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Nathan Deal postponing resignation to vote against health-care reform

Rep. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.), who is resigning from Congress to run for governor, announced Thursday that he would stick around the House to vote against the health-care bill.

"Just two days after I announced my intentions to leave Congress, the majority party stepped up the schedule for the proposed health care bill. Having been deeply involved in all health care legislation for the past decade, I knew it was important to stay and vote down this bill," Deal said in a statement. He will leave Congress March 31, three weeks later than planned. On Thursday, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs set March 18 as the deadline by which a final bill should be passed.

"Yesterday, as I listened to President Obama's aggressive push for a quick vote on 'Obama-Care,' it was clear that I must stay in Congress and continue to fight against the most liberal health care agenda ever proposed."

A spokesman for Deal told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he was pushed by both House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Gov. Sonny Perdue to stay.

Deal's decision means that House Democrats now need 217 votes to pass health care reform, rather than 216.

By Rachel Weiner  |  March 4, 2010; 4:39 PM ET
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I'm sorry to butt in but IF the country can't afford it,why is it so hard to say no. If you want to cover everyone then give 2% to emergency depts and tyhat will be enough money to take care of all the illegals that are not covered in health care.
Dont spend trillions you dont have for something that nobody likes in other countries.You already have the best and why politicians say otherwise when THEY have the best in the world which is nothing like the one they are voting for.
LOOKM take it from someone who has had to live with Gov health care all his life.! IT IS NOT GOOD

Posted by: captgrumpy | March 5, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

No one who is presently insured will lose their coverage because of this bill.
You WILL lose your coverage becuse insurance companies will raise premiums and your employer can't afford to pay.
Or you WILL have to drop your coverage because insurance companies raise their premiums on those individuals nt covered by an employer sponsored plan.

So, hope for universal coverage or do without, like 30 million other citizens.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | March 5, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

This has a major impact on Rep. Pelosi's ability to pass the current HCR bill through.
She had 220 votes before when she only needed 218. Now she needs 217, not the 216 had Deal left.
But 3 of her earlier votes have vacated their seats (217), at least one yes vote has said he won't vote for it again (216 or less), at least one yes vote has said they won't be the deciding vote (215 or less).
Assuming the only liberal Democrat to vote no (Rep. Kucinich) sides with Pelosi, she has 216 or fewer votes secured.
So not only does she need to hold onto Rep. Stupak and all his supporters, she still needs to flip a no vote.

It's no surprise why Pelosi and the Democrats want to keep them in Washington and away from their constituents until they can ram through the bills. She knows the constituents don't want the bill and will make their voices known over Easter break.

Posted by: cprferry | March 5, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Great news. Anthing that makes Pelosi's job harder rounding up votes for Obamacare is worth it.

Posted by: RobT1 | March 5, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Good for him. This is a bad bill and it needs to fail.

Posted by: FLvet | March 5, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

This is all so convenient for Congressman Deal. He is under investigation for ethics violations due to some dealings he has with a salvage business he owns here in Gainesville Georgia. Make you're own decision on what's happening here.

Posted by: geezer12 | March 5, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

when the healthcare insurance system is destroyed and your family suffers...
it's your fault...

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Posted by: titkonlyyou | March 4, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Bet he's got some surgery planned in the next three weeks that he wouldn't be able to afford with his private insurance.

Posted by: SWB2 | March 4, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse


Anyone who campaigns against the HCR bill is going to win over every red, purple and quite a few blue districts out there. You realize that independent support for Congressional Democrats dropped from 31% to 19% as of sometime last month. It will be in the single digits by the end of the shenanigans and deal-makings to pass HCR.

Posted by: cprferry | March 4, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

And when he runs for Governor he can campaign on "I tried to keep you from having to have health care available to you."

His Democratic opponent will certainly use that against him. When his T-Person opponent uses it, that will be justice.

Posted by: ceflynline | March 4, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

a lot of people read this blog so i propose a real democratic solution to health care. if you're not sick now and are not the principal provider to a sick person, immediately call your insurance agent or boss at work and "drop your health care now". cut the funding the insurance companies need to stay in business, stop their cash flow. precipitate a crisis and when the pool begins to have only sick people and they're premiums don't support the companies outlays something is going to give. someone might propose a single payer or universal medicare solution. all of us are activist. the election didn't relieve us our our responsibility to the cause of reform. obama can't do what is needed without support, cancel your health care today, its in our best interest in the long run.

Posted by: trjohnson8890122 | March 4, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

He's lying. The Clinton plan was more liberal.

He's also wasting his time to do a little grandstanding. No way the House doesn't pass it.

Posted by: st50taw | March 4, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Good for him. Only 25% of Americans want Obamacare to pass according to a CNN poll released last week.

Posted by: screwjob11 | March 4, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse




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Posted by: demtse | March 4, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

bet all of those people dying right now because of the lack of health care are really proud of that "deal".

Posted by: AverageJane

All those uninsured people dying right now? They'll likely still die because health care isn't coming until 2014, even if the bill passes tomorrow.

Posted by: boosterprez | March 4, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I bet all of those people dying right now because of the lack of health care are really proud of that "deal".

Posted by: AverageJane | March 4, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

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