March 17th, 2010
09:05 AM ET
13 years ago

GOP governors go on health care offensive

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="The Republican Governors Association on Wednesday launched a new Web site to oppose health care reform legislation."]Washington (CNN) - The Republican Governors Association inserted itself into the health care debate Wednesday, launching an on-line effort to rally opposition to the reform legislation that Congress is expected to vote on later this week.

The RGA is spending "six figures" to pay for on-line ads and has launched a Web site as closing arguments are made on President Obama's top domestic priority. GOP governors argue that the health care reform legislation advocated by President Obama and Congressional Democrats imposes an unfunded mandate upon the states. Instead, the RGA is promoting "lawsuit liability reform" as a better way to help lower health care costs. Ten Democratic governors and candidates are singled out with their own 30 second videos clips that are posted on the RGA's new Web site.

Separately, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour posted a video to his YouTube channel Tuesday in which he spent nearly four minutes criticizing the Democratic health care proposal.

"I am urging you and all of my friends to contact your representatives in Congress ask them to vote against this irresponsible legislation," said Barbour, chairman of the RGA and a potential 2012 presidential candidate. "It would only result in higher taxes in both the state and federal level increase costs for health insurance and ultimately worse quality care."

Update: In a statement to CNN, a spokesperson for the Democratic Governors Association said, ""We would like to congratulate the RGA on their political strategy of influencing possibly dozens of already decided voters nationally. We quake in anticipation of their coming T-shirt blitz."

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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. a health economist

    You have to love political spin put on things. There is no mandate, that would be illegal. The bill will impose a tax on everyone, which is perfectly within Congresses authority to do. However, those that have health insurance will be exempt from this tax.

    March 17, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  2. chuck

    The $upreme court has opened the flood gates for corporate money to give our government to the highest bidder.

    Thank you $upreme court members, you will go down in history for destroying this country.

    March 17, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  3. Jilli

    Boy, what a surprise, REPUBLICAN governors slamming health care.

    It's just white noise.

    March 17, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. Becky

    Why is money more important to Republicans than people's lives?

    .We can print more money since it doesnt really even exsist...You cannot print more lives.

    March 17, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    We need for all patriots, to oppose this bill, and to especially oppose the attempt to circumvent the legislative process, to pass this bill.

    We don't need dictators, in our government.

    March 17, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  6. Pel

    Poor Gov Barbour, he is trying to charge up the republican right, however, they used all their juice with their grandstanding last summer against the health care bill. The demos are on the march and there will be a health care bill.

    March 17, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  7. proud mother and sister of a soldier

    I do hope voters are paying close attention to their elected officials and how they vote. They certainly are not listening to the majority who wants reform but not this agenda. As one politicians was reported as saying yesterday..."they know what is best for the people and we will be happy when all is said and done". They think they are gods and we are idiots! Who lives in the real world here????

    March 17, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  8. J

    Once again, Republicans are trying to pick and choose what federal money they want to take for the States and what they want to leave to the private sector. The insurance industry is a boondoggle for most states and that is why there is such strong opposition to health care reform. The fact is that the most affected sector will be the fat cat insurance companies (like AIG - remember them???) who will be unable to pocket profits and actually will have to pay for health care for their insureds. Republican lawmakers want federal money for roads, defense contracts, military bases, police and fire, education, environmental protection, tax breaks and farm subsidies, but are unwilling to put money into health care, claiming it will force the states into spending money. Hypocrites, all.

    March 17, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  9. Doug,lib jersey

    I would just look at what the libs have done to the young children in the most liberal cities in our nation, how they have no respect for others or their own lives, and ask if we can really trust such evil, hate-filled people to run health care in this country. Think about that child who was beaten to death in Chicago by a mob of kids with sticks, this is an example of what Democrat leadership leads to.

    March 17, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  10. Torch

    "Deem and Pass"

    I have said in the past that the Democrat Party is nothing short of organized crime aka the Mafia posing as a political party.

    So now it's "deem and pass" meaning, Queen Nancy don't have the votes.

    I'm waiting today for Obama to come out and say that he's now elevated himself to Dictator and has shut down Congress and the Courts.

    Brit Hume on Fox probably said what the real motivation is:

    "The Dems believe that if they can get this passed, regardless of the political fallout, that in a few years THEY (not me) will look at this as one of the greatest legislative achievements of all time"

    in other words.......Liberals are all going to get together and have an orgy and pat themselves on the back and tell each other how wonderful they are. I'm sure perverted sex will soon follow.

    Meanwhile, YOU and I are stuck with higher taxes, less options, rationed care and most certainly a serious lack of doctors in this country.

    March 17, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  11. james

    go governors we need someone too look out for us middle class and upper middle class, we have no desire to pay for health care insurance for lower class citizens, most all companies offer insurance at a very affordable rate , mine for instance, my insurance cost me 96.00 twice a month to cover me, my wife , and daughter, with 3,000,000 in insurance , with a 15.00 co-pay for a doctor visit , and walmart has 4.00 medications all this seems very reasonable in cost , the ones who can not get insurance for the most part are the un-employed ,to that i say get a job. .. why should the tax-payer foot the bill for those less willing to work , or those who choose the wrong job in the first place , i would never accept a job offer that did not include health benefits , i feel it's my job as a father and husband to provide this for my family , i do not feel it's the job of the american people to support me with their hard earned money !!!!!!!!

    March 17, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  12. rochenel Marc

    I uderstand your weakness and repct opinion about the health care reform,look we spent trillion dollars in Iraq,trillion in afgm why you oppose the health care reform. This is irrespossible

    March 17, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  13. Nathan

    I hope this bill passes soon so the President can start working on other things.

    March 17, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  14. The Other Michael in Houston

    When will you Republicans learn that no matter how much money you spend, you tactics and lies will not work any longer. We had an awakening and an enlightenment in America, we took the country back from the Republican Jihadist. You will never get it back. Besides, spend your money Republican party on coming up with a viable alternative. Oh I forgot, no ideas equals no results. Bye Bye Republican Jihadist

    March 17, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  15. Repubhypocrites

    VOTE NO to Republican Obstructionists! You are all hypocrites. You claim religion but you are greedy, selfish. You claim to be pro-life yet YOU LIE! about wars getting soldiers killed and wont help in anyway to reform healthcare where people are dying 45,000 per year for lack of healthcare. May God help your greedy souls.

    March 17, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  16. Time to Waterboard the Republicans

    This is another stall and scare tactic to keep people confused and ignorant about their own health care or lack thereof. The GOP is fighting with everything they've got to prevent health care refom from becoming law. They want to protect the top 1% of the wealthiest Americans (their constituency) in order to preserve the status quo. That means that the rich, well connected upper class continues to thrive off the bottom-feeders – the middle class, who are left with nothing except a lack of health care.

    These GOP prick bastard retards should be wearing concrete shoes at the bottom of the Detroit river.

    In Jesus name, AMEN.

    March 17, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  17. cspurgeon

    Just think if we pooled all the money spent by both sides to politicise this issue could be collected and put into deficit or schools or something to help their citizens...

    March 17, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  18. th

    They would be singing a different tune if they all weren't getting their pockets lined by the health care industry. They would be all for it if they didn't insurance.

    March 17, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  19. Brink

    More constructive input from the cynical self-serving GOP. You have to love a party that puts itself above the nation and the people that it is supposed to serve. Remember these antics when you cast your ballot in November.

    March 17, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. FL

    The gloves need to come off. the american people do not want this health care bill period. Something this wide reacing needs to be put to a vote by the american people. oboma needs to be taken out of office now . His actions have been a slap in the face of the american working class. The time is coming for a stand and it is the poor who will pay the biggest price. The people paying the taxes and putting money into the economy have spoken and this clown has ignored us. What will he do when we close our wallets? Oboma is a clown that should be working for us but he thinks he is a king. Oh how far this idiot will fall.

    March 17, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  21. rdepontb


    We loved you during Hee Haw's heyday. But you are seriously out of touch, and so desperately out of ideas. Your time has come and gone, and your participation here does no one any good, not your, your state, your nation. Time to step back.

    In reality, even your wildest Republican cohorts have to agree that _no_ bill has ever been perfect, and no bill has ever remained in that initially imperfect state. The health care crisis is a living crisis, and will need tending to for some many years. Such will be the demands of our changing demographics, health technologies, and economy. That's about all there is to say about it. No Hee Haw skits here, please, sir.

    March 17, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  22. GL

    I wish people would realize this is a class issue. Republicans are upset because the new president is for the majority... middle class & lower class while they are still with the good ole boy network. you scratch my back I'll scratch yours.
    Guess who comes to the republicans house for dinner the insurance company CEO's. Come on people Get a grip!

    They don't care about health care they care about "MONEY"

    March 17, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  23. L for Legend

    They continue to look like fools. How wrong they are in thinking that they will prevail at the polls in 2010 and 2012. republicans, the equivalent of terrorist.

    March 17, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  24. Marc

    "I am urging you and all of my friends to contact your representatives in Congress ask them to vote against this irresponsible legislation," said Barbour, chairman of the RGA and a potential 2012 presidential candidate. "It would only result in higher taxes in both the state and federal level increase costs for health insurance and ultimately worse quality care."

    For the love of... ! It's starting to become a teological debate! Faith doesn't base itself in facts/reason but in beliefs. And thesae guys DO belief in what they say (or at least they pretend to)!

    But let's say it, again:

    March 17, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  25. ProfBill

    Close to 50,000 people DIE every year due to lack of health care; bankruptcies/foreclosures are epidemic due to MEDICAL expenses; thousands of people are losing their health insurance DAILY and health insurance companies are demanding DOUBLE digit increases in premiums! When does the Republican stance of "NO/NEVER" go from being "the loyal opposition" to.....TREASON?

    March 17, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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