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- Most Republicans agree on at least one thing - that the health care reform legislation passed last year should be repealed - and two prominent governors are no exception.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

    Mike Crapo asked the CBO how much we would SAVE if we repealed the healthcare legislation. The CBO replied that the national debt would INCREASE by $455 billion!

    Secondly, the healthcare legislation as enacted currently SAVES $30 billion of the national debt according to the CBO. To repeal this law would be to balloon the debt. We can see what these Republicans are all about. They apparently do not care about budgets and deficits like they are pretending to.

    Why didn't CNN mention any of this information in their story? I don't know.

    November 7, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  2. SBinF

    Yes, Chumbucket,

    Good luck repealing legislation with your majority in the house and minority in the Senate. Lolol. Obama ran on a platform that he was going to overhaul healthcare, won in a landslide, and lived up to his campaign promise. Gee, he's really a terrible guy for doing what he said he would do! The bill is law, it barely passed, and will be more difficult to repeal. You and I are quite lucky to have health insurance. Unfortunately, millions of Americans do not. I suspect if you were worried about medical care, you might be singing a different tune.

    November 7, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. Ultraman

    Numerous polls showed that at least 60% of the people wanted a single payer system, like a Medicare buy in. The Healthcare bill is unpopular because it didnt go far enough. The vast majority of Americans want real reform, not this watered down Republicanized version of Healthcare reform.

    November 7, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. Jason

    ChumBucket, Maybe I missed the boat, or am just slow but love your expression "libtard". We need more of these to combat the derogatory expression used against the true patriots of our country the Tea Party. I get so sick of hearing liberal use the expression teabagger. It is like they are saying that they hate this country and those who believe in the principals of our founding fathers and the constitution. I am a conservative republican and hope that our republican leaders get the hint and aren't giving us lip service. We need true conservative leadership that creates jobs (i.e., is business friendly) and lowers the taxes of the American people. Obamacare needs to be stopped now. Repeal it, defund it, do what ever it takes.

    November 7, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. Robert

    The funny thing about Republicans........... they give a damm about you idiots "little man the common man" they are going to do what they have traditionally done in the past stick it to you for the sake of big business and your stupid enough time and time again to fall for it. Why don't you call this what it actually is........... you and yours cannot stand the President for one singular reason RACE.........but the good thing is you will reap what you sow 'cause the same thing that makes you laugh now will make you cry just wait.

    November 7, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. johnrj08

    That's great. Crowley picks a Republican governor who wants to run for president and a Republican governor who likes the idea of secession from the Union to talk about President Obama's health care reform. How edifying. Perry thinks citizens know "intuitively" how bad the bill was, which means they're relying on no facts to judge it. Repeat the Big Lie often enough and enough people will begin to think the lie is the truth. By the way, "Obamacare" will extend the solvency of Medicare by nearly a decade and reduce the deficit by over $100 billion over that period of time. The misinformation about this bill is breath-taking and I'm sure the majority of it comes from FOX News and governors like these two. During the reform debate, polls indicated that the vast majority of Americans supported reform and that 50% of Republican voters supported the public option. The public option, which would have given people a more affordable alternative to the major health insurers, was killed in committee by Republicans. The existing bill is not perfect and everyone, including the President, has said that it needs to be improved. The problem is that Republicans in Congress are blocking any attempt to make those improvements because they want the reform to fail.

    November 7, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. CJ

    I'm one American citizen that does not want Obama care repealed. I'm all for making it better... enhance what works and fix what doesn't. If it gets repealed entirely (which it won't) what will the GOP replace it with? More tax deductions for HRCA accounts? They have zero interest in healthcare unless they can use it to advance their ideology.

    November 7, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. giniajim

    ChumBucket is aptly named. Somehow all these arguments against health care reform come down to one syllogism: the health of Americans is not important. The Repugs yap about repeal and replace (*much* more of the former than the latter). I'll hold my breath on a replacement.

    November 7, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  9. Kevin

    I agree, the healthcare reform bill needs to be reworked, repealed, whatever. But the Replucians and Tea Party better have a better pan for healthcare in this country and can guarantee lower healthcare costs, taxes and that nobody can be denied healthcare insurance regardless of their physical or mental condition(s). Whatever becomes of this, it must not benefit the insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and hospitals in an unfair way that will break the banks of many Americans who need and want healthcare coverage.

    November 7, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  10. JB

    The Republicans knew we couldn't afford to invade Iraq or Afghanistan either but we did. So here's something positive for the country as a whole that we can do, maybe not as lucrative for Doctors and Insurance companies and those getting RICH off the healthcare system, but a God-send for a huge portion of the country that need it. Biggest positive point of this is Pre-Exisiting conditions. No longer can the Healthcare companies have a choke hold on those with health problems, no longer is healthcare only for the healthy. Of course, why wouldn't healthcare companies only want to insure healthy people, MASSIVE profits, right up the Republicans ally!

    November 7, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  11. John Freespeech

    The United States no longer has News Agencies. Reporters in the past tried to dig up the TRUTH. In Y2010 we have corporate controlled FALSE ADVERTISING MACHINES who play both sides of the fence to increase the value of advertising. The US has so many resources eating it from the inside out and the News?? (The Maury NEWS) is one of them. The title of this News column is NOT an honest representation of reality 48% agree with Healthcare REFORM (probably more if it was explained and not slandered). "Governors agree- repeal health care" – All 50 Governers want to repeal Health Care? Absolutely Not. Please be BRAVE, SPEAK and REPRESENT the TRUTH.

    November 7, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  12. drkolosis

    To Chumbucket.... so Canada is a communist country? Their healthcare is NOT socialized medicine. If it were socialized medicine, doctors/nurses would be govt. employees. Doctors and hospitals make profit on healthcare in Canada. All the govt. does is pay the bill when submitted for payment with taxation dollars. Obama should have introduced single payer or at least allow states the option to explore single payer on their own without the federal govt saying that they are not allowed to.

    November 7, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  13. Mash107

    "Let me get this straight . . . . We're going to be "gifted" with a health care plan

    we are forced to purchase and fined if we don't,
    Which purportedly covers at least ten million more people, without adding a single new doctor,
    but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents,
    written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn't understand it,
    passed by a Congress that didn't read it
    but exempted themselves from it,
    and signed by a President who smokes,
    with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes,
    for which we'll be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect,
    by a government which has already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare,
    all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese,
    and financed by a country that's broke!!!!!"

    -Gary North

    November 7, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  14. Aaron

    Yes, yes. Obama is an evil socialist, out to destroy America.

    Now that we have that out of the way, let's talk reality: The Senate votes to repeal health care DO NOT EXIST - it will never reach the presiden'ts desk in the first place. Full stop.

    November 7, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  15. Tim

    War seems better than the government telling me what to buy.

    November 7, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  16. KEVIN

    the rich people with great healthcare are firmly against the healthcare bill, it's amazing how the little guy's that struggle to just have healthcare or have had problems with coverage from exsiting insurance providers are happy for this bill.I guess the best thing that could happen is for the rich to temporarlly lose coverage and struggle to get more. it's easy for those who have to look down on the little people and not care. all the politicians who say this is a bad bill , lets take their government paid healthcare from them and see how they feel.

    November 7, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  17. Steve

    Love all the anger here for Obama. I have a Blue Cross PPO 1500 plan. Used to cost 118 a month at age 43 10 years ago. Now at age 53 it is 591 a month. Does that make sense? So I am supposed to be upset with Obama for trying to tackle and make sure people have health care? Before health care if you had a previous health condition you could be excluded. Not now. Parents can keep their children on their policies until age 26. Sounds good to me. Repeal health care? Crazy.

    November 7, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  18. JB

    Why is it that the Republicans only talk about what was done wrong by the Democrats. Aren't these people in an office right down the hall, working in the same capacity, trying to do right by the American people!? I understand majorities and voting but come on, it's amazing how these voices come out in criticism of something they had a hand in creating. I am also in agreement, if the Republicans party platform is going to be to crush this healthcare reform step that should have been done a long time ago, they will lose everything with the next major election, and my vote will help to that end.

    November 7, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  19. justintime

    Anyone stating the Health Care reform is going to add to the deficit is involved in disinformation.
    CNN should have a wiki with all of the facts of these important bills.
    This country is going down the craper because alot of EVIL people are lying for the sake of money and not the common good and advancement of the human kind

    November 7, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. Indiana Voter


    Actually you are fooled. There is not going to be any tax cuts. The debate is whether to raise taxes or not. You have been fooled by falling for the Democrat line that these are tax cuts that we are debating. However, it is a tax increase that is being debated.

    November 7, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. Anonymous

    Improve it, don't repeal it. Republicans – This is about helping the american people. Take a break from your vendetta to get Obama. Up to now the Republicans have done everything to stop health care reform. Who's side are you on, the American people or making the health care companies higher profits?

    November 7, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. Sgt Joe

    @ Justlittleoleme: Well said! I agree, the majority of those who voted don't know what they're they are talking about. And yes, when there's a national disaster, they're the first to scream for government support. Are they willing to keep funding the uninsured (who aren't all illegals)? I'm not. That's the reason premiums have gone steadily up, even before HCR. We need the public option but the GOP smashed that and the created the hybrid that does need to be worked on, even Obama knows that. If the GOP focuses on the HCR rather than the jobs they've been whining about, they are more worthless than I originally thought. The big distractors at work.

    November 7, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Pueblo

    Yeah right – do you think Americans are going to stand still while they bring back caps on lifetime benefits and tell the country that you can no longer cover your children up to age 26? Repealing Obamacare is the slogan of the day for the Republican extremists seeking re-election in 2012. "No new taxes" is ovedone, "I'm pro-life" didn't work so now it's Obamacare. As a Republican I can only hope the true Republicans in our party will push the radicals like Bachmann, Palin, Paul out to form their own party and get us back to what the GOP is truly all about.

    November 7, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. Get A Grip

    Citing Obamacare, AARP raises health insurance rates for it's employees. And to think AARP endorsement help secure passage of Obamacare......How's that 'Hope and Change' working out for you.

    November 7, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. Van

    @ ChumBucket

    ..."there was nothing wrong with my health care before obamacare, so I'd like to just toss the whole thing out."

    So, you are fortunate enough to have health care? Is it through a group policy with an employer? Have you ever tried to get health care coverage as an individual only to be told "no" because you have a pre-existing condition like, "gasp", acid reflux? The cherry-picking done by health insurance companies is exactly why we needed some form of health care reform. The GOP wants to repeal it? OK, then what do they want to replace it with? Or are they just interested in going right back to the "good old days"?

    November 7, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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