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- Most Republicans agree on at least one thing - that the health care reform legislation passed last year should be repealed - and two prominent governors are no exception.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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soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. ChumBucket

    Obamacare was the worst thought out mistake in legislative history, the bill will cost the U.S. taxpayers 17 trillion dollars over the next decade, it will bankrupt medicare in the next 7 years. and, it will (as the dems always planned) force us to give money to private insurance companies (mandatory coverage).

    Yes, this huge piece of junk bill needs to be revamped and re tooled, or just plain scrapped. there was nothing wrong with my health care before obamacare, so I'd like to just toss the whole thing out.

    Thank god the MAJORITY of Americans know what's right, and what's wrong. It's why Nov. 2nd was so historic for the Republicans. We need to return to our conservative and independent roots!

    As far as all you libtard jerks, you need to go live in one of them communist countries that you oh so much want the U.S. to become.

    November 7, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. grrace

    First, the main reason why the Healthcare Reform Act "is one of the worst pieces of legislation," accused by Pawlenty, is because of all the lame Republican Amendments that drove UP the costs. Second, the Republicans added 100's of pages in Amendments, which is why it got to be a BLOATED GOP piece of legislation. It's a manufactured GOP gripe.
    GOP drive up costs and pages and say "look, look, it's a long piece of bad legislation...."

    However, GOP can forget "repeal." Or, GOP can go ahead and waste our money usual, wasting wasting wasting our money.

    November 7, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. NotFooled

    Right, the first two initiatives of the "fiscally conservative" republicans, is to add another $700 billion to the deficit for additional tax cuts for the rich, and to eliminate health care reform – that is estimated by the CBO to actually reduce the deficit. Further proving that "fiscal conservatism" is nothing but an empty bumper sticker slogan.

    Their absolute cynicism and absolute unseriousness about this country and the economy is astounding. And to think these clowns were triumphant on election day.

    November 7, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. Bob in Pa

    Governors, state Legislatures, Citizens. Somehow I don't think Obama will listen.

    It's almost funny listening to him speak in India. Touting entrepreneurship while he has tried his best to destroy it in America.

    November 7, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. John

    Republicans know nothing. The majority of Americans didn't even VOTE in this midterm election, much less know what the heck is going on with the direction that the country is heading in. If the GOP weren't so gungho on sitting on their rich, entitled hands and doing nothing but obstructing the legislative process, maybe things would start to get better. But no. Like ol' Mitch said, the GOP's primary purpose is to get rid of Obama in 2012 instead of, you know, governing and creating legislation. Republicans are absolute jokes, and the worst thing is that the brainless, uneducated people who vote for them are those that stand to benefit most from this health care bill to begin with.

    November 7, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. Anonymous

    I agree, the Obamacare has to be repaired or replaced and they need to read the bill and cut out the bs pork. The bill had some good points but the dem's refusal to liisten to the repubs left out some good points. The real issue of high costs need to be fixed and leave medicare alone or add more to it. While they are at it they should take most of the money they send to foriegn countries and put it back in Social Security and quit stealing it.

    November 7, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. JustLilOleMe

    The MAJORITY of American's can't find their ass with both hands and written directions! The MAJORITY of American's are sheep, led by the nose by Republican's that do anything and everything to discredit a BLACK president! The MAJORITY of American's don't have a clue that "Obamacare" is going to save their asses in the long run! The MAJORITY of American's say they don't need "big government" until they have a flood or tornado or hurricane and then they run crying to the feds for MONEY!!

    November 7, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. Coconutz

    .... yawn, and we are supposed to care what these dreadful politicos think or say? I surely turned this mess off and headed over to ESPN. Come on Candy, get some interesting people on the show next time, ok?

    November 7, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. Anonymous

    What about the other half who do want health care reform??
    I guess we are not real americans!

    November 7, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. brian

    Typical repuglican. With the "Screw em I got mine" mentality. Hopefully you'll never know someone with a pre existing condition who can't get health care. Who spends 60% of their income on just medication so they can live.

    People like you disgust me.

    November 7, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. Carol

    If Congress repeals the tiny bit of health care reform achieved so far, insurance companies will be able to continue to deny health care for pre-existing conditions, and set lifetime caps. Do the American people want health care affordable/available only for the wealthy and/or employed?

    November 7, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. MikefromWV

    The majority of Americans said that what they didn't like about HCR, was that it didn't have a strong public option. If it had been included in the reform bill, a strong majority of Americans would have approved of the bill. You need to start reading more than every other line of what you read. And also, the bill will lower the federal deficit, not raise it. Get your facts right.

    November 7, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Chumbucket, weren't jobs the priority for you Teapartiers? You'll be happy to have at least Obama's health care reform after the propaganda slogans Fox news tattooed in your head will wear off!

    November 7, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  14. Anonymous

    What about the other half who want health care reform??
    I guess we don't count,only the real americans!

    November 7, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  15. biglio

    too bad the previous writer doesn't realize the senate and the presidency are still in "libtards" hands.......try repealing the healthcare reform, good luck........this not understanding of the way your government works is a typical trait of ...well, the "republitards"........
    Healthcare reform is here to stay and it's just about time we joined the rest of the civilized world, even if the majority of our house is definitely far from civilized.....

    November 7, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  16. bull54

    Everyone who is suggesting that healthcare should be repeal is saying that 30 million Americans should not have healthcare, and those without healthcare will simply practice the healthcare of going to the emergency room for care. Guess what–when they go to the emergency room for care with no insurance-guess of pay for that care–yes the people who have health insurance. So you are going to pay one way or the other!

    November 7, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. Brent

    If it's not good for corporations, then its not good for Republicans. As George Bush once stated, "many people call you the elite, I call you my base". Talking at a dinner fundraiser.

    November 7, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. Brad

    Wow ChumBucket. Your facts are so off its hilarious. 1 trillion over 10 years (not 17). Basically less than the iraq war. And btw. GOP has no ability to repeal the law. Best of luck, but no filibuster proof majority, no ability to override a presidential veto. Their attempts are merely a show for the voters and a complete waste of time.

    November 7, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. brian

    and I love how you come up with your numbers. It's like you took a dartboard and just started shooting darts at it to come up with those numbers.

    Basically if you're poor and you get sick republicans really do want you to hurry up and die.

    November 7, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. Mathilda

    ChumBucket, weren't your TeaPartiers fellows top priority Job creation and the economy? Once the propaganda slogans that FOX news has tattooed in your brain will wear off you'll be happy to have at least Obama's Heath Care to help ou out of the mess your fellows will leave this Country!

    November 7, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. Thom

    Where are the Jobs Republicans? now is not the time to distract from the real issues. What about your plans to cut social
    security? What about your plans to have tax payers fork over trillions of dollar so that you can have a tax cut, taking away
    millions from the mainstreet economy jobs. Because we sure as hell know that republicans create jobs alright. For
    OVERSEAS workers.
    I hope that voters who voted against their own interests to let these swindlers back into office, enjoys their tea.
    This "voice of the people repudiation" is just the tin foil hat voters who can't resist the reverse psychology that the Republicans use, because they aren't versed in carnival trickery like the rest of Americans are. The Republicans will soon have the curtain pulled back on them, then it will be 2008 all over again. In the meantime middle class voters who voted
    against their interest, enjoy your tea. I will see you at the $5.00 gas pumps again. Or didn't you hear that they were
    raising prices 30-35% in the coming weeks. But at least the teacups are free.

    November 7, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  22. DrFood

    The governors, representatives, senators etc. can waste time all they want. If people don't have jobs by 2012, all of those politicians can get in the unemployment line behind everyone else.

    November 7, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  23. chumbuicket2

    Nothing historic on Nov 2nd. They have a smaller majority then the Dems did before the vote. They have Fillibuster over any changes (40 votes is all). They have the presidency – THANK GOD. Republicans can't govern. THey proved that plenty of times before. People were mad is all. In two years, a change will happen again. Republitards are no different.

    November 7, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  24. hercule perott

    "Reform" is the wrong euphamism for this crappy crippling legislation designed to appeal to health care labor unions!!

    November 7, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  25. ModernMan

    At one point 77% of people wanted a public option. The people do not always get what they want. This bill is bad because it is not liberal enough.

    Health care is already rationed. It is saved for those who have the money, while other people are left to die in the streets, or not get the medications they require.

    As for "ChumBucket" posting above, there is no need to hurl insults at people who may feel differently than you on a subject. And if caring for your fellow man is a "communist" thing, you could use a little, but you are mistaking Communism for Compassion. Ensuring the government does it's civic duty to make the better welfare of the people is not communist at all. Its just health care, the ability of people to see a doctor. This bill is more trying to wrangle in the health insurance industry. If you think they care one iota about you, or even if you did pay your premium, you are mistaken. They will do all they can to bleed you dry and deny you coverage. That is undeniable fact.

    November 7, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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