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Warner, Webb: Aye on health care

Virginia U.S. senators Mark R. Warner and Jim Webb cast their lots with fellow Democrats early today by voting for final passage of the Senate health reform bill. Let the finger-pointing begin! Oh wait, it already has.

Warner issued this statement in defense of his vote. "While this legislation is far from perfect," Warner wrote, "I believe it will start to curb soaring health care costs for consumers and businesses, reduce our federal budget deficits over time, and extend the life of the Medicare program."

(We'll update when we hear from Webb.)

The rhetoric is already flying from the other side too. From the National Republican Senatorial Committee: "U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner voted this morning to pass President Barack Obama's massive government-run health care bill, which will lead to higher taxes, taxpayer-funded abortions, massive cuts to Medicare, and higher health care premiums for Virginians."

From Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele: "This morning, as millions of Americans prepared to gather with their families in celebration of Christmas, President Obama and Harry Reid gathered with their liberal allies in celebration of government."

Don't expect this debate to die down soon. In centrist Virginia, Warner and Webb have their work cut out for them defending their vote.

By Amy Gardner  |  December 24, 2009; 8:48 AM ET
Categories:  Amy Gardner , James Webb , Mark Warner  
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How is voting for a bill that was never read and pays bribes to Senators which obligates others for more then their share of the burden DEFENSIBLE?

Posted by: WeThePeopleofVirginia | December 24, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

I expected Senator Warner to fall in line as a typical political hack. But I expected better from you Senator Webb. As a fellow Virginia veteran I crossed party lines to vote for you in the last election because you were one of us and my respect for your willingness to make hard decisions right for Virginia and the nation (your opposition to cap-ntrade for example). After today's vote on health care, I won't make that mistake again.

Posted by: shades011 | December 24, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Good luck trying to spin your votes to Virginians, Senators. We're smart enough to recognize when we've been cheated.

Posted by: fire_ant | December 24, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Two more political p r o s t i t u t e s who have NOT READ this FRAUD of a bill.

They don't even have the decency to spare us the lies about how great it is for us.

They sold their constituients out for political gains. So much for representative government!

Posted by: TexRancher | December 24, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

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