Dem: Health care repeal will lead to 'more dying'
January 7th, 2011
11:02 AM ET
12 years ago

Dem: Health care repeal will lead to 'more dying'

(CNN) – Congressional Democrats are going on the offensive against GOP efforts to repeal the Democratic-back health care bill that was passed last year.

In a moment of particularly heated rhetoric on the House floor, California Rep. John Garamendi suggested the Republican effort will directly lead to "more Americans dying."

"The repeal of it (health care) is actually a killer of human beings," he said Friday. "Some 40,00 Americans die every year for lack of health insurance. That's the reality. Repeal this bill and you are going to find more Americans dying. "

Minutes earlier, Vermont Rep. Pete Welch implored Republicans to "admit what it is you are doing."

"This is not a campaign, we are playing with fire," he said "We are taking away health care benefits that make a real difference to our families."

The comments come hours before a test vote will be held to officially begin proceedings to repeal the controversial measure that President Obama signed into law last spring. Given the GOP's new majority on the chamber, the motion will most certainly pass.

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Truthwillsetyoufree

    GOP is not about to give up all those bucks from screwing the American people. Whats wrong with everyone being able to live every day GOP? I don't want your karma. You always have to pay the piper for your actions. And many know exactly what you are doing.

    January 7, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. Dnick47

    The GOP'ers do not care about life as their callous, stone hearted, and cruel iniative to repeal health care proves. To those excluded from the "greatest medical system in the world" because they lack to monies to enter into that system, the removal of their opportunity to enter the system by greedy self-seeking, henodistic GIOP'ers show that the GOP'ers do not care abiout the misery of others and that the deaths of the excluded mean nothing to them.

    January 7, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. Bill, NY

    If you think the GOP cares you need to be institutionalized. If you're not big business or rich and capable of packing their pockets, take a hike!

    January 7, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  4. Monster Zero

    "Some 40,00 Americans die every year for lack of health insurance.
    Golly, I never heard of anyone dying from not having insurance, I thought they died because they were sick. I guess if they went to any number of hospitals they would be treated, unless of course some 12 to 20 million illegals used up all of the available treatment that their tax monies had funded...

    January 7, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. Adalbert

    Building something requires skills like the ability to imagine, plan, execute, ect. Demolishing on the other hand can be done by any idiot. So, the republicans will do what they are good at i.e., destruction and obstruction.

    January 7, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. Luke Brown

    So far the Republican Majority in the House has only proposed legislation that will make life harder for working people. Of course, it will make things easier for rich people who want to live in the greatest country on earth without paying anything for it.

    What hypocrites! They are against health care for everyone except for themselves. They even refused to require Members of Congress to disclose which ones of them are accepting free taxpayer-financed health insurance.

    These new "reformers" are just as bad as the people they replaced.

    January 7, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. John

    Allowing inconvenient people to die is half the Republican plan. Cutting taxes for the rich is the other half.

    January 7, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. vic nashville tn

    Past three days republicans doing a political stunt will back fire in 2012

    January 7, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    Need proof that GOP opposition to health care reform causes deaths? Look no further than Arizona, patients waiting for organ transplants died because of budgetary cuts. The real death panels are those found in the GOP.

    January 7, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. Cincinnatian

    Focus on the economy. Stop wasting time/money on political games.

    January 7, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. vic

    Almost every other country in the world provides health care for its citizens. Yes they pay more in taxes, but they don't have to worry about loosing everything because of a major illness. Every time someone goes to an emergency room because they don't have insurance it cost us taxpayers a lot more money. But the republicans only care about the health of private insurance companies.

    January 7, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. Sarge1

    Thats the sad thing about what the Republican party has become. They will put party politics ahead of the health of their own spouse, children, parents, grandchildren. They are to the point where being the Christians they say they are they would prefer genocide of all those who do not believe the way they do

    January 7, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. bob

    The Republicans don't care who dies. They don't care about the middle class. Look at what's happening in Arizona where they state Republicans have cut money for transplants. 2 people have died and are now off the list in the past month. Republicans want you to die. That's less votes for the Democrats. They are sick people.

    January 7, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. John B. From NH

    *see Arizona deaths of denied transplant patients for more proof of just this!*

    January 7, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. Paul

    I've figured this out, they (the evil politicians) have found a way to do nothing while appearing to be busy. I'm pretty good at this myself so I know. They spend the better part of two years passing a big piece of legilation then they'll spend the next 2 years dismantling it, and then tell us "look what we've done for you". They can go back and forth on this every two year election cycle indefinately. GENIOUS!!!!!!!

    January 7, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. Former Republican - Now Independent

    Nice to read that fearmongering is not the exclusive domain of the GOP.

    January 7, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. Thomas

    One can't argue the current health care bill is not the greatest thing since sliced bread, however we have finally put something in the oven and we are at least beginning to make bread.

    I believe repealing the existing bill will be a step backward and place us where we've been and not move us forward to the future.

    I believe most would agree, improvements to the health care bill can be made and should be made. If the opponents to the existing bill do not like what has been placed into law, I suggest the opponents propose an amendment of the current bill vs a repeal of what we have.

    Simply repealing the current health care bill results in us stepping back to the stone ages where no forward progress is made. If our politicians can not document what is better than what we currently have, what are they doing in DC?

    January 7, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. GOP = Greed Over People

    "more Americans dying."

    Well of course it will, Captain Obvious, but the Cons only care about "human life" when it has Corporation at the end of the name!

    Sadly, to Reds, killing actual human beings, is just "thinning the herd'.

    January 7, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  19. Right Leaning Independent

    The representative from the great bankrupt state of CA is as believeable as Palin and her death panels.. Notice how he fails to mention that they are saying repeal AND REPLACE... Guess you forgot they want to REPLACE it with meaningful reform without the bribes it took to get this deal done. Be honest Garamendi, the Dems provided false numbers and assumptions to the CBO to get a favorable scoring and debt reduction number when in fact this plan is going to cost Americans a ton in the future!! Americans are not as stupid as you would believe...

    January 7, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  20. sonny chapman

    Yes, but they'll die as Good Capitalists instead of as Dirty Socialists.

    January 7, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  21. Thersa

    Why is this controversial? It is clearly true.

    January 7, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I'm liking the HYPERBOLIC (but not really so exxagerated) rhetoric from the Democrats.
    I'm more than digging the blatant appeal to human emotion on the parts of the Democrats. The electorate needs to be spoon-fed the truth and what's good for them in small, rudimentary doses. The Gopers were very successful doing this and they were feeding lies, sothe truth should be much easier for the elctorate to SWALLOW.

    In other words.....two can play your game GOPers and Weeper of the House.

    Can we hire somebody to break out in a maudlin bawl at the drop of a hat???

    January 7, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. SayWhat

    As usual, the GOP is on the wrong side of morality and history. This is a truly sad day for America, but Americans voted for these people. When will the middle class finally realize that the GOP is their enemy? Hopefully before it is too late.

    January 7, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  24. T'sah from Virginia

    "Some 40,00 Americans die every year for lack of health insurance. That's the reality."

    Some Americans are already being DENIED transplants because they cannot afford it. Dick Cheney is walking around like a bionic man because he has health insurance – AND/OR, he's RICH!!!

    It's a shame what America has come to!!

    January 7, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  25. John G

    Democrats have been out right lying lately. Perfect example is Obama about the chamber of commerce. The people don;t believe your lies anymore. The people spoke in the midterm.

    January 7, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
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