August 27th, 2010
11:22 AM ET
12 years ago

McConnell: Truth catches up to Dems on health care

(CNN) - In an Op-Ed published Friday on CNN, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, says Democrats are finally abandoning the idea that the new health care law will cut spending and reduce the deficit.

Read McConnell's CNN Op-Ed

Filed under: 2010 • Health care • issues • Mitch McConnell
soundoff (134 Responses)
  1. a health economist

    Just to head off at the pass anyone complaining about their health insurance premium going up and blaming this on the Democrats health reform passing. Premiums were going up regardless of what happened because the health industry (insurers, providers, etc.) were spending huge amounts of money in ads and lobbying on both sides of the equation. This money is an expense, plain and simple. These expenses would not have occurred if the reform debate did not occur. Most business recoup increased expenses by raising prices. The health industry is no different.

    So just because event B happened after event A doesn't necessarily event A caused event B. It's not that simple.

    August 27, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Once again, this man talks politics, not reality. Less than 10% of the healthcare plan has rolled out. And, none of the cost -saving measures, so neither he or anyone else can honestly say what the long term affect will be. and what has been established hasn't even been in place for 90 days.
    Stop your politicval rhetoric Senator.

    August 27, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. Duck Fallas

    Mitch McConnell is the most pro-abortion senate minority leader in the history of the US.

    August 27, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. Orlando Patriot

    No surprise there. ObamaCare is a sham of the greatest proportion. Almost 70% of the population is STILL against this catastrophe because we KNOW this is going to cost more (not less), will be inefficient (hence the reason it will cost more), and give government MORE control over the people. The remaining 30% who STILL support this are clearly the unintelligent part of society. You know the ones who have no idea how an economy works, do not work hard to better themselves, and always want someone else to pay for their "needs". You know – the unintelligent.

    August 27, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. TOP SGT

    Thank goodness. It's about time someone made them face up to the calamity they're bringing to this country. STOP THE ILLEGALS. Quit calling them immigrants for they are simply crooks stealing from this country our tax dollars to support them.

    August 27, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. AEK

    No problem, Mitch, abandoning the Bush tax cuts to your wealthy constituents will save the working folks trillions of dollars over the next ten years. Too bad the Republicans weren't as concerned about deficits when they were illegally hiding the financing of George's little exercise in "nation building." How'd that work out for the country, buddy!

    August 27, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. jim

    The new H.C.bill is a sham.For instance ,insurance companies have to provide people with preexisting conditions .However,they are free to charge whatever rates they want. So what they do is switch levels and make it so that you can't afford the premiums and let you decide to drop coverage.This allows them to get off the hook and still comply with the new regulation.I live in Va and Anthem did this to me when i tried to get health insurance on my own when coming off Cobra.

    August 27, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. G4

    Truth is that the "pre-existing condition" clause is the only thing that helped us. No help against malpractice, no help with the physician shortage, no change in drug prices and no change in insurance prices. This was a failure for Democrats.

    August 27, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. Barry

    Only a complete idiot would have thought it would could spending and lower the deficit.

    August 27, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. Poser

    McConnell is lying and hoping people won't fact check what he's saying. The GOP has nothing other than to keep telling lies over and over until people believe them as truth. It's very sad.

    August 27, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  11. Laverne

    Mr. Turtle look alike, it is not just about cutting spending and reducing the deficit, which it does do. It is also about people having access to reasonable and affordable healthcare. I know that's hard for you to comprehend since you have that good ole Government Health Insurance that is no good and will rashin your healthcare????

    August 27, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  12. Fed Up

    Well, duh!!! Anyone with a brain knew that while the President and Congress were lying to us. If you give an insurance company unlimited liability, the costs are going up. Simple supply side economics. Oops. I forgot this administratin has no experience with ANY type of economics. Vote 'em in. Vote 'em out.

    August 27, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  13. gt

    as good ole rev, wright says " the chickens are coming home to roost" the medical bill ,,,,lies.... stimulus bill... ,, more lies,, job bill,,, more lies... pelosi and reid ,, are telma and louise... and they are driving this country economy off the cliff....

    August 27, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. stevegee

    All across the country, people are angry with what Obama and the Democrats have shoved down our throats like Cod Liver Oil - take your Socialist medicine, it'll be good for you.

    We The People reject ObamaCare and the rest of their liberal agenda, so we're anti-Democrat and we're going to replace them with new conservatives - people who will reform the federal leviathan.

    In November, there will be a landslide victory for conservatives and Republicans the likes this country has never seen. And then, Obama will nothing more than a lame-duck mistake, who can then spend the remainder of his term golfing and vacationing.

    Wake up people! Vote American, vote Republican.

    August 27, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. Tony 140

    Who would have "thunk" it? Wasn't the MAIN PURPOSE to lower costs? I guess that Nancy Pelosi is getting her wish – we are finally getting to understand the health care bill now that it was jammed down our throats. Just wait until we read further and learn about rationing and, who knows, maybe even "death" panels.................

    August 27, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  16. Ranwar

    Not suprising! I guess this is Obama fault too!

    August 27, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    Funny, none of this would be a problem if we had single-payer non-profit healthcare like every other "civilized" country on the planet. Even the CBO seems to think so. Have a nice day!

    August 27, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  18. anthony

    But people who NEED health care will be able to get health care. And the Right complains about spending? I guess its okay to spend in all the places that do not benefit society and takes lives (2 WARS) and not okay when its to help people in general get healthy. Dear politicians and certain parts of society... you disgust me.

    August 27, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. Uncle Snerdly

    This old clown wouldnt know the truth if it woke him up,hahaha

    August 27, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  20. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    The Dems aren't abandoning the idea that the new health care law will cut spending and reduce the deficit, they never had it in the first place. It was a lie, right up there with the "weapons of mass destruction" whopper Bush tried to sell, from the beginning.

    Politicians lie and always have. The only difference is that now they don't even try very hard to conceal it. Tell a lie and get people to believe it just long enough to put one over on them. If it's subsequently proven to be a lie, don't worry about it–idiot Americans will be outraged for a few days, then line up to eagerly swallow the next whopper.

    August 27, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  21. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    That's one thing the [R]s will not have to worry about. The [R] party abandoned the truth back in the 1980s. Now, the rightwing is running around like so many demented drama queens that the truth will never catch up with them.

    August 27, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. Jim

    Really, Mr. McConnell? How is it that people are seeing these supposed cuts when the bill hasn't even taken effect yet? Oh, wait, it's OK to make stuff up to try and make the Dems look bad. Don't look now, Mitch, but your lies are going to come home to roost.

    August 27, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  23. Phil

    The new health care laws weren't meant to cut spending or reduce the deficit. It was designed to get everyone healthcare.

    Where's the confusion with that? Oh, right, the GOPers are confused. I know that the GOP have problems understanding anyone wanting to help Americans since all the GOP wants to do is help themselves, but this is really not a difficult concept to understand.

    August 27, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  24. Jeff from Chicago

    of course it won't cut spending or reduce the deficit.

    What idiot thought that?

    August 27, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  25. Linny from WV

    I guess he didn't get the newly released memo from the Congressional Budget Office that says the exact opposite. Oh wait, he probably did... but honesty and the Republican aggenda seldom coincide.

    August 27, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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