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. Jack Walden

    Who needs healthcare when 34% percent Americans have Jesus as their doctor and have literary turned US into a biggest Banana Republic in the western hemisphere

    November 21, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. Scot

    As a relatively new citizen I am astounded that more is not made of the fact that all of these politicians sit there with fat pension and medical coverage PAID FOR BY YOU and would deny the same to our fellow Americans. Dont you know that this is banana republic stuff?
    Come on speak up!!!!! This is not acceptable

    November 21, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. Terry from West Texas

    Bpin wrote: "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."

    You have put your finger on a real problem, Bpin. The Democrats are not Liberal. There are a few Liberals and a few Conservatives among the Democrats. Mosty, they are a party of career politicians whose interest is not in the nation's welfare but in their own careers. These political hacks avoid controversy like the plague. They will likely sink the health care proposal by watering it down to nothing or by finding some way not to vote.

    Republicans, on the other hand, are a disciplined party. There is nothing Republicans hate more than a Republican with a conscience and the courage to stand up for what he believes in. If any Republican departs from his party's dogma in thought, word, or deed then he is drummed out of the Congress. Every Republican does as he is told, thinks as he is told to, says what he is told to say, and uses exactly the words and phrases he is commanded to use. Republicans are not concerned with the welfare of America. All they want is more power for themselves and more money for their corporate supporters. Republicans are not at all interested in government – except for who gets the contract.

    The ship of state is taking on water, boys. Man the pumps.

    November 21, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. w

    Millions of people want another entitlement and are demanding the government make somebody else pay for it. We are on a long slippery slope and picking up speed rapidly.

    November 21, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. Doug - Dallas

    We all have the opportunity to get rid of the crap being spewed by Crapo and his buddies in 2010. If we do not defeat them and elect legislators who will truly represent the people, then we deserve what we get from those who support special interests.

    November 21, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. Mickey

    Republicans are displeased with themselves. They hate themselves. They hate everything around them. This is why they find "displeasure in EVERYTHING around them. What it all boils down to is that they are actually afraid of a black man. Bi-partisanship isn't in their vocabulary.

    No ideas. No morals. No Party.

    The GOP has nothing but fear, hatred, and bigotry.

    Welcome to 21st. century Republican politics.

    November 21, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. HJA

    The RepubliNAZIS plan does nothing to reign in costs, nothing to to make insurance available, nothing to prevent denied care, nothing to stop the greed for profit by the insurance industry. It also keeps the lobby money flowing. Yep, If I were a RepubliNAZI I'd say it sounds like a great plan!

    November 21, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. Liberal4Obama

    Do Americans realize that this republican politicians who DONT want healthcare for all Americans have healthcare for themselves and their families?

    November 21, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. R Scott

    When the GOP was in control with White House and both houses of congress they had their chance to lower the deficit and cut government spending. Instead they cut taxes for the top 1% of wage earners and increased spending. Also cutting goverment oversight of the financial markets and causing this recession that we are in. Now the sore losers of the last election are the party of no and are worried about government spending. They don't want health care reform because the insurance companies and the drug companies own them. They are using every scare tactic in the books to block reform including scaring seniors about medicare which when it was enacted they were against it also so why doesn't surprise me that they are against reform. The GOP has got to stop representing companies and the richest of the country and represent everyone. The companies they represent are laying off American workers and moving to China and Mexico so how does that help the country.

    November 21, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. Kevin Seifert -- Evansville, IN

    Crapo. Now there's an appropriate name.

    November 21, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. John, New Hampshire

    Where did he come up with $2.4 trillion, when the CBO said the bill would reduce the debt?

    Even if it were $2.4, that's less than half what the Bush administration increased the national debt by with their two unnecessary wars and lack of control over the banking industry.

    Teaching American's to make healthy choices? That is just down right naive.

    At this point in time, the chances of my ever voting for a Republican again are slim to none, with slim walking out the door right now.

    Gee, I wonder where he gets his campaign money from these days.

    November 21, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. Sean

    Boy, this is a surprise- that the voted-out-of-power Republicans are too scared to even discuss health care reform. They just want the same old "insurance companies make tons of profit- and let people die" system we have in place now. I remember whe Republicans had the GUTS to talk about things important to real Americans. 80% of America wants change- the Senate must vote for HCR NOW!

    November 21, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. Ray

    I don't trust the Republicans... and I used to be one before they went "rogue" and religious / ideological / diabolical.

    November 21, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. RonR

    Maybe everyone would feel better if this new health reform plan were to be used by the goverment too!!! It's easy for Reid and Polosi to push this plan when they have and will keep their cadillac health plans. If its good enough for all of us who don't work for the goverment then it should be good enough for them. Then maybe I might support it.

    November 21, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. Harvey

    For all of you who complain about "the party of NO", are you actually suggesting that "the party of YES" to everything is better? Do you always say YES to your kids? YES to increases in your electric & water bills? YES to increases in percentage rates for your loans? How about when a peddler comes to your front door? Do you say YES to whatever he's selling? Ask yourself, is YES always better?

    November 21, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. andrewstl

    has there ever been a more appropriate name for a gop member? crapo that says it all

    November 21, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. David

    Annie, it sounds like you've been reading some biased news because everything you're saying is a lie, an amendment was included to prevent abortions with public money. Someone got you to go against the public well-being, probably exploiting your faith and lack of education in order to make the rich richer. You are being exploited.

    And to Senator Crapo, what was your price to stop caring about the common man in favor of the wealthy? Who are you to say what the American people want? We want to not be at the mercy of insurers when our lives are in danger. This reform will happen, it is time, I will not see another person die and families be ruined for lack of money.

    November 21, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  18. trecurry

    I love how all these people scream, we cant afford it! we cant afford it! you are not in office, and not privy to any sound financial information. Its not in the governments interest to bankrupt itself, and it wont. ever. Shut up, you dont know anything. Numbers are a game politicans play, when you wont listen to their words.

    November 21, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. reality check

    As a prochoice, anti-abortion person, it seems to me abortions would drop if the mother knew she would have good prenatal care and that her baby would have health care once it arrived in this rather complex world. Just maybe the best way to reduce abortions is a strong health care bill that provides total care for mothers and babies.

    November 21, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. LG

    I recently encounted a situation that lends a human face to this mess.

    A woman had finally started to dig her way out of minimum page hourly jobs when her doctor discovered a lung cancer. With no insurance and minimal savings, she had two choices:

    a. Go ahead with the surgey and then declare bankruptcy, thereby ruining her financially and leaving the hospital sitting on unpaid bills.

    b. Qualify for Medicaid by losing her job and her husband (whose income was high enough to not qualify for Medicaid but not enough for health insurance.

    So... How to the many Christian conservatives advise a person like this? She's trying to follow the American dream of success through working hard but the present system makes this an impossible dream.

    It is fundamentally stupid that so many Americans are one serious illness away from financial and personal ruin.

    November 21, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. Lori, Houston Texas

    Notice how all the big mouthed Repubs are the ones that already have TAXPAYER FUNDED health insurance? They don't care about the hard working American people who can't afford outrageous premiums and obscene co-pays (remember, the Senate Finance Committee wants insurance to pay only 65% of costs, leaving 35% as our new co-pay amount). As long as their campaign coffers get stuffed – courtesy of the American taxpayer's via Big Insurance – they will never give us any relief. As always, it's all about the cold hard cash.

    Hey Congress, I can't afford to fund YOUR healthcare anymore – I need to buy my own.

    Please send me a form to OPT OUT!

    November 21, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. Laurie

    What would make them happy???? That question is the most elusive mystery in the universe. I think we should just continue on paying exorbitant prices until we can't pay anymore and maybe that will please them. I received a letter from Blue Cross/Blue Shield the other day stating their displeasure with health reform. They should be displeased. At my company an individual paying for family health care is paying $500.50 off the top of their paycheck and our employer pays the same amount. Can't sustain their buddies in the insurance industry forever. In our state, the former CEO of the company who had one DUI during his tenure was given a multimillion dollar severance package, after BC/BS employees partied it up in the Caymen Islands. The company then proceeded to raise our rates by 26%. I did request that they never send their propaganda to me again. Stick by them GOP. Your friends and CEO'S will have us all falling over like dominos.

    November 21, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. Dean in PA

    The poor Repugnants are displeased. A bunch of spoiled, sour-grapes sore losers. I don't know what to say except maybe "Awwwwww".

    November 21, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. Florence

    How much money did we spend on just the last 2 wars?
    How much money did Bush, Dick and their war mongering cronies such as Black Water, etc. make on the war?
    How many lives Americans and others lost and left their loved ones mourning?
    How many Americans have lost their jobs, homes, businesses and livelihood after these 8 years of Bush disaster?
    How much deficit did we incur right after the surplus we had when Bush took office?
    And Republicans claim to be pro-life, pro-business!
    May be the 2000 page Healthcare reform bill is not perfect. But again nothing is perfect. We can always strive for perfection and hope to achieve it someday.
    There are two groups that are working their best to defeat the healthcare bill. The priests who are against abortion, and I wonder why? And the war mongering Republicans who wish to use all US assets to build a global empire which benefits only themselves.
    All I can say is “Republican leaders just shot the ****up and crawl under the nearest rock you can find”.

    November 21, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. DAVID G.

    Reopublicans find displeasure in everything.....except sex.

    November 21, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
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