But you know what. Their day is coming. They won't always be in Washington, may not be rich, may not have insurance of any kinf and be in failing health. They will have plenty of time to reflect back upon their good lives and wish they still had them. But it will be too late. Now is the time for them to right their wrongs. I hope they will all do the right thing!! If they don't, may God help us!!

    November 21, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. FactCheck

    How dare the DNC take food out of the mouths of insurance companies. And how dare the DNC take food out of the mouths of Blackwater, Haliburton, etc. etc.

    November 21, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. Ricky Atlanta

    all speculation from the GOP... but has anyone seen any legilation from the GOP?...NOPE!!!

    November 21, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. minnie

    Do the Republicans actually think that the Democrats and at least half of the US population want to cut medicare for seniors, drive up the cost of health care, etc., etc,. etc.? If it would indeed do all that, NO ONE would be behind it!!! The Republicans need to stop the ridiculous attempt at scare tactics and sit down and debate the things that they would like to negotiate.

    November 21, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. Death Panel Sarah

    Crap-o....appropriate name for a 'con', don't you think???

    More party of "no"!!!

    Don't they get it, the majority wants, and needs, reform!!

    November 21, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  7. Jim

    "GOP reiterates health care displeasure". Voicing displeasure is what the 'Party of No' does. Who better to spread the party's load of bull than Sen. Crapo.

    November 21, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. Joe Terrogano

    It's not what the in-the-pockets of the health insurance industry and pharmaceuticals politicians want. They had no problems spending under Bush and had absolutely no plan for health care reform. If you really think the Republicans care about you or your family, wait until you get into trouble.. While all of this exaggeration is going on health care costs are rising, except for Congress of course. After 8 years of Bush, they have little room for criticizing anyone. Hypoctires!

    November 21, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. Peter

    Crapo forgot the most important part of the Republican plan: do everything to preserve the status quo so that the medical industry and insurance companies can continue to rake in obscene profits. I'm a champion of a free market economy, but it's seems unethical to allow a business to profit on people's health (and death).

    November 21, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. Mike in Dallas

    How the heck would he know what I need? GOP = American Taliban

    November 21, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. Jim

    If I read this statement correctly, more than half his claims have been debunked. At least he didn't say "death panels"

    As an unrelated question: doesn't Crapo mean frog in french?

    November 21, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. MatthewDetroit

    Call your senators and shoot this thing down now....
    Women should really be against this bill from all walks of life...
    The bill will cut spending on all womens health issues except for abortion....
    You reall need to say no.
    There is too much spending.
    Our budget is shot.
    They are raising taxes dramatically.
    They are cutting medicare spending which is already bankrupt....
    We simply do not have the money.
    This is as if a person with a $40,000 a year job has $200,000 in current credit card debt and now they will double that....

    November 21, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. Mark

    If the Republicans cared about all americans, they would work with the Democrats. I'm sick and tired of our government not working together. The Republicans make me feel our system is flawed. The Republicans will be responsible for not getting anything done with healthcare. Now that's something to be proud of.

    November 21, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. KK

    Same old, same old from the Party of No.
    Do the American people know that this panel that gave us the mammogram recommendations was formed when Bush was in office. Now the Republicans are using it against health reform and blaming the Democrats. Check your facts people.

    November 21, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  15. Death Panel Sarah

    Their plan....Don't get sick(make healthy choices), and if you do get sick......(die quickly) I guess they should call it "the Crap-o(as in crappy) plan"!!!

    Same old republi'con' line.... it only helps the insurance industry....the insurance industry will be glad to sell insurance across state lines(for the SAME price)!!!

    Do they expect us to believe the industry will self-regulate ??? They haven't so far. What is their inticement to regulate? Do they voluntarily WANT less profits? Only a public option will keep (or try to keep) them honest!!

    November 21, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. Ren from Baltimore

    Nancy Reagan, who now supports this reform effort as well as other health iniatives (e.g., stem cell research), unfortunately outlined the Republican Party's platfrom all too well at one time: JUST SAY NO.

    Didn't work then, and it still sounds so off-key as to be offensive to the entire nation and our children's reality.

    November 21, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. Joe Sr

    The party of NO........They offer amendments and even if accepted they would NEVER vote for the bill. They will require the entire bill be read on the floor...purpose DELAY..........
    They are so in the pockets of the Health Insurance industry and they will fight hard for them rather than worry about average Americans that need help............They are truely the party of NO ideas...they introduce a bill at the last minute that actually makes the insured numbers WORSE and they say they speak for average Americans.......They speak for the rich and large insurance companies that they want to protect................PATHETIC

    November 21, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. Bpin

    It is not the GOP the liberals have to watch out for. It is themselves. They have enough power to pass this disaster on their own. The problem is they cannot get their own disfunctional party to agree. However, that will chnge as the no-debate begins. They will sweeten the pot for their outcasts that do not want to support them with great district deals that will allow kickbacks. The libs will get it passed, and don't worry when it bankrupts our country. The standard line applies. "It's Bush's fault!!!!!

    November 21, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. Henepenny

    With the help of Keith Olbermann the Msnbc network has collected almost 2 million dollars for free clinics for people with little or no health insurance. The cities that were selected were New Orleans, Kansas City, Little Rock and Las Vegas. Two of the cities have had this event already and were over crowded as long lines of people were unable to get in due too a lack of time and in the case of New Orleans there was a lack of equiptment that was lost during Katrina. While this is being planned, the Fox netwark is planning yet another tea bagger hate party to protest health care reform. Is it not ironic that the family values party is against people being able to live life due to a secure health care plan. What do Republicans feel that the cost of saving human lives should cost and what are they willing to spend? How much is mom or dad or gramma or grampa worth it they will die from no health care? What does family values party mean?

    November 21, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. valwayne

    We have 10.2% UNEMPLOYMENT, and an Ocean of corrupt spending and debt, but the Obama and the Democrats are going full steam ahead with this Obamacare nightmare. It will hit our economy like a million ton of bricks, raise unemployment to 15-20% and cost trillions upon trillions. And Lord help those on Medicare if Obama and the Democrats really cut $500 billion. Although, they never really will which means that $500 billion will just go into pile of debt. Its hard to believe that any President or Political party could be this absolutely reckless with our economy and our jobs!!!!!

    November 21, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. Richard-Arkansas

    The issue of a 2000 page bill would be moot if they didn't double space all of the stuff so comments can be made. This Congress, both R's and D's, couldn't order a ham sandwich in less than 100 pages.

    The issue is health care, not pages of the document! I am sick of hearing so-called "christians" with his/her anti-healthcare stance. Their God is Money. Just like the Chamber and those business who continue to use the ER as their health care program. Let's get something started. Health care is NOT a privilege for the rich and well-connected. There is a free clinic in Little Rock this morning and 60% of those signed up ARE EMPLOYED but don't get healthcare.

    It will be good for all those businesses that export as they compete with companies who do have government healthcare at half the cost of ours. Where are the industry leaders who ought to be leading the bandwagon on this as good for business rather than letting the Chamber mouth the GOP position?

    November 21, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. Rob

    It sounds like someone's being pressured by the insurance lobbyists. I find it amazing that this fact isn't transparent to everyone in this debate. The GOP argument has never been about protecting citizens or control government spending... it's about keeping profits large for their big business friends. Hasn't this been the MO of the Republican party since the 60's?

    November 21, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. Janis Alanis

    OK CRAPO, lets do it. I am listening. It is funny, how you EMPHASIZE the IMPORTANCE of getting affordable healthcare, but GIVE nothing towards the process. Get the LOBBYIST for Insurance companies out of your back pocket and bring the noise for change or shut the hell up. Tell you what, I will trade my insurance program with you. Mine is "don't get sick" vs. yours, which is guess what–provided by the government. Liars and thieves, that is what you are.

    November 21, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  24. Anonymous

    they have no plan!

    November 21, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  25. Rick

    The party of no is at it again.

    November 21, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
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