November 22nd, 2009
01:48 PM ET
10 years ago

McConnell: Reid bill 'the wrong direction to go' on reform

Washington (CNN) – A day after his party failed to block debate on a Democratic health care reform bill, the top Republican in the Senate says the country would be better served by a more incremental approach to reforming the health care system.

“We feel that we ought to go step-by-step,” Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.

McConnell added that Republicans don’t think trying to enact comprehensive, systemic changes to the health care system is a good idea in tough economic times.

“[The Reid] bill is a job killer,” the Senate Minority Leader also told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.

McConnell added that small business owners are not likely, in his view, to hire new employees in an environment of higher taxes imposed by Democratic health care reform plans and the expiration in 2011 of tax cuts passed early during the previous administration.

“The costs of adding additional employees will be greatly exacerbated by the steps [Democrats are] taking. This is the wrong direction to go,” McConnell also told King.

Notwithstanding the unity Democrats showed on Saturday night in getting the Reid bill to the floor for debate, McConnell suggested Sunday that the Democratic caucus could fracture under pressure from voters.

“If the majority is hell-bent on ignoring the wishes of the American people, they have 60 votes in the Senate. You would think that they might be able to do this, but I believe there are a number of Democratic senators who do care what the American people think and are not interested in this sort of arrogant approach that everybody - sort of shut up and sit down, get out of the way, we know what's best for you.

“Now, we're hearing from the American people, they don't want us to pass it. So I would - you know, it's hard to handicap the ultimate outcome, whether the majority will ignore the American people or not, but they'll be heard. The American people will be heard. They'll either be heard sooner or they'll be heard later.”

soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    If the democrats were really serious about lowering healthcare and making it more accessible, they would take up TORT REFORM. Frivolous and abusive lawsuits and outrageously high rewards are the main reason healthcare is so expensive in this country. However, the ambulance-chasing trial lawyers are one of the democrats most generous and dependable contributors. So whose side do you think the corrupt democrats are going to take, that of a major contributor or that of the dumb, un-informed American voters?

    November 22, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. not alone

    wow the leader of the party of no.He has no idea the trails the poor and uninsured have to go threw getting health care and it's a shame that this party has binged on the wealth of this country only to denie health care for all on the grounds of money.For they claim to be conservite but put money wich they freely spend over the many years after they broke the contract to America.Sad days indeed when money means more the health care for all.

    November 22, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. luan isuffi

    What do those GOP morons know.Just look at 8 years of total
    incompetence of Bush and his GOP cronies.

    November 22, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. I believe

    Oh please.. The American people saw your Party's "SO-CALL" Health care reform garbage of a bill. You know you Republicans should all be ashamed of yourself.. Why don't you guys all give up your GREAT health coverage you have and step in the shoes of the regular American people and see how it is. See how much of our salary goes to the GREEDY INSURANCE CO.


    November 22, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. connie, indiana

    Hey, McConnell what is your solution?? Is it more tax breaks for corporations? HOw much have you made from these corporations, you know, health insurance and drug companies? and finally McConnell how many in your state, you know Kentucky, are on Medicaid or no insurance at all? Who has bought your vote?, or is it just to see Obama fail. How's medicare working for you, you know a government health care plan? Get out of the dark ages and start thinking about the residents of your district, you know the ones that barely elected to you..Why don't you check and see what is being cut in your state because of the economy that your reoublicans and Bush created or did all this magically start Jan21, 2009...I am so tired of back ward thinking politicans.

    November 22, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. John an Independent from NY

    McConnell is Right! This bill is garbage. It is FAR tooo expensive and it doesn;t address the basic items that would save money. Simply BAD.

    November 22, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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