Senate to Vote on Health Repeal

February 1st, 2011 at 9:47 pm | 4 Comments |

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Politico reports:

Senate Republicans promise that the first vote to repeal the health care reform law, which is likely to happen Wednesday but is expected to fail, won’t be the last strike at President Barack Obama’s signature legislation.

Senate Democrats are confident they can defeat the Republican amendment to repeal the law in a procedural vote with few, if any, defections.

The vote represents the first chance to force moderate Democrats to make a tough vote to stand by the health care reform law, which has not become more popular since it passed in March. Through this vote and others, Republicans are hoping to build public momentum for repealing the law.

Democrats said they welcome the opportunity to defend the legislation and defeat the attempt to repeal it.

“We know what this health care bill does to families. It helps them,” Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said. “But it appears what the Republicans are doing is focusing again in some way to help the insurance industry — as if they need help.”

Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) stopped short of guaranteeing that he would deliver all the members in his party but said he felt “very good” his 53-vote caucus would stick together to defeat repeal.

“These Republicans are duty-bound to offer this repeal amendment,” Durbin told reporters. “They did it in the House; they’re going to do it in the Senate; and we’ll just deal with it.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) introduced the repeal amendment on Tuesday, arguing that it was an opportunity for Democrats to take a fresh look at the legislation, just a day after a federal judge in Florida struck down the legislation as unconstitutional.

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  • DirtyLibrul

    Through this vote and others, Republicans are hoping to build public momentum for repealing the law.

    Only I don’t think with 9%+ unemployment and other pressing issues that crying about this bill is really going to help drum up support, in fact the opposite is more likely. I think most of America is sick of debating this law so debating it more is only going to help this Republican, base-pleasing stunt. In fact, I would argue the recent bump in public approval, or more to the point-disapproval of full repeal, is evidence that this debate is over.

    I do wish Harry would just allow for an up-or-down vote on a standalone repeal bill so it can fail in a very public and embarrassing way. Earlier is better since Republicans still don’t have a cohesive “replace” part of their “repeal and replace” plan.

    Let’s do this and move on!

  • COProgressive

    “We know what this health care bill does to families. It helps them,” Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said. “But it appears what the Republicans are doing is focusing again in some way to help the insurance industry — as if they need help.”

    Yes, the health care bill does help families.

    But either way this works out the Sickness & Injury Insurance companies make out. If the ARA ISN’T repealed the S&I Insurance companies get 30 or 40 million new customers (the GOLDEN EGG). If the ARA IS repealed, the S&I Insurance companies can go back to dropping people when they get sick, denying coverage for people with “pre-existing conditions”, dropping kids from policies when the turn 18 and just generally making up their rules as it suits them (the STATUS QUO). It would be back to the Status Quo where S&I Insurance rates will continue to climb and service will continue to fall.

    How did we get into a place where whatever is done, the S&I Insurance companies win?

    We need to put a stake in the heart of the predatory, obsolete, expensive, yearly S&I Insurance industry. Let it go the way of the Buggy Whip and Slide Rule industries!

    We need to stop thinking of healthcare as insurance and start thinking of healthcare as a Trust Fund we leave to our posterity.

    “I still don’t get how my health care should be controlled by a system that was invented to compensate shippers for losses incurred due to storms and pirates.” – RUCerious – Think Progress dot Org

  • armstp

    112th Congress: 28 bills to repeal Patient Protection Act in 11 days, but nothing to create jobs.

    Here’s a list as of today, divided by House and Senate.

    House
    H.R. 105 Dan Burton, GOP – Indiana : To repeal the Patient Protection Act & enact in its place incentives for people to buy health insurance.
    H.R. 118 John Fleming, GOP – Louisiana : To permit a state to elect not to have an American Health Care Exchange.
    H.R. 119 John Fleming, GOP – Louisiana : To prohibit hiring of irs agent to implement or enforce health insurance reform.
    H.R. 127 John Graves, GOP – Georgia : To de-authorize funding of Patient Protection Act.
    H.R. 141 Steve King, GOP – Iowa : To repeal the Patient Protection Act.
    H.R. 145 Connie Mack, GOP – Florida : To repeal the Patient Protection Act.
    H.R. 154 Ted Poe, GOP Texas : To prohibit any federal funds to be used to enforce Patient Protection Act.
    H.R. 171 Cliff Stearns, GOP – Florida :
    H.R. 2 Eric Cantor, GOP – Virginia : Repeal of Patient Protection Act.
    H.R. 38 John Fleming, GOP – Louisiana : Rescind funds authorized for Patient Protection Act.
    H.R. 9 David Drier, GOP – California : Requires Committees to look into Patient Protection Act.
    H.R. 26 David Drier, GOP – California : Repeal Patient Protection Act.
    H.R. 215 Don Young, GOP – Alaksa : Repeal Patient Protection Act.
    H.R. 19 John Carter, GOP – Texas : Disapprove rules on MLR in Patient Protection Act.
    H.R. 299 John Carter, GOP – Texas : Repeal Patient Protection Act.
    H.R. 358 Joe Pitts, GOP – Penn : Remove abortion funding from Patient Protection Act (there is none)
    H.R. 360 Michael Burgess – Texas : Amend Patient Protection Act to include President in Health Care Exchanges.
    H.R. 364 Tom Latham, GOP – Iowa : To Repeal Patient Protection Act
    H.R. 371 Marsha Blackburn, GOP – Tennessee : Repeal Title I of Patient Protection Act.
    H.R. 5 Phil Gingrey, GOP – Georgia : Repeal Patient Protection Act.
    H.R. 397 Wally Herger, GOP – California :Repeal Patient Protection Act.
    H.R. 429 Darrell Issa, GOP, California – Repeal Patient Protection Act.
    H.R. 452 Phil Roe, GOP, Tennessee – A bill to repeal Patient Protection Act.
    H.R. 450 Dave Reichert, GOP, Washington – A bill to repeal Patient Protection Act.

    Senate

    S. 19 Orrin Hatch, GOP – Repeal Health Mandate & therefore repeal patient protections.
    S. 17 Orrin Hatch, GOP – Repeal Tax on Medical Devices
    S. 16 David Vitter, GOP – Repeal Patient Protection Act
    S. 196 Chuck Grassley, GOP, Iowa – A bill to to provide congressional staff gets to participate in Exchange.
    S. 192 Jim DeMint, GOP, South Carolina – A bill to repeal health care.

  • andydp

    You know, its kind of funny… I don’t see the word “jobs” anywhere in the list.

    Oh wait their job is done… we have tax breaks. Their mission is complete.

    As an aside… why aren’t more people saying “Where’s the job creation bills you screamed about in November ?