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. Jillie28

    Republicans find displeasure in everything....well, except sex.

    November 21, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. Jacob

    when will the GOP become useful again?

    November 21, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. max

    the irony of this guys last name has had me laughing for the last 2 hours ... well the retards in the republican't party had me crying for the chimps 8 years of misery, death, torture and greed

    November 21, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. Dylan from MN

    Republicans offer nothing, if you support republicans, God has given you a thinking brain by mistake.

    November 21, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. REG in AZ

    The Republicans are consistently being aggressive and grossly dishonest, even using bazaar and irresponsible statements, all without any conscience in their efforts to excite emotions and control public opinion. They demand total loyalty and unity from their representatives, coerced with threats and evidenced in their word-for-word repetition of their scripted messages. In it all they are belligerent and 'in your face' arrogant, which at best is disgusting. The American people should literally be offended by all of it yet many accept the subterfuge and simply use it to rationalize their predetermined positions. How very short some memories are (reference Bush-Cheney 2000-2008). What is really needed is responsible bipartisan fine-tuning of the proposals and efforts, and not poorly disguised self-focused obstructionist efforts to return to ‘more of the same', the 'same' that cost us so much and would now again promise only more benefit for Special Interests and the select few, once more paid for by the majority. That is ridiculous!

    November 21, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. chef455

    Instead of being constantly critical, the GOP should join the debate, and work to come up with a plan. It seems to me that they are against any kind of change whatsoever just for the sake of being against the Obama administration which is attacking difficult problems that need to be addressed. They have rallied around that gas bag Limbaugh and the ever so tiresome Glenn Beck in their hopes that Obama fails. I can't think of anything more un-American.

    November 21, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. Joanna in PA

    Life liberty and the pursuit of happiness GOP. LIFE.... Although private insurance company have made this very difficult with there rationing, dropping people when they do get sick and raising rates so high that it forces people out. its either put food on the table or have insurance( that may or may not be there for you, even if you never miss one payment to them) This should not be a partisan issue. Its a human issue. Engough trying to have Obama fail. Grow up and do what is right. OR DROP YOUR GOVERNMENT RUN INSURANCE. I do not want to pay for your health when mine and my families doesn't matter to you!

    November 21, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Why are these Republicans still in Washington? There is no proof of them having done anything for Americans not even saying NO to George W. Bush against the Iraq war then turn around and ask Americans to support them. That's more than enough proof of why these Republicans have got to go.

    November 21, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. Ken in NC

    GOP Senator Crap-O from I Da Ho says the Democratic Health Care Bill is not what the American people need. That's cool but if for all these years it has not been what we need, where is what we do need? Republicans had 8 years to give us what we do need and we got nothing and when Democrats take control and offer up stuff all Republicans can say is that it is not what we need and they STILL MAKE NO OFFERS. It is a shame that Republicans are a wholly owned and operated subsidiary of Big Business and The Health Care Industry while Democrats are wholly owned subsidiaries of the Legal Profession. It appears that one way or another, anytime the screws are tightened by either side, the American Middle Class is the one that gets screwed.

    November 21, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. JP

    People who don't pay taxes have nothing to lose, and everything to gain. Go ahead support it; It has nothing to do with any party.

    November 21, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Those were some Crapo comments alright.

    November 21, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. annie s

    To the person who wrote here that all our system needs is "tweaks" it's obvious you have never worked in health care and never had a serious illness. Tell you what – even though you don't care about your neighbors, I'll still say a prayer for you that you never learn firsthand how miserable our current system really is.

    November 21, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. werknman

    Crapo is right! This plan isn't what the American people need. What we need is a single payer system that cuts out the greedy health insurance firms and removes the endless flow of cash to the party of "NO" But I will settle for progress. Some stride made in the right direction. Next stop, Public Option to take effect in 2010! If we fight hard enough we can achieve this goal!!!!

    November 21, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  14. Independent

    I will ask the Republicans again this question...IF you are so concerned about getting the right health care, WHY didn't you do it when you were in control of Congress????? I'm still waiting for an answer to my question and I DON'T want any DOUBLE TALK either....

    November 21, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  15. Josh

    Of course the GOP is displeasured. Shocker! They are the Party of No after all. No solutions. No ideas. No Clue!

    November 21, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. Annie, Atlanta

    Bottom line folks, is we need health care reform. Health care costs are unsustainable, as are health insurance premiums, unless you make hundreds of thousands a year, or have good employer provided insurance. Just don't lose your job, or run your own small company. And the GOP is on the side of the insurance companies and against the people they represent. Why is that? I have three republicans (older men) representing me in congress and you would not believe their responses to my e-mails about health care. They're trying to protect the rights of insurance companies to make a profit, and they say that right out. It's obscene. And when I ask why they're doing that instead of protecting us, I don't hear back. Funny, that.

    November 21, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. Ellie

    Old, disgruntled Republicans digging in their heels once again. They have become worthless. NO SOLUTIONS of their own, just complaints.

    November 21, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. Beverly in NC

    Republicans do not want ANY healthcare reform. They have no understanding of what Americans are going through in dealing with the greedy and unethical insurance companies.

    Why are Republicans so hung up on the bill being 2000 pages long? Can none of them read or stay focused to get through it? I read it and it was no big deal. Every bill has template wording and legalese at the beginning that take up many pages. A bill this important and so full of detailed reform, cost, and benefits should be a long bill. I think the size of a bill represents the quality of the work that has been done to produce something veryy historic and worthwhile.

    I have already been watching the Senate discussions on CSPAN today and it is so typical. Democrats are presenting each section of the bill with great care and details of benefits. Republicans are not offering a single idea for how they think something might be improved – nope – every Republican is criticizing the bill, misrepresenting the facts, telling outright lies (that have already been disproved), and grandstanding. So these people have NOTHING positive or truthful to offer??

    We're not going to let the Republicans and their insurance buddies win – we are going to get the votes we need and pass healthcare reform we have been trying to pass for the People for more than 40 years.

    The People are going to win today when Democrats vote to invest in us and not pander to big business! This will be a historic win for the PEOPLE!

    November 21, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. ROB

    Don't have any solutions of their own, but they sure can gripe. It's what Republicans do best. Pathetic.

    November 21, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. Nater

    Old, disgruntled and pathetic. That's what the GOP consists of. Time to get em out!!

    November 21, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  21. Jim El Paso Tx

    Coincidence perhaps that Senator CRAPO gives a speech about the Republicans "displeasure" with this what's new there. They don't like ANYTHING. Hope it passes in the end without a single one of them A$$es voting for it!

    November 21, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  22. Jadie

    Republicans look like bullying thugs.

    November 21, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. AJ

    All conservatives are vile people who hate Americans.

    November 21, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. Eyes wide OPEN!!!

    GOP... Your goverment Health care Plan works for you ***Why are you SIR not Talking about YOUR own health care, paid by the Taxpayers

    Pass HealthCare-Now!

    November 21, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Jadie

    Now there's a pile of Crapo.

    November 21, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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