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Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 01/23/2011

Senate Republican leader vows to push for health care repeal vote

By Felicia Sonmez

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) pledged Sunday that the Senate would vote on a repeal of the national health care overhaul following the House's passage of repeal legislation last week.

"I'm not going to discuss how we're going to do it from a parliamentary point of view here, but it's very hard to deny people votes in the Senate, and I assure you we'll have a vote on repeal," McConnell said during an appearance on "Fox News Sunday."

McConnell acknowledged that few Republicans are optimistic that repeal would pass the Senate, noting that only three House Democrats joined with Republicans in backing repeal last week. But he added that he's "perplexed" Democrats wouldn't want to hold a vote on one of their signature legislative agenda items.

"I don't know why the Democrats don't want to vote on it," McConnell said. "They're proud of it. They think it's one of the most important things that they've done for the country."

McConnell's push for a repeal vote follows a similar call by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who last week dared Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to hold a vote.

In a separate appearance on "Fox News Sunday," Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) rejected the idea of Democrats bringing a repeal bill to the floor, noting that Reid "has said we're not going to bring up" the idea. But Durbin did note that Republicans could try to bring repeal to the floor through the amendment process.

"Now, if some Republican senator wants to offer it as an amendment at some point, it's possible they will. It's possible we'll face that vote," he said. "But having spoken to my members in the Democratic Caucus, with Sen. Reid, we feel there's still strong support for health care reform."

Durbin said "there's a serious question" whether McConnell would be able to find the four Democratic votes necessary to give a repeal effort the support of a majority of the Senate, adding that "I certainly don't believe he's going to find anywhere near 60, which is probably going to be the vote required to repeal health care reform."

Durbin did leave the door open to revisiting some portions of the health care law, citing 1099 repeal as an area of potential bipartisan cooperation.

"I think we should revisit our laws and revisiting the health care reform law is not unreasonable," Durbin said.

By Felicia Sonmez  | January 23, 2011; 11:01 AM ET
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Comments

I would be more inclined to believe in those who clamor for reduction in spending if they were also willing to remove the Bush tax cuts from the wealthiest Americans in this time of austerity for the middle class and poor.
As it sits, their attacks on a programs that benefit the poor and middle class are shameless and despicable.
Only a fool would listen to someone who wishes them harm.

Posted by: seemstome | January 28, 2011 2:26 PM | Report abuse

The concept of requiring liability automobile insurance is similar to requiring health care insurance. Practically everyone has a car in this country because we need them to survive. Likewise, we need adequate health care to survive and prosper.
They are also similar because there is a minimum amount that you are required to carry.
Even those who ride in public transit are covered by insurance and the cost is included in the fare.
No one rides for free.

Posted by: seemstome | January 28, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

We all need health care coverage because we all end up in the emergency room sooner or later. All policyholders and taxpayers end up paying for those that do not have insurance when they show up at the hospital and it is the most expensive way to treat them as well.
Preventative care avoids the hospital and is more economical in the long run but it is unobtainable for many under the present system.
Requiring people to buy insurance eliminates that treatment gap between the clinic and the emergency room and saves money and lives.

Posted by: seemstome | January 28, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

How is this healthcare program any different than having car insurance? Really. We have to have car insurance these days, right? Pick what coverage you want, it's your choice. Republicans have a reputation of lying about everything. They are bought and paid for by the corporations they serve. Let's ask ourselves...What's best for the American people? We buy our own healthcare, it's not a giveaway program. You pick what you want. If we really want to be smart, get away from profit-driven healthcare. We don't need insurance companies. Save ourselves and the money. Tell the GOP we are tired of their LIES and DECEPTION. They are bullies spreading hate and fear. They divide the nation with hate-talk. They block hundreds of good bills, not for the good of the people but for political POWER. Pull back the curtain and expose them for who they are...CORRUPT.

Posted by: Justice4all5 | January 24, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

How is this healthcare program any different than having car insurance? Really. We have to have car insurance these days, right? Pick what coverage you want, it's your choice. Republicans have a reputation of lying about everything. They are bought and paid for by the corporations they serve. Let's ask ourselves...What's best for the American people? We buy our own healthcare, it's not a giveaway program. You pick what you want. If we really want to be smart, get away from profit-driven healthcare. We don't need insurance companies. Save ourselves and the money. Tell the GOP we are tired of their LIES and DECEPTION. They are bullies spreading hate and fear. They divide the nation with hate-talk. They block hundreds of good bills, not for the good of the people but for political POWER. Pull back the curtain and expose them for who they are...CORRUPT.

Posted by: Justice4all5 | January 24, 2011 11:27 AM | Report abuse

How is this healthcare program any different than having car insurance? Really. We have to have car insurance these days, right? Pick what coverage you want, it's your choice. Republicans have a reputation of lying about everything. They are bought and paid for by the corporations they serve. Let's ask ourselves...What's best for the American people? We buy our own healthcare, it's not a giveaway program. You pick what you want. If we really want to be smart, get away from profit-driven healthcare. We don't need insurance companies. Save ourselves and the money. Tell the GOP we are tired of their LIES and DECEPTION. They are bullies spreading hate and fear. They divide the nation with hate-talk. They block hundreds of good bills, not for the good of the people but for political POWER. Pull back the curtain and expose them for who they are...CORRUPT.

Posted by: Justice4all5 | January 24, 2011 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Let's not kid ourselves, the democrats should not be in any way, shape or form
making decisions about our health care
They are confused and abusive about what actual facts are required for people to be healthy, this so-called reform is only to them about the illegal vote, Plain and Simple

http://www.massresistance.org
http://www.nationformarriage.org/kids
http://www.drjudithreisman.org
http://www.silentscream.org
Also google
Boston Children's Hospital Sex Change Clinic
Dr.Money The boy with no P.E.N.I.S.
The Transgendered Janitor in the Oxford, Massachusetts Elementry School
Obama's Bi-Sexuality
Dawn Stefanowicz Out from Under
Planned Parenthood as this organization goes into the public schools and gives young girls low dose birth control pills so they will become pregnant, then they take them for an abortion, many times without the parents permission

The progressive liberals are destroying our children and our families

Posted by: boski66 | January 24, 2011 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Let's not kid ourselves, the democrats should not be in any way, shape or form
making decisions about our health care
They are confused and abusive about what actual facts are required for people to be healthy, this so-called reform is only to them about the illegal vote, Plain and Simple

http://www.massresistance.org
http://www.nationformarriage.org/kids
http://www.drjudithreisman.org
http://www.silentscream.org
Also google
Boston Children's Hospital Sex Change Clinic
Dr.Money The boy with no P.E.N.I.S.
The Transgendered Janitor in the Oxford, Massachusetts Elementry School
Obama's Bi-Sexuality
Dawn Stefanowicz Out from Under
Planned Parenthood as this organization goes into the public schools and gives young girls low dose birth control pills so they will become pregnant, then they take them for an abortion, many times without the parents permission

The progressive liberals are destroying our children and our families

Posted by: boski66 | January 24, 2011 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Let's not kid ourselves, the democrats should not be in any way, shape or form
making decisions about our health care
They are confused and abusive about what actual facts are required for people to be healthy, this so-called reform is only to them about the illegal vote, Plain and Simple

http://www.massresistance.org
http://www.nationformarriage.org/kids
http://www.drjudithreisman.org
http://www.silentscream.org
Also google
Boston Children's Hospital Sex Change Clinic
Dr.Money The boy with no P.E.N.I.S.
The Transgendered Janitor in the Oxford, Massachusetts Elementry School
Obama's Bi-Sexuality
Dawn Stefanowicz Out from Under
Planned Parenthood as this organization goes into the public schools and gives young girls low dose birth control pills so they will become pregnant, then they take them for an abortion, many times without the parents permission

The progressive liberals are destroying our children and our families

Posted by: boski66 | January 24, 2011 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Bush/ Cheney had 6 years of complete republican/neoconservative party control and did nothing to bring down the cost medical insurance. The neoconservative party screamed FREE MARKET!!!

What was the primary objective of Obamacare? To provide insurance coverage for at least
39 million more people.

The medical insurance industry has no intentions of reducing the cost without reducing services

And the neoconservative party STILL supports the most expensive medical insurance industry in the world.

BECAUSE the neoconservative party members refuse to open health care savings accounts
on their own that which is the party answer to health insurance.

The neoconservative party have a few consistent patterns:

1. They take out financial institutions

2. They come to taxpayers for bailouts each time

3. They never reduce taxes instead move taxes elsewhere

4. They kill economies then complain about gov't spending taxes to create jobs

5. They start money hole wars for oil then blame the other party

6. They never have reduced the size of government in spite of rhetoric

7. They have always increased the size and cost of government in spite of rhetoric

8. They continue to push for killing Social Security to boost their Wall Street special interests

9. They have never purchased health care savings accounts in spite of rhetoric

10.They have never reduced the cost of prescriptions instead they increased the cost
of prescriptions by way of Medicare Part D = more profits for the medical insurance industry.

Posted by: rheckler2002 | January 24, 2011 6:57 AM | Report abuse

Based on this article, I'd say that the Republicans really don't have the best interests of the American people in mind. Take my life for example. I'm not even old enough to vote yet, but I know first hand that this bill will do only good for the people. According to the last unemployment statistic done by Google for California, our unemployment rate is at 12.4%. That means that my dad hasn't had a job for the past 2 years, and coincidentally my 5 year old sister was diagnosed with cancer, and my mom suddenly became to ill to care for us four siblings. When I tore my ACL, it took me 4 weeks just to get an MRI, and 6 months to get a simple surgery. So here we were, my sister undergoing chemotherapy, my mom sick, and me with a busted knee. I can think of no better example of how this health care bill could benefit us. Quite frankly, I think that Republicans need to except that this bill was not designed to suit their needs, it was designed with the people in mind. Those that have money now will have it tomorrow, but what about those that don't? What happened to my family could happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere. Free health care isn't going to harm anyone. So here's what me, a High School Senior, has to say to Republicans: it's time to put the people first.

Posted by: sqazi | January 23, 2011 11:03 PM | Report abuse

If Republicans are so hell-bent against government health care,
why don't they refuse their own government health care. No way, they are clamoring for it. The new Republicans and Tea baggers
couldn't wait to enroll. They were complaining because it took too long for them to get theirs started.

What hypocritical scoundrels. Their followers don't realize that they are being lied to and laughed at. Health Care, good for them, too good for You. Tooo! expensive for you. Gotta watch the budget.

Gotta keep the $$$ coming for their big wig friends.

Posted by: bayard2 | January 23, 2011 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Let's not talk about repeal in the abstract. Let's talk about repeal in specifics. For example, let some of the families who can NOW -- thanks to the Affordable Health Care Act -- get health insurance for their children who have been denied health care insurance at an affordable price and those families with seriously ill children who will not lose care for their children because of a dollar limit on care come to the House and the Senate with their children and have Members of the House and Senators tell them and their children face to face -- and on camera -- that the Members are clones of the unreformed Scrooge and want to take away the health care insurance and the right to life for the children and inflict suffering and in a number of instances death on the children.


Posted by: jimb | January 23, 2011 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Democrats don't really care how corrupt this healthcare "reform" is, how many payoffs it involves, how many people will be exempt from paying into it, how many generations will be paying dearly for it. They just want their "free" healthcare NOW!

Posted by: NoWayNotNow | January 23, 2011 8:09 PM

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 9:38 PM | Report abuse

"it's very hard to deny people votes in the Senate"? Wow, the GOP has made a specialty of that so let them eat their own B.S.

Posted by: larry9 | January 23, 2011 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Democrats don't really care how corrupt this healthcare "reform" is, how many payoffs it involves, how many people will be exempt from paying into it, how many generations will be paying dearly for it. They just want their "free" healthcare NOW!

Posted by: NoWayNotNow | January 23, 2011 8:09 PM

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Democrats don't really care how corrupt this healthcare "reform" is, how many payoffs it involves, how many people will be exempt from paying into it, how many generations will be paying dearly for it. They just want their "free" healthcare NOW!

Posted by: NoWayNotNow | January 23, 2011 8:09 PM

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Democrats don't really care how corrupt this healthcare "reform" is, how many payoffs it involves, how many people will be exempt from paying into it, how many generations will be paying dearly for it. They just want their "free" healthcare NOW!

Posted by: NoWayNotNow | January 23, 2011 8:09 PM

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Democrats don't really care how corrupt this healthcare "reform" is, how many payoffs it involves, how many people will be exempt from paying into it, how many generations will be paying dearly for it. They just want their "free" healthcare NOW!

Posted by: NoWayNotNow | January 23, 2011 8:09 PM

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 9:07 PM | Report abuse

We liberals wish the republicans would repeal that piece of crap legislation. The Healthcare bill is a republican bill. The major provisions are lifted right out of republican John Chafee’s 1993 proposed bill. Obama readily admitted to such as he wanted bipartisan support for the bill.

The bill is a boon for insurance companies. Moreover, the record number of mergers since its passages all but guarantees higher medical costs—the AMA and medical lobby is now pressuring Congress to exempt the industry from anti-trust laws. The bill is a farce. We liberals never liked this bill.

Obama took the following provisions from former Sen. Chafee’s bill:

Provide subsides for low income individuals to purchase medical coverage;

Require individuals to purchase health insurance, but includes a religious and/or hardship exemption;

Establishe a state based exchange/clearinghouse to purchase insurance;

Control health plan costs (Obama caps $8,500/single; $23,000/family; Chafee capped tax exemption for employer-sponsored plans)

Set a standard benefits package;

Require employers to offer health insurance to employees (although the details vary slightly);

Prohibit insurers from denying medical coverage for pre-existing conditions;

Prohibit insurance companies from canceling coverage;

Establish long term care provisions (Obama’s is voluntary; Chafee’s set standards)

Develop efforts for a more efficient health care system (unintended consequence is a record number of mergers; the monopolies/AMA are now pressuring Congress to exempt them from anti-trust laws. The end result will actually be higher cost as consumers/patients have fewer options.)

Reduce growth in Medicare spending;

Cover an estimated 94% of Americans.

Posted by: jandcgall1 | January 23, 2011 9:07 PM | Report abuse

"... it's very hard to deny people votes in the Senate" - Mitch McConnell

I never realized that the man is a comedian.

Posted by: i_go_pogo | January 23, 2011 8:53 PM | Report abuse

"I don't know why the Democrats don't want to vote on it," McConnell said. Well, gee Mr Minority 'Leader', they voted on it and passed it once, why would they want to do it again? You're a piece of work. Go ahead, keep on pursuing the politics of the pointless, and soon enough, you'll be pushed aside. Health Care Reform, as much as it may need adjustment, isn't going anywhere soon, and certainly isn't going anywhere on account of you. Get over yourself, and maybe consider working on JOBS, you know, things that you were actually elected to do.

Posted by: reader011 | January 23, 2011 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Mitch, you piece of Confederate crap: you vote all you want. Health care is going nowhere.

Go whip your slaves.

Posted by: 2229 | January 23, 2011 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Mitch, you piece of Confederate crap: you vote all you want. Health care is going nowhere.

Go whip your slaves.

Posted by: 2229 | January 23, 2011 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Mitch, you piece of Confederate crap: you vote all you want. Health care is going nowhere.

Go whip your slaves.

Posted by: 2229 | January 23, 2011 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Mitch, you piece of Confederate crap: you vote all you want. Health care is going nowhere.

Go whip your slaves.

Posted by: 2229 | January 23, 2011 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Mitch, you piece of Confederate crap: you vote all you want. Health care is going nowhere.

Go whip your slaves.

Posted by: 2229 | January 23, 2011 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Mitch, you piece of Confederate crap: you vote all you want. Health care is going nowhere.

Go whip your slaves.

Posted by: 2229 | January 23, 2011 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Mitch, you piece of Confederate crap: you vote all you want. Health care is going nowhere.

Go whip your slaves.

Posted by: 2229 | January 23, 2011 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Mitch, you piece of Confederate crap: you vote all you want. Health care is going nowhere.

Go whip your slaves.

Posted by: 2229 | January 23, 2011 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Mitch, you piece of Confederate crap: you vote all you want. Health care is going nowhere.

Go whip your slaves.

Posted by: 2229 | January 23, 2011 8:41 PM | Report abuse

McConnell is thinking about the 2012 elections, plus the economy is improving and Obama's approval rating is going up, old prune face is starting to panic. The GOP also doesn't like the news about the approval rating for the health care bill which has been rising in our country, including right wing followers. If this is the best they can come up with then we can expect the same nonsense from them for another two years. I believe their digging their own graves, especially if they keep on listening to the tea party.

Posted by: shipfreakbo214 | January 23, 2011 8:24 PM | Report abuse

"I don't know why the Democrats don't want to vote on it," McConnell said. "They're proud of it. They think it's one of the most important things that they've done for the country."

You forget, Mitch, that the Democrats already voted on it. Why would they have to or want to again? Whatever for? Because you want them to? You idiot, were you born on the sun?

Posted by: Chagasman | January 23, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Democrats don't really care how corrupt this healthcare "reform" is, how many payoffs it involves, how many people will be exempt from paying into it, how many generations will be paying dearly for it. They just want their "free" healthcare NOW!

Posted by: NoWayNotNow | January 23, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse


It has already been repealed in the House silly Dims. The Senate vote is to repeal. Let every Dim senator get his vote on the record.

Posted by: screwjob23 | January 23, 2011 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Mitch McConnell is totally worthless piece of shi*t. He reminds me of the village idiot who walks around with his finger up his as*s, mouthing the usual McConnellspeak drivel. Is there a less distinguished man in the Senate?

Posted by: heuristic77 | January 23, 2011 8:02 PM | Report abuse

There's actually no reason to vote on health care. It was already voted on, and was passed by the Senate, the House, and signed into law by the President. The gimmickry by Boner et al is simply political theatre.

Posted by: jurman | January 23, 2011 7:56 PM | Report abuse

So many scatalogical references by leftists! Did you boys have trouble with potty-training when you were young?

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

There's actually no reason to vote on health care. It was already voted on, and was passed by the Senate, the House, and signed into law by the President.

Posted by: jurman | January 23, 2011 7:54 PM | Report abuse

The repeal is a joke and a waste of time. The Republicans have never served the American people. They are the party of corporate fascism and pose a much greater threat to the republic than anything the Democrats could ever come up with.

Posted by: ElectricBill | January 23, 2011 7:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but when I look at Mitch McConnell, I see the grasshopper who comes to eat everything you have.

And we have to realize that we are dealing with conservatives. Conservatives would squander our resources, our sons and daughters, our retirements and the futures of our children on the mass killings of others, but can't bring themselves to actually HELP anyone but themselves.

What kind of people are those? How do they rationalize it?

Posted by: gkam | January 23, 2011 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Why does McConnell always look like he just pis*ed his pants?

What a complete piece of festering sh*t this guy is.

Posted by: binkynh | January 23, 2011 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Why does McConnell always look like he just pis*ed his pants?

What a complete piece of festering sh*t this guy is.

Posted by: binkynh | January 23, 2011 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Mitch McConnell is a totally worthless piece of sh*it. Could there possibly be a less distinguished creature in the Senate? What are HIS ideas for health care reform?

Posted by: heuristic77 | January 23, 2011 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Hey Mitchie Boy . Ever hear of the advice that it's best to take care of priorities ? Like you know as well as we, that even with all the machinations you all can muster, it will take until 2012 and the defeat of the ruling despot to repeal the law entirely. So, in the meantime, he's stopped the drilling and Heating oil is now $3.17 a gal by me, and it's cost me $2300 so far this winter to heat the house . Not to mention the outrageous price that gas is at the pump. And the borders are still wide open, and it's costing us a small fortune to cure the sick illegals in this country as well as to educate them and provide food stamps. Obama is feathering his own nest and those of Gore, Peckinpaw and the other investors in Solar Panels, Windmills and Ethanol . Not to mention GM and it's silly electric cars that are decades away from viable transportation. And he and his administration have sat on their azzes as China and Japan bought up all the corn from this bumper crop before it even left the silos. And since it's the main ingredient for Animal Food prices for beef as well as cereal and other corn products will go even further through the roof. And since corn is used for Ethanol, there's more cost to the taxpayers . And if you think China is interested in using the Corn other than for food you're crazy. They are building at least 1 generating station a month and they are using coal to run it and to produce electricity . All the while Obama is putting small business under and wanting to tax them as China will put more Carbon in the air in one month than we will in a decade. And Ethanol puts more harmful emissions into the atmosphere than gasolene. Then there's the little matter of leaving the Mexican border wide open in order to get the Hispanic vote, while Americans are being murdered right on their own American Property. All this while Reid promises them they can go to College here, and he'll work for Amnesty for them, while we keep them in food and health Care. And as a little aside , Mr. Chertoff and other investors are picking up a tidy little sum in their investments in Airport Scanners that cost a small fortune for just one of them. Then the most unkindest cut of all, as they spin and run smoke up the flagpole. Touting the Stimulus as a huge success, as Unemployment will soon reach 10% and we all know, this country won't move unless it can work and pay it's own way. The imbalance of trade with China , and his empty threats as he kowtows to Hu will kill us before long. We can't compete because of all the outsourcing over the years and because the Chinese will work for peanuts . This once great country that produced anything and everything it needed right within its shores , is playing second fiddle to a Nation that only a few decades ago was one step from the Neanderthal age. Yessir, Obama sure is the Messiah. Only difference is, if you go down to his kingdom , make sure you don't touch the walls . Unless you have on Asbestos gloves.

Posted by: puck-101 | January 23, 2011 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Portico6, I completely sympathize. After two years of the vacuous leftist Harry Reid and the vapid Marxist Nancy Pelosi, I was in tears. But then Nov 2, 2010 happened, and I began to recover. I expect a full recovery in November 2012. So cheer up! Or not...

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama care was wet-dreamed in backroom (cloakroom) of Senate, by a few Senators. Nancy Pelosi made the comment "we have to vote for it, to find out what is in it". We have too many government workers and supervisors now, screwing up the works, while workers let computers tell them what to do. We don't need more healthcare czars, with staff, offices, and clip boards to govern and decide what care any of us is entitled to. This is something we need both Republicans, Democrats political leaders discussing, holding townhouse meetings to get input, opposition or support, so we come out with balanced policies. Decisions are best made at local level by doctor-patient through discussion, not clerks in a distant office making decisions on the cost. I qualified for Medicare in 1994, and Tricare for Life in 2001 and Congress has kept both in turmoil all these years. When we are old, can't read fine print, hear make logical decisions, and eyesight is shot, WE ARE ASKED TO READ ALL THE FINE PRINT, QUESTION OUR DOCTOR, AND ACCEPT CARE WE DID RECEIVE IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE. We had a perfectly good system of seeing a doctor when we did not feel good, being referred to specialist if needed, and paying for care provided. Now we pay high percentage of our income for "preventative"? checksups and regular visits to be told nothing has changed in past 2-3 months. I can't afford this program, so doctor can pay liability insurance. We are ripped off on a sales job by insurance companies. During Military service 1950-1976, I went to sick call if I felt ill, was referred if necessary. Doctors job was to get me well, and my job was to go back to work. Worked fine for me for 26 years 18 days of Honorable service. Had some regular checkups-exrays-dental checks-etc, but most of my visits to doctor was for illness. Visit once a year is sufficient for me, even at 81, unless I have a problem.

Posted by: Frank25 | January 23, 2011 6:59 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't even name one my t*rds Mitch McConnell

Posted by: 44fx2901 | January 23, 2011 6:57 PM | Report abuse

"...it's very hard to deny people votes in the Senate, and I assure you we'll have a vote on repeal," McConnell said...

This coming from the man who has led over two years of denying votes on all kind of matters? I'm torn between worrying about his sanity (or more fully doubting his integrity) and wondering what the hell the people of Kentucky were thinking when they re-elected this buffoon?

What a joke - I'd laugh if his antics weren't so serious and so troubling.

Posted by: portico6 | January 23, 2011 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Arjuna1, In what leftist handbook did you find that drivel? In the future, don't just cut-and-paste. Try THINKING before you hit the "submit" button.

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 6:51 PM | Report abuse

So, now McConnell is going to try to "force" a vote in the Senate.

I hope that Senator Reid still has a pair to fight back hard on McConnell's and the GOP's "Death Panel" for millions of American.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 23, 2011 6:49 PM | Report abuse

The GOP (who enjoys premium health care at taxpayer expense) has as its primary goal to undo all that the Democrats have done whether it be for good or ill. The GOP will pontificate on how they care about America and the American people, but their real masters are the corporations and the richest of the rich. The GOP's goal is power and money, for themselves and their masters. The average American -- the middle class and the poor will be ground down until there are 2 classes -- rich and poor.

USA, government of, by, and for the rich

Lincoln is spinning in his grave.....

Posted by: abbydelabbey | January 23, 2011 6:44 PM | Report abuse

ALL CONSERVATISM is rooted in INSECURITY; fear that the other guy is as bad as you see-yourself as being.
Thus the need to distrust the motives of others, the need to Control politics and business; and to self-reassure by projecting an insecure interpretation of what you think "God" Thinks.
The socially insecure are unhappy, and selfish.

Posted by: Arjuna1 | January 23, 2011 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Abigsam, As a leftist Democrat, you would know all about scum. Say hello to your scummy pals for me!

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 6:44 PM | Report abuse

It's not about healthcare, it's not about replacing it with something better. It's about McConnell's pledge to do all he can to make Obama a one term president at all costs no matter what consequences to the country may result.

Some vision you have for America scumbags.

Posted by: abigsam | January 23, 2011 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like discrimination to me, that Unions are exempted from paying the tax
for Cadillac benefits!
Why are union workers given Special Treatment by this president?
Union workers already have guaranteed jobs;
better healthcare and pensions than most
in private industry.
(most in private industry don't have healthcare or pensions!)
Obama, please explain to us why Union workers are given Preferential Treatment?
Maybe you'll explain it in the state of the union address...

Posted by: ohioan | January 23, 2011 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Amstphd, You're obviously in the wrong union. Here is some information for you:

Big Labor got some big love from President Obama and congressional Democrats yesterday after they agreed to exempt union workers from the whopping “Cadillac tax” on high-cost health-care plans until 2018.

The sweetheart deal, hammered out behind closed doors, will save union employees at least $60 billion over the years involved, while others won't be as lucky -- they'll have to cough up almost $90 billion.

The 40 percent excise tax on what have come to be called "Cadillac" health-care plans would exempt collective-bargaining contracts covering government employees and other union members until Jan. 1, 2018.

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/unions_get_pecial_treatment_in_health_AB053CwqPIJlIxXAm37DOM#ixzz1Bu4vY05X

BTW, the only way the unions will be taxed in 2018 is if the White House, Senate and House are firmly in the control of Republicans. Since you are all about fairness, I'm sure you will support the Republicans in 2018. LOL

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 6:23 PM | Report abuse

So in the middle of his term, President Obama is going to be calling for "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs," instead of "Bailouts, Bailouts, Bailouts, as he did at the beginning of his presidency. I imagine President Obama has saved the jobs of more people with million-dollar salaries and up than any President in history.
Sterling Greenwood/AspenFreePress

Posted by: AspenFreePress | January 23, 2011 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't matter, the courts will throw it out, it was never close to being legal from the get go, but all is fair in making us into utopia right? (or hell , if you actually can think)

Posted by: Saladin3 | January 23, 2011 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Most people realize there are Better, more effective ways to reform healthcare/insurance.
The bottomline: ObamaCare Does Not reduce Costs, the #1 Issue with healthcare!
Nip this in the bud, now; otherwise, we'll be living with this "Non-reform, bogus bill" for the rest of our lives!

Posted by: ohioan | January 23, 2011 6:10 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are still trying to ruin the United States. They are a bunch of hypocrites and idiots. They have a very bad attitude on life and the laws we live by. They should wake up and smell the coffee.

Posted by: wilson0004 | January 23, 2011 6:09 PM | Report abuse

"Indeed, if Obamacare is as popular as the leftwing Democratic Party claims, why not reaffirm it with a vote? "

Because we don't pay them to waste time- we vote ONCE on legislation and move on.

Posted by: staussfamily | January 23, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

I wish McConnell would finish shriveling up like an old raisin and just blow away.

Posted by: info53 | January 23, 2011 5:49 PM | Report abuse

I wish McConnell would finish shriveling up like an old raisin and just blow away.

Posted by: info53 | January 23, 2011 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Azarkhan, why don't you get some information? It's not as if bailouts were invented when Chrysler and GM went bankrupt. They had been around for years as a means of keeping people working and paying taxes while bankrupt firms reorganized. If you want bailouts to be upset about, there are bank bailouts for organizations in which the very people who had driven them into bankruptcy got huge bonuses. Or doesn't that bother you?

My health benefits are taxed and I'm union.

McConnell has said "repeal and replace" so often that he has a moral obligation to outline what the replacement will look like. (How different will it really be? The Affordable Care Act included over a hundred provisions recommended by Republicans, and it looks a good deal like RomneyCare in Massachusetts.)

Posted by: amstphd | January 23, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

..."Republicans will of course fail."

What an embarrassment,they are to America, and yet America keeps voting them in and keeps voting right against itself.

..."This article is proof American's don't pay attention."

..."McConnell is a fool" to this registered Voter/Vet USAF, and an embarrassment to America."

Posted by: etsu2010 | January 23, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it make more sense for the GOP to present their bill to the public or begin a discussion of what should be changed before they repeal a bill that guarantees "coverage of preexisting conditions" etc.????? God, are they so greedy that their only concern is that their wealthy supporters get more, more, more?

Posted by: reming | January 23, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it make more sense for the GOP to present their bill to the public or begin a discussion of what should be changed before they repeal a bill that guarantees "coverage of preexisting conditions" etc.????? God, are they so greedy that their only concern is that their wealthy supporters get more, more, more?

Posted by: reming | January 23, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it make more sense for the GOP to present their bill to the public or begin a discussion of what should be changed before they repeal a bill that guarantees "coverage of preexisting conditions" etc.????? God, are they so greedy that their only concern is that their wealthy supporters get more, more, more?

Posted by: reming | January 23, 2011 5:17 PM | Report abuse

mcconnel the turtle saying "it is hard to deny votes in the senate" after spending two years of doing nothing but that. He is funny, even if completely benighted.

Posted by: John1263 | January 23, 2011 5:05 PM | Report abuse

mcconnel the turtle saying "it is hard to deny votes in the senate" after spending two years of doing nothing but that. He is funny, if completely benighted.

Posted by: John1263 | January 23, 2011 5:05 PM | Report abuse

"The Republicans and Bush are responsible for Health Care being passed." And this year's Twisted Logic Prize goes to... Hx6MkxhW!!!

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Why would the Republicans repeal the Health Care plan they just passed?
Bush started a war with Iraq and had no intension on paying for it. Just a matter of time before the system collapsed and we go into a Depression. Folk’s war is not FREE.
One good thing that came out of this stupid war with Iraq; let me repeat one good thing, Health Care passed. The American voters were fed up with this stupid war and fired enough Republicans so Health Care passed. The Republicans and Bush are responsible for Health Care being passed.

Posted by: Hx6MkxhW | January 23, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

TerryMullingan, child. A "couple hundred years"? If the Democrats have anything to do with it, the US will be bankrupt long before that. I'm betting within a couple decades.

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

The GOP is just made of fail.

Posted by: Nymous | January 23, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

The right-leaning Health Care bill is a Republican's wet-dream: delaying the most crucial provisions until 2014, keeping the corrupt health insurance industry in control, etc. But it was the best our conservative Democrat-controlled Congress could come up with after a year of debate. It is a severely flawed bill that fails to address some of the worst abuses of the insurance industry. But it is a very modest improvement over what we had before. But it would be amusing to see the Senate vote on repeal, pass the repeal measure by a slim majority, and watch Obama veto it. Maybe some day in the distant future, say a couple hundred years from now, we might actually get meaningful health care reform. Nahh. Ain't gonna happen in a country where the "liberal" press like the Washington Post features Sarah Palin on their website every day for two years running.

Posted by: terrymulligan | January 23, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

amstphd: "And when retired union members have Cadillac coverage at low cost, it's because that's what management agreed to" You are so smart! So tell me again why taxpayers bailed out GM and Chrysler? And why are all other "Cadillac" insurance programs being taxed, but not the unions? PS: I'm sure it has nothing to do with union $$$ support for Democrats.

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Does this guy really want America to look like Kentucky?

Posted by: WmLaney | January 23, 2011 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Harry should tell Mitch to shove it on another theatrical exercise- time to get on to real work, Mitch

Posted by: staussfamily | January 23, 2011 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Sorry children, it should have read "over" $500 billion.

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Dear Pjkiger1, And just how stupid were the Democrats to enact a bill that would force companies to eliminate health care coverage for minimum wage employees, and just how long do you think those exemptions will stay in place as the cost of health care skyrockets under the government? BTW, can you give me one government that is say...less then $500 billion that hasn't had massive cost overruns? Just one. Thanx!

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Additionally, McDonalds' health care benefits are really pretty lousy--the workers have to pay $727 a year for only $2000 worth of coverage. That's not going to cover even one emergency-room visit.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | January 23, 2011 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 3:23 PM

So Phorse, why aren't the unions being made to pay for their "Cadillac" insurance coverage? There sure are a lot more retired union workers than congressmen. Or is that just another 'inconvenient truth' you would prefer to overlook?
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I'll try to make this simple enough for you, Azarkhan. Here's how it works. Unions negotiate with management on pay, benefits, and conditions of employment. Unions often ask for more than they expect to get; management often offers less than they're willing to give. This allows both sides to claim that they did well in the negotiations. With respect to insurance coverage, management pays a share of the cost and union members pay the remainder. Management, for its own good as well as that of the members, tries to get the best rates for the best coverage. And when retired union members have Cadillac coverage at low cost, it's because that's what management agreed to.
I don't understand how so many conservatives completely miss the point that except when a matter goes to arbitration or court, no union gets more than management is willing to give. And I suspect management is pretty heavy with Republicans.

Posted by: amstphd | January 23, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I hope all employers will drop their health insurance benefits, because employer-sponsor health insurance is very wasteful. The employer thinks the hefty premium is paid by the employees, while employees think it's paid by the employer. The only winner is the private health insurance company.

The unions have made it worse by seeking special deals with the White House for health care reform. The more premiums don't correlate with better care. If you have to pay a monthly premium larger than your mortgage payment, you know something is terribly wrong in this country.

We can add younger and healthier people to Medicare. This will make Medicare much more sustainable fast so the Medicare premium, which is the lowest in the market, may even drop.

What do you think?

Posted by: dummy4peace | January 23, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

@Azarkhan Like a lot of right wingers, you apparently like to cherry-pick the facts.

The reality: While McDonalds did threaten to drop its minimal health benefits, it actually did not, because the federal government subsequently granted the fast food company and other minimum-wage employers a waiver from the new law's requirements.
http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/health/2010-10-07-healthlaw07_ST_N.htm

Posted by: pjkiger1 | January 23, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Markblackwell1, where were you in 2009 and 2010, when the Democrats wasted so much time engineering the take over of the health care industry? Were you shouting from the rooftops: "Stop wasting my time!!!" Of course you were. LOL

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

NoWayNotNow -

Do you have health insurance?

If so, who pays for it?

If not, why not?

Posted by: FrankIBC | January 23, 2011 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Why Frank, aren't you aware that most working Americans get coverage through their employers? Even McDonalds workers get health insurance coverage. However, after Obamacare was passed, McDonalds announced it was going to drop that coverage because of the new burdensome government regulations. And guess what? Missy Sebelius had to issue an exemption to McDonalds pronto, because after all, 2010 was an election year. Pretty cynical, huh? And pretty stupid if you ask me, to have a so-called "reform" that wipes out health care coverage. Ahh Frank, you have so much to learn. Take your time. We've got 2 years until 2012.

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse

We already voted on this, and passed it.

Work on something the Americans WANT to have voted on. Like legislation to create jobs. Stop wasting my time.

Posted by: markblackwell1 | January 23, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

"What kills me about these Tea Party people is that they seem to think that they are the only "voters" that matter."

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Your lefty agenda vote infringes on my Constitutional rights. So their votes matter a great deal in counteracting the damage you are inflicting on my country.

Posted by: NoWayNotNow | January 23, 2011 4:10 PM | Report abuse

It's obvious that hucksters like McConnell, and their blithering lackeys responding in this thread, think people just love the "freedom" to go bankrupt due to medical problems, that people clamor for the "freedom" to have their insurance canceled during chemotherapy, kidney dialysis and other life-prolonging treatments, and that parents, especially, just love the "freedom" of their sick children being unable to afford health insurance.

So what are the answers the GOP proposes to fix such problems, as the usual blather of "tax credits" and further govt. deregulation/industry self-regulation won't correct these inequities, they NEVER do.

It's even more obvious these screeching, whining extremists think the Constitution protects rapacious corporations and out-of-control industries far more than it does "we the people".

What brilliant minds in the GOP think the health care issue is going to be easier for them in this Congress, given just how difficult their obstructionism was for the Dems in the last Congress.

Let's see if the GOP can handle getting yelled at with angry health care town hall meetings, or if their tender sensibilities will be so offended that they won't schedule such occasions for their districts.

And exactly which "jobs" is this legislation killing, as the GOP never makes that easily-debunked talking point clear.

The House GOP has just two years to create millions of well-paying jobs, with good benefits, jobs that will result in employees not needing the social safety net to provide homes for their families and food on their tables. The House GOP has just two years to increase our middle and working classes, while shrinking the number of families living in poverty, results which can't be achieved by usual Republican policies which deliberately attack the middle class, working class and working poor.

The House GOP gets only two years, seeing as how it insisted on only two years for the Democrats to substantially correct years of Republican thuggery and malfeasance aimed at all those not already at the top of the economic ladder.

Posted by: kingcranky | January 23, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

FrankIBC, take your hands of Barbie! Now!

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

...and if you don't have health insurance, why don't you?

Posted by: FrankIBC | January 23, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

FrankIBC, I'll take my GI Joe dolls over your Barbie dolls. Whaddya say?

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Senator McConnell was on Meet The Press today and mentioned the deficit of the past two years.
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Yeah i heard the SOB say that also as if there was no problem before Obama took off.

Posted by: pt1836metz | January 23, 2011 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Azarkhan wrote:

"Sorry, NO. We are not going to let leftwingers take away American freedom."
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Who, you and your collection of GI Joe dolls?

Also, do you have health insurance? If so, who pays for it?

Posted by: FrankIBC | January 23, 2011 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Why are they so focused on Obama care? I say lets ALL FOCUS on the politicians Cadillac taxpayer paid for health care plans that they voted on for themselves to keep themselves and their families nice comfortable and secure on the taxpayers hard earned dime. Then the politicians point you in the opposite direction away from the. I say LETS ALL LOOK AT THEM! Whos with me??!!

Posted by: pt1836metz | January 23, 2011 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, No. Health care reform is brought to you by American freedom. Now repeal, one of the stupidest ideas in modern political history, is DOA. Is this a great country or what?

Posted by: dudh | January 23, 2011 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Senator McConnell was on Meet The Press today and mentioned the deficit of the past two years.

He didn't mention that the deficit was also due to the 8 year spending spree by the Republicans.

Cut taxes and go to war was their motto.

Hope President Obama vetoes the health care bill if it gets passed in the senate.

Is Hillary too old to run in case she is needed?

Posted by: LL314 | January 23, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Obamacare repeal is a priority for voters. Time to vote. Voters need to know what side you sit on this issue.
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What kills me about these Tea Party people is that they seem to think that they are the only "voters" that matter. A LOT of people like the health care reform....a LOT of people are upset that the Democratic Congress didn't push for the public option. Not to mention, a LOT of people didn't vote in this past election....mostly Tea Party-ers and their ilk did. Personally, I want to see what these Tea Party candidates can do. I want to see if they'll propose any real legislation or just continue to be puppets for their corporate masters.

The Tea Party seems to think or, delude themselves into believing, that their "voice" represents all or the majority of Americans. It does not. But, I can't complain....if a Tea Party candidate wins the Republican Presidential primaries and ends up being the GOP candidate for Pres against Obama....we'll see just what happens when the NATION votes. LOL

Come on GOP....you have a scant two years to fabricate some form of "dirt" to try to impeach Obama with. We all know you have no real platform, ideas or anything else. All that you DO have is fat pockets from your rich, corporate daddy's.

Posted by: massmedia77 | January 23, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Obamacare repeal is a priority for voters. Time to vote. Voters need to know what side you sit on this issue.
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What kills me about these Tea Party people is that they seem to think that they are the only "voters" that matter. A LOT of people like the health care reform....a LOT of people are upset that the Democratic Congress didn't push for the public option. Not to mention, a LOT of people didn't vote in this past election....mostly Tea Party-ers and their ilk did. Personally, I want to see what these Tea Party candidates can do. I want to see if they'll propose any real legislation or just continue to be puppets for their corporate masters.

The Tea Party seems to think or, delude themselves into believing, that their "voice" represents all or the majority of Americans. It does not. But, I can't complain....if a Tea Party candidate wins the Republican Presidential primaries and ends up being the GOP candidate for Pres against Obama....we'll see just what happens when the NATION votes. LOL

Come on GOP....you have a scant two years to fabricate some form of "dirt" to try to impeach Obama with. We all know you have no real platform, ideas or anything else. All that you DO have is fat pockets from your rich, corporate daddy's.

Posted by: massmedia77 | January 23, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Obamacare repeal is a priority for voters. Time to vote. Voters need to know what side you sit on this issue.
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What kills me about these Tea Party people is that they seem to think that they are the only "voters" that matter. A LOT of people like the health care reform....a LOT of people are upset that the Democratic Congress didn't push for the public option. Not to mention, a LOT of people didn't vote in this past election....mostly Tea Party-ers and their ilk did. Personally, I want to see what these Tea Party candidates can do. I want to see if they'll propose any real legislation or just continue to be puppets for their corporate masters.

The Tea Party seems to think or, delude themselves into believing, that their "voice" represents all or the majority of Americans. It does not. But, I can't complain....if a Tea Party candidate wins the Republican Presidential primaries and ends up being the GOP candidate for Pres against Obama....we'll see just what happens when the NATION votes. LOL

Come on GOP....you have a scant two years to fabricate some form of "dirt" to try to impeach Obama with. We all know you have no real platform, ideas or anything else. All that you DO have is fat pockets from your rich, corporate daddy's.

Posted by: massmedia77 | January 23, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Obamacare repeal is a priority for voters. Time to vote. Voters need to know what side you sit on this issue.
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What kills me about these Tea Party people is that they seem to think that they are the only "voters" that matter. A LOT of people like the health care reform....a LOT of people are upset that the Democratic Congress didn't push for the public option. Not to mention, a LOT of people didn't vote in this past election....mostly Tea Party-ers and their ilk did. Personally, I want to see what these Tea Party candidates can do. I want to see if they'll propose any real legislation or just continue to be puppets for their corporate masters.

The Tea Party seems to think or, delude themselves into believing, that their "voice" represents all or the majority of Americans. It does not. But, I can't complain....if a Tea Party candidate wins the Republican Presidential primaries and ends up being the GOP candidate for Pres against Obama....we'll see just what happens when the NATION votes. LOL

Come on GOP....you have a scant two years to fabricate some form of "dirt" to try to impeach Obama with. We all know you have no real platform, ideas or anything else. All that you DO have is fat pockets from your rich, corporate daddy's.

Posted by: massmedia77 | January 23, 2011 3:38 PM | Report abuse

The Dem Senate leadership should say to McConnell the same thing that was said (to no effect) to Boehner, Cantor, and the GOP-dominated house: show us the replacement legislation FIRST, then talk about repeal, i.e., REPLACE, then repeal. You've got about about four years before the major pieces of this kick in anyway . . . . But we're not going back to an intolerable pre-HCR-legislation status quo.

Sorry, Mitch and gang, but I just don't believe you have ANY intention to do anything positive in the way of health care reform. After all, the bulk of the substance of the current legislation is functionally quite similar to the Republican response to Hillarycare c. 1994. You thought that that was a good idea then, but apparently its too radical now.

You and Krauthammer are wrong--reform doesn't BEGIN with repeal. Reform will END with it, and we'll be back at square one. You know it and are counting on it. You're simply not trustworthy to do anything but obstruct.

Posted by: post_reader_in_wv | January 23, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, NO. We are not going to let leftwingers take away American freedom.

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Cario1, you got one out four correct. That's a .250 batting average. You might want to work on that.

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, No. We're not going to let rightwingers take away things from the American people.

Posted by: dudh | January 23, 2011 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Repeal everything the communist party forced down our throats against our will at 3 am..

Posted by: wewintheylose1 | January 23, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

So Phorse, why aren't the unions being made to pay for their "Cadillac" insurance coverage? There sure are a lot more retired union workers than congressmen. Or is that just another 'inconvenient truth' you would prefer to overlook?

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Palin will fit in with the new Republican 2012 White House team. President Romney and VP “Huck” Huckabee soul soothing guitar sing will put forth a righteous cabinet. Palin will be Secretary of State and chief White House staff will be Newt Gingrich. The White House Press Secretary will be Bill O’Riely. President Romney will appoint Carl Rove Chief Czar over federal agencies.
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The SAD part is that you're serious.....LMAO!!!

Posted by: massmedia77 | January 23, 2011 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Love how the conservatives think we should vote on anything the Democrats approve TWICE whereas their BS policies (Medicare Advantage) get to stay and curse us for eternity.
As for McConnell and all the other lame GOP, IF you give up your Cadillac SOCIALIZED (paid for by the government) health care plans and join the GLORIOUS free market that you keep crowing about, THEN I will listen to you...
Considering the HOUSE already REFUSED to give up their health plans, I somehow doubt you will do it either...
HYPOCRITES!!!!

Posted by: phorse | January 23, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't Mitch "Mr Magoo" McConnall just go away... far away? If Obama says the sky is blue, Mr Magoo will say its hot pink just to be divisive.

Posted by: pt1836metz | January 23, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Love how the conservatives think we should vote on anything the Democrats approve TWICE whereas their BS policies (Medicare Advantage) get to stay and curse us for eternity.
As for McConnell and all the other lame GOP, IF you give up your Cadillac SOCIALIZED (paid for by the government) health care plans and join the GLORIOUS free market that you keep crowing about, THEN I will listen to you...
Considering the HOUSE already REFUSED to give up their health plans, I somehow doubt you will do it either...
HYPOCRITES!!!!

Posted by: phorse | January 23, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse

"63% of those polled after the" 2008 election said the economy and jobs were the #1 priority. So the Democratic super majorities in House and Senate and the President focused like lasers on the economy, right? Wrong. They spent over a year cutting corrupt backroom deals in order to nationalize the health care industry. And now a loser like Va2009 whines about Republicans wanting to repeal a corrupt bill. LOL

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Nevada voters reelection of Harry Reid to the Senate as an obstructionists, has block people from going to Vegas, the Indian Casinos are making a bundle.

Posted by: xthat | January 23, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

"I think we should revisit our laws and revisiting the health care reform law is not unreasonable," Durbin said."

I think it's HIGHLY unreasonable considering there are millions of unemployed Americans. I have not heard the GOP mention anything about the jobless rate, nor job creation or anything that will help our suffering citizens put food on the table. NOTHING.

All they're doing is going to bat for big business, trying to remove any form of regulation on corporations AGAIN. Considering the fact that Republican Congressmen are receiving huge sums of money from health care corporations, I shouldn't be surprised.

They're in office to take care of their filthy rich constituents.

Posted by: massmedia77 | January 23, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

The sad thing is that all these people talking about health care either don't understand the system or is lying to the masses. That is because no one is talking about EMTALA and it is not possible to truly discuss out current system without discussing it. That is because when Regan signed EMTALA in 1986 he gave everyone access to health care in emergency rooms without paying for it. Through the years the cost of paying for the care for the uninsured have been passed on the those with health insurance, the states and the federal government. The individual mandate or a universal system are the only ways to bring down this cost because it forces everyone who can afford it to pay into the system we all benefit from. So when these politicians talk about how they want to overturn the individual mandate someone needs to ask them about EMTALA !!

Posted by: soscane | January 23, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

johnhunsaker4, Since every Marxist state has been totalitarian, I fail to see the difference. BTW, I'm sure the millions of people executed or starved by Stalin or Mao also think that totalitarianism is merely a "political concept" and Marxism merely an "economic theory". John, are you a sophomore in college? Because you sure sound like one.

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Matt 25:46 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did [it] not to one of the least of these, ye did [it] not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Posted by: ddoiron1 | January 23, 2011 2:41 PM

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The least of whom? The ever-growing list of Obama friends and donors who are exempt from Obamacare?

Posted by: NoWayNotNow | January 23, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

1. The bill is called: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

2.Sixtytwo percent of Americans want the Healthcare bill as it is today.

3. The CBO says that repeal of the bill will add to the deficit.
4. Another truth is the vote will not repeal the Healthcare bill, it is merely a futile vote against the bill. It will not get through the senate and even if it does, it will get vetoed by the president and there are not enough votes to override the veto. Therefore, the vote is not repeal. It is a hollow campaign promise.

So, now that I have gotten these nuisance truths out of the way. How about stop wasting time and money and do the peoples work.

Posted by: cario1 | January 23, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

McConnell: "it's very hard to deny people votes in the Senate..."

Did he actually say this with a straight face? If he believes this he is delusional, if he does not, then it only furthers the notion that the GOP will say anything to score political wins.


Azarkhan: "...the Leftist desire to nationalize health care has nothing to do with reform. It is only about the government takeover of one sixth of the economy, quite in line with traditional Marxist objectives."

Actually Marxism is about ownership of the means of production by the people - those who are exploited by the small, wealthy minority who own the means of production. I believe you are confusing totalitarianism (a political concept) with Marxism (an economic theory).

Also, you seem to misunderstand that people on what you call the left, in the US anyway, want everyone to have access to health care - not government supplying health care. There is a difference. Further, we already have a mixed public / public financing (public provision is mostly military health care) and private provision. This system prices out millions of Americans from health care and from a societal perspective gives us health outcomes inferior to many other nations across several, though not all, measures.

The ACA passed last year is hardly a government takeover - perhaps if you looked to see what is in the law, you might realize that.

But the question comes back to this: everyone, even Republicans, acknowledge the pre-ACA system needed to be made better. So before they start taking us back to the old system before allowing ACA a chance to work, what solution are they offering? I have heard some ideas put forth by some Republicans, some of which are probably worth exploring - but keeping the promises they think their angry base wants (and not, by the way all of America as GOP leaders like to claim) is pure political, not policy. It's not going to make us a better nation.

Posted by: johnhunsaker4 | January 23, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

"Over $900 of every new car sold in the US (American made) goes for health care coverage." That is because of union "Cadillac coverage" which btw, was exempted from taxes or any other change under Obamacare. Obama and Democrats owe the unions big time, and that was one pay-off among many.

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 2:52 PM | Report abuse

63% of those polled after the mid term elections said they were worried most about the economy and jobs.

So the Republicans first took up issues of the economy and jobs, right? Nope, they are wasting time playing to the right wing on healthcare and abortion.

Why are the tea partiers not rallying about how the government isn't listening to them?

Maybe it's too cold out...

Posted by: va2009 | January 23, 2011 2:49 PM | Report abuse

63% of those polled after the mid term elections said they were worried most about the economy and jobs.

So the Republicans first took up issues of the economy and jobs, right? Nope, they are wasting time playing to the right wing on healthcare and abortion.

Why are the tea partiers not rallying about how the government isn't listening to them?

Maybe it's too cold out...

Posted by: va2009 | January 23, 2011 2:49 PM | Report abuse

klausdmk wrote:
Palin will fit in with the new Republican 2012 White House team.
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Couldn't agree with you more! The new republicans are surly a new class of teaparty morons.

What you all fail to understand is the demographics of the 2010 election. During the 2008 presidential election, there were 132,645,504 total voters out of an eligible voting age population of 212,702,354, which gives you a 62.4% participation rate. Only 40% of the registered voters voted in 2010.

Please understand the entire freshman GOP congressmen class are up for reelection in 2012.

Posted by: waxtraxs | January 23, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Matt 25:46 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did [it] not to one of the least of these, ye did [it] not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Posted by: ddoiron1 | January 23, 2011 2:41 PM | Report abuse

“Investment in America”, Mr. McConnell said that was the wrong approach because Americans were incensed by the $1 trillion annual deficits in each of the past two years, much of which went for an economic stimulus bill that Mr. McConnell contended had no impact on the job creation or growth in private industry. “

I guess he does not recognize saving the American Auto Industry, all industries related to it, the retail and service industries which depend on the Auto Industry to be significant.

McConnell and those who think like him are idiots.

Posted by: cario1 | January 23, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I defy anyone to peer into this huckster's face and conclude that
he cares about our nation's -- our people's -- health as much as he cares about scoring cheap political points.

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | January 23, 2011 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I was watching a debate this weekend where one position was that tax breaks are good because they creates more jobs. This reasoning has lead us to go from a $1 trillion deficit in 1980 when RR took office to $14 trillion today (20 years of Republicans in the WH and 10 years of Dems). While the deficit is not the point of this debate, I think more jobs is our current number one priority. Problem I have is that if we don’t do something about health care costs, more and more jobs will come without health care coverage. I don’t care if you repeal Obamacare, but have something ready to replace it that might constrain costs. As one post here says, 85% have coverage (not sure if that is the right number), and we don’t want to screw up that coverage in order cover the other 15%. I say we can’t screw it up anymore than it already is. Right now, it costs me $4 an hour for every hour worked to provide coverage. I can’t handle any more increases, and my customers will not either. Over $900 of every new car sold in the US (American made) goes for health care coverage. Health care is becoming the largest business sector in the US, and it is killing us.

No more worthless debate and meaningless votes. Don’t tell me that this will impact the 2012 elections cause by them I’ll be paying $6 an hour for every hour worked, and the only way that will fly is if my employees want to take a $2 an hour reduction in pay. We need action now, and it can’t be idle promises.

Posted by: The_Rat | January 23, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I'm still waiting for the vote to quit giving tax breaks to corporations that move companies out of the U.S. How about unemployment for those who's jobs were outsourced and sent to China as the pro-business republicans have told us over and over, it's good for us. I'm still waiting on a health care vote to create a "public option" that the republicans and some "conservative" democrats denied us. When those things happen, I'll feel sorry for the whiny dirtbags and support a vote to let corporate America deny 30 million people insurance and "allow" 45,000 a year to die from a lack of health care---not until...

Posted by: Bopper1 | January 23, 2011 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama’s Harry Reid will make a big mistake if he rejects the House bill to repeal Obama’s Democrat national health law. Respect the votes of House Representative 249 to only 189, almost two-thirds majority. What right does Democrat Harry Reid have to say the Senate rejects the House bill? It is more Obama partisan leftist partisan politics.

America will become competitive by Republican changes now and in preparing for 2012 and the success of Republican President staring two year from now. Watch the following:

Palin will fit in with the new Republican 2012 White House team. President Romney and VP “Huck” Huckabee soul soothing guitar sing will put forth a righteous cabinet. Palin will be Secretary of State and chief White House staff will be Newt Gingrich. The White House Press Secretary will be Bill O’Riely. President Romney will appoint Carl Rove Chief Czar over federal agencies.

The 2012 U.S. Attorney General will be Rudy G. of (N.Y.) remember 9/11 attack and Defense Secretary will be the honorable Dick Cheney. This 2012 White House team will provide true Republican trustworthy leadership that represents the American people. It will rid government of the people by corrupted liberal Democrat politics. Elected servants of the people will provide “Excellency” in leadership using skills in research and management and values of the American people One Nation under God, oath on the Bible, and continuous prayer to God in the name of Jesus.

Posted by: klausdmk | January 23, 2011 2:32 PM | Report abuse

TheBabeNemo: "where is the Republican "counter" to Health Care Reform" You mean the Republican counter to "Health Care Destruction." Because the Leftist desire to nationalize health care has nothing to do with reform. It is only about the government takeover of one sixth of the economy, quite in line with traditional Marxist objectives.

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

"I don't know why the Democrats don't want to vote on it," McConnell said. "They're proud of it. They think it's one of the most important things that they've done for the country."


Why should Democrats want to vote again on something they took a year to pass over Republican Filibusters?

Posted by: ddoiron1 | January 23, 2011 2:15 PM | Report abuse

The future of Healthcare in the hands of a political animal from Kentucky...

Posted by: WmLaney | January 23, 2011 2:10 PM | Report abuse

thebabenemo" "All for wasting of time.
This horse is dead." Not a waste of time. 20 Democratic Senators are up for reelection in 2012, many of them in red states. This vote, or their refusal to have one, will be yet another nail in their coffin.

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse


yes, interesting...
where is the Republican "counter" to Health Care Reform. Give me a link to what they propose to replace it with....

that would be nice. Where is their plan?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | January 23, 2011 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Of course they are pushing for health care repeal - they are greedy millionaire Republicans who have their pile and don't particularly care about people who have less than they.

They DO believe in Darwinism.

. . . or at least 'Divine Right'.

Posted by: palmtree2001 | January 23, 2011 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Kishorgala: "Most people think the reform did not go far enough!" Perhaps your trendy leftist Facebook crowd believes that, but the majority of Americans do not. So I guess the Left believes it is right to destroy the coverage of 85% of Americans to insure 15%? That kind of perverted thinking is why you lost the 2010 election, and why you will lose again in 2012.

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

i have always thought that it would be amendments to the bill that would be voted on. Like amendment to repeal the Public Option. But remember, the President doesn't have the line item veto.

The bill, if put to a vote in Senate, will not pass. And if it does, it gets vetoed by the President.

All for wasting of time.
This horse is dead.


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | January 23, 2011 2:00 PM | Report abuse

kishorgala: "People have a right to know what they will be getting in return for repealing the current health care reform." 85% of Americans were covered before Obamacare was enacted. How about we start with that?

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 1:36 PM
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I see, you are defining BoehnerCare as Status Quo!

Each and every administration in the recent history has tried to extend coverage to more people. The need for health care reform was fully debated in the 2008 primaries and campaigns! Obama was elected and this time reform was enacted.

It is not like "Wha' Happnd'!" all of a sudden!

Most people think the reform did not go far enough!

Posted by: kishorgala | January 23, 2011 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Remember all Senators the Tea Party march is moving state to state. NH and AZ GOP leadership just fell. If you think you are safe know you aren't for much longer. While being a traditionalist Republican I will back the Tea Party to remove the corruption from my party. That's way overdue. It's time ALL elected officials represent their voters and not special interests. Obamacare repeal is a priority for voters. Time to vote. Voters need to know what side you sit on this issue.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | January 23, 2011 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Garak, please grow up. And btw, conservatives like Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck receive far more death threats from swinish leftists like yourself then your dear little Marxist Ms. Piven ever dreamed possible.

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Maybe McConnell thinks more teahadist death threats will sway the Dems. Like the death threats UberFuhrer Beck unleashed on NYU prof Frances Fox Piven.

Herr von Beck didn't like her 45-year old thesis so he sicked his death squads on her. Now McConnell must be intending to unleash them on the Dems. If he does, even Aqua Buddha won't save them!

Ein Volk!
Ein Reich!
Ein Beck!

Posted by: Garak | January 23, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

jmsmaxwell,

I don't recall any other issue debated longer in Congress and in public, even with goons allowed to disrupt the meetings!

And how can anyone oppose the reform, if they don't know what's in it?

Posted by: kishorgala | January 23, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

kishorgala: "People have a right to know what they will be getting in return for repealing the current health care reform." 85% of Americans were covered before Obamacare was enacted. How about we start with that?

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Kishorgala, the Tea Parties were not "vying for elections" in 2010; they were busy influencing elections, and in particular, Republican party primary elections. Based on the results, I'd say they were quite successful for a novice grassroots movement. I expect even better results in 2012, especially regarding the Senate and White House. Stay tuned!

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 1:30 PM | Report abuse

People have a right to know what they will be getting in return for repealing the current health care reform.

So what is in the BoehnerCare?

The answer is NOTHING. There is no BoehnerCare. That would require work, thinking, innovation. And yeah, seriousness!

Repealing ObamaCare would be destructive. Coming up with BoehnerCae would be constructive.

But we know destruction is much easier than construction!

Posted by: kishorgala | January 23, 2011 1:25 PM | Report abuse

While no one will deny that there are parts of our Health Care system that need repair almost all Americans can agree that the Obama Death Pannel Health Care is not the solution to the problem. Part of the problem is frivillous law suits brought by ambulance chasers and other greedy individuals. At this junctur I do not know what plan the Republicans have to submit to the American Public for approval but I do know that Obama Care is a a load of BS. Any plan put forth should include all parties and not make special deals for either party or Congressional members or the Fed. All should be under the same program. But most important it should be published and time allowed for review by the Citizens before any vote is taken.

Posted by: jmsmaxwell | January 23, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

While no one will deny that there are parts of our Health Care system that need repair almost all Americans can agree that the Obama Death Pannel Health Care is not the solution to the problem. Part of the problem is frivillous law suits brought by ambulance chasers and other greedy individuals. At this junctur I do not know what plan the Republicans have to submit to the American Public for approval but I do know that Obama Care is a a load of BS. Any plan put forth should include all parties and not make special deals for either party or Congressional members or the Fed. All should be under the same program. But most important it should be published and time allowed for review by the Citizens before any vote is taken.

Posted by: jmsmaxwell | January 23, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

The only reason McConnell is pushing this vote is because if they don't get it he will lose much needed campaign donations from the Insurance Companies. He knows that his district in a recent poll showed that the people he represents is losing patience in him because of the way he has handled the GOP. Constant Filibusters, being against Unemployed Americans, DADT, and a variety of other issues has hurt his standing in his district. His own district has said they do not want Healthcare Repealed. McConnell needs to ask himself if he is there to represent his people or if he is just playing political games. But what is doing is hurting his chances at another term when his current one is up.

Posted by: sumo1 | January 23, 2011 1:20 PM | Report abuse

"Indeed, if Obamacare is as popular as the leftwing Democratic Party claims, why not reaffirm it with a vote?"

Sure. After Republicans stop their corrupt self-serving ways and take away the 30-50 billion subsidy given to oil companies annually AND BY MAKING THEM pay their taxes. They are allowed to completely deduct the oil spill cleanups and much, much more because of the subsidy.

Knucklehead, we wouldn't need Obamacare if folks were still allowed to deduct 100% of their medical expenses on their taxes. And who got rid of that "entitlement"? F#@&ing republicans.

Posted by: periculum | January 23, 2011 1:20 PM | Report abuse

McConnell: Such a transparent huckster.

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | January 23, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Azarkhan,

The parties vying for elections are supposed to be registered in States. As far as I know Tea Party had not registered for elections in any states. All of them were running as Republicans. No exceptions.

Posted by: kishorgala | January 23, 2011 1:13 PM | Report abuse

And if they lose... would that be the end of it? Nope. Politics is about the game. Anyway, denying healthcare to 40 million Americans is where the debate should be so let's us roll.

Posted by: WmLaney | January 23, 2011 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Kishhorgala, I suppose if we use your logic, the Communist Party USA and other Marxist-affiliated parties do not exist. But perhaps you know of Congressmen with (C) or (M) after their names? PS: BTW, there is a Tea Party caucus.

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Does Sen. Durbin really work for the Democratic party?

I don't understand the statements like "...still strong support..." or "...doubt if McConnell can find 4 Democrats...." or "...need to revisit the reform....?"

A total repeal of the reform is on the table. The answer to that should be "Over our dead bodies?"

After the repeal is sent to its rightful place in the La La Land or Upper Ozone, amendments and tweaks can be taken up later. Nobody dreamed that Congress wrote the perfect law on the first try. Changes are obvious, but that is not the issue right now!

Posted by: kishorgala | January 23, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

getcentered: "The tea Party never existed" LOL! Perhaps you meant to say "The Coffee Party never existed." BTW, do you exist?

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 12:16 PM
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What letter after their names identifies the TEA party electees m in the Congress, "T?"

Posted by: kishorgala | January 23, 2011 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Indeed, if Obamacare is as popular as the leftwing Democratic Party claims, why not reaffirm it with a vote?

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 11:51 AM
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Then the Congress should vote on all other laws to reaffirm them.

Posted by: kishorgala | January 23, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

getcentered: "The tea Party never existed" LOL! Perhaps you meant to say "The Coffee Party never existed." BTW, do you exist?

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Another year of this debate? Are they going to go back and hold town hall meetings and get the country divided again? The health care law has already passed. The debate is over. If the republicans were serious about health care reform then why not offer some solutions as amendments instead of going through this entire process again. Clearly Americans do not want to go through this process again and the polls support that. Focus on jobs and move on.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | January 23, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

James10: "The Party of No Nothing" I believe you meant "Know Nothing", which... kinda describes you.

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 12:06 PM | Report abuse

The tea Party never existed. It was a propaganda campaign to rally the disaffected Republicans. The media was paid to say "Tea Party" instead of saying "Republican" and in doing so created a new "brand" that was not tainted by the failure and incompetence of the Republican Party.

I'm tired of Republicans. It was all a nice puppet show. Foolish elderly Republican voters actually think that Republicans are going to repeal the Heath Care Reforms and ban earmarks and bring "freedom" back.

Would you hire a confessed animal hater to run a pet store? No? Then why would you elect politicians who freely admit to despising government?

Republicans rally against regulation of industry, and then America sees how that turns out when BP spills a million barrels of oil in our seas.

Republicans will rally against gay people, stripping them of civil rights, and then you find them tapping their toes in airport bathrooms looking for their gay lovers.

Republicans will rally against non-existent communists but have no problem driving an economy with Karl Marx like spending of trillions of tax dollars on endless wars against enemies that did not attack us.

After the last ten years of watching Republicans one word stands out as defining them perfectly; hypocrite.

A vote for a Republican is literally a vote for the absence of leadership. For Republicans, reality is a distant land that needs to be conquered at the expense of the Americans and their families.

Hands down, I'm voting for the Democrats for the next decade. Democrats are the only political leaders fighting for the average American.

Posted by: getcentered | January 23, 2011 12:03 PM | Report abuse

PY33YGm: "Even the whole cast of the TV show the Doctors believe this reform is necessary for Americans." Well that's certainly an important endorsement! LOL

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Why not force a series of votes on health care reform, and force Senators to take stands on the repeal of specific provisions (eg the individual mandate, the employer mandate, the 1099 reporting requirement)

Posted by: VirginiaIndependent | January 23, 2011 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Why not force a seris of votes on health care reform, and force Senators to take stands on the repeal of specific provisions (eg the individual mandate, the employer mandate, the 1099 reporting requirement)

Posted by: VirginiaIndependent | January 23, 2011 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I seem to remember the Democrats already holding a vote on the bill last year. It passed with 57 or 58 votes. Of course that was after Mr. Turtle had mabnaged to stall the vote for mor than 6 months using parlaimentary tricks and various stalling shennanigans. When are republicons going to offer something POSITIVE for the United States instead of simply doing the bidding of the insurance lobby?

Posted by: John1263 | January 23, 2011 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Indeed, if Obamacare is as popular as the leftwing Democratic Party claims, why not reaffirm it with a vote?

Posted by: Azarkhan

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It's already passed once. There's no point in wasting time voting for it again when everyone knows it's going to stay the law of the land. Are we going to re-vote legislation every time there's an election? Medicare part D? Another vote? Vote on No child left behind again? How about another vote on the Peace Corps.

The Congress, particularly the Senate didn't get done all the legislation and confirmations it was supposed to do because of GOP BS.

The Party of No Nothing is adding to their CV. Now they want to be the Party of Accomplish Nothing.

Posted by: James10 | January 23, 2011 11:59 AM | Report abuse

I can never get past that Mitch McConnell is a dead ringer for my late grandmother. If Republicans during the last Senate and in the minority could effectively block alomst everything the House passed from coming up for a vote, surely the still in the majority Dems cand do the same when it comes to voting for health reform repeal. Don't you just love how Eric Cantor is whining about Senate obstructionism before it has even happened? Didn't heart boo from him the last two years about this.

Posted by: Sandydayl | January 23, 2011 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps MR. Turtle has heard of the filibuster? I beleive he has used it more times in the past two years than the senate as a whole has used it in the past 50 years combined.

Posted by: John1263 | January 23, 2011 11:58 AM | Report abuse

No congressmen believe in benefits for the citizens of America are important. If health care for all is an issue then congress needs to repeal their own health care program. Lobbyists for insurance companies and the tea party complain about costs for health care reform. Yet the fact that congress always been privileged to receive health care is a non-issue. Let them cut government insurance to congress, any unnecessary military spending, and pork barrel projects for their individual States business projects.

Now the Senate thinks my health is mute by following the house in this stupid repeal. Watch the polls drop in this stupid decision made today. Let the public know why job killing on this program is an issue. What is job killing anyway and what does it truly mean to health care reform. How will it affect regular everyday citizens with this needed health care reform policies. Hospital emergency rooms will thank you all in congress if this passes and becomes a permanent policy. Even the whole cast of the TV show the Doctors believe this reform is necessary for Americans.

Posted by: PY33YGm | January 23, 2011 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Indeed, if Obamacare is as popular as the leftwing Democratic Party claims, why not reaffirm it with a vote?

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 23, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

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