November 7th, 2010
10:11 AM ET
12 years ago

Republican Governors agree- repeal health care

(CNN) - Most Republicans agree on at least one thing - that the health care reform legislation passed last year should be repealed - and two prominent governors are no exception.

"I think Obamacare is one of the worst pieces of legislation passed in the modern history of the country," Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota said on CNN's "State of the Union."

"They (the American people) understand intuitively that what this is going to do… will be rationing health care," Texas Gov. Rick Perry told Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley on the same program.

Pawlenty also addressed the future of the Republican party.

"Now we have to govern and lead and produce results. And if we don't, we'll be thrown out in two years," he said. "It's a second chance really for Republicans, not an affirmation of the great work we've done in the past. It's an open door for the future."

Pawlenty is often mentioned as a possible 2012 presidential candidate, and when asked about the crowded Republican field and his future plans he said he "didn't know for sure" what he would do.

"I'll decide early next year," Pawlenty said. "These polls don't mean much for me or any other candidate."

If he does run, he said health care reform would be a large part of his platform.

"I like people being in charge of government, not the federal government," Pawlenty said.

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Filed under: 2012 • Candy Crowley • Health care • issues • Rick Perry • Tim Pawlenty • TV-State of the Union
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  1. Marry

    Funny, for decades, the Republicans did not care at all to tackle “health care”! Then the Democrats saw that something had to be done – the Republicans had their chance to participate – but just for very selfish reasons (not to touch the industry –not wanting the Democrats/the President to score points) they did not only refuse to participate in shaping the bill – they spread misinformation on end! Now they want to “do” something? Well, what they want we know: All for the industry, nothing useful for the sick!

    November 7, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. Ted Monkman

    After 8 years of Bush I really thought that the American voting public would have smartened up. I guess not. The USA is going to hell in a handbucket, steered by the right wing nuts.

    November 7, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |

    I am most curious if they intend to do away with the things that benefit the people. The ones that do away with punishing people. One is the item that does away with the cap on money you are alotted via insurance in your life time. If you have a disease such as Cancer you can quickly deplete this fund. What about with the item that prevents them from the discrimination of those with preexisting conditions? How about the law allowing parents to insure their children until they turn 26 giving the children time to focus on college or getting into a job where they can then get their own insurance? At the same time I am completely aware that for those that do not have insurance and go to a Doctor or hospital and do not pay their bills we the tax payers end up paying for it in the end. When this happens the Doctors or hospitals are allowed to make claims on their taxes thus taking money away from the much needed items such as Education, Infrastructure, Military. Before everyone jumps on me let me say that I do agree with changing or doing away with some sections. I think this needs to be approached with an intelligent head and not a political bitterness. Act like adults not spoiled children.

    November 7, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. Scarlett75

    How important is your health? The health of a loved one that is suffering? Enough to spend 4-5 hours reading? That is less time than it takes to read the new paperback on your bedside table. If it is that important to you, then read the Affordable Care Act (search google for “Affordable Care Act” and select the pdf link from the gov’s frwebgate access site for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the amendment to those provisions from two weeks later). Read the law first (primary sources are King!) and then the government’s easy to use website at healthcare dot gov.
    After reading the law and understanding what it does for you and your loved ones (after all, who the heck cares about anyone else these days), I guarantee that you will look at anyone who says they are going to repeal it like they just said they eat roasted babies on spikes for Christmas dinner.
    Does the legislation need to be further refined? Well you tell me what legislation doesn’t need a little fine tuning to work better for all of us. Congress should always be thoughtfully and unselfishly reviewing, evaluating, and improving the law of the land – all law of the land; yes, even ACA.

    November 7, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. Patriot

    Repeal Obamacare. It is a toxic brew of whatever do-gooder "reform" that could be thought of, stuffed down the throat of the Congress and the American people, with a total disregard of who's going to pay the freight. If the geniuses in Washington thought that can issue insult after insult to business...and then pass them the bill with a tangle of regulatory "gotcha" red tape... then the day of reckoning is at hand. NOW let's see (1) What makes sense; and (2) What it costs; and (3) Who will pay for it and how. Ditto job creation. And while we're at it, close down two wars of choice that are bleeding us dry.

    November 7, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. MarshaB

    Some advice to all the Republicans who want to repeal the new health care law: pray you don't get booted out in the next election. If you do, and have a history of heart disease, cancer, or any other pre-existing condition, you'll be in the same boat as the millions of other people in this country who can't find affordable insurance.

    November 7, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. Michelle

    herewegoagain.....Do you have any idea how much $$ Obama and your precious dems have spent???? Do you realize how much our country is in deficit from the bank bailouts (which did nothing to help taxpayers in fact banks have been less than cooperating with mortgage reforms even down right deceitful in pratices)???? Do you have any clue how much average families are going to struggle even more because of the health care bill which does nothing to control premium costs or structure needed coverages that families need.??
    When will people realize that having health insurance means nothing if it doesn't cover a trip to the ER (without paying a high deductible, etc.) or cover necessary brand name drugs (many policies are going to generic only coverage). My son has to use the nebulizer..the meds for it are only brand name & are extremely expensive. There is 1 single generic available but it uses a different formula & he had a reaction to it so he can only use the brand name. His child-only policy would cover it but the group coverage we were being offered at work wasn't covering prescriptions. And now they are no longer writing child-only policies.

    November 7, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. sara

    So who are the real American's, I guess I am not because I need health care reform. So why didn't the GOP work the Dems on health care. Oh Gee I thought they did. I must be mistaken. I think this health care should be put to a vote by all American's, not just the real ones.

    November 7, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. everyone gets sick

    including the ones that are downing the obama health care plan and when you get old and have no health care bceause you got sick and your health care plan dropped you and you have no where to turn. You will not longer be able to live without regret. The soul of the country and the spirts know this. God wants us to take care of all people and thats what obama care was a start to acomplish. People are causing armagedon and they dont even relize it. we need change we need it now. we need it for all time. wake up. stop letting one sentance rile you up with out looking for the whole truth. and look at all sides no just in the cube you are in

    November 7, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. ken

    The GOP will spend the next two years trying to repeal healthcare, and will do nothing to create jobs in America. fooled me once, fooled a lot of people on Nov, 2 twice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 7, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. Geoffgio

    ChumBucket got it right. Repeal this piece of garbage. You'll never get Obooboo to compromise on his hopelessly wrongheaded plan, so get rid of it entirely. You really have to laugh at the Doug from Seattle types who simply don't comprehend that we will not be able to take care of every living creature in this nation or on this planet. Of course, if maybe all the money that went to idiotic groups like PETA or into the pocketbooks of morons like Lady Gaga could be diverted into caring for everyone, you might be onto something. But I have no right to begrudge them their assets.

    So no, dopes, we are not going to tax the rich into submission to our will. And after this well-earned victory in 2010, we on the side of reason will no longer brook the ramblings of children who try to wrestle the steering wheel of government away from their parents.

    November 7, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Would someone out there please tell me what the Republicans plan is to put people back to work because talking about the problem or Obama isn't putting people back to work.

    November 7, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. Brett from Oriskany,VA

    Its just amazing how the dumb, reality show addicted,hate loving so called Christian middle class is allowing itself to be brutally raped with no more comment than "thank you,sir"You deserve what you are getting. I just feel sorry for the ones that know there getting screwed. For instance 49% of senior citizens seemed to vote for Tea Party types, the same fiscal conservatives that are going to take away your social security snd give it to the Koch brothers.

    November 7, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. rsp

    Backto business and thinking as usual ... the Republicans still don't get it! The majority of Americans are in favor of it (over 70%) - the only gripe is that the legislation did not go far enough - a recent exit poll on election day found that only 8% of voters even thought healthcare was an issue (likewise government spending, deficit, etc. ranked only about 8% on the issue scale) - whereas around 67% said it was the economy that was there concern.

    All this political jibber-jabber comming from Republicans is simply a bit of premature ejaculation - they are totally impotent. Without securing the Senate, their control of the House is meaningless as they cannot pass one single piece of legislation without Senate approval. Look for lots more Republican huffing and puffing, whinning and political finger pointing, and a lot more wasted $$$ on trying to do the impossible - like repealing healthcare.

    November 7, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. Marry

    @ Billy/Bob117 .. For those who love an entitlement, aka socialized healthcare, take a look at how that is NOT working in the EU. The EU is goling away from govt run healhcare to private healthcare.

    Sorry Billy – you are quite ill informed about the “European” healthcare system. It is not an entitlement; it is a regular insurance paid for by every single citizen at a rate according to his/her income and with available service we Americans can only dream of. A few years ago the option of insuring healthcare privately was added – and it covers now about 4,5% of the people.
    Being so badly informed about the European system, it is no surprise that you have no idea how the finally past healthcare bill will function. Please, get informed instead just repeating the nonsense the GOP/TP tries to spread. If you knew how it works, you might even come to appreciate it!

    November 7, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. Johnny

    What about Jobs,Jobs,Jobs GOP. Once again you have broken your promise and now going after Healthcare which you cannot do anything about. What a waste of tax payers time and money. You cpmplained about the Dems not focusing on jobs and here you are doing the same thing. You are shameless....

    November 7, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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