March 27th, 2010
11:24 AM ET
13 years ago

McConnell on health bill: 'We can do better'

Washington (CNN) - In this week's Republican Internet and radio address, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky takes on Democrats' health care legislation.

(Read McConnell's full remarks after the jump)

Republican Weekly Internet and Radio Address for March 27, 2010
Delivered by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky

“Hello. I’m Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Earlier this week, the President signed a massive health spending bill that’s been described as historic. Well, Democrats in Washington may measure history by how expensive and intrusive the bill is. But, most people outside Washington see things differently.

“In one of the most divisive legislative debates in modern history, Democrats decided to go the partisan route and blatantly ignore the will of the people. Americans opposed this legislation, and, now they’re clamoring to see it repealed and replaced.

“Democratic Leaders and White House officials may be celebrating their victory this week, but most of the rest of the country is not.

“Most people aren’t interested in celebrating a bill that makes their lives more complicated, takes more out of their paychecks and puts decisions they’re used to making themselves into the hands of federal bureaucrats.

“Most people aren’t celebrating the fact that their insurance premiums will go up. Seniors aren’t popping champagne corks at more than a half a trillion dollars in Medicare cuts. And, job creators, already struggling in a down economy, aren’t doing any cartwheels over all the mandates and new taxes they’ll have to shoulder as a result of this bill.

“We’re already seeing the economic fallout.

“Just two days after this bill became law, the John Deere Company said it will spend an extra $150 million this year alone just to comply with the new law. Illinois-based Caterpillar Corporation said it expects to take a $100 million hit.

“This is bad news for workers, and its terrible news for the broader economy. As the President himself put it during a visit to Caterpillar last year: ‘you can measure America’s bottom line by looking at Caterpillar’s bottom line.’ That was the President a year ago.

“The timing couldn’t be worse. At a moment when millions of Americans are looking for work, Democrats in Washington just voted to spend $2.6 trillion on a health care bill that will make it even harder to create private-sector jobs. The IRS sure gets a boost, though. An estimated 16,500 new workers will be needed there to enforce a brand new insurance mandate that the bill imposes on employers.

“And then there are all the unintended consequences that will inevitably result from a 2,800-page bill that sets up dozens of federal boards and a thicket of new rules and regulations — regulations that we know won’t withstand their first contact with reality.

“In fact, we’re already seeing it. Just one day after the President signed this bill into law, we got word that one of its celebrated early features — a ban on discriminating against children with pre-existing conditions — won’t immediately protect children after all.

“Another promise, requiring insurance companies to let young adults stay on their parents’ plans up to age 26, turned out to be similarly ineffective. In other words, Democrats in Congress just voted to take over one-sixth of our economy, and two of the biggest selling points they used to push it over the finish line already need fixing. Here’s a question: if they can’t get these two things right, how can we expect them to properly manage the rest of it?

“When the White House was questioned about the glitches in the bill, they said the Secretary of Human Services was on the case. They said she’d issue a new regulation to correct the problem. But this is precisely what Americans are afraid of.

“This bill hadn’t even been law for 24 hours, and already they’re proposing regulations to cover over mistakes and errors. And we haven’t even seen the last of it.

“I’m sure that soon enough, every American will be reminded of the wisdom of that old observation that ‘government is best which governs least.’

“Look, nobody is satisfied with the health care system as it is. We’ve got serious problems that need to be addressed. Costs are out of control. Too many people are being squeezed out of the market. But, the fact of the matter is, this health care bill doesn’t solve any of those problems. It uses them as an excuse to undermine the things we do best — the wide array of choices, the constant innovations in technology and treatments, and the high quality of care that people all around the world admire about the American health care system.

“Sadly, all of those things will suffer as a result of the bill the President signed this week.

“We can do better. We can expand access to people with preexisting conditions. We can keep people from being kicked off their plans. We can lower costs and premiums. We can do all of these things without undermining the things we do best and without raising taxes that kill jobs in a bad economy.

“The American people know that. That’s why they’ve been clamoring for a different approach, and that’s why Republicans are committed to repealing this bill and replacing it with common sense solutions that achieve the good things that folks on both sides want to achieve without all the nasty consequences we’re already beginning to see.

“Repeal and replace. That’s what Americans really want, and that’s something people far beyond Washington, D.C. will actually want to celebrate.

“Thanks for listening.”

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soundoff (186 Responses)
  1. JC Kansas

    "We can do better", so why haven't you? You have not even tried to date, the battle cry that you have lead on health care has been despite portions were adopted from Rebulican bills, say NO. conomic fallout, how about 8 years of uncontrlled spending by the last adminstration with a Republican stance of support the President and his spending or you are unAmerican..............oh how soon some forget.

    March 27, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. tacuache

    While you're working on the repeal of the national health care plan I'd like to see you also repealing the congressional health care plan; all in favor?

    March 27, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. Jeff Right

    Mitch, you and your party are PATHETIC!!!!!!! You obstruct at every turn... when you had power, you only helped the POWERFUL. You and your idiotic party HAVE NO INTENTION of helping the American people solve the health care challenge. You are just mad as hell that you lost the largest legislative fight in U.S. modern history. Why don't you bring up 9/11 again! I am sure you will find a way to work this into the debate again.


    OBAMA 2012 AND BEYOND!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 27, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. The Unsub

    Is that Pinocchio? Look at his mouth. He looks like a puppet.

    March 27, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. Barbara

    score.... 34 million and counting... Go President Obama

    March 27, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Larry

    So now you're speaking for "most people'?

    You're just another corrupt politician McConnell. The big problem in ?Washington.

    You'll be voted out of office on your next election. And your corrupt buddies will be right behind you.

    March 27, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. Gil

    If he can do better then why didn't he and the Party of NO go in, when invited, to share their ideas rather than stay outside and say we never got our ideas put into the Bill. They have forgotten what bi-partisan means by being Boehner zombies! Hypocrites all!

    March 27, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. Moderate

    You had your chance – you blew it! Now your worried people will find out how helpful it will be and you want in. The president asked you and all he got was a lecture. It's to late GOP this train has left the station and we are moving on to; Education, Foreclosure, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, the Environment, Nucler Disarmerment, Afganistan, Wall Street and Banking Regulations and fair and etical treatment of gays in the military. I think then we will call it a year!

    More than the GOP has done in a decade

    March 27, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  9. Charlie in Maine

    We can do better? Sure but we won't until you and the other miserable SOB's like you are the one's on un-employment. This law is as good as it gets until the red states either send us some Republicans to work with or go blue themselves.

    March 27, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. Ggood!

    Oh really Mitch? Where were you all these years when you had a majority in both houses and and a GOP President?!? Wasting the taxpayers time on really important things like Flag Burning amendments and Gay Marriage amendments, etc...(both failures,btw...) You had your chance and YOU BLEW IT!!! YAY Dems!!! Keep doing the stuff you were elected to do!!!

    March 27, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. Wes

    Out of 55 comments, I can only find 1 or 2 that favor him. It doesn't look like the 'MOST AMERICANS' he speaks of as not wanting healthcare at this site.

    March 27, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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