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Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 01/ 7/2011

House clears way for health-care repeal vote

By Felicia Sonmez

On a largely party-line vote, the House on Friday cleared the way for debate on legislation that would repeal the national health-care overhaul, setting up a repeal vote next week.

The House approved the terms of debate for the repeal bill on a 236-to-181 vote. Four Democrats -- Reps. Dan Boren (Okla.), Larry Kissell (N.C.), Mike McIntyre (N.C.) and Mike Ross (Ark.) -- joined Republicans to vote in favor of proceeding on the measure. All four voted against the health-care overhaul last year.

The vote came after a heated debate Friday morning on the House floor in which Democrats accused Republicans of fiscal irresponsibility and protested the GOP's efforts to push along the repeal bill as quickly as possible.

"This is nothing but a gag rule," Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) said of the GOP-led process.

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) charged that Republicans had thrown "fiscal responsibility out the window," citing the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office's estimate that a repeal of the health-care overhaul would add $230 billion to the national deficit over the next 10 years.

Republicans countered that the public has already made up its mind in favor of repeal and that Americans voted for swift action in the November midterms.

"Frankly, there is nothing to amend. ... Either we're going to wipe the slate clean and start fresh, or we're not," House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier (R-Calif.) said.

Friday's vote clears the way for seven hours of debate on the repeal legislation next Tuesday and Wednesday. A vote is slated for Wednesday.

A Gallup poll released Friday morning showed that Americans remain divided on repealing the legislation, with 46 percent backing repeal and 40 percent opposing it. The survey also indicated that opinion on repeal remains split along partisan lines: 78 percent of Republicans are in favor of repealing the overhaul while 64 percent of Democrats are against repeal.

By Felicia Sonmez  | January 7, 2011; 12:03 PM ET
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Hmmmm... I wonder if the newly fiscally responsible John Boehner and the rest of the GOP House members consider the discussion (HA!) and vote on a bill they know has no chance of ratification by the Senate nor the signing by the President a waste of the People's time and money?

Only a hypocrite would think otherwise.

Remember Billy Crystal as Fernando on Saturday Night LIVE?

And I quote, "I think it is better to LOOK good than to feel good."

Posturing isn't going to get it done, Mr. Speaker. Looks like 'new boss same as the old boss', eh?

Posted by: MT_Guy | January 10, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

The offer remains...medical practitioners/dentists/nurses....skilled mining workers/farm workers the door is open here in Australia....there are many thousands of positions for Americans over here.

We have a "national health care system and it's getting improved so don't have to worry about getting ill.

You can work anywhere in the country and the salaries are good...come on over if you are sick of the "ill" that has become the USA!

Posted by: porpie9254 | January 9, 2011 8:33 AM | Report abuse

.

Hey Democrats,

The AARP is also exempt from the new law's. AARP provided a big chunk of the $121 million spent on ads supporting the bill's passage, as well as $21 million on lobbying in 2009.

BYE BYE

DEMOCRATS

.

Posted by: kstobbe1 | January 8, 2011 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Republican has no other issue for 2012 election except out burst against Obama being Afro-American president in history for one term or second can’t wash out this Historical truth politically or by mobilizing people against his reform.

American have short lived memory forgot sufferings causes in day –to- day politic under mesmerized exploitation of American Dream for looting. Obama reforms cut throat looting in health insurance and financial institutions which gives heart-burning to GOP and allies--- insurance, pharmaceutical companies and professional industry.

Politic is also business stays on give and take for people welfare, adamant and political antagonism proved detrimental, if GOP well-wisher of people and wants change in reform clause in people favor placed amendment in the house, is democracy code because health reform now is Public property with veto power, nothing gainful under unethical politic, that credibility is seen in opening session.


Posted by: kaushalramesh | January 8, 2011 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Republican has no other issue for 2012 election except out burst against Obama being Afro-American president in history for one term or second can’t wash out this Historical truth politically or by mobilizing people against his reform.

American have short lived memory forgot sufferings causes in day –to- day politic under mesmerized exploitation of American Dream for looting. Obama reforms cut throat looting in health insurance and financial institutions which gives heart-burning to GOP and allies--- insurance, pharmaceutical companies and professional industry.

Politic is also business stays on give and take for people welfare, adamant and political antagonism proved detrimental, if GOP well-wisher of people and wants change in reform clause in people favor placed amendment in the house, is democracy code because health reform now is Public property with veto power, nothing gainful under unethical politic, that credibility is seen in opening session.


Posted by: kaushalramesh | January 8, 2011 8:05 AM | Report abuse


I think that health care reform is a great idea. I have type 1 diabetes and for me to get insurance, it was a nightmare until I found "Wise Health Insurance" search for them online and you can get affordable health insurance instantly.

Posted by: jeremytaylore | January 8, 2011 3:09 AM | Report abuse

They're just throwing a little red meat to the rubes. The republicans are just patronizing the tp wing of their party. I wonder how the tp's feel about so blatantly being played for fools - or if they're even astute enough to see the cynicism. I doubt they are.

Posted by: notfooledbydistractions1 | January 7, 2011 11:52 PM | Report abuse

They're just throwing a little red meat to the rubes. The republicans are just patronizing the tp wing of their party. I wonder how the tp's feel about so blatantly being played for fools - or if they're even astute enough to see the cynicism. I doubt they are.

Posted by: notfooledbydistractions1 | January 7, 2011 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Old saying—
“Those sold conscious never be buyer” such status GOP politic. To win midterm had sold their conscious in foreign traders, how can they protect people rights where question of money comes.

Sorry American tuned with day to day issue having short in memory of their and family suffering due to high health insurance and loot of pharmaceutical companies and professionalism with help of lawmakers. They can raised outrage on religious issue but careless about family health problems on affordable cost.

Republicans mantra is business interests for which poisoning and mobilizing people against Obama (not native born, by religion Muslim) because having on other issue for 2012 election. Health reform now public property with veto power and if GOP wants change in any clause in people favor placed in the house. GOP unethical adamant
behavior creates discontentment in country.

Posted by: kaushalramesh | January 7, 2011 11:11 PM | Report abuse

So, the republicans get control of the house and the first thing they do is undertake a meaningless useless gesture that has no chance of ever winning. Typical republican tactics, waste time, waste time smear, smear.
I think they need a new playbook and a new leader. Got any ideas Ms. Palin?
HA HA HA HA What a bunch of losers!

Posted by: sammsammus | January 7, 2011 10:16 PM | Report abuse

So, the republicans get control of the house and the first thing they do is undertake a meaningless useless gesture that has no chance of ever winning. Typical republican tactics, waste time, waste time smear, smear.
I think they need a new playbook and a new leader. Got any ideas Ms. Palin?
HA HA HA HA What a bunch of losers!

Posted by: sammsammus | January 7, 2011 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Repealing what little the American public did gain from this health care legislation will be another victory for the health insurance industry, hospital corporations, and the pharmaceutical companies, and all the K Street lobbyists. Unfortunately, the American public is only in tune with the "issue of the day" and has a short memory. Pay now, or pay later! Which do you want?

Posted by: jyrkpcnp | January 7, 2011 8:55 PM | Report abuse

This bill is like breasts on men - only good for decoration.

Posted by: KHMJr | January 7, 2011 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Sure hope the result is more then window dressing. This whole health care issue is for a money and power grab. The leftists want the money to control its citizens and the power to do the same. Read "1984" and/or the "Animal Farm" to get ideas what these scum bag Marxists want for the USA. Remember we are all equal, but some (the pigs) are more equal then others.

Posted by: nomobarry | January 7, 2011 8:29 PM | Report abuse

So this is what stupid rich white elititists do when they obviously have nothing better to do with their time.

Posted by: vztownes | January 7, 2011 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Much ado about nothing. It's a lot of smoke & mirrors for the Tea party dumbos who will get all excited about this while failing to see how the "R" party is screwing them on every other promise it made to get it's freshman members elected. Anyone who has a memory of 1994 recalls what happened to all Newt's "Contract With (Corporate) America" morons ... they all got run out of office and sent packing when Clinton won big in 1996. The SAME EXACT THING IS GOING TO HAPPEN AGAIN. Bank on it. Better yet, learn a new skill for the 21st Century labor market because all those jobs you "R" buddies sent to China to pay off lobbyists are not coming back ... ever.

Posted by: pookiecat | January 7, 2011 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Much ado about nothing. It's a lot of smoke & mirrors for the Tea party dumbos who will get all excited about this while failing to see how the "R" party is screwing them on every other promise it made to get it's freshman members elected. Anyone who has a memory of 1994 recalls what happened to all Newt's "Contract With (Corporate) America" morons ... they all got run out of office and sent packing when Clinton won big in 1996. The SAME EXACT THING IS GOING TO HAPPEN AGAIN. Bank on it. Better yet, learn a new skill for the 21st Century labor market because all those jobs you "R" buddies sent to China to pay off lobbyists are not coming back ... ever.

Posted by: pookiecat | January 7, 2011 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Much ado about nothing. It's a lot of smoke & mirrors for the Tea party dumbos who will get all excited about this while failing to see how the "R" party is screwing them on every other promise it made to get it's freshman members elected. Anyone who has a memory of 1994 recalls what happened to all Newt's "Contract With (Corporate) America" morons ... they all got run out of office and sent packing when Clinton won big in 1996. The SAME EXACT THING IS GOING TO HAPPEN AGAIN. Bank on it. Better yet, learn a new skill for the 21st Century labor market because all those jobs you "R" buddies sent to China to pay off lobbyists are not coming back ... ever.

Posted by: pookiecat | January 7, 2011 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Will the Republicans ever get off their soapboxes and do something worthwhile? I still don't understand how Americans could vote these people back into office when our country isn't even out of the last mess they got us into. They have one goal: To rid the US of unions and privatize Social Security. That way we can compete with China - minimum wage there is what? About $140 a month?

Posted by: MNUSA | January 7, 2011 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Whiners all. Your comments are the real waste of time. Those Republican representatives campaigned on a platform of repealing Obamacare and they WON their elections. What did you expect? you just can't get it through your head that the voters of their districts endorsed what they're doing and that the majority of those voters do not agree with your views. Perhaps they understand that medical care costs money, that doctors don't work for free and that insurance cannot be priced below cost. Perhaps they also understand that the federal government should not be used to force some Americans to pay the medical bills of other Americans. The reality of life is that poop happens and when it happens to you, you can't demand that everybody else clean it up.

Posted by: bpadrino | January 7, 2011 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Maybe they can have a vote to repeal Medicare and Social Security too! Good luck with that.

Posted by: treefrog2 | January 7, 2011 6:50 PM | Report abuse

dennishabern1 -
Your rudeness in using line spacing shows something about your character - or lack thereof.
The big point you are missing is that it was the Congress that screwed up this bill, not the President. He had a much simpler plan but special interests (insurance and pharmo owned Senators and Reps kept adding BS to make to serve their masters).
It was the Republicans (with a few loony Dems) that intentionally made the bill unwieldy. Republicans had (and have) NO positive plan for reform because their corporate owners don't want it so they lied about it and made it complicated.

Posted by: pjohn2 | January 7, 2011 6:33 PM | Report abuse

To override a presidential veto, both houses of congress must pass a bill by a two-thirds majority. This is called a super-majority. In the Senate, this means a bill must have 67 (out of 100) votes. In the House of Representatives, a bill must pass with 290 out of 435 votes.

The House approved the terms of debate for the repeal bill on a 236-to-181 vote.

Only if the GOP/Tea Party could do math and knew 236 is far short of 290. Plus the GOP is seriously mistaking if they think they have 67 votes in the senate.

I so wish the GOP would spend their energy on Jobs and not trying to make Obama a one term president.

Posted by: waxtraxs | January 7, 2011 6:28 PM | Report abuse

It is well that the Republicans are

encouraged to repeal the Obamacare health

plan, but to be fair, to the Democrats,

the Republicans should have their own

rough draft written in a language that

does not read like a maintenance manual, if

you follow. The United States is in dire

need for a universal health bill, but it

should be one that reflects that it will

embrace everyone. Obama did not care

how the language or how the effects of

his health bill would impact the American

people; he was only concerned with adding

this law as a lasting momentum to delineate

his future legacy and how history will

treat him. As Paul Harvey has mentioned

in the past, "AND NOW YOU KNOW THE REST OF

THE STORY."

Posted by: dennishabern1 | January 7, 2011 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Although I don't foresee it passing Senate, it is a very important vote as it shows exactly what the VAST majority of Americans want, a REPEAL. As for the Democrats saying it will cost 230Billion over 10 years, frankly that is just a drop in the bucket and it's their own fault for driving this bill through anyways. I don't believe the CBO anyways, they claim this bill will save money in the long run, but as seen by the current Medicare and Medicaid systems, estimates have never been correct in any year since their inception.

Posted by: Jsuf | January 7, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

First they waste time by reading the Constitution and only reading what they wanted, so leaving parts out, they should not be in office if they haven't read it before this, that should have been homework. Now they are going to waste time repealing health care, what didn't you get Mr. Weeper, it is JOBS. Quit crying so much and pay attention .

Posted by: audrey2010 | January 7, 2011 6:17 PM | Report abuse

First they waste time by reading the Constitution and only reading what they wanted, so leaving parts out, they should not be in office if they haven't read it before this, that should have been homework. Now they are going to waste time repealing health care, what didn't you get Mr. Weeper, it is JOBS. Quit crying so much and pay attention .

Posted by: audrey2010 | January 7, 2011 6:16 PM | Report abuse

HOORAY!

Posted by: rteske | January 7, 2011 6:13 PM | Report abuse

As long as Obama has access to his veto pen this health-care repeal will be dead on arrival. This health-care reform, a.k.a. Obamacare is his pride and joy, his baby, his great "accomplishment" and he will in no way have it repealed or even revised in any shape or form. The repeal's demise will not be for lack of trying to repeal it, but as long as Obama is sitting pretty in the White House the repeal will fail. Better try again in 2012 when Obama hopefully is out of office. A majority of the American people want it repealed, but Obama is a stubborn cookie, and he will not relent. After all Big Brother knows best and the American people are just stupid and don't know what's best for them. Duh!

Posted by: Tommypie | January 7, 2011 6:09 PM | Report abuse

The people posting here in favor of this HealthControl Fraud must be a bunch of soft brained liberals who are so, so generous - with other people's money. Not only that, they can't think for themselves nor make decisions for themselves so they want the government to do it for them and they don't think the real costs will hit them. How many have read even a significant part of this thing? Not many I betting. Even fewer understand what it will do TO THEM not FOR THEM.

It's said that ignorance is bliss. Must have been a run on rose colored glasses.

The rest are too dishonest to admit that this fraud is being run by the most corrupt administration in history! Just wait until you are subjected to one of Obama's death panels. Let me know how that works out for you. Oh, never mind!

Posted by: TexRancher | January 7, 2011 6:06 PM | Report abuse

I noticed a comment that one reader has

mentioned that the Republicans want to

repeal Obamacare before they have read it.

It has already been noted and published

that when Obamacare was rushed through

the Senate, hardly any of the 100 Senators

had read all 2000 pages of its content,

so what ever they passed, is bogus and

therefore we the tax payers have to accept

a product that we really do not know how

it will affect the masses, but the one

thing that we do know, is the fact that

the masses will have to pay for it. In

addition, by law, are the 535

Congressional Members

also required by to purchase the

Obamacare plan, and if not, why not?

This should be investigated. I am

encouraged to see that a judge from

Virginia has ruled Obamacare,

unconsitutional, and based upon these

words of wisdom, the Republicans can

proceed in repealing Obama's health plan,

and publicly explain a version of their

own which should be written in 8th grade

English for interpretation because that is

the reading level that our American schools

are only capable of teaching.

Posted by: dennishabern1 | January 7, 2011 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Shame on the 4 House Democrats - Rep Boren (Okla); Rep Kissell (NC); Rep McIntyre (NC) and Rep Ross (Ark)- that voted with the hypocrits called Republicans to repel healthcare reform. These 4 Democrats are 2 faced individuals to go along with this patronizing (for Tea Baggers) act when the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has sent Boehner a memo advising him that repeling this legislatio will INCREASE our deficit but no it all Paul Ryan and Boehner publicly says they do NOT believe the CBO. What a party of hypocrits that only want to make president Obama a one termer; not create jobs and/or continue to move us forward what a bunch. So to you 4 Democrats shame shame that you would publicly join in this party when you are suppose to care about middle class families. The proof is in the pudding and you 4 Democrats just failed miserably. You were sent to serve the people not join in the party of NO that speaks out of both sides of their neck.

Posted by: netstoy | January 7, 2011 5:52 PM | Report abuse

RobtAlan just disarmed his argument in favor of ObamaCare: He says his poor girlfriend is in Calif. No surprise there. Insurance companies there set premiums to cover all the freebies they have to supply to ILLEGALS that are swamping the health providers now. Any wonder that Calif. rates are going up?
In Houston, Tx. the Harris County Health district supplied $128 million dollars for caring for ILLEGALS in one year. For that the Feds (Who' that? Us!) Reimbursed them $28 million bucks leaving the Harris County taxpayer to kick in the remaining $100 million!

Calif. has set the record for doing even worse! Pay attention, ObamaCare exempts ILLEGALS from any penalties for not signing up for it. Unions are exempt as will, so who's left to pay? You got it, the American taxpayers. SUCKER!

Posted by: TexRancher | January 7, 2011 5:51 PM | Report abuse

This is the greatest job creation bill imaginable. It will add predictability and stability into hiring decisions. Once that is handled, on to reducing regulations, dropping tax and trade and the farce of 'financial reform' and we can start hiring with some confidence again. Whew ... it just takes the adults back in power.

Posted by: IQ168 | January 7, 2011 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Since the majority of the people oppose this HealthCONTROL FRAUD, the House should waste no time getting rid of it. This will give the people a chance to see who's left that ignore the will of the people! Also saves us a lot of money on the hiring of thousands of Fed-acrats to abuse the system......

Posted by: TexRancher | January 7, 2011 5:38 PM
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So, people want less insurance, want no coverage for pre-existing conditions, want the insurance companies to charge as much as they wish for the administrative costs and profits, want no oversight of the insurance companies. Is this accurate?

Posted by: kishorgala | January 7, 2011 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I thought John Boner says;
"the business as usual is over"!!!

Crapukingans and Demoncraps are same crap!!!

It's time for some third powerfull party.
(And NO, please NO, TEA PARTY)

Posted by: BOBSTERII | January 7, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ)you were thrilled to sit quietly and watch when Sen Reid used this tactic in the lame duck session to ram through legislation Democrats wanted. It was most certainly okay then so why now are you so upset? Maybe in the future people who have some ethics might remind their party chairmen that what they do to the opposition will be turned back on them. No sympathy. Sit down, shut up and learn from your mistakes. Maybe Harry Reid needs a trip to the woodshed for starting this little p*ssing match.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | January 7, 2011 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Since the majority of the people oppose this HealthCONTROL FRAUD, the House should waste no time getting rid of it. This will give the people a chance to see who's left that ignore the will of the people! Also saves us a lot of money on the hiring of thousands of Fed-acrats to abuse the system......

Posted by: TexRancher | January 7, 2011 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Why are they wasting time on this symbolism when they should be working on JOBS? Jobs are what is needed....."

Posted by: SpotlessCrab | January 7, 2011 5:18 PM
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Job creation would require thinking, ideas, innovation, plans. And compassion!

On the other hand, symbolism is much easier Let'm feel good about themselves for a week or so.

As soon as the voters are bored and look the other way, the business will be as usual. Especially, The En Actors (TEA Party). Nostradamus wrote about it years ago.

Posted by: kishorgala | January 7, 2011 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Have the Republicans set the date for re-introducing the "three-fifth" rule yet?

Posted by: kishorgala | January 7, 2011 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Why are they wasting time on this symbolism when they should be working on JOBS? Jobs are what is needed.
To repeal the Health Care would cost more in jobs and money they then will admit but HEY, important they look like they are serious. They do know the Senate will not go along with any repeal and Obama will never sign it.
What do they have against the people who sent them to do a job? I am talking about the citizens of course and not the businesses who stand to lose cushy incomes by Health Care for the people.
Can you imagine they have to spend 85% of their premium incomes for benefits? They sure do not like that clause that people will finally get some of what they are paying for.

Posted by: SpotlessCrab | January 7, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Why are they wasting time on this symbolism when they should be working on JOBS? Jobs are what is needed.
To repeal the Health Care would cost more in jobs and money they then will admit but HEY, important they look like they are serious. They do know the Senate will not go along with any repeal and Obama will never sign it.
What do they have against the people who sent them to do a job? I am talking about the citizens of course and not the businesses who stand to lose cushy incomes by Health Care for the people.
Can you imagine they have to spend 85% of their premium incomes for benefits? They sure do not like that clause that people will finally get some of what they are paying for.

Posted by: SpotlessCrab | January 7, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Why are they wasting time on this symbolism when they should be working on JOBS? Jobs are what is needed.
To repeal the Health Care would cost more in jobs and money they then will admit but HEY, important they look like they are serious. They do know the Senate will not go along with any repeal and Obama will never sign it.
What do they have against the people who sent them to do a job? I am talking about the citizens of course and not the businesses who stand to lose cushy incomes by Health Care for the people.
Can you imagine they have to spend 85% of their premium incomes for benefits? They sure do not like that clause that people will finally get some of what they are paying for.

Posted by: SpotlessCrab | January 7, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Why are they wasting time on this symbolism when they should be working on JOBS? Jobs are what is needed.
To repeal the Health Care would cost more in jobs and money they then will admit but HEY, important they look like they are serious. They do know the Senate will not go along with any repeal and Obama will never sign it.
What do they have against the people who sent them to do a job? I am talking about the citizens of course and not the businesses who stand to lose cushy incomes by Health Care for the people.
Can you imagine they have to spend 85% of their premium incomes for benefits? They sure do not like that clause that people will finally get some of what they are paying for.

Posted by: SpotlessCrab | January 7, 2011 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Why are they wasting time on this symbolism when they should be working on JOBS? Jobs are what is needed.
To repeal the Health Care would cost more in jobs and money they then will admit but HEY, important they look like they are serious. They do know the Senate will not go along with any repeal and Obama will never sign it.
What do they have against the people who sent them to do a job? I am talking about the citizens of course and not the businesses who stand to lose cushy incomes by Health Care for the people.
Can you imagine they have to spend 85% of their premium incomes for benefits? They sure do not like that clause that people will finally get some of what they are paying for.

Posted by: SpotlessCrab | January 7, 2011 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I would love to know if any of you "posters" have even read the Health Care Bill? 2000 + pages too much? You progressives and liberals speak in these vague generalities from stuff you pick up at Huffpo, MoveOn, and the MSM. 50 million uninsured, Health Care insurers making money at unprecedented levels, Republican death panels, yada, yada, yada. None of that is true if you do your homework and look for the facts.

There aren't 50 million American citizens without Healthcare. I wouldn't move to another Country and expect that Country to pay for my Healthcare. There are most likely 12 - 18 million citizens in need of Healthcare and most Americans would support a program to take care of those individuals. There are many more that choose not to pay for Healthcare, particularly if someone else is going to pay for it. They won't give up that flat screen TV or new car or new clothes that they own, however, in order to pay for it. I, and many Americans like me, pass on those luxuries in order provide my family with decent Healthcare Insurance that I pay for out of my salary.

If pre-existing conditions are now included in what Insurance Companies have to insure, then what did you people think would happen to premiums? That they would go down? Once again, we should support individuals with pre-existing conditions, and insurance should be portable, but someone has to pay for it. It wasn't calculated into what we were being charged in premiums before.

We really only have two choices, either repeal the current bill and start over sensibly, or go to where Obama wants this to go which is a single payer, govenment run system. The same government that runs the USPS and their 65% delivery rate. The same government that created and sustained Freddie and Fannie which was the tipping point in our current economic woes. That same government that did such a wonderful job with Katrina, the recent East Coast snowstorm, the Gulf Oil spill, regulation of the Banking Industry, etc., etc., etc.

The actual initiatives that could have helped make Healthcare more affordable weren't even in the Bill. You want change, implement Tort Law reform and costs to insure will come down. A "loser pays" system would help. The problem is, the last numbers I saw indicated about 75% of Congress are lawyers. Good luck changing that. How about making insurance available across State lines? That competition would lower rates as well. Not in the bill. I wonder what kind of deal was cut with this Administration to make sure portably didn't happen as well?

This is the poorest piece of Legislation passed in my 53 years and 95% of you haters support it. Do some frickin homework you lazy people...

Posted by: BillyD | January 7, 2011 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Okay, here's for an honest partnership with the GOP warship: Join us to create solutions or every Republican should be guillotined! (And that's way too polite from a Democrat given the poisonous tripe from Conservatives.

Posted by: walden1 | January 7, 2011 5:10 PM | Report abuse


Great, the CBO says repeal will increase the Federal deficit.

Why?

1. Repeal will stop Federal spending CUTS planned for Medicare.

2. Repeal will stop tax increases and fees in the Law.


New MASSIVE Federal program, new taxes, less Medicare spending, great.


Repeal it Republicans and let’s start over!

Posted by: bcarte1 | January 7, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I can tell you that if you have afforable healthcare you are extremely lucky. My girlfriend was born with terrible asthma and is very weak. She can no longer work, but does not qualify for MediCal. She has a huge deductable on her insurance policy, but Blue Cross, the largest insurer in CA just raised her monthly payments another $100 to $750.00 a month. This is what insurance companies are doing to the weakest members of our society and not only do I support the Healthcare reform I cannot wait until the private companies will someday have to compete with a government system like Medicare, Medical, or what the politicians have. The Republicans are dead wrong on this issue. They are all on government programs and they speak out of their backsides. Here they are taking government money to feed their families, cloth and take care of their children, but they want us to fight insurance companies on our own. Cut out the 33% of admistrative waste selling insurance and pushing paper, use it instead to help make people healthy.

Posted by: RobtAlan | January 7, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Nothing worse than a closet "oh-so-gay" Republican like House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier (R-Calif.). Come out, come out, wherever you are ...

Posted by: edfunk1 | January 7, 2011 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Get Rid of Health Care For Government, none of them are complaining about there supreme health care. By the way Boehner purjured himself when he admitted that Gongress did not have to take the New Health Care Bill. Oh Yes they Do What Ever Laws Gongress Passes for us they also have to abide by no if ans or butts about. They Broke The Law when the EXEMPTED THEMSELFS ! America how can you all stand idle bye an let them do this too us?

Posted by: JWTX | January 7, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Premiums were already high b4 the Heath care laws and Premiums will be high after ever if its repeal, thats just a fact every year insurance premiums go up so dont try to blame the DEMS, but u can blame the GOP for tryna not give every single person in this country health care if they want

Posted by: JeroRobson1 | January 7, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse

WOW! They want to repeal their very own health care for Congress and Senate FIRST! I can hardly believe the amazing lack of hypocrisy shown by this daring stand! Imafgine! Their first act is to repeal their own hugely expensive and comprehensive health care and pay for their own doctors out of their own pockets like the rest of us!
YAY! What courage!
And here I thought they wanted us to give up our own first and never repeal theirs! What a fool I was!

Posted by: KentL1 | January 7, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse

WOW! They want to repeal their very own health care for Congress and Senate FIRST! I can hardly believe the amazing lack of hypocrisy shown by this daring stand! Imafgine! Their first act is to repeal their own hugely expensive and comprehensive health care and pay for their own doctors out of their own pockets like the rest of us!
YAY! What courage!
And here I thought they wanted us to give up our own first and never repeal theirs! What a fool I was!

Posted by: KentL1 | January 7, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

These clowns don't have a chance at a repeal. I'm pretty sure people elected them to focus on job creation and so far all we have is a hollow recitation of an amended U.S. Constitution and a futile fight to what used to be called Hillarycare wwhen Eye of Newt was calling the shots... What a waste of energy!

Posted by: braultrl | January 7, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

What? They are going to repeal the bill before anyone has even read it?

Posted by: InTheMiddle | January 7, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Sober1: Good point. Even last year's Supreme Court ruling supports that!

Posted by: K_ny | January 7, 2011 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Hooray! Soon I'll be able to be denied coverage again when i get sick after paying premiums for 10 years and contributing to insurance profits!!! THANK YOU Republicans!!!

Posted by: pbrain | January 7, 2011 4:28 PM | Report abuse

KAFKA'S CORPSE
Washington - Speaker of the House John Boehner has released more details of the Kafka's Corpse Tour, which will be highlighted by the famed writer's corpse lying in repose under the Capitol Dome. The tentative dates have been set for Summer of 2011, possibly July 3rd and 4th, in order to coincide with our nation's Declaration of Independence.
In response to Democrat's questions about funding, he insisted that no taxpayer's funding will be used. "We've got corporate and private funds to cover the entire venture. Haliburton-Scalia has made a major commitment, as has the Oliver North Congressional Truth Foundation. Former Speaker Gingrich has also agreed to head up an effort under the banner of the Gingrich Project for Respectful Bipartisanship. We're also hoping his Trust For American Marriage will step-up and play a part.

Posted by: TOMHERE | January 7, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

If this isn't enough proof that the Republicans are all about. Discrediting the president, not solving our problems. We give foreign aid to countries that have a national heath plan, for God sake.
Look at the spending from the Bush administration. Where is the outrage?
This is for Americans, Quit the game of Republicans against Democrats. Republicans and tea party members keep talking about the intentions of the founding fathers. This is what George Washington most feared. Putting Party first, not it's citizens.

Posted by: bfmontana | January 7, 2011 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute. Didn't we, according to the Voices of the Republican Party, vote to cut the deficit? Wasn't THAT the message from "the voters?" Now it's "The message was to repeal Obamacare," the program that will CUT the deficit besides increasing the number of Americans covered by the currently bottom-dwelling health care system when compared with the rest of the civilized world. I'm just glad the Republicans know already that they can't repeal health care. And I'm waiting breathlessly to hear what else "The voters" demanded. How about a reading of the the Articles of Confederation?

Posted by: badger8 | January 7, 2011 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Don't get sick.

And if you do, die quickly.

Posted by: theAnswerIs42 | January 7, 2011 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Don't get sick.

And if you do, die quickly.

Posted by: theAnswerIs42 | January 7, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

So as far as Republicans and healthcare are concerned, government should be by the business, of the business, and for the business. That doesn't sound like any part of the Constitution as it was read earlier this week. What gives?

Posted by: sober1 | January 7, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Well there they go again as their God Reagan often said. They name a bill as if it's a campaign slogan and those dark suited blue tied leaders who speak against death panels are creating ones for the uninsured while the insurance companies laugh. If the bill was "job Killing" just how many jobs will be lost now that the insurance companies and health care programs won't be hiring?
Welch said of McCarthy, "Hove you no shame?" That could apply to the Republican leadership. What we need is the Democrats reading the names of all those citizens who die thru lack of health care rather than the reading of the constition. Better yet, read all the small print in insurance company health policies that cover them not paying for pre existing conditions or specialized treatments.
I read earlier that these new Tea Party congressmen are planning to sleep in their offices rather than pay the rent on a DC apartment. Maybe they should also pay for their health insurance instead. $180.000 a year fails to make the ends meet for them. The average citizen pays about 25% of their income on housing. Poor bastards!

Posted by: msjn1 | January 7, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Where are the House Dem's?? Why aren't they on the floor reminding their peers of why Americans needed this in the first place? And why aren't they on TV reminding Americans what they stand to lose? (Let's face it - many more Americans watch tv than read the Post. And most of them get their voting ideas from tv.)

In fact, why aren't they standing up for making the bill better, by limiting how much health insurance companies can gouge us with premium increases? They used to be non-profits, and probably more honest then too.

Which brings me to my biggest concern here: Why is anyone allowed to make billions of dollars off healthcare? Isn't our collective good health a humanitarian thing that makes us a strong nation?

Ugly stuff.

Posted by: K_ny | January 7, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Will someone explain to the readers exactly who pays for the healthcare of the uninsured and poor. Also, they should know that when these individuals go to their local hospital many are using emergency rooms which operate at a higher cost as oppose to clinics. The answer to my first statement is we the taxpayers of the United States. Those who are crying are those that use the taxpayers as the cash cow or the goose who laid the golden egg. The Health-care Bill tries to lessen the taxpayer expense. Thereby, managing our cost, rather than being billed at the highest rates.

Posted by: danthony930 | January 7, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

"So we spend TWICE as much as other countries and ration health care so more than 16% of the adult population doesn't get coverage.'


This is a fool's argument.
A "lot" of people receiving third-rate healthcare, does NOT a "first-rate" healthcare system make. Every major dignitary, or person of wealth, needing the finest in medical care, ALWAYS comes to the United States for service.

Would you rather own 100 1985 Hyundai Excels, which don't run, or one Ferrari F430R, in excellent shape?

I'll keep my Ferrari, thanks...because I can AFFORD IT!

Posted by: wcmillionairre | January 7, 2011 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Premiums were already high b4 the Heath care laws and Premiums will be high after ever if its repeal, thats just a fact every year insurance premiums go up so dont try to blame the DEMS, but u can blame the GOP for tryna not give every single person in this country health care if they want

Posted by: JeroRobson1 | January 7, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

OK---Let's take this idea out to the very end. Republicans repeal health care. Now about 50 million people have no health care and about 100 million are under insured. So be it. So where do all these millions go for health care? Like George Bush said "They can go to the emergency room" and they do. Who pays for that? You and I do fellow reader. We not only pay for it, we pay big time because emergency room care is the most expensive of all costs. Without the health care law we will add billions to the deficit. It is just that simple.

Posted by: jjdenton | January 7, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Good luck!
We NEED it!

Posted by: wcmillionairre | January 7, 2011 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Trying to repeal the health care law is a fool's mission. But then, one only needs to look at who is leading the charge and one will recognize the biggest one of all. The effort will die in the Senate over and over again. We need to generate JOBS, not argue over who will pay what additional charges to go back to the old system. We just added nearly a trillion dollars to give away tax cuts that were not funded and Boehner and Co. want to raise the debt by $230 Billion more in the next decade. They don't trust the CBO, citing their own experts who have been WRONG countless times. This is a game of who do you trust and it is not the Republicans in Congress.

Posted by: ronjeske | January 7, 2011 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Dear Sirs,
The Walter Reed Scandal happened on Bush's watch, not Obama's!
Clifford Spencer

Posted by: yankeefan1925 | January 7, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse


Boehner is deliberately mistaken when he says the US has the best health-care system in the world.

More than 50 million adults are uninsured in the US and 75% of them are working. (UPI, Dec. 2010)

An "objective" study that compared health care systems among 19 industrialized countries ranked the United States LAST across a range of measures. The US is LAST despite our spending greater than twice as much per person on health as any other of the countries. (BMJ 2008; 337:a889) 

So we spend TWICE as much as other countries and ration health care so more than 16% of the adult population doesn't get coverage.

This is the best the US can do?

Posted by: alika | January 7, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse


Boehner is deliberately mistaken when he says the US has the best health-care system in the world.

More than 50 million adults are uninsured in the US and 75% of them are working. (UPI, Dec. 2010)

An "objective" study that compared health care systems among 19 industrialized countries ranked the United States LAST across a range of measures. The US is LAST despite our spending greater than twice as much per person on health as any other of the countries. (BMJ 2008; 337:a889) 

So we spend TWICE as much as other countries and ration health care so more than 16% of the adult population doesn't get coverage.

This is the best the US can do?

Posted by: alika | January 7, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

All who vote for repeal will get untreatable crabs, terminal tinnitus and raging hemmorhoids. Tough rocks.

Posted by: peverts | January 7, 2011 3:49 PM | Report abuse

The bullies, representing no more than 20 % of the nations people, want to go backwards and also obfuscate reality and living in the world today for the benefit of their stock portfolios as well as the money network they feel entitled to, since, after all, they wrote the laws that are the framework for this plutocratic monarchy we suffer under, and feel like the folks of Blackwater or someone like that can keep down starving freezing, dinenfranchised peoples, that is if the chemicall weapons dont work...and they are just wrong, and will realize it in the end, if thats what it takes...

Posted by: nzonelson | January 7, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Republican Reps have healthcare. Give that up first, then you can repeal the law... hypocritical no?

Posted by: kfors | January 7, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse


Boehner is deliberately mistaken when he says the US has the best health-care system in the world.

More than 50 million adults are uninsured in the US and 75% of them are working. (UPI, Dec. 2010)

An "objective" study that compared health care systems among 19 industrialized countries ranked the United States LAST across a range of measures. The US is LAST despite our spending greater than twice as much per person on health as any other of the countries. (BMJ 2008; 337:a889) 

So we spend TWICE as much as other countries and ration health care so more than 16% of the adult population doesn't get coverage.

This is the best the US can do?

Posted by: alika | January 7, 2011 3:43 PM | Report abuse

It's one thing for people to say, yes! I want to overturn Obamacare! But if you ask them: do you want to be able to purchase health insurance even if you have a pre-existing condition, they will say, of course! And if you ask, do you want health insurance companies to be prohibited from dropping you when you get sick, they would say, of course! And do you want to be able to buy affordable health insurance even if you lose your job? The Democrats should be on the floor of the House every day talking about the key provisions in the act that no one wants to give up.

Posted by: fmjk | January 7, 2011 3:10 PM | Report abuse

It's one thing for people to say, yes! I want to overturn Obamacare! But if you ask them: do you want to be able to purchase health insurance even if you have a pre-existing condition, they will say, of course! And if you ask, do you want health insurance companies to be prohibited from dropping you when you get sick, they would say, of course! And do you want to be able to buy affordable health insurance even if you lose your job? The Democrats should be on the floor of the House every day talking about the key provisions in the act that no one wants to give up.

Posted by: fmjk | January 7, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

It's one thing for people to say, yes! I want to overturn Obamacare! But if you ask them: do you want to be able to purchase health insurance even if you have a pre-existing condition, they will say, of course! And if you ask, do you want health insurance companies to be prohibited from dropping you when you get sick, they would say, of course! And do you want to be able to buy affordable health insurance even if you lose your job? The Democrats should be on the floor of the House every day talking about the key provisions in the act that no one wants to give up.

Posted by: fmjk | January 7, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

jon_malley,

Don't forget that this poll does not go into detail either. There are many liberals who favor repeal because they want something more progressive. Just asking if you want repeal does not show the true picture.

Posted by: pathfinder12 | January 7, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Does the repeal bill cite the Constitution article on which it is based, and shows the health care reform to be unconstitutional?

Posted by: kishorgala | January 7, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

jon_malley,

Don't forget that this poll does not go into detail either. There are many liberals who favor repeal because they want something more progressive. Just asking if you want repeal does not show the true picture.

Posted by: pathfinder12 | January 7, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

@bob7704
My thoughts exactly. This is one big joke. Even the name of the bill that they are "attempting" to pass is a joke.

Posted by: david5849 | January 7, 2011 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Are those calling for repeal the same ones who held up signs saying, "Keep gov't off my Medicare"?

This is the Republicans wasting time when they should be working with the Prez on fixing the deficit, the economy, the wars, etc.

So much for the new way of doing business in Congress. More things change the more they stay the same.

Just take the vote and move on. Nothing is going to happen and Boehner knows it.

Posted by: DMcG | January 7, 2011 2:43 PM | Report abuse

We had the best health care in the world before Obamacare!

True, but many couldn't afford it!

But much of the nation can't afford the current system and Obamacare (Romneycare) will be popular when it gets going in 2014.

By that time, small businesses will understand it and it will be better than what we have now.

I will support only congressmen and presidential candidates who are against repeal although it will be OK with me if they improve it some; like make it a public option.

Lots of misinformation in the blogosphere now. Stuff like a micro chip will be implanted into you. Heard that on C-span Washington Journal this AM.


Posted by: LL314 | January 7, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Makes me wonder how many of these lawmakers got campaign financing from pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, and other special interest groups that would financially benefit from this vote. I don't think that this is for the benefit of the American people for an INSTANT!

Posted by: CAC2 | January 7, 2011 2:34 PM
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If you rephrase the question to - how many DID NOT get money from the special interest groups - the answer could be very brief.

Posted by: kishorgala | January 7, 2011 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Let's have members of Congress give up their cushy health insurance plans and go into the open market to try and buy insurance.

Posted by: kiwi01 | January 7, 2011 2:24 PM
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The Republicans and their Tea Party "Experiment Gone Terribly Wrong" MFs have sworn not take any perk or benefit that is not afforded to common people.

I am sure some of them have pre-existing conditions as they come to the Congress. They'll honestly refuse the insurance and leave their fate in the hands of the God!

NOT!

Posted by: kishorgala | January 7, 2011 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Next Wednesday the Republicans have picked to vote on repeal. Next Wednesday the Republican Death Panels will start gearing up in hopes of going into business like Jan Brewer of Arizona has allowed.
Thank God the repeal will never go thru all the way. Former Congressman Alan Grayson said it best in the last Congress. The Repoublicans want all of us to die.
I am glad the Senate and Obama will spoil their party celebrating our deaths.

Posted by: sumo1 | January 7, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Makes me wonder how many of these lawmakers got campaign financing from pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, and other special interest groups that would financially benefit from this vote. I don't think that this is for the benefit of the American people for an INSTANT!

Posted by: CAC2 | January 7, 2011 2:34 PM | Report abuse

"A very large majority favors repeal."

"Americans are not "divided" on the issue of repeal: American's FAVOR repeal 48% to 40% according to the Gallup poll cited this very article."

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A majority requires 50% or more. That's just the simple definition of a majority.

This poll also has a margin of error of +/- 4 pts. To say that Americans aren't divided on this issue exemplifies your complete ignorance of how split the public opinion of this law really is.

Stop living under a rock and draining yourself with conservative pundits please.

The methodology that the Republicans are using has no potential to yield results other than to pander to the fools who believe more in their words than their lack of actions.

If anything, this bill should be amended in a bi-partisan fashion to find a compromise on specific parts (i.e. 2014 insurance mandate).

Lastly, I'm truly convinced that this nation has a large percentage of people who simply exist as "sheep," following the opinions of the voices they hear on the radio and TV. For America to truly have a convincing opinion on an issue would take at least a 60-65% majority to filter out all the idiots who can't think for themselves.

Posted by: jon_malley | January 7, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Premiums are going to be so expensive that the ones' that can't afford insurance now won't be able to afford it under Obama Care either. Some insurance companies are already raising or attempting to raise their premiums to an astronomical amount because of the new health care law. And if you've got a pre-exiting disease, forget being able to afford it. Yea, the insurance companies may have to take you, but the cost will be out of sight, preventing these people from affording the cost.

Posted by: winfield1 | January 7, 2011 2:11 PM
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That's all nice and fine. Now tell us WHY the premiums will be high, or WHY only you should be treated but the others should not be or WHERE would the insurance money go?

Insurance companies love people with your thinking that only the healthy people should have insurance.

Posted by: kishorgala | January 7, 2011 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Let's have members of Congress give up their cushy health insurance plans and go into the open market to try and buy insurance.

Posted by: kiwi01 | January 7, 2011 2:24 PM | Report abuse

obozocare isn't about healthcare. It's about lunatic-left d-crat socialist CONTROL of one-sixth of the US economy, lunatic-left d-crat socialist WEALTH AND INCOME RE-DISTRIBUTION, lunatic-left d-crat socialist EXPANSION OF ABORTIONS WITH TAXPAYER MONEY and lunatic-left d-crat socialist NANNY STATE DICTATES to the American people.

REPEAL this Piece-of-S atrocity.

Posted by: TeaPartyPatriot | January 7, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

A very large majority favors repeal.

The bill is a disaster, getting rid of it is well worth the time.

NO, there is nothing more important for our legislative body to do than to void this unconstitutional disaster.

Ridding the US of obamacare will improve the job market dramatically. much uncertainty about the risks of future hiring will be assuaged.

as the wall st journal said: "worst bill ever"

Posted by: docwhocuts | January 7, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Even the terrorists are not so brazen about openly hurting the People! That too from the Chamber they were sent to by the People to serve the People!

The "repeal" poll would be more meaningful if the questions 1) Did the health care reform go too far or not far enough, and 2) Would you prefer amendments or total repeal were also included.

From what I glean, people wanted the reform to do more, specially cut the costs! But the home-grown terrorists would not emphasize that! They were sent to the Chamber to do the the Insurance industry's bidding!

Posted by: kishorgala | January 7, 2011 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Premiums are going to be so expensive that the ones' that can't afford insurance now won't be able to afford it under Obama Care either. Some insurance companies are already raising or attempting to raise their premiums to an astronomical amount because of the new health care law. And if you've got a pre-exiting disease, forget being able to afford it. Yea, the insurance companies may have to take you, but the cost will be out of sight, preventing these people from affording the cost.

Posted by: winfield1 | January 7, 2011 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how many man-hours (translated into taxpayer dollars) have been wasted on this pointless grandstanding that everyone acknowledges has no chance of passing. Where is the efficiency in "making a statement" when it is simply divisive and unhelpful to do so?

Posted by: eeeaarrgh1 | January 7, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I say this to republicans,nothing to doooo?

Posted by: truth1 | January 7, 2011 2:03 PM | Report abuse

The MFs need to be sent back to their Fatherland!

Posted by: kishorgala | January 7, 2011 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Americans are not "divided" on the issue of repeal: American's FAVOR repeal 48% to 40% according to the Gallup poll cited this very article.

Why does the columnist, Felicia Sonmez, mislead readers by using the word "divided?" "Divided" implies 50-50%. Felicia Sonmex is attempting to hide the fact that American's clearly want REPEAL. She must be of Generation Y, who think nothing of misleading others because they can always give an empty apology if caught!

Posted by: tina5 | January 7, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

What the Republicans keep glossing over about the "mandate" of the polls it that a) Of the people that say they are against the Healthcare Law about 30% are against because they do not think it went far enough. b) When those against are actually educated about what is in the bill (sort like actually reading the Constitution to them) nearly 70% say they actually support it.

Plain and simple the Republican party does not have the best interest of the Republic in mind.

Posted by: ehpercy | January 7, 2011 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I am 41 years old, make $100k in salary a year & have real estate partnership with my siblings. The partnership was setup by my father a man who went from the son of a hard working blue collar father, working as houseboy for a family, to putting himself through college. Got married and his wife worked while he went to law school after graduating from law school he went to work for an insurance company doing land acquisitions. This sparked his interest in real estate. He would eventually buy a real estate brokerage firm that was eventually sold to a division of Berkshire Hathaway. He went from owning nothing to owning and managing millions of dollars’ worth of real estate. My father passed away and his irrevocable trust is another source of income. I paid my 2009 taxes in October (always file extension) I paid in 122K in taxes and estimates for 2010.

I am happy to call myself a liberal. When it comes to this debate about repealing the healthcare reform I like to reflect on the things that I have seen in my life especially when it comes to the sub-contractors I have known in my life, friends and family members. Growing up with Real Estate agents and plumbers, painters, and other blue collar workers I learned about the people who don't have health insurance. Too many times I have seen people who are doing well in life suddenly have a medical crisis and no health insurance. Some of them were forced into bankruptcy; some of them sought treatment too late and passed away. My wife has a friend from high school. Her son was born with a liver defect. Before he was a year old he had a liver transplant. But he still has thousands of dollars in medical bills a year. Getting rid of the lifetime cap on insurance is an absolute blessing for this family. They were faced with hitting their plans 2 million dollar maximum lifetime payout before he was 12 if not sooner. I have a niece with a pre-existing health condition. She is the daughter of a farmer. As soon as she was diagnosed with her condition she became uninsurable. Thanks to the healthcare reform act she can now get insurance.

I admit that the healthcare reform was not perfect. But it definitely will and has affected the lives of thousands if not millions of people’s lives.

We cannot allow the repeal effort waste the important time of House of Representatives. There are plenty of issues that need to be addressed in this country and the attempt to repeal healthcare reform is a waste of time and money. As Americans we must stand up and let our legislators no that we do not want them wasting time and money at an effort on a symbolic vote.

Posted by: DDS112097 | January 7, 2011 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Thanks all you tea bagger nit wits for voting the Republicans back into power.

Posted by: montana123 | January 7, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

By the way, what do republicans do after they cancel American's health care? Soylent Green

Posted by: SanchosR | January 7, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Symbolic!

Tea Party!

No Kidding!

Next, they'll bring back the Clinton Impeachment!

You see, they are better than anyone else!

Posted by: kishorgala | January 7, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Canceling Obamacare is all about jobs. Jobs for the insurance company death panels. However Arizona should get a waiver because the governor of that state runs the death panel and she has proved she doesn't need help in putting sick innocent people to death.

Posted by: SanchosR | January 7, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

"Frankly, there is nothing to amend. ... Either we're going to wipe the slate clean and start fresh, or we're not," House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier (R-Calif.) said.
***************************************** You're not.

Not now and not ever unless the GOP can drum up 60 votes in the Senate for cloture. That most definitely won't happen until the entire health care legislation has already been implemented.

Posted by: st50taw | January 7, 2011 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of what Republicans do or say regarding the Democrats health care reform legislation, the fact will always remain that it was President Obama and liberal Democrats who made Congress recognize and acknowledge the long-festering problem that medical care and insurance costs are to the majority of American citizens. If what they did was extreme, it was only to counter the extreme ignorance of the problem during the Republican administrations and bring it into focus as a serious matter to be dealt with rather than swept under the rug of corporate greed. The federal government took action because states failed to and now states are crying interference. As always, the Republican agenda is to return to yesteryear and represent only the wealthy and corporations who bought their elections. The Republican form of government should be represented, since we are a Republic, but not at the cost of oppressing the Democratic majority who are not wealthy or incorporated. It is laughable that Boehner and other Republicans are quoting "government of the people, by the people, for the people," as their ideal when Republican government literally means rule by the few.

Posted by: SaySo1 | January 7, 2011 1:30 PM | Report abuse

the bought and paid for lackeys of the rich (our elected reps) continue to serve their corporate masters.

business as usual by the party of no idea and the spineless dems.

Posted by: xxxxxx1 | January 7, 2011 1:28 PM | Report abuse

This is just a theatrical grandstanding and waste of tax payers’ money and time. They may as well declare the earth is flat while they are at it! Morons.

Posted by: KaneMan | January 7, 2011 1:13 PM | Report abuse

KAFKA'S CORPSE
Washington - Speaker of the House John Boehner announced today that special preparations are being made to disinter the corpse of Franz Kafka and fly it to Washington where it will lie in repose under the Capitol Rotunda.
"This is a fitting tribute to the "Father of Modern Republican Philosophy". This man laid the foundation and core principals our our party, and it's only right that we salute him here as we take the reins of power once again. As our friends on the Texas Textbook Commission and other activists around the nation purge references to Thomas Jefferson from our history, we will replace them with references to Kafka, thus enshrining him in his rightful place as one of our Founding Fathers."

Posted by: TOMHERE | January 7, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

KAFKA'S CORPSE
Washington - Speaker of the House John Boehner announced today that special preparations are being made to disinter the corpse of Franz Kafka and fly it to Washington where it will lie in repose under the Capitol Rotunda.
"This is a fitting tribute to the "Father of Modern Republican Philosophy". This man laid the foundation and core principals our our party, and it's only right that we salute him here as we take the reins of power once again. As our friends on the Texas Textbook Commission and other activists around the nation purge references to Thomas Jefferson from our history, we will replace them with references to Kafka, thus enshrining him in his rightful place as one of our Founding Fathers."

Posted by: TOMHERE | January 7, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

What a waste of time and money. This is pure politics for the stupid. There is no way this gets thru the Senate and even if it did, Obama will veto it and the repubs know they don't have enough votes to over ride it. Were these guys sent to DC to do something or play games?
Fight the battles you can win. They've even got the Tea Party down on them for this.

Posted by: bob7704 | January 7, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Corrupt Government Morons:

The U.S. Postal Service was established in 1775. You corrupt morons have had 234 years to get it right and it is broke.

Social Security was established in 1935. You corrupt morons have had 74 years to get it right and it is broke.

Fannie Mae was established in 1938. You corrupt morons have had 71 years to get it right and it is broke.

The War on Poverty started in 1964. You corrupt morons have had 45 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to "the poor" and they only want more.

Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965. You corrupt morons have had 44 years to get it right and they are broke.

Freddie Mac was established in 1970. You corrupt morons have had 39 years to get it right and it is broke.

The Department of Energy was created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. It has ballooned to 16,000 employees with a budget of $24 billion a year and we import more oil than ever before. You corrupt morons had 32 years to get it right and it is an abysmal failure.

You corrupt morons have FAILED in every "government service" you have shoved down our throats while overspending our tax dollars.

AND NOW YOU WANT AMERICANS TO BELIEVE YOU CAN BE TRUSTED WITH A GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM?

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | January 7, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Pass a bill one year, then spend over $230 million repealing it the second year.
The Congress is at play again, and no ones property or liberty is safe until they adjuourn. What is at the bottom is meeting the needs of the wealthy insurance companies who are displeased with the new rules.

Posted by: drzimmern1 | January 7, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Headline should read - House clears way for SYMBOLIC healthcare repeal vote to appease Teabaggers.
Republicans aren't about to take away 30M new customers from the Insurance industry!


Posted by: angie12106 | January 7, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Just think... someday a leader for the repuggies will step forward and grab them up by the short and curlies and deliver them to helping the people.

Posted by: WmLaney | January 7, 2011 12:55 PM | Report abuse

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