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- Most Republicans agree on at least one thing - that the health care reform legislation passed last year should be repealed - and two prominent governors are no exception.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

    Obama should resign. We (Americans) do not trust him any more. He is a failure, and he will not change because he is a real left wing liberal.

    November 7, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. Mike in Texas

    17 Trillion dollars in 10 years chumbucket? Where do you get you numbers? Haley Barbour? He said the Obama Stimulus cost 800 Trillion and that he would have only spent 300 Trillion.

    November 7, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. tom

    Repeal Health Care, the Repubs wish! The CBO says it will save money and like a good republican let's repeal anything that can save money. Does the Health Care help citizens? Yes it does, but let's have the Republicans repeal it. Does the Republicans have any Health Care plan in place after they try to repeal it? No they don't! Not a even a sliver of an idea on what to do. Repeal won't happen anyway, they don't have the votes to override a veto.

    November 7, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. John

    Every poll done in the last 4 or so months – EVERY POLL – indicates that WHY 68%+ worth of American people are upset, is NOT because that the healthcare bill does "too much", but that it does TOO LITTLE. When republicans say they want this bill gone, Americans have to understand, they mean to GO BACK TO NOTHING. If they succeed, we will have about 5 years left, before our current system prices itself out of existence for middle-class Americans – YOU.

    November 7, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. Liberal4Obama

    Let the republican overreach begin, 80% plus Americans said the Economy a.k.a Jobs was their overall concern and the GOP keeps talking about Healthcare... tone deaf much?

    November 7, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. emma

    How disdainful of our legislators to spend their time, which is expensive, to fight a Reform that will probably not go down the drain. If the GOP gets their way with this legislature and proposed Social Security and Medicare reform that result in citizens giving up too much, they may not be the House Majority after a few years.

    November 7, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. The Choobs

    I hope the R's spend the next two years on this one issue. They won't get anywhere, except perhaps to find compromise with Dems to actually make it better, and it will continue to show Americans that Republicans don't have the faintest clue how to make jobs.

    November 7, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. Jaynicia

    When governors and the people were in charge of making laws, we had Jim Crow. Yeah...let's go back to that. Instead of the repubs talking about creating jobs, all they can focus on is repealing the health-care, which they can't do, and defeating Obama. It's going to be a very interesting two years to see what the repubs will and WON'T do.

    November 7, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. Mike in Texas

    Jobs grew last month and now Cantor attributes it to the tax cuts that have been in place since 2003. If they tax cuts were so great why where we losing 750,000 jobs a month before Obama took office?

    November 7, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  10. ATL Guy

    If this healthcare bill is repealed, the American people better get used to the fact that the Republicans will not replace it with anything. The healthcare industry was very happy with what we had in place. They want to cherry pick their customers and drop people whenever the don't fit into their profit outlook. We will regret this moment in our history for a very long time. However, Americans do have a way of forgetting stuff rather quickly. The Republicans will take us back to where we were and we will not do anything about it.

    November 7, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  11. BillN

    Gee, looks like the republicans have yet to mention even ONE thing about what they were elected to do: CREATE JOBS. So far, the only thing I've heard is "repeal healthcare" (no, this isn't jobs), and "spend taxpayer money to make sure a republican is elected in 2012" (no, this isn't jobs either).

    November 7, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  12. m

    I find it ironic that the current crop of Republicans are willing to roll back health care insurance for millions of Americans, while my taxes pay for the best health care insurance that money can buy for them. Such a double standard.

    November 7, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  13. curious steve, boston, ma

    repeal is better than "mandated corporate health care." massachusetts voted republican over this.

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

    Mr Pawlenty can make broad statement like this yet his own aprty wanted 80% of the original bill before it was cutted to make Republicans happy. Mr Boerhner and Mr Canter can say they will block all spending needed to enact part of the bill, but remeber gentlemen, Democrats are not going to just sit back and watch you act like little kids by saying "it's my ball and I'll do what I want" Every mover will be played out in public and this time around some noise about your inaction will be there for all to see.
    Mr Boehner ihas said you have to have signed both sides of the check to know how business thinks- The he knows a tax cut will not make a business man hire people he does not need. that is sound economics. If your goods are not selling, "business men" are not going to buy new equipment just because there is a tax break. And for the record- a government tax cut- IS the government getting involved in business.

    November 7, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  15. morris2196

    This is not an ideological issue for me. I lost my job two years ago, and so I went into business for myself. The business is doing ok. But because I am self-employed and have high blood pressure, health insurance companies either won't take me or want to charge me $1,200 per month, which I cannot afford. What should I do? Run for Congress so I can get the great insurance they get?

    November 7, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  16. Robrob

    What's great is forevermore the Democrats will be able to point to the Republicans and say, "They took away your health care."

    November 7, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. jim b

    John is a complete idiot. Dems and Independents were the ones who voted repub last week. We want to change the direction of this country efore we end up like Cuba, France or any of those other losers

    November 7, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. herewegoagain

    REPUBLICANS are going to go and waste another couple of billions of dollars repealing health care instead of finding was to fix the economy. Here we go back to the BUSH era of wasting money and going off track.

    November 7, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  19. 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. Also for those who thought obamacare was a good idea, really need to read the entire bill. You will find many hidden new taxs and other goodies that the lefties and the regime leader failed to mention.
    The GOP was put in power to repeal that socialized nightmare non healthcare bill--

    November 7, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. tony

    The constitution says the gov't shall protect the people. . . . It won't be long now before our enemies only have to cook up a cocktail of many common serious epidemic type infections at once, taint incoming airline food, and we will be wiped out as nation, because only the very rich will be able to afford treatment. And there won't be enough of them left to run the defense systems, or form an army

    November 7, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. Doug, Seattle, WA

    For the life of me I don't understand the lack of support for President Obama's health insurance reform!!!! I am tired of paying increased insurance rates and medical fees to cover the cost of the uninsured using the emergency room as their primary health provider! Everyone should be required to pitch in at least something! To say nothing of the dropped coverage for pre-existing conditions and other insurance company rip-off schemes.

    Moreover, from a moral point of view, everyone in this country should have food on the table, a roof over their head, and access to medical care! And if it requires an additional tax burden on the wealthy, so be it!!! The redistribution of wealth from the middle class to the rich has gone to far!!! It is time that those who have prospered from the supply side ideology give something back to their country and its people! I'm tired of the mantra that the least economically capable of our country are expected to be "patriotic" and foot the bill for the high deficits and social costs brought about by the Republican ideology.

    November 7, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. dave t

    If you were to google Canada prescription prices, you will find how much your prescriptions cost in Canada. If you were to look at the pamphlets you get from your pharmacy and look at what your prescription costs to your health insurance carrier, you may find the following. I found the same prescription costs 60 percent in Canada than the cost here in the states. I found more generics sold there that are not approved here in the states. Generics drugs costs 30 percent there in Canada than compared to the brand name drugs here in the states.
    Have you noticed all those prescription ads on television? I do not know how much of those drug ads are paid as part of your prescription prices here in the states. Why are Canada’s drug prices so much lower than here in the states? Why do we allow those ads here in the states?

    November 7, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. JohnB

    I'm confused as to which health insurance company all you people have that hasn't raised their premiums every single year for the past forever. I am currently paying 1800 a month for my family....and I'm sick of hearing "your premiums will go up". THEY GO UP EVERY YEAR.

    November 7, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. Bill

    What many people don't realize is that the AMA, the hospital associations, the healthcare associations, and the insurance companies gave millions to elect Obama. Now this time, they have given those same millions to the Republicans, whom they want to now "tweak" the healthcare reform bill so that they will have a "blank check" to run the system to their liking.
    Blue Cross, in my state, sent out a 200 page booklet last year with the new premiums and the higher deductibles in the middle of the book hidden from the average policy holder. Guess what? I received another 200 page booklet last week announcing changes for 2011.
    The healthcare providers and the insurance companies are like the "800 pound gorilla". They do what they want to , eat where they want to, and sleep where they want to.

    November 7, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. Dwight

    Over all the health care bill is good. What do we want to do? Go back to 45 million Americans having no hope? We all know the Republicans do not care for the working poor.

    November 7, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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