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
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  1. a health economist

    @Orlando Patriot,

    Your numbers are not quite true, it's something like 56% against the reform as it was passed. You are also conveniently leaving out the fact that roughly 15% are against it because it is not liberal enough. These people you would probably qualify as those that want government to do everything for them and are, as you say, uneducated.

    August 27, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. 'Bama Grandma

    If you want to end Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment Benefits and continue to give Big Business tax breaks to ship American jobs overseas, then by all means, Vote Republican.

    If you want to deny your adult children the right to remain on their parents policies, continuing insurance company abuses by denying care and benefits while raising premiums and costs, please, Vote Republican.

    If you want the Reagan era of Trickle Down Economics and unfettered Deregulation of Big Business and Wall Street to continue, be sure to Vote Republican.

    Oh yeah, and those tax breaks for the wealthy...Vote Republican

    August 27, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. Super Dave

    As the leader of Republicans in the Senate, Mitch McConnell has absolutely nothing to show for tackling the real problems that this nation is facing. What has he done to help get this economy growing again? What solutions has he offered to reduce our dependence on foreign oil? What has he done in general? The answer is NOTHING.
    What ya mean, NOTHING ????!!! For it is written that Mitch McConnell so loved America that he gave his bestest son, Paul Ryan, to the health care debacle, so that whosoever shall believith in PR shall have eternal tax cuts-nyaaaah!!!

    August 27, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. The Other Michael in Houston

    Wow how very deceptive of you McConnell. First off, before you Repulican Jihadist start yelling liberal at me, I am a independent for one, I am also a Health Care Professional who happens to work directly with Medicare patients. Now enough about my credentials, NO Senator, millions of people will not lose their prescription drug plans as you are deceptively implying, what wil happen is that blank check with the Government signiture on it that President Bush gave to the Pharmaceutical companies, Insurance Companies etc that is called the Medicare Moderazatiopn Act , that check will not be given based on how many people you service but your outcomes, as it states in the HealthCare reform bill and the new guidelines from CMS (Medicare). Furthermore, there will still be prescription drug coverage for all Medicare eligible members, but all the companies that jumped on board between 2005 to Present who offered free medications as a way to build up membership will no longer be able to operate without cost sharing due to the cuts in the PM/PM ( per member/per month) reimbursements from Medicare. Oh and you cleverly forgot to mention that the "Doughnut hole" will be completely gone by 2012 which means peole will be able to afford their "brand name" medications throughout the whole year and not only the first 6 to 8 months out of the year.

    Second, Medicare Advantage Plans will still be here, they will no longer be reimbursed based on how many Medicare members they have signed up but, they will be reimbursed on the outcomes of that patients health. That means a lot of those companies who do nothing for the Medicare member will have to have a Comprehensive Case Management Program and Disease Management Program. They are going to have to make their doctors who are contracted with them be more proactive in preventive medicine versus the same old reactive treat and go system that America is use to i.e making sure that the Cholesteral screenings, Mammograms, Diabetics eye and foot exams are done etc. In other words no longer will you go to your doctors office and get the infamous 2 minute visit after waiting for 5 hours in the waiting room. So those companies who are in it for the money and not the care of the Medicare member will not be able to sustain profitability. Those companies who have been doing those kind of things like preventative practices, will still be there. So that will save money in the long run, lot's of it.

    Hospitals, Doctors, Pharmacies Insurance Comapnies etc hate the HealthCare Reform Bill because conditions are being created that no longer will you be able to profit from illness. So if Medicare pushes preventative measures, then the multiple hospitalizations will decrease, patients will not need so many medications or be on medications that are not indicated, patients will not need to see a doctor every month etc. So the real reason why you hate it McConnell is that the very people who fund you campaigns will loose millions.

    August 27, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. Fair is Fair

    "Really? I have not heard this. Healthcare will SAVE money, because right now, each and every tax payer pays $1100 a year for those who are uninsured, not to mention the millions of lost revenue!"

    Really??? That would come out to $330 Billion a year. Stop peddling your baseless propoganda, Mari.

    August 27, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |

    How on earth would McConnell know the truth, about anything?!? This guy lies and distorts the truth more than anyone in Washington. Wake up America, if there was law that politicians Had to Tell the Truth we would never hear from Mitch again. Wouldn't that be nice!

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    August 27, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. rich

    Speak the real truth McConnell. You have lied so much in the last 2 years. What is your program for health care. AH, you and the Republicans don't have any. You don't want the American citizens to be healthy. Just vote against all Republicans in November. They are evil and cannot be trusted.

    August 27, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. Liam

    The only people that were dumb enough to have believe it all voted for Obama. Its their mantra that if they repeat a lie enough times all their sheep will believe its true. If Obama was an investment we would be purging him from our portfolio. He has sucked the life out of our economy.

    August 27, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. 4freedom1

    Surprise! Surprise. Obama the liar strikes again

    August 27, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. Sharon Davis

    Democrates have not abandoned the health care act. Some are unhappy it didn't go further, but as a Kentuckian I find nothing McConnell says to be interesting nor accurate. Hopefully, it will stay in place until the full provisions can become law, especially pre-existing conditions removal...I am sure that people like McConell and the insurance industry will try to stop this from happening...We, as progressive individuals in this country must stay strong and supportive of the democratic agenda.

    August 27, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. 4freedom1

    America to Obama: Tell the truth.

    August 27, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. Vote for the Conservatives!!!!

    The American people will take back the country in 2012 and then all of the liberals can go back under the rocks from which they slithered.

    August 27, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  13. r ryan

    It truly is humorous to see the uninformed slights againt Obama. People look at success of a nation through personalized enternalization. No facts, just subjective, innane,jargon. Take a class in what empirical evidence means. Also take any of the media hype with a grain of salt.

    August 27, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  14. Liz the First

    And we should believe Turtlehead...why? when has any repuglican't said anything truthful about the health reform effort? these are the folks who brought us 'death panels.'

    August 27, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. Riley

    The democrats have done a great job of MESSING everything up in 2 short years. GHEESH!!!

    August 27, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |

    Here's the solution:

    DUMocRATS can pay for their own HC plan run by govt by being taxed explicitly

    REPUBS will not be taxed for it, and will find their own private insurance.

    Sounds fair to me, but NO, wait, DUMocRATS want to spend OPM (Other Peoples Money).........

    August 27, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. R

    truth is that the GOP doesn't want people to see how great the new Health Care will be compared to how it was, once all of the new law's are in place just how great it will be.

    August 27, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. r ryan

    Eric , Don't u think they would already have challenged this if it were illegal. Opinion at best.

    August 27, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  19. coach

    If you don't have anything to say just make something up. What a sad situation we are in with McConnell in a leadership position.

    August 27, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. Bird Of Prey

    Sometimes it makes me wonder if the people who make the comments on socialism have any clue what they are talking about. They hear the word form a politician or some one in the media and believe it to be Gospel. Then you have those who have not read a single paragraph of the health care reform bill but are ready to comment on the with a lack of education and understanding. It is a good thing about blog you do no have an education of have an IQ to post a comment. I have never seen more racist party as the current Republican and the Tea Party and will anything to impede any agenda of the democrats have. Not saying they are nay better in power they have all led us to a path of high unemployment, inflation and with two wars with no clear goal on what we are doing there in the Middle East. So it dose not surprise me that a member of congress would make and idiosyncratic comment about health care, he fad dumb and happy because we the tax payers pay for his health care while 43.6 million have no health insurance.

    August 27, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  21. acura2010

    How about McConnell give up his healthcare! I think not, he's behind the scene running that chewing tobacco lying lips and do not have real people best interest. Healthcare premiums continues to explode, coverages are decreasing, and the doctors continues frauding medicare.

    August 27, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. hobart

    > Super Dave When did the liberal media elite decide to start calling ObamaCare, "HealthCare"?

    It's always been called Health Care Reform .

    As to projections as to whether it will cut spending and the deficit, or not, depends on the reliability of the latest CBO numbers.

    What it will do is insure a lot of people who were uninsured previously (including all those who lost their jobs and health care under Republican rule (not to mention their homes and life savings too, but I digress), allow you to keep you kids in college on your policy, and not deny you coverage for a pre-exisitng condition.

    August 27, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  23. r ryan

    Barb maybe ask your insurance company this same question They are the ones that are reaping the profits of increased premiums. this has nohting to do with obama

    August 27, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  24. New Age Independant

    Facts on Health Care... They dont mean anything to Liberals.

    August 27, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. Eric in Manhattan

    Truth? What does McConnell know about truth?

    August 27, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
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